Kobo launches the Kobo Aura 6-inch eReader
While not quite as well known in some areas as Kindles, Kobo eReaders are a popular option for book lovers in many countries. After the success of the Canadian-turned-Japanese company's limited edition Aura HD, Kobo is targeting the high end eReader market with a new Aura.
The device features a 6-inch 1014 x 758 E Ink pearl display, an unspecified 1 GHz processor, 4 GB of internal memory, a microSD slot (up to 32 GB cards), 802.11 b/g/n wifi, a Micro USB port, around two months of battery life, and a surprisingly good front-light.
Measuring 150 x 114 x 8.1 mm (5.9 x 4.49 x 0.32 inches) and weighing just 174 g (6.1 ounces), the Aura is both smaller and lighter than the current Kindle equivalent. It also has the advantage of supporting more formats and not locking buyers into a single ecosystem (no matter how good Amazon's might be).
Pocket will also be supported by the new gadget thanks to a partnership with the San Francisco based company. Pocket is a platform that allows users to save web based content across platforms to read at a later time, online or off. This new feature certainly adds versatility to Kobo's new product.
The Kobo Aura is available for pre-order now in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand starting at US$149.99. The eReader will be available in store as of September 16th.