Kobo has new FCC filings this week which are bound to set the ebook community buzzing.
Most of the useful details are concealed, but according to one set of paperwork, the Kobo Aura One (model bn709) was made by Netronix. It's a device with a 7.8" screen, Wifi, and a 1.2 Ah battery. There's a microUSB port, but no audio or card slot mentioned.
If that screen is real then the Aura One will be the largest of Kobo's ereaders, with a screen close to my preferred 8".
But it might not be completely correct, and here's where things get interesting.
According to the paperwork with the other Kobo FCC filing, the Aura One (model number bn236) is a six inch device. That listing doesn't tell us much either, but the paperwork does show that this model has a 1.2Ah battery, Wifi, and a microUSB port.
Yes, we have two listings for two different-sized devices which have the same name.Does anyone want to guess which one is the correct listing, or offer a good explanation?
I admit to being baffled, and also deeply interested. Kobo currently sells three ereaders, two with a six inch screen and one with a 6.8" screen, and now we could get one with a 7.8" screen.
- $180 Kobo Aura H20, with a 6.8", 1430 x 1080 resolution E-ink screen, frontlight, and a waterproof case
- $130 Kobo Glo HD, with a 6", 1448 x 1072 resolution E-ink screen, frontlight
- $90 Kobo Touch 2.0, with a 6", 800 x 600 resolution E-ink screen
If the larger Aura One model is released then it will supplant the Aura H2O as Kobo's premium ereader model, and it will make the Oasis look tiny and overpriced.
But will it be released?