Kobo to release a “glow” HD eReader, plus new tablet

It sounds like the major eReader developers are listening to customer complaints about the stagnation of E Ink screens. Today, Kobo announced that it would be releasing three new devices: the Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, and Kobo Arc tablet. The Kobo Glo will have a front-lit display, but, most importantly, it will feature a 1024 x 768 high-definition E Ink screen. I am unsure if there will be glare or fading issues as a result of the glow light, but I am hoping for the best.

The Kobo Glo will offer a customizable reading experience with an application called TypeGenius. Here’s what their website has to say:

Typography experts have created the ultimate font exclusively for Kobo. It leaves more ink on the screen so words appear sharper and crisper than ever before. Or create your own ideal reading experience with a choice of 7 additional font styles and 24 sizes, adjustable weight and sharpness settings, and the power to set your own margins.

Because Kobo Glo’s advanced high-res XGA Pearl E Ink screen isn’t made from glass there’s never any glare, even in the brightest sunlight. And, with TypeGenius, you can create your own ideal reading experience by choosing from a selection of adjustable fonts – including a new, exclusive Kobo font designed by typography experts.

Strangely, the Kobo Mini will use a Vizplex V110 display, a generation that predates the Pearl screen. In the Kindle 2, Vizplex looked great, but it won’t be comparable to the Glo’s new HD display. The Arc tablet will feature a 1280 x 800 IPS screen, the same definition as the Google’s Nexus 7.

It sounds like the new Kobo might be the reader to beat this holiday season, unless Amazon offers a superior HD experience. Kobo has always been 100% focused on their readers, so it makes sense that they would advance their firmware to this degree. Once I get my hands on one, I will post a review.

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3 Responses to Kobo to release a “glow” HD eReader, plus new tablet

  1. james says:

    Hi, just to note that
    “Kobo Mini by Kobo Uses E Ink Pearl Active Matrix Display”
    as stated on the e-ink.com web site. So not an older Vizplex V110 type.

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks James! I missed that. Will amend in the post. Thanks for reading.

    • Andrew says:

      James, are you sure you are right about the Kobo Mini featuring an E Ink Pearl display? Everything else says Vizplex V110, including Kobo’s own website (under “technical specs”). It seems that the E Ink site is misleading.

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