Ever worried about taking your eReader on the beach or dropping it in the bath? Well worry no more. The new Kobo Aura H2O is the world’s first widely available waterproof and dustproof eReader (technically the PocketBook Aqua was the first, but it is not so widely available). The H2O has earned a full IP67 certification, meaning it can used in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes and is also dustproof.
Speaking about a consumer need for this type of device, Kobo CCO Michael Tamblyn said,
When we asked our customers what held them back from reading more ebooks, many told us they love to read in the bath, by the pool, or on the beach, but believed that devices and water didn’t mix. As we dug deeper, we found that more than 60% of customers surveyed said they would love to be able read near water without worry. We designed the Kobo Aura H2O, our latest premium eReader, so that ebooks could be just as common at the beach or in the bath as they are on the bus or in bed.”
The H2O uses the newer eInk Carta screen as opposed to the Pearl screen on the Kobo Aura HD. Both screens measure the same 6.8 inches and feature very similar industry leading resolutions (1430 x 1080, 265 dpi for the Aura H2O and 1440 x 1080, 265 dpi for the Aura HD). The H2O is slimmer and slightly lighter than the HD.
Both devices are powered by Freescale 1GHz processors and come with 4GB of memory which is upgradable to 32GB by way of a Micro SD card.
The Kobo Auro H2O will be available from 1st October with pre-orders starting on 1st September. It will cost $179.99 in the US, 179.99 in Europe and £139.99 in the UK . Rest assured we will be carrying out an in depth review as soon as possible.