Big boys like Sony may be getting out of the ebook reader business, but Kobo appears to be digging in its heels and staying put. We’ve been hearing rumors that the company plans to launch a new eReader called the Aura H20 that’s built to stand up to the elements and boasts a better screen than its competitors – and the latest is that it might drop in the USA on September 1 and could cost US $179. Scroll down to find out more about this upcoming eReader.
Waterproof, but that’s not all she wrote
To recap, the 7” x 5.1” x 0.4”, 8.2-ounce Aura H20 is an eReader that’s been amped up to endear it to people on the go. Earlier rumors touted IP67 certification – meaning that with its USB port cover fastened, the unit can survive being submerged in up to a meter of water for up to 30 minutes – and it’s also dust-proof as well.
But that’s far from all of it. We also heard that the Aura H20 boasts a 6.8-inch Ink Carta display – if you haven’t heard of those yet, these are brand spanking new 1430 x 1080 pixel displays that can also boast high screen refresh rates, higher than other E Ink displays used by other gadgets. (And yes, the screen is illuminated.)
As for battery life, if you can limit your usage of the unit to about 30 minutes a day, you should be able to eke out two months of life on just one charge. This is especially impressive considering the brighter and sharper screen, and will be a definite boon for those without the time and/or inclination to constantly charge their devices.
How does it stack up against the competition?
We have to admit that the Kobo Aura H20 is a tad pricey – it’s more expensive than two of its main competitors, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and the NOOK Glowlight. But that said, its more rugged case and sharper display might just convince those of you in the market for eReaders that it’s a better buy than those two competing tablets, or other units (or even devices), for that matter.
source [Alles eBook (German site)]