Amazon announced its new ereader, the Kindle Oasis, on Wednesday morning after a banner ad for the Amazon Android app leaked some of the details. The new device is waterproof: “it’s designed to withstand getting splashed at the beach or dropped in the bath tub, hot tub, or pool.” It also has a fast-charging battery that enables it to charge in two hours, plus the longer-than-before battery life. It’s priced at $249.99 for the 8 GB model and $279.99 for the 32 GB model, as ever, with ads.
Other features include a 7-inch screen, the highest-resolution yet, and the “fastest page turns of any Kindle e-reader.” It comes with Audible capacity, loaded over-the-air. (Kindle Gen 8 and the first Oasis will be capable of receiving a free over-the-air Audible update “in the coming months.”) Plus, “the ergonomic design shifts the center of gravity to your palm so the device rests in your hand like the spine of a book, no matter which hand you chose to read with.”