Do you know how some companies like to have press events to show off their new devices? Not Kobo. I just got the press release for the new Kobo ereaders. It looks like they’re preempting Amazon’s event later today.
The 3 new devices are the Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, and Kobo Arc. That last is an Android tablet, and it has a 7″ screen, dual core 1.5GHz CPU, 1.3MP camera, and will hit store shelves this November for $200 and $250 in 8GB and 16GB flavors. The full spec sheet is at the end of the post. It’s not a bad tablet, but then again we don’t know what specs the new Kindle Fire will have or what it will cost.
The Kobo Touch is sticking around with a new price of $99. But Kobo is supplementing the Kobo Touch with a new 5″ model, the Kobo Mini, which will sell for $80 as well as the Kobo Glo, frontlight equipped 6″ model (with a screen resolution of 1024×768). The Glo will be priced at $130.
Do you know what’s interesting? Kobo seems to have figured out the ereader market before Sony. Right now there’s room for specialization based on prpice and abilities. Sony went from 3 devices in 2010 to a single device in 2011 and 2012, while Kobo went from a single device to 4 devices. Yeah, Sony tends to zag when the market would suggest they should zig. Oh well.
Kobo will likely update their website with more info later today.
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