Amazon unveils high-spec £270 Kindle Oasis ereader ()

Amazon has announced the Kindle Oasis, its thinnest, lightest and most expensive ereader yet.

Instead of resembling a tablet, the £270 Oasis has one edge that is much thicker and heavier than the other and is designed to be held in one hand. This edge is weighted like the spine of a magazine or a book, according to Amazon, making the Oasis feel more like a real-life book than its predecessors.

The six-inch touchscreen is an updated version of the Paperwhite display used on all of Amazon's current ereaders. The display is noticeably crisper and whiter than previous Kindle models and uses 60 per cent more LEDs for reading in low-light and bright sunlight.

The 131-gram Oasis measures 3.4mm at its thinnest point, with its battery and motherboard housed in the thicker wedge at the edge of the device. This limited space means the Oasis only has two weeks of reading time; the Kindle Voyage, by comparison, can hold out for six.

To compensate, a charging cover included with the Oasis adds an extra seven weeks of battery. The covers are available in three colours – black, red and brown – and hold the Kindle in place with 12 magnets.

As well as the touchscreen there are also two programmable buttons on either side of the device that can be used for turning pages or accessing menus. A built-in accelerometer detects whether the Kindle is being held in the left or right hand and flips the display and button controls accordingly.

The Kindle Oasis is available for pre-order now and will start shipping in the coming weeks.

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