We don’t know much about the Kobo Clara HD at this point, other than that it has an E Ink display, support for 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n WiFi networks, and a 1,500 mAh, 5.55 Whr battery.
The device is manufactured by Netronix, which makes a number of popular eReaders. And the HD in the name suggests it’ll have a reasonably high-resolution display.
Kobo’s hardware lineup currently consists of 4 eReaders with prices ranging from $120 to $280. They’re all available online from the Kobo website.
But when the new Kobo Clara HD launches, there’s a chance you might be able to walk into a store and buy it.
Kobo, which is owned by Japanese company Rakutan, recently announced a new partnership with Walmart that could help the company gain inroads in the United States, where Amazon’s Kindle line of devices dominate the eReader space.
Once upon a time Kobo had a similar deal with Borders Bookstores, but since Borders went out of business it’s been hard to walk into a store in the US and look at a Kobo device the way you can walk into a Barnes & Noble and see a Nook or walk into any number of stores and play with a Kindle.
The Walmart deal also means Walmart will sell eBooks and audiobooks through Kobo’s platform.