Kobo Nia Replaces the Aura 2 as Kobo’s Entry-Level eReader
Remember how I shared all the relevant info on the Kobo Nia about three weeks ago? Alas, that didn’t really leave me much to say about today’s launch.
Yes, the Nia is Kobo’s new budget model. It is replacing the four-year-old Aura 2, and in fact it has virtually the same specs as that older ereader. Just about the only differences are that the Nia has twice the storage (8GB vs 4GB), is a tiny bit thicker, and has the power button in a different location. (All of these changes were the result of the Nia being a Tolino Page 2 clone.)
The Nia has essentially the same internal hardware as Kobo’s other models, and runs the same software. It supports a widevariety of formats, including library ebooks distributed through OverDrive.
Retail is $99 in the US, $129 in Canada, and 99 euros in Europe.
Pre-orders will be available on 15 July, and the device will be available in stores and online as of 21 July in Canada, the US, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
- CPU: 1GHz Freescale i.MX 6ULL
- RAM: 256MB
- Screen: 6” Carta E-ink, 1024 x 758 resolution (212 ppi)
- Frontlight: white
- Touchscreen: capacitive
- Dimensions: 112.4 x 159.3 x 9.2 mm
- Weight: 172 grams