Last week's leak may have let the cat out of the bag, but Kobo is making the best of situation. This Toronto-based ebook company has just announced its second new ereader for the year.
The Kobo Touch 2.0 updates the four-year-old Kobo Touch ereader with more storage, longer battery life, a faster CPU, and a lower price.
It has a 1GHz CPU, 4GB storage, and Wifi, but no audio or card slot. Its 6" screen sports a resolution of 800 x 600 and an IR touchscreen, but there is no frontlight.
In short, this ereader was built to be a competitor to the (basic) Kindle, and it has a price to match. The Kobo Touch 2.0 will be available on 9 September in the US and Canada, and will retail for $89.99.
The device will also be sold internationally:
- Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Mexico: late September
- France, Spain and Germany: October
- Other countries: Later this year and early 2016
The Kobo Touch 2.0 splits the difference between the $79/$99 price for the budget Kindle, but is it a good value?
I don't think so. Instead, I would recommend that you get the Kobo Glo HD instead. That device costs only $40 more, and yet it has a much sharper screen and a frontlight.
I wasn't too happy with the Kobo Glo HD, but I still think it's a better value than the $89 Kobo Touch 2.0. The better hardware justifies the slightly higher price tag.