Amazon’s Kindle may be the poster child of the e-reading industry, but Kobo has been making decent alternatives for a while — and today it has announced plans to launch what it calls the “highest resolution e-reader at the lowest price.”
Above: Kobo Glo HD
With the Kobo Glo HD, the Canadian company is clearly taking on the high-end Kindle Voyager, except Kobo is undercutting Amazon’s $200 price-tag by $70.
The Kogo Glo HD sports a 300 ppi (1448 x 1072) E-Ink touchscreen display, which means it should get fairly close to replicating the look of real print on real paper. It also comes replete with a built-in light and 1GHz processor, and will be available in black only.
The new device will launch in the U.S, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand from May 1, costing $129.99 (USD) or the local currency equivalent. It will be rolling out through Europe later in the month for €129.99, starting with France (May 22), and followed by Italy, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands. It will also launch in the U.K. on June 1, costing £109.99.
VentureBeat will be getting a hold of a review unit before it launches, so stay tuned for the full lowdown later this month.