Kobo may be preparing to launch a new eReader with a 7.8 inch display. An unannounced device called the Kobo Aura ONE showed up at the FCC this week, and it’s described as a “7.8 inch Electronic Display Device.”
There’s also a model with a 6 inch screen… which will likely have similar specs, but a smaller display. But the 7.8 inch model interests me most, since it’s a rather unusual size for an eReader.
There aren’t many details about the new device, but the name and size are enough to suggest it’ll be the company’s new top-of-the-line eReader.
Kobo currently sells three eBook readers:
- $90 Kobo Touch 2.0 with a 6 inch, 800 x 600 pixel display
- $130 Kobo Glo HD with a 6 inch, 1448 x 1072 pixel illuminated touchscreen
- $180 Kobo Aura H20 with a 6.8 inch, 1430 x 1080 pixel illuminated touchscreen and a waterproof design
The Aura ONE would have the largest display of the bunch… and a larger screen than any current Amazon Kindle or B&N NOOK eReader.
There aren’t any details about screen resolution, storage space, or other features in the FCC documents. But we do know that the device supports 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n WiFi, has a micro USB port for charging, and is manufactured by Netronix.
I think the 7.8 inch model also has a 1,200 mAh battery, but I’m a little less certain of that feature…. especially since the 6 inch version seems to have a higher-capacity 1,500 mAh battery.