It might be true to say that the e-reader market isn’t quite as obsessed with specs and features as the hardcore tablet PC brigade, but there’s at least one feature that matters in a pretty big way and that’s the screen…for obvious reasons. Which means that for equally obvious reasons we could be looking at a winner in the form of the Kobo Aura HD, which has taken the crown for the highest-resolution screen of any e-reader on the market today.
Available as a strictly limited edition release, the Kobo Aura HD was crafted with “the world’s most passionate book lovers” in mind and will launch for just $169.99 – preorders are already being taken. Packing 1,440 by 1,080 pixels into its 6.8-inch screen, the Kobo Aura HD’s 265PPI pixel density is by rights leaps and bounds ahead of the competition – including the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.
According to Kobo, the now market-leading Aura HD serves up “30 percent more reading surface and the closest experience to print-on-paper — showcasing text and high-resolution images beautifully.”
They also state that the Aura HD will be the fastest e-reader on the market today by at least 25%, packing a nifty 1GHz processor under the hood. It’s 4GB of closet space can be bumped up with microSD and for those looking to take their reading to extremes, Kobo claims it will be good for up to two months of reading from just one charge.
If all of the above holds water, the e-reader bar has just been raised to an all-new extent.
Kobo is of course understandably proud of the Aura HD and has passed up no opportunity to sings its praises…often rather creatively.
“To us, the Kobo Aura HD is the Porsche of e-readers and is designed for those in the driver’s seat of their e-reading adventures,” according to Kobo device general manager Wayne White.
The release date for the Aura HD has been revealed as April 25th for the UK and Canada, with US launch details to follow.