This morning I got an email from a helpful little bot which told me that Netronix, Kobo’s Taiwan-based hardware partner, had filed new FCC paperwork. Almost all of the interesting details have been embargoed, but I can tell you that the device carries a Kobo model number and that Kobo is mentioned in the paperwork in numerous places, including in a screenshot from the device.
I can also tell you that the new device is probably going to be called the Libra H2O.
After I got the FCC notice, I immediately started searching online for additional info. Putting the Kobo model number (N873) into Google turned up several web pages that mentioned a name for the device, Libra H2O.
What probably happened was that a database leaked somewhere, and these sites created pages automatically based on the data they could retrieve (this is actually a standard practice).
This could turn out to be a placeholder name, but there’s a better than even chance it is the name of the new Kobo ereader that will launch in the next few weeks.