Kobo's next ereader leaked on Youtube today, and it is exactly what we were expecting.
Kobo’s Canadian retail partner, Chapters/Indigo, uploaded a video to YouTube showing the Kobo Clara HD. The video has since been removed, and it shows digital images rather than the actual device, but it did reveal some interesting details about Kobo’s next ereader.
The Kobo Clara HD is a basic black rectangle with a 6" E-ink screen. The video doesn't mention the screen resolution, but it does say that the device has Comfortlight Pro. This is what Kobo calls its color-changing frontlight, and it means that the Clara HD will have the same frontlight options as Kobo's last couple models.
The video also mentions that the Clara HD will have 8GB of storage, but it doesn't say more than that. For example, there's no mention of price or release date.
I agree with the other Nathan; this is a little disappointing. It's a minimal refresh to existing hardware that adds a new frontlight, but little else.
This is a little silly, but over the past week I had started to wonder whether Kobo might decide they had to do something amazing so they could overshadow the Kindle Oasis, Amazon's 7" ereader.
I got it in my head that Kobo might release a 10" ereader. Yes, I had predicted a 6" model, but I would have been happy to be surprised when I was wrong.
Alas, that is not to be.