Earlier this year a Kobo firmware update dropped hints that the ebook company had two new ereaders in the pipeline. Codenamed Pika and Alyssum, one turned out to be the $129 Kobo Glo HD, and the other may have launched yesterday as the Kobo Touch 2.0.
There's been no announcement from Kobo, but someone on MobileRead noticed that the Chapters/Indigo website now listed a new Kobo model. The listing is incomplete, but it tells us that the new device sports a 6" Pearl E-ink screen and can be bought right now for $89 CAD.
As you can see from the images above and below, the Touch 2.0 looks more like the Glo HD than its predecessor. This model has an angled back found on current Kobo models, and it also lacks the home button found on the original Kobo Touch. The dimensions also suggest that the Touch 2.0 is a little thinner and narrower than the earlier model.
If this is the Pika device mentioned earlier this year then it has a screen resolution of 800 x 600. It's Kobo's new budget model, and as you can tell from the price it is intended to compete with the current $99 Kindle (which costs $79 CAD, and is on sale for $64 CAD right now).
Frankly, I'm not sure how well the new Touch 2.0 will do against a device which costs so much less.
But at this point we don't know much of anything. Kobo hasn’t added the new model to its website yet nor have they sent out an announcement, so we're going to have to wait for official word.