Kobo Aura One gets officially unveiled: 7.8-inch high-definition display, $229 price tag

Kobo Aura One gets officially unveiled: 7.8-inch high-definition display, $229 price tag
As previous leaks had indicated, the Kobo Aura One became official earlier today. The high-end waterproof e-reader will launch September 6th at a price of $229. 

One of the main highlights of the Kobo Aura One is the display, which seems very appropriate given that the screen is by far the most important aspect of an e-reader. The screen of the Kobo Aura One is a 7.8-inch panel running at 300ppi.

If you’re often reading into the late hours of the night, you’ll be glad to learn that the Kobo Aura One allows users to modify the color temperature of the display, either manually or automatically depending on the time of day. This is essentially a blue light filter mode that's highly similar to Apple's Night Shift. The same detailed control is allowed over the display brightness.

If you’re looking for a big e-reader with a high-resolution display, the Kobo Aura One seems to be your only option at the moment. 

Despite carrying a large display, the dimensions are acceptable. The Kobo Aura One measures 6.9mm across the waist and tips the scale at 230 grams. Another nice inclusion is the One’s water resistance. The Aura One is IPX8 certified water resistant, which means that it is guaranteed to survive dives in up to 2 meters of water. 


The brain of the operation is a 1Ghz CPU paired with 512MB of RAM. Compared to modern smartphones, that’s a lot less processing power. Compared to other e-readers, however, these are blazing fast specs that should have no trouble keeping up with the demands of the simplistic OS.

On the software side, the Aura One allows for easy access to the store (from where you can purchase or lend books) and to the library. Just like with the Amazon Kindle OS, the user can long press a word to look up its definition as well as select and annotate text. 

What do you guys think of the Kobo Aura One? Will you consider it as an alternative to the pricier Amazon Kindle Oasis?

source: Kobo

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4 Comments

1. aegislash

Posts: 1526; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Eh, it seems really extra to always mention Apple whenever you guys talk about blue light filters, because they existed, and worked just as well, long before Apple built the filter into iOS 9. But anyways...I still rock my ol' Amazon Kindle from like 2011, and don't really feel like e-readers have evolved enough to justify upgrading just yet. It has great daytime visibility, great battery, and a great screen.

2. FBIsurveilance

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

I have the first kindle paperwhite. It's good to this day, probably the fact that I haven't use it much after reading the whole 5 books of Game of Thrones last year helps on that front, but my... that screen sucks for reading PDFs, too small on every front and the kindle isn't very great at opening one either. This kobo seems perfect, but I can't buy it. Fcuk me and my third world country.

3. emcdonald75

Posts: 166; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

It's not that the Kobo is a bad device, but it lacks the Amazon ecosystem. The Kindle Paperwhite would be the perfect device if it had an adaptive light sensor, waterproofing, ePub support and audiobook support. Amazon needs 16 and 32GB models with Bluetooth support for audiobooks. These features in a $199 package would be an awesome sale along with my Kindle Unlimited subscription. Amazon's ecosystem is great but it is also causing them to forget to innovate and bring to the market an excellent Kindle e-reader.

4. FBIsurveilance

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

After years of selling Kindle at cost or little profit and finally finished building their ecosystem, it's time for Amazon to turn a profit from their e-readers. Which is why we have the Voyage and Oasis, which is nothing really, but expensive. Kobo's not so great at that, but their devices are more feature packed and I just hope it's available in more countries worldwide.

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