Kobo, which has been largely overshadowed by Amazon and Barnes & Noble in the eReader category, has announced a series of new devices targeted primarily at the eReader and tablet markets. It has launched two new eReaders, Kobo Glo and Kobo Mini, and an Android tablet, the Kobo Arc.
The Kobo Mini is a $79 device which comes with a 5 inch E-ink display and 2 GB of internal storage. It also offers Wi-Fi and will compete with the basic Kindle.
The Kobo Glo is a $129 device, and comes with a ComfortLight display which enables night-time reading. It has a 6 inch display, and couples internal storage with a microSD slot.
This is the most interesting device Kobo unveiled. It is a 7 inch tablet which is priced at $199 for 8 GB and $249 for 16 GB. It comes with a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, and is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, presumably with a customized Kobo UI. It also has 1 GB of RAM and an IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
However, we expect Amazon to release an upgraded Kindle Fire today, which could pretty easily beat this device, not only in terms of hardware, but also pricing and content.
Let’s just wait and watch.
Amazon’s new Kindle Fire has almost all other tablet manufacturers, except Apple, running scared. We have seen quite a few price cuts already, and now every manufacturer who was pricing their tablets out of the market is scrambling to launch inexpensive tablets.
Barnes & Noble and Kobo competed with the Amazon Kindle in the ebook reader space, and now, they are challenging Amazon in the tablet segment as well.
Barnes & Noble will launch the next version of the very successful Nook Color soon, and Kobo just launched the Vox Android tablet, priced at just $200.
It’s not as powerful as the Kindle Fire, but it seems to be a pretty good deal for just $200.
Kobo Vox Specifications
It comes with a 7 inch multi-touch display with a resolution of 1024 x 800 pixels. It is powered by an 800 MHz processor and has 512 MB of RAM. It comes with 8 GB internal storage, and supports up to 32 GB SD cards. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and supports the Android Market too. Kobo is touting a battery life of 7 hours for the Vox.
Kobo says that the AFFS+ display works great outdoors as well, unlike most normal display panels, and has extra wide viewing angles.
It will be available starting October 28.
Check out the official link for more details: Kobo Vox Android Tablet
Kobo, Toronto based eBook reader manufacturer, has announced that they will be launching a new touch screen E-Ink device.
The device comes with about 6-inch screen and with 16 levels of grayscale color. You can swipe the screen to move to the next page. Besides that the reader can also open ePub and PDF file formats.
The device will be made available for just $129(US) and $139 (Canada) at Best Buy, Walmart, and Borders starting next month. The first generation Kobo WiFi has been reduced to $99.99 (U.S.) and $109 (Canada). While Kobo lacks support for 3G users can access more than 2.3 million books from the Kobo Store via a Wi Fi or USB connection, as well as newspapers and magazines. They can also borrow and read books from local libraries. Kobo also promises that there is a 3G version coming soon.
The Kobo Touch based E-reader will come with support for multiple languages: English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.