Kobo Vox Now Up for Pre-order – Ships on 28 October

Kobo have just outed their new Android tablet on twitter. (Surprisingly, Kobo leaked this on Twitter before they put out a press release.)  It's now up for pre-order on their website. I was the first to find that leaked listing a few weeks back, and now I bring you the Kobo Vox. Update: Kobo have posted a video for the Vox. It's at the end of the post. Like we knew from the leaked listing, the Vox is a 7" Android tablet. Screen resolution is 1024x600 (capacitive touchscreen), and it's openly running Android v2.3 on an 800MHz CPU. It comes with 8GB Flash storage,  SD card slot, speaker, and a headphone jack.

The Vox comes with Kobo's reading app and Kobo Pulse, their new app for the socially obsessed. There's no mention of an app store, but it is running Gingerbread and Kobo clearly state that you can install apps.

The Vox will of course come with the usual Android apps, (browser, email, media, etc). But Kobo are also shipping it with Facebook, Twitter, RDIO (a music app), Zinio, and PressReader. Clearly they don't plan to copy Amazon and  tie you into the Kobo ebookstore. They want to let you read content from wherever.

And of course the Vox will ship with the Kobo ebookstore, where you can buy from among 2 million plus ebooks.

The tablet is pretty much what I expected from the leaked listing, and as you can see Kobo are matching the price of the Kindle Fire. That's smart, but also absolutely required. BTW, did you notice that Kobo also beat the ship date for the Kindle Fire and the (it's coming eventually) Nook Color Acclaim? Good for them.

Oh, and I guess this means that the Acclaim is going to have to be pretty awesome to justify the $350 price tag that B&N were planning on. Heck, who am I kidding? The Acclaim is going to sell for less or it's DOA.

Battery life for the Vox is 7 hours and it weighs around 400 grams. It's listed for $199 on the Kobo website and you can get your choice of 4 colors. There's no word yet on international availability; it looks like the Vox is only shipping to the US and Canada. (If you have a confirmed order elsewhere please let me know.)

Kobo Vox

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15 Comments on Kobo Vox Now Up for Pre-order – Ships on 28 October

  1. I wonder what B&N is thinking now? I bet they were never thinking they’d have to price the next NookColor at $199!

  2. Your earlier report on the Vox was only off by a week-and-a-half…very good. 😉

  3. You know, Amazon’s Fire doesn’t tie you to their ebookstore.
    They’ve made it clear you can download or sideload any compatible app withot rooting. And the Amazon appstore even carries the Kobo and Aldiko apps.
    With Kobo following their example in shipping an open tablet, the pressure is now going to be on B&N to open up the Nook Color.
    I’m eagerly awaiting the first three-way comparison reviews; I suspect they’ll be brutal.

    • Unless there’s been some other source I don’t know about, people are really putting a lot of faith and spin on that one VP interview concerning the openness of the fire.

      • The rooting interview was with one of the Amazon techies, precisely the guy who’d know.
        Bezos himself was also quoted as demonstrating sideloading in a different report.
        Plus Amazon is *right now* hosting Kobo and Aldiko on their apstore.
        Until the thing ships and somebody tests it we won’t know for 100% sure but all the evidence to date says the thing is open.

  4. Given Kobo’s previous product rollouts, this will turn up in European, Australian, New Zealand and Hong Kong markets in due course. If they can actually make money at $199, it’s an incredible move.

  5. Hmmm.. I’m interested in the screen. I love Hydis AFFS+ screens. IPS is good but I was always under the impression AFFS is better. Especially for outdoor reading. At 200 bucks, and fully open, no rooting, access to market, this is making me look more closely at my Fire order..

  6. There are some people are audiophiles. I’m that way over screens lol.

    If I want to watch an occasional youtube video. I might play Uno or Angry Birds here or there so nothing serious. I have the bigger iPad screen for games. My main uses would be surfing and ebooks.. I read that AFFS+ has around 240 nit with anti-glare. I have a AFFS screen on a 8 year old TC1100 that still beats any screen I have today as far as color and viewing angles.

    At any rate, competition is heating up. Now I am curious to see if B&N opens up Nook Color 1 and 2..

  7. Actually I looked it over again. It doesn’t say access to Google Market, it says access to 15,000 free Apps which makes m thing its not Google Market. If I had to chose between Kobo Market and Amazon’s, I’d go with Amazon… hmmm going to have to do some thinking now that competition is really heating up.

  8. Is this available globally?

    If so, they may have a big hit.

  9. It’s clear as mud on the Vox website on the official android market, which means to me that it does NOT have it. Did they start their own store? I highly doubt it. Did they tie to the Amazon store? Amusing as it sounds, but actually would be highly likely and easy to do, as it’s just another app, but probably can’t publish it or something.. who knows, can’t wait for someone to get one and clear the waters here. Pretty sure more “open” than the Fire, and can take microSD so has that plus. Now if only I could justify a new toy I would have to choose.

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