A new Amazon Kindle is coming this week, and it looks like it’ll be quite a departure from earlier models.
The Kindle Oasis, as it’s called on the (now deleted) product page on Alibaba-owned Tmall, appears to a little more lopsided than previous Kindles.
From images posted to Reddit, the Oasis looks to have a larger bezel on one side, which contain the buttons for going forward and backward, but a thinner bezel on the other three sides.
The button section also appears to be thicker, while the other side narrows to just 3.4 mm. An accelerometer makes sure the page orientation is right depending on which hand the user is holding it with.
Another image shows the previously rumored battery case, which magnetically snaps into the thinner portion of the Kindle to prolong reading time. According to one Redditor’s translation, the case is included with the e-reader.
That image also shows detailed battery information for both the device and the case. When paired with the new “Kindle sleep time,” users can expect “months-long” battery life.
The e-ink screen will have the same 300 ppi resolution as the Kindle Voyage but 60 percent more LEDs for more even brighter front-lit reading. It’s also lighter at 131 grams, thanks to the thinner design.
One thing that isn’t mentioned on the page is water resistance, a rumored feature that may not have made it to the final version. The page also left out any mention of improved power or speed, which means it’s probably as fast as the Voyage (so still pretty fast).
We’ll hear more about the Kindle later this week, as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced on Twitter.