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Kobo Nia is a Tolino Page 2 Clone

It turns out Kobo’s new ereader is not as new as I had hoped.

I was just reading over on MobileRead that Staples Canada has put the Kobo Nia’s product page online two days early. The new ereader is reportedly going to sell for $129 in Canada (which is really weird given that the Kindle Paperwhite has much better specs and costs $119 CDN).

Meet the Kobo Nia, aka the Tolino Page 2:

I hadn’t mentioned this before, but it had previously been speculated on MobileRead that the Kobo Nia would be a Tolino Page 2 clone. I didn’t take that speculation seriously (I was hoping for something cool) but I will give credit where it is due.

As you can see if you compare the photo gallery at the end of this post with the Tolino Page 2 gallery, the two devices really do have the same hardware. This move makes a certain amount of sense given that Kobo is the hardware partner for Tolino.

The Tolino Page 2 (Kobo Nia) has a 6″ Carta E-ink screen with a capacitive touchscreen and a frontlight. It runs on a 1GHz single-core CPU with 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage. It has Wifi but not BT, measures 9.1mm thin, and weighs 179 grams.

The Kobo Nia is a replacement for Kobo’s current entry-level ereader, the Aura 2. I do not know when it will be available, but I am expecting it to be announced on Tuesday of this week.

What do you think?

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Void 22 June, 2020 um 6:35 pm

I was hoping for an update to the Forma.


Susan 22 June, 2020 um 8:02 pm

I know it is a six inch screen but is it smaller than the Clara or larger in regards to bezel and height?

rcentros 24 June, 2020 um 2:10 pm

Slightly larger and and slightly heavier than the Clara.

Clara – 110.2 x 156.4 x 8.35 mm – 166 g
Nia – 112.5 x 159.8 x 9.1 mm – 179 g

Susan 25 June, 2020 um 7:50 am

Thank you! I really wish Kobo would bring back the Mini.


James Seger 24 June, 2020 um 4:27 pm

With their front lights, Carta screens and 8GB drives, entry level readers like the Nia or the basic Kindle are becoming good enough for most readers. I wonder if there will be a point where the basic models eat into the sales of the Claras and Paperwhites?


Susan 25 June, 2020 um 5:24 pm

I have the basic Kindle in white and really like it. Just wish it had the adjustable warm light and inverted mode.


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