If you want an inexpensive Amazon ereader you look to the entry-level Amazon Kindle line; if you happen to one thing somewhat fancier, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is there for you, and if you happen to want the cream of the crop the Amazon Kindle Oasis is your wager.
We final noticed an Amazon Kindle Oasis ereader launched in July 2019, so it is about time a brand new model of the premium guide alternative got here out, as the corporate sometimes takes two years between its ereaders.
Therefore, a mid-2021 launch date for the following Kindle ereader sounds believable, although on no account particular, as we’ve been ready even longer for brand spanking new Kindle and Paperwhite units.
We have not heard any information or leaks a couple of new Amazon Kindle Oasis for 2021 – not but, at the least – however till then, we’ve give you a wishlist of what we want to see. We’ll additionally acquire all data when we do obtain it, and listing it under, so you’ll be able to see all there may be to know.
As the top-end mannequin of Amazon’s three Kindle ereader traces, the Oasis prices quite a bit – its function set wants to match, with sufficient options to knock your socks off, in any other case it’d appear to be a waste of money.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Amazon’s subsequent premium ereader
- When is it out? Possibly a while in 2021
- How a lot will it value? Around $249.99 / £229.99 / AU$399
New Amazon Kindle Oasis (2021) launch date and value
The earlier three Amazon Kindle Oasis units got here out in 2016, 2017 and 2019, so it will appear they’re launched yearly or two – that may make it doubtless a 2021 launch date is on the playing cards for the fourth-generation model.
Saying that, we did not see any Kindles launched in 2020, regardless of a brand new Paperwhite being long-overdue. It might appear, then, that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected manufacturing, however that is simply hypothesis – both method, do not be stunned if there isn’t any new Oasis this 12 months.
In phrases of value, the Amazon Kindle Oasis units are all the time expensive – the final one began at $249.99 / £229.99 / AU$399 for 8GB storage and went up to $279.99 / £259.99 / AU$449 if you happen to needed 32GB price of books – if you happen to needed 4G connectivity to obtain books on the go, you’d fork over a lofty $349.99 / £319.99 / AU$559.
Unless there’s an enormous new function, we’d count on the Amazon Kindle Oasis would obtained an identical quantity.
What we want to see
Here are all of the adjustments and new options we want the Amazon Kindle Oasis (2021) to have. And no, a USB-C port will not be on this listing, as a result of that is not one thing we want to see -it’s one thing we count on to see.
1. A coloration display screen
By the sounds of issues, coloration e-ink screens are the following ‘factor’, with TCL confirmed to be engaged on an ereader that is not monochromatic however coloured, and it is very doubtless Amazon is at the least engaged on such know-how too.
While a coloration show would not be one thing we’d like to see within the Kindle or Kindle Paperwhite traces – such know-how would doubtless bump the costs of these larger than would befit an entry-level or mid-range gadget – but it surely’d work on an Oasis gadget, which value fairly a bit extra.
A coloration ereader would allow you to learn magazines and comedian books precisely how they seem, not in a depressing black-and-white, and since Amazon Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimted each offer you entry to numerous each, it’d allow you to benefit from your Kindle.
2. Improved web connection
Amazon Kindle ereaders solely join to the slower 2.4GHz web bandwidth, not the quicker 5GHz – since not everybody makes use of the previous anymore, it can lead to some folks being unable to join their Kindles to the online.
We’d like to see the Kindle Oasis suitable with our 5GHz Wi-Fi so we can truly obtain books onto it with out faff. Kindles can usually have hassle connecting to hotspotted smartphones too, a problem we’d like to see fastened sooner or later.
3. A redesigned library format
Currently on Amazon Kindle units, seeing an inventory of your owned (or downloaded) books is usually a little annoying. The Kindle residence web page does not present you a lot, supplying you with only a small glimpse at your library, with the remainder of the web page being a storefront with new and advisable books.
If you head over to your library, you will not simply see an inventory of your books however every thing you have downloaded from the Kindle retailer, and belongings you’ve downloaded onto your gadget your self, with solely six entries per web page. Sure, you need to use the filter choices, however they are a contact unintuitive – for instance, you’ll be able to filter by ‘Read’ or ‘Unread’, however there isn’t any possibility for part-read books, and so they’re despatched to the ‘Unread’ part.
We’d like to see the Amazon Kindle library re-organized right into a extra easy-to-navigate method, maybe with some customization (like variable quantities of books listed) so folks can prepare it in a method that is logical to them. Oh, and this could go with out saying, however the web page navigation buttons ought to allow you to scroll by pages of the library, not throw you to a special menu.
4. A cheaper price
If you winced while you noticed the earlier Amazon Kindle Oasis value within the part above, you are not alone – in our full overview we discovered that it was an completed ereader, however not one which completely justified its excessive value.
We’d like to see a cheaper price, folks can spend much less on the gadget and extra on their books. An exception to this may be made if new options justified the upper value, after all – that coloration e-ink display screen will not come low cost, in spite of everything.
5. An improved deal with design
Perhaps essentially the most distinctive function of the Amazon Kindle Oasis is its ‘ridge-style’ design – one half protrudes from the opposite, to make a pure hand-hold, the place the middle of mass is snugly in whichever hand you are holding the factor with.
Well, in concept that is the way it works, however in our full Kindle Oasis (2019) overview we famous ‘the ridge wasn’t fairly thick sufficient to provide a cushty maintain’ – we discovered it somewhat difficult to use the factor as meant. It’s a good suggestion, however wants refining.
We’d like to see the following Kindle Oasis redesign this deal with, so it is somewhat thicker, and maybe feels somewhat extra pure to maintain.