Kobo announced yesterday a high-reader range, “Kobo Aura HD“. It differs from existing e-readers by its bigger and better defined screen.
So far almost all e-readers on market revolved around the same 6-inch screen, with dimensions approaching those of a paperback. However there are also smaller reading devices and other much larger (about 10 inches).
Intended “to the most avid readers”, the new Kobo Aura HD approaches to the size of a paperback. It actually has a touch screen of 6.8 inches (17.3 cm) with a surface area 30% larger than 6 inches screens. With a resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels, a resolution of 265 pixels per inch, this reading claims “the closest reading experience on paper.” But we find a screen electronic ink supplier E Ink Pearl, associated with side lighting, the contrast ratio will be similar to the Kindle or Kobo Glo Paperwhite which display 1024 x 768 pixels and 212 dpi.
Kobo Aura HD reader also houses a single SoC heart clocked at 1GHz, probably the same as the Kobo Glo, 4 GB of internal memory, expandable via a microSD reader, a Wi-Fi connectivity as well as N battery with a capacity not provided.
The “Aura Kobo HD” will be available on the market at retail price of around $190.