Device dissections are one of the joys of new product launches, but with ereaders we usually have to wait for the FCC paperwork before we get a peek inside.
Luckily we don’t have to wait on the Kobo Glo HD. Late last night I had a fortunate accident with my review unit. I dropped it, and the back popped off. I am a little disturbed that the rear shell came off that easily, but I wasn’t upset enough to pass up the chance to get a look inside and take a photo.
We’re going to have to wait for the FCC paperwork before we get to see a complete teardown, but this one photo does reveal a some key details.
It confirms that the Glo HD has an IR touchscreen (we can clearly see the controller chip) and a 1.5Ah battery.
We can also see a microSD card slot, which is good news for anyone who might want to hack the Glo HD and add Android, or simply wants to increase the amount of internal storage. (I think 4GB is enough, but that’s just one blogger’s opinion.)
And if you zoom in on the photo you will also see that the best two places for inserting a pick and prying the rear shell off would be at the center pf the top and bottom edges.
Actually, I don’t think you’ll need to pry the rear shell off; it comes off far too easily. I honestly did drop it by accident last night, and if you’re concerned about having similar accidents you might want to consider dropping it on purpose the first time, and then gluing the rear shell on.
This will void your warranty, so I do not recommend it. But it is an option.