Kobo has launched an updated version of its Kobo Touch eBook reader.
The Kobo Touch 2.0 is now available from Canadian booksellers Chapters and Indigo. The new model is priced at $80 in Canada.
Update: The Chapters.Indigo listing has been removed, but Kobo has officially introduced the new eReader: The Kobo Touch 2.0 should also be available in the US and Canada starting September 9th for $90.
Kobo hasn’t added the new model to its website yet, but the new entry-level eReader is expected to replace the original Kobo Touch.
The new eReader features a 6 inch, 800 x 600 pixel E Ink Pearl display. The screen is not illuminated: you’ll need to opt for a more expensive model such as the Kobo Glo HD, Kobo Aura, or Kobo Aura H20 if you want a built-in light for reading in the dark.
There aren’t many details available about the differences between the original Kobo Touch and version 2.0. But the new model seems to have a Kobo logo on the bottom of the device where there used to be a home button. And according to the product listing at Chapters.Indigo, the new model should get up to 2 months of battery life, while the original Kobo Touch had a 1-month battery.
The back of the new eReader also seems to have a new design. Instead of a sort of fake-quilt texture, the Kobo Touch 2.0 has a flat back with slopes on the left and right edges to make the device a bit thinner at the sides than it is in the middle.