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Kobo Challenges the Kindle Paperwhite With a Waterproof eReader

by Jacob Kleinman | August 27, 2014August 27, 2014 10:00 am PST

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Amazon’s Kindle lineup may dominate the conversation when it comes to eReaders, but the company still faces some pretty tough competition. Just last week Samsung teamed up with Barnes & Noble to announce a new Nook, and now Kobo is back with a fresh E-Ink with its own unique features.

Kobo announced the Aura H20 this morning, revealing a splash-proof eReader that can survive underwater for up to 30 minutes. The new device is pretty similar to last year’s Aura HD, and offers a 6.8-inch Carta E-Ink touchscreen display with a resolution of 1,430 x 1,080 and 265 pixels per inch (putting it above the Kindle Paperwhite’s 212ppi count). It also packs 4GB of storage with microSD support, and a battery that should last well over a month depending on how much time you spend reading.

At $179, Kobo’s new eReader looks a bit pricy compared to the Amazon alternative. When you factor in that waterproof design it starts to makes sense though, considering that third-party companies like Waterfi are happy to charge well over $200 for a splash-proofed Kindle Paperwhite. If you want to use an eReader by the pool, or even in the bath, without fear of ruining it, this may be the device for you.

You can pre-order the Kobo Aura H20 starting on Sept. 1, though the company’s new eReader won’t actually ship for another month. In the meantime you can hit the source link below for more info on what Kobo has to offer.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...