Wrong. Meet the Kobo Aura HD, a new ereader with a 6.8″ E-ink screen that (according to the product page) has a resolution of 1440×1080. That screen resolution is actually higher than the screen on the Nook HD (1440×900).
Kobo has just unveiled an ereader that puts even Amazon to shame and could well restore the concept of a premium priced and premium quality ereader.
The Aura HD is equipped with a 1GHz CPU, Wifi, 4GB storage and a microSD card slot, and it has a frontlight. Battery life is reportedly a decent two months, and this ereader weighs in at a not too hefty 240 grams (about 30g heavier than the KPW).
But along with the premium screen comes a limited production run a premium price tag. The Aura HD is going to go up for pre-order in North America on 16 April, and will be in-stores in Canada and the United Kingdom starting 25 April. The price will be $169 and £139.99. International availability will begin in May.
It’s rather curious that Kobo is calling it a limited production, isn’t it? I wonder if perhaps they don’t yet have the production ramped up, or perhaps they’re still not sure they will sell a lot.
Are you kidding? This thing will easily sell out.
It’s the cutting edge ereader that the Kobo Glo and the Kindle Paperwhite weren’t. Sure, both of those ereaders had a frontlight and a higher resolution screen, but neither of those features were really all that new.
But with the Aura HD the screen is not only higher resolution it is larger as well. That immediately make this the must-have ereader this summer.