As expected, Rakuten-owned eBook company Kobo has launched a new eReader. It’s called the Kobo Clara HD, and it features a 6 inch, high-resolution E Ink display, a front-lit display with support for reducing blue light at night, and a $130 price tag.
It’s up for pre-order now from the Kobo website.
The Kobo Clara HD features an E Ink Carta display with 300 pixels per inch, 8GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and a micro USB port.
This is basically Kobo’s latest answer to Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite. It has a similar display size, touchscreen controls, an illuminated display, and twice as much storage space as Amazon’s eReader.
While the $130 price tag is higher than the $120 starting price for a Kindle Paperwhite, Kobo’s devices don’t include “special offers” (ads) on the lock screen. If you want an ad-free Kindle you need to pay an extra $20 to remove them, which means the Kobo Clara HD is actually $10 cheaper than an ad-free Paperwhite.
It supports 14 different file formats including EPUB, PDF, MOBI, TXT, HTML, CBZ, and CBR and has 11 fonts and 50 font styles.
What it doesn’t have are a microSD card slot or a waterproof design.
The Kobo Clara HD measures 6.2″ x 4.3″ x 0.3″ and weighs about 5.9 ounces.