The Amazon Kindle Oasis 3 was released in 2019 and it could be the last version. The only big advantage of this eReader was its 7 inch screen and 300 PPI resolution. When this model first came out, all of the other readers in the company’s portfolio were only six inches tall and there’s something compelling about having more screen space to read text. Oasis’ days are numbered with the advent of the Kindle Paperwhite 5 and the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, both featuring 6.8-inch displays, plus a ton of new accessories.
The Paperwhite Signature Edition and the Paperwhite 5 both feature a 6.8-inch E INK Carta HD touchscreen with a resolution of 1430 x 1080 and 300 DPI. The screen is completely flush with the bezel and is protected by a layer of glass. The previous generation of Kindle Paperwhite 4 had an excellent lighting system, with 5 LED lights, but the Signature takes it to a whole new level, it has 17 white and amber LED lights, giving users the option to ‘get a candle-like effect on the screen, just by mixing the two. It is also possible to just use the amber lights, or the white lights and not mix them up. The Signature Edition has a brand newlight sensor with automatic adjustment.
Under the hood is a 1GHZ NXP / Freescale processor, 1GB of RAM and the Kindle 5 has 16GB of storage, while the Sig has 32GB of internal storage. You will be able to connect it to your MAC or PC via a brand new USB-C cable, while the Oasis has Micro USB. The two new Kindles also have Bluetooth, but Amazon did not disclose the version number, it is likely 5.1. This will allow you to connect a pair of wireless headphones or an external speaker and listen to audiobooks from Audible. The Signature also has Qi wireless charging and Amazon sells a charging station for it.
The new Paperwhites have comparable screens, a higher version of Bluetooth and USB-C. You also get more storage for a lower price. They also have more LED lights. The only advantages of the Oasis are the larger 0.2 inch screen, the dual-core NXP processor and you can get the cellular model, to buy books outside of a WIFI area. The only thing I never liked about the Oasis is the bump on the back and the weird asymmetrical design, I’ve always found it difficult to hold during long reading sessions.
The main reason the Oasis went through countless iterations was the big screen and it was considered the flagship e-reader. I think Amazon will probably shut down the Oasis, just like they did for the Travel. It doesn’t make sense to charge people for an iPad Mini for a Kindle. You can buy the Paperwhite 5 for around $ 149 Canadian or the Signature Edition for $ 209, it’s a lot cheaper in the US. The Oasis, which is never on sale, sells for $ 329, which is over $ 100 more for equipment made in 2018.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post, and The New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.