Despite the fact that Amazon is almost completely captured the market of electronic readers through its Kindle line, other manufacturers are not sitting idly by. For example, the Canadian company Kobo, purchased several years ago Japanese media giant Rakuten (thereby that owns messenger Viber), it decided to produce protected from moisture (by IPX8 standard) reader Kobo Aura H2O. We cannot fail to note that in the line reader Amazon is still did not show up your own waterproof reader for fans to read on the beach and by the pool.
In fact, Kubo Aura H2O is an update to the first waterproof model Kobo Aura One manufacturer, however, has a more compact format and low price. The first version was equipped with Aura large enough for the casual reading of 7.8-inch E Ink Carta HD and cost $ 229, while of H2O-version received a more compact 6.8-inch screen E Ink Carta and the price tag of $ 179. In the first case, the screen resolution is 1872 × 1404 pixels (300 PPI), whereas the new items resolution and smaller density – 1440 × 1080 pixels (265 PPI).
Kobo Aura H2O almost completely repeats the basic model design (taking into account the different dimensions) – minimalistic front panel with the company logo and embossed rear panel with bright blue power button. Reader is controlled via a touch screen, which in addition is different proprietary built-in lighting ComfortLight PRO, allows you to adjust not only the intensity but also the color temperature of the backlight.
Model Kobo Aura H2O works under the control of the processor Freescale SoloLite iMx6 with an operating frequency of 1 GHz, the amount of internal memory is 8 GB, which according to the manufacturer is enough to store 6000 books. The battery life of the full battery charge calculated for 1500 mA weeks. Dimensions of the reader make up 129x172x8.9 mm and weight – 210 grams. Proprietary protection of HZO Protection IPX8 standard implies that the Kobo Aura H2O can be without problems for 60 minutes at a depth of 2 meters.
Reader supported e-book formats EPUB, EPUB3, PDF and MOBI, which can display text in 11 different font options and 50 font sizes, the reader can also further adjust the density and sharpness of characters. Also, Kobo Aura H2O is able to recognize images (JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, and TIFF), documents (TXT, HTML, XHTML, RTF) and Comics (CBZ, CBR). During the reading of available underline, bookmark, quotes, dictionaries and other users are accustomed to the modern reader functions, including recommendations and statistics, as well as the ability to put your favorite quotes on Facebook.
The reader Kobo Aura H2O will go on sale in the US market ($ 179), Canada (199 the product range CAD), the UK (£ 149) and the individual countries of Europe (€ 179) on May 22 the rest of the country will be added to this list later.
Incidentally, according to pre-order on the US site Kobo Aura H2O can be bought even cheaper – for $ 159 and corporate cover will cost $ 39.