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Kobo launches e-book readers, Android tablet in India at Rs 7,999 onwards

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New Delhi: Making a foray into the Indian market, Kobo launched four new devices, including three e-book readers and one Android tablet that is said to be optimised and designed for e-reading. These devices include Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo, Kobo Aura HD e-readers and the Kobo Arc Android tablet.

Kobo devices are available in India starting today through Croma, Crossword, and WHSmith retail stores. All the Kobo devices launched today are WiFi only. Kobo e-readers are said to support all the major e-books formats including mobi and epub.

Priced at Rs 7,999, the Kobo Touch eReader is equipped with an anti-glare 6-inch Pearl E-Ink touchscreen and its battery is claimed to last up to one month.

Kobo launches e-book readers, Android tablet in India at Rs 7,999 onwards

The Kobo Arc (regularly priced at Rs 11,999) and Kobo Touch (regularly priced at Rs 7,999) will be available for Rs 11,999 and Rs 6,999, respectively, till November 3.

The front-lit Kobo Glo eReader comes with the adjustable ComfortLight technology to enable people to read anytime - day or night. It also has a 6-inch Pearl E-Ink touchscreen and its battery is also claimed to last for one month. It carries a price tag of Rs 10,999.

The Kobo Aura HD is the most expensive of all. It is priced at Rs 13,999 and has a 6.8-inch Pearl E-Ink touchscreen. The Aura HD also includes built-in front-lit technology and it is touted to have enough juice to last for around 2 months.

The Kobo Arc is a 7-inch Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), which is claimed to be designed and optimised for e-reading. It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and has 16GB of storage. It comes at a price point of Rs 11,999.

Considering the festive season, Kobo announced that the Kobo Arc (regularly priced at Rs 11,999) and Kobo Touch (regularly priced at Rs 7,999) will be available for Rs 11,999 and Rs 6,999, respectively, till November 3.

Kobo says it will initially offer content only in English, but has plans to offer content in other Indian languages in future.

According to the company, readers will have access to Kobo's eBookstore which is claimed to feature nearly 4-million titles across 68 languages including content featuring work from Indian authors like Jhumpa Lahiri, Ramachandra Guha and Sachin Garg to international authors like Dan Brown, John Grisham and Lee Child.

Kobo Touch

Display: Crisp 6-inch Pearl E Ink touchscreen with 16 levels of grey-scale
Processor: Freescale i.MX508 800MHZ
Dimensions: 165 mm x 114 mm x 10 mm
Weight: 185 g
Storage: 2GB (up to 1,000 eBooks) - option to expand to 32GB with a microSD card
Buttons: Power on/off
Connectivity: Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB
Battery: Charge lasts up to 1 month
7 font styles, 24 font sizes
Price: Rs 7,999

Kobo Glo

Dimensions: 113.9 mm x 157.4 mm x 10 mm
Weight: 185 g
Processor: Freescale i.MX507 1GHZ
Display: 6-inch E Ink pearl XGA screen for 1024x758 (212 dpi) resolution; 16 level grey scale
Light: Built-in ComfortLight technology with micro-thin hard coating for even light diffusion and durability.
Screen: Non-glass touchscreen for glare-free reading.
Buttons: Power on/off; Light on/off
Connectivity: Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB
Storage: 2GB (1GB is available to store content - over 1,000 eBooks); Option to expand to 32GB with a micro SD card
Battery: One month with ComfortLight turned on
7 font styles, 24 font sizes
Price: Rs 10,999

Kobo Aura HD

ClarityScreen+: Custom WXGA+ Pearl E Ink Screen; 265 dpi, 1440 x 1080 resolution
ComfortLight: Built-in front-lit technology with coating for durability and even light distribution. Most even front-lit eReader.
Processor: Freescale i.MX507 1GHz
Dimensions: 128.3 mm x 175.7 mm x 11.7 mm
Weight: 240 g
Storage: 4GB - Option to expand up to 32GB with a MicroSD card
Buttons: Power on/off, ComfortLight on/off
Connectivity: Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB
Battery: Up to 2 months
10 font styles, 24 font sizes
Price: Rs 13,999

Kobo Arc

Dimensions: 120mm x 11.5mm x 189mm
Weight: 364 g
Processor: Texas Instruments OMAP 4470, 1.5 GHZ (Dual Core)
Display: 7-inch HD Display; 1280 x 800 resolution; 215 ppi; 16.4 million colours
OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
RAM: 1 GB RAM
Screen: IPS LCD - optimized for 178 degree viewing angles; ultradurable glass resistant to damage, scratches, bumps and drops
Connectivity: Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n , Micro USB
Storage: 16GB
Camera: 720p HD 1.3 megapixel forward-facing camera
Battery: Up to 10 hours of continuous reading/video with WiFi off; 2+ weeks on standby
Sensors: Accelerometer, ambient light sensor
Price: Rs 11,999

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