As previously hinted, Amazon has announced a new Kindle for 2016 and it's the best eReader Amazon has made to date. Here's what you need to know about the Amazon Kindle Oasis release date, price and specs. See also: Best eReaders 2016.

They might not be the most exciting pieces of tech but Amazon is still set on making the best eReader possible and the Kindle Oasis is the firm's latest effort for 2016 following on from the Kindle Voyage. Despite the name, this is sort of the Kindle Voyage 2.

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New Amazon Kindle Oasis 2016 release date and price UK

If you're keen to upgrade to the latest Kindle then it's now up for pre-order at Amazon. The new Kindle Oasis for 2016 costs £269 and has a release date of 27 April.

That's the initial price if you're happy with Wi-Fi only – the 3G model is £329. It's available in three colours: Black, Merlot and Walnut which is the colour of the supplied case.

New Kindle Oasis 2016 release date and price

New Amazon Kindle Oasis 2016 specs and features

Amazon says the new Kindle is "Designed to feel as light as paper, Kindle Oasis is over 20% lighter and 30% thinner on average than any other Kindle" and tapers to a tiny 3.4mm on one side and is just 131g without the cover.

The device 'combines our strongest cover glass and a featherweight frame infused with metal using structural electroplating', according to Amazon. The new tapered shape puts most of the weight in your hand making it easier to hold. Now you can turn pages with the touchscreen or physical buttons.

New Kindle Oasis charging cover

As with previous Kindles the screen is 6in and has a 300ppi resolution and includes a backlight which features 60 percent more LEDs than any other Kindle 'increasing the consistency and range of screen brightness'. Storage is 4GB which will hold thousands of book.

Probably the biggest upgrade is the battery life which is now touted at months. The Kindle Oasis uses a new dual charging system where the leather cover charges the Kindle automatically. A new hibernation mode minimises power usage when you're not reading.