Kobo just announced a compelling new line of ereaders coming out this October, two ebook readers with monochrome E Ink screens and a tablet that runs open Android 4.0.
First up is the Kobo Mini. It’s the lightest and smallest E Ink ebook reader and is designed to “fit in your pocket” thanks to its smaller 5-inch screen. Better yet, it comes with a wallet-friendly price of $79.
For specs, the Kobo Mini comes with 2GB of internal storage, with 1GB available for content. It has WiFi, a touchscreen, a Freescale 508 800 MHz processor, and a battery that lasts for 2-4 weeks. It comes in black or white with options for three interchangeable backs in Ruby Red, Teal, and Purple. The Kobo Mini weighs just 4.73 ounces (134 grams) and measures 4″ x 5.2″ x .41″ (101.6 x 133.1 x 10.3 mm).
One interesting detail, the specs say it uses a Vizplex V110 display. That’s an older design that doesn’t have quite as good contrast as newer Pearl displays. It will be interesting to see what it looks like in person.
Regardless, it’s good to see Kobo bring back 5-inch ebook readers; there haven’t been any for the past couple years since Sony stopped making their “Pocket” ereaders.
The Kobo Glo (no “w”) is Kobo’s answer to the GlowLight Nook Touch. The Kobo Glo has a 6″ E Ink screen with built-in “ComfortLight” technology to illuminate the display in the dark. Better yet, the Kobo Glow uses an HD screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768.
Other features for the Kobo Glo include a 1GHz processor, WiFi, touchscreen, and a microSD card slot for cards up to 32GB. The battery life is rated at over 1 month with the light off and up to 55 hours of continuous reading with the light turned on.
The Kobo Glo sells for $129 and comes in different color options: Black Night, Pink Sunset, Blue Moon, and Silver Star.
As for Kobo’s new tablet, the Kobo Arc, it looks pretty interesting too. It comes with a 7″ high resolution 1280 x 800 IPS screen and has a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM, dual front-facing speakers, a 2MP front-facing camera, headphone jack, and 10 hour battery life. The Kobo Arc can also connect to a TV with a WiFi Direct A/V adapter.
The Kobo Arc runs open Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and comes with access to Google Play for apps and digital content.
The Kobo Arc comes in black or white and there are two different models, one with 8GB of storage space and one with 16GB of storage space. The former sells for $199 and the latter sells for $249.
Kobo sure picked an interesting time to announce their new line of ereaders, the dawn of the day in which Amazon is going to officially unveil new Kindles. Amazon gets a lot more press coverage than Kobo so it’s actually a pretty good strategy because now most sites posting about the new Kindles will inevitably compare them with Kobo’s new offerings.
More info about Kobo’s new ereaders can be found on Kobo’s website.