Kobo Aura HD e-reader unveiled

A pricey affair, though
Darren Allan

April 16, 2013

The e-reading world isn’t just about Kindles and Nooks, you know, there are also other e-readers such as Kobo devices (sold in WH Smith) which have made inroads into the eBook market – and a new HD Kobo has just been unveiled.

The Kobo Aura HD is aimed at the high end of the market, and like the Kindle Paperwhite, it has an illuminated screen so you can read in the dark, next to your nearest and dearest in bed without waking her/him up.

The device has a “sophisticated book-inspired” design, and a sizeable 6.8 inch E-Ink display – with the highest resolution of all e-readers, Kobo boasts, an impressive 265 dpi no less (the resolution is 1440 x 1080).

It’s also the fastest on the market when it comes to slick page turns, Kobo says, 25 per cent faster than the nearest rival – although that claim is a little more difficult to verify.

Still, the Aura HD has a 1GHz CPU driving it, so should be no slouch.

4GB of memory is on board, with a microSD slot to expand it by 32GB if needed, and Kobo claims a battery life of two months. It has Wi-Fi built in.

The Kobo Aura HD goes on sale a week on Thursday, priced at £140 – and therein lies the thorn in this particular device, namely that it costs £30 more than the well-liked Kindle Paperwhite. That price may well be pushing it, quite simply.


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