Kobo has announced the upcoming release of a new 6-inch ebook reader called the Kobo Clara HD.
It’s up for pre-order at Kobo.com for $129 USD and it will get released on June 5th.
Kobo decided to go back to using a 300 ppi E Ink screen on this model instead of the 212 ppi screen on the Kobo Aura 2.
Like the Kobo Aura One and H2O, it has a frontlight with adjustable color temperature, and you can set it to automatically adjust as the day turns to night.
Here’s more from the press release:
“The Kobo engineering team took the lighting design even further, to replicate a colour temperature that more closely reflects natural incandescent light sources when set at the warmer end of the spectrum; this was achieved by using a warm custom designed LED (2600K).”
One of the most impressing aspects of this Clara HD is the fact that it only weighs 166 grams. By comparison the Kindle Paperwhite weighs 205 grams.
Unfortunately there’s no built-in OverDrive support like on the Kobo Aura One so you’ll have to use ADE and a computer to transfer library books. It’s disappointing there aren’t any page buttons once again. Kobo just keeps redoing the same basic design over and over again since 2011.
Kobo Clara HD Specs
- 6-inch E Ink Carta Screen with 300 ppi
- Capacitive touchscreen
- Comfortlight Pro to adjust frontlight color
- 8GB internal storage
- Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Micro USB port
- Supported formats: EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR
- Languages supported: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese, Japanese, Turkish
- 159.6 x 110 x 8.35 mm
- Weight: 166 grams
- Price: $129 USD at Kobo