Kobo very silently launched the second version of its standard Touch e-reader, but nothing significant has really changed.
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Kobo's true focus lies in digital reading hardware. This was one of the reasons behind them scrapping their Android-based tablets, the Kobo Arc family.
Now, with more time and resources at their disposal, the company can make a push in the right direction.
The company launched the Kobo Glo HDÂ e-reader last April with the intention of competing with Amazon's more expensive Kindle Voyage. Now, Kobo has released the second version of its standard Kobo Touch e-reader, the Kobo Touch 2.0 in a blog postÂ for 89.95 CAD (roughly $68 USD).
The upgrade itself comes with not as many changes from the previous model, which is disappointing given the sheer room for improvement e-readers provide: like structure and tactility issues, resolution, display and connectivity.
The Kobo Touch 2.0 features center around usability: they include a 6-inch anti-glare screen, 11 font styles and 35 sizes. There is also 4GB of on-board storage (roughly 3,000 books) and four months worth of battery life. Like the previous version, there is WiFi capability with access to Kobo's 25/7 online e-bookstore.Â
The device is scheduled for release on September 9th in the U.S. and Canada. It will become avaialble in other countries later in the year and early in 2016.Â