Vendor Kobo has launched the world’s first waterproof e-reader – the Kobo Aura H2O.
It will be available in black and will retail for £139.99 in the UK from October 1st.
The Kobo Aura H20 is thinner and lighter than its previous Aura HD model and is designed for use in the bath or the beach. It is waterproof for up to 30 minutes in one metre of water with the port cover closed.
It has a dustproof design and anti-glare display, a 265 dpi E Ink 6.8-inch touchscreen display with upgraded ‘Carta E Ink technology’ the first of its kind with these display dimensions.
The H20 has a 1GHz processor, 4GB of onboard storage (expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card) and a battery life of up to two months.
There are 10 fonts and 24 font sizes, with adjustable font sharpness and weight setting. The Kobo Aura H2O also features on-device recommendations based on readers’ activity and preferences, and readers can also share their favourite passages, quotes and books on their Facebook Timeline.
“When we asked our customers what held them back from reading more ebooks, many told us they love to read in the bath, by the pool, or on the beach, but believed that devices and water didn’t mix,” said Michael Tamblyn, President and Chief Content Officer at Kobo.
“As we dug deeper, we found that more than 60 per cent of customers surveyed said they would love to be able read near water without worry. We designed the Kobo Aura H2O, our latest premium e-reader, so that ebooks could be just as common at the beach or in the bath as they are on the bus or in bed.”
Takahito Aiki, CEO at Kobo, added: "Our number one priority is encouraging people to read more. With our award-winning e-readers such as Kobo Glo, Kobo Aura, and Kobo Aura HD, we brought readers what they wanted: anti-glare displays for easy reading in sunlight and built-in front light technology for reading with ease day or night.
"The new Aura H2O adds another layer to our promise of enabling people to bring their libraries with them wherever they want.”
— Kobo (@kobo) August 26, 2014