Two new e-readers from Kobo, the Kobo Glo and the Kobo Mini, are now available in Canada and the U.K., selling for $130 and $80 respectively.
The larger Kobo Glo is the big brother of the two, and while it may not be as fancy as the Kindle Paperwhite, its ComfortLight technology aims for the same level of reading comfort as the Paperwhite’s front-lit screen. It has a 1 GHZ processor, 2 GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD, and a 6-inch e-ink screen with a resolution of 1024 x 758 and 16-level gray scale. Kobo claims that the Glo’s battery will last over 1 month with Wi-Fi and the light turned off.
The smaller Kobo Mini cuts the light and a few other features, but it also cuts the price. It features an 800 MHz processor, 2 GB of internal storage, and a 5-inch e-ink display. As with the Kobo Glo, Kobo is claiming over 1 month of battery life. It is available in black or white, and features interchangable backs available in ruby, purple and teal for those who want to personalize their reader with a dash of color.
Both e-readers access books via the Kobo store, and while it may not be as popular as Amazon or Barnes and Noble’s stores, the level of reading material available seems roughly on par with either service. As with the other stores, newspapers, magazines and comic books are available in addition to e-books.
While it announced the availability of the Glo and Mini, Kobo also announced that its upcoming 7-inch Android tablet, the Kobo Arc, would be available for purchase in November. The tablet starts at $199, and is spec’d well enough that it could bring some competition to Amazon’s Kindle Fire line.
Do either of these e-readers interest you? Which one of them would you be more likely to buy?