Do you know how some companies like to have press events to show off their new devices? Not Kobo. I just got the press release for the new Kobo ereaders. It looks like they’re preempting Amazon’s event later today.
The 3 new devices are the Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, and Kobo Arc. That last is an Android tablet, and it has a 7″ screen, dual core 1.5GHz CPU, 1.3MP camera, and will hit store shelves this November for $200 and $250 in 8GB and 16GB flavors. The full spec sheet is at the end of the post. It’s not a bad tablet, but then again we don’t know what specs the new Kindle Fire will have or what it will cost.
The Kobo Touch is sticking around with a new price of $99. But Kobo is supplementing the Kobo Touch with a new 5″ model, the Kobo Mini, which will sell for $80 as well as the Kobo Glo, a frontlight equipped 6″ model (with a screen resolution of 1024×768). The Glo will be priced at $130, or the same price as the Sony Reader T2.
Do you know what’s interesting? Kobo seems to have figured out the ereader market before Sony. Right now there’s room for specialization based on prpice and abilities. Sony went from 3 devices in 2010 to a single device in 2011 and 2012, while Kobo went from a single device to 4 devices. Yeah, Sony tends to zag when the market would suggest they should zig. Oh well.
Kobo will likely update their website with more info later today.
Here are some pictures of the devices: