Amazon refreshes Kindle e-reader to a lighter, thinner device at $80

It’s time for the heavily-priced Amazon’s E-reader Kindle Oasis to leave the limelight. Amazon has made another launch, this time lighter and thinner, not only by its design, but also by its price. Weighed at 161gms, with a six-inch display, the new Kindle comes for $79.99 (Rs. 5999).

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Well, the new Kindle has got twice the memory when compared to its predecessor – 8GB, meaning it can hold double the number of books. There will two color options available, white and black. The design is also little tweaked to a more rounded shape, which Amazon claims to provide better grip.

The new Kindle features the same e-ink display as that of the previous versions. “The smartphone screens, the high contrast touchscreen display on Kindle eliminates glare in any setting, even in direct sunlight,” Amazon said in a statement. “Recent studies have shown that evening exposure to blue light from backlit screens like tablets and smartphones can suppress the body’s production of melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that helps the body fall asleep. Because the Kindle display emits no light, you can read anytime without losing sleep.”

Similar to other Kindle versions, this one too promises a battery of longer life, extending to weeks. In terms of its features, there is an option to export notes and highlights as PDF or printable files, which weren’t provided earlier. Bluetooth audio support, Chinese support for the Word Wise, and updated user interface are the other new additions. The Bluetooth audio support is meant for visually impaired readers who can use VoiceView to listen to text-to-speech dictations. Earlier, this was performed using an audio adapter plugged into the charging jack. Now a Bluetooth headphones/speaker can do the job.

The new Kindle is available for pre-order now and will start shipping on July 7.

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