Amazon's newest Kindle ebook reader is shipping tomorrow (or, depending on the retailer you bought from, it is arriving tomorrow). This $249 ereader is waterproof and comes with five times as many LEDs as the current Kindle Paperwhite.
Will you get one?
The Kindle Oasis 3 has a 7" Carta E-ink screen, a waterproof shell, a battery good for weeks, and a color-changing frontlight which is driven by 25 LEDs.
Twelve of the LEDs are white, while thirteen are amber (a color that falls somewhere between orange and gold on the color spectrum). Yes, unlike Kobo's ComfortLight tech, which uses RGB LEDs, the new Oasis uses amber-colored LEDs to provide illumination that is intended to let you read late in to the night without disrupting your sleep.
Powered by a Freescale i.MX7 dual core CPU, the new Oasis has a capacitive touchscreen and two page turn buttons. You can disable the touchscreen while reading and continue to turn pages with the buttons, which is great for whenever you are reading in a situation where you expect liquids or other materials to get on the screen.
Will you be getting the new Oasis?
With Amazon now saying that new Oasis orders won't ship until next month, the fastest way to get one is probably Best Buy. That retailer is bound to have the Kindle Oasis 3 in stock tomorrow.
I was supposed to be on the list for a review unit, but it's the day before and I do not have it yet (I think it's safe to conclude it's probably not going to happen).
How about you?