Kobo has a brand new e-reader out, the Libra H20, which seems to be to hitch the existing Kobo Forma in taking on Amazon’s luxury Kindle Oasis, with an identical one-handed design. However, the place the Forma stumbled by upping the display screen size to an 8-inch panel, leading to a device that was considerably unwieldy to carry, the brand new Libra H20 matches Amazon’s e-reader precisely with a 7-inch dimension that’s a lot simpler to handle.
Crucially, although, in contrast to the Forma, which begin at $279.99 — much more than the Oasis, which starts at $249.99, regardless of it’s more premium metallic design — the Libra H20 will value $169.99, making it the most affordable choice around for an asymmetrical, Oasis-style e-reader.
Except for with the smaller display and lower price level, the brand new Libra H20 mostly resembles the Forma: it’s IPX8 waterproof, provides a built-in backlight and adjustable coloration temperature, incorporates a high-resolution 300ppi e-Ink display (the same because the Forma in addition to Amazon’s Oasis and Paperwhite models), and provides the identical deep Overdrive library and Pocket integrations that the product line is known for.
Kobo can also be debuting a brand new e-book navigation interface with the Libra H20 (which may even be accessible on the remainder of Kobo’s present product lineup), which provides some welcome options. Now, you’ll be able to scrub through a whole e-book, as an alternative of merely the current chapter, with web page previews that can seem whereas scrubbing. Up to date, headers present what chapter you’re at present reading and what number of pages you could have left in it, whereas a brand new footer exhibits what web page you’re currently on within the e-book overall. They’re welcome improvements, provided that software program has been one in all Kobo’s weaker areas when in comparison with their Amazon counterparts.
The Kobo Libra H20 will value $169.99 within the US when it goes on sale on September 17th. Pre-orders will start on September 10th.