Kobo Vox Android Tablet Coming on 17 October for $250

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Kobo had a minor booboo today. Their new Android tablet, the 7" Kobo Vox, has shown up on Futureshop.ca with a spec sheet, ship date, and a retail of $250 CAD.

Update: The product page is down now. Wow that was quick. It went up and down in less that 2 hours. Fortunately I grabbed a copy and saved it here. I also got a screenshot.

It's now confirmed that the Vox is an Android tablet, but it's not clear yet what OS it's running. The 7" screen has a resolution of 1024x600, and the Vox also has Wifi, 8GB Flash storage, microSD card slot, a speaker, and if the product listing is to be believed it will have access to the Android Market.

Battery life is estimated to be around 6 hours and it will weigh 400 grams. Edit: I also just got a hint that not all of the specs are correct, so I wouldn't rely on them.

I'm a little surprised to see this tablet, but not by much I'd already gotten a hint a few days back that Kobo would be releasing this tablet, and that the FCC paperwork was just a convenience, not a sign that they had passed on the tablet.

Kobo Vox Android Tablet Coming on 17 October for $250 e-Reading Hardware
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But I'm also not surprised to see this because I know that Kobo have been working on an Android tablet for at least a year now. In fact, I have a photo from last October of what might be the Kobo Vox. It was called the Kobo Color back then but it's basically the same tablet.

Given that they have been working on it for over a year, I'm hoping against hope that the Vox will have the enhanced Kobo app that can be found on the HTC Flyer.  That app is incredibly sophisticated and does a lot more in terms of annotation than any of the other mainstream reading apps.

Here's a video, in case you're interested:

via MobileRead

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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  2. Syn29 September, 2011

    A day late and a dollar short. The only thing Kobo has going for it is the SD card slot. I fear that only us hard core e-reader, gadget fanatics would pick this up now over all that the Fire offers.

    Kobo does seem to have a loyal following and its nice to see a small company make it while being sandwiched between B&N, and the juggernaut known as Amazon.

    I haven’t ordered Fire yet, I’m still waiting to see what B&N will bring to the table.

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    1. Alexander Inglis29 September, 2011

      Amazon Fire is only going to be sold and supported in the US for the foreseeable future. This Kobo leak is for Canada; presumably other markets which Amazon will, for the time being, ignore in the tablet space.

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  3. Alexander Inglis29 September, 2011

    That’s a stunning scoop. Congratulations.

    “The Kobo Vox combines everything great about the Kobo with amazing new features that bring your reading experience to new levels. You’ll enjoy hours of reading on the 7-inch colour display, downloading from a selection of 2.5 million titles, and even surfing the web and downloading apps from the Android market. The Kobo Vox is the eReader that does so much more.”

    Kobo’s Reading Life is being optimized for iOS and Android platforms; it sounds like it will run well on this device.

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  4. […] 400g, a tiny bit lighter as well. The price was $250 in Canadian dollars, though that may change. The Digital Reader claims to have a picture of an early version of the device, in case you’re curious. […]

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  5. La tablette Kobo Vox 7 pouces le 17 octobre à 250 $30 September, 2011

    […] et disparue aussi vite, la tablette a pu être vue par Nate Hoffelder, du site The Digital Reader, déjà à l’origine de la découverte du document de la FCC. Il […]

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  7. […] On a related note, I got a hint a few days back that Fnac are working on a new ebook reader. Kobo and Fnac aren’t talking on this point, but I suspect that Fnac will soon be selling the Kobo Touch and the Kobo Vox (when it ships). […]

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  8. […] 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 […]

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  9. […] Do you recall how the leaked product page listed the price as $249? If not for the Kindle Fire, that is probably somewhere near the price that Kobo really wanted […]

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