A new e-reader tablet device from Kobo has appeared at the FCC. Named the Vox e-book reader, the tablet is being touted as Kobo’s answer to the yet to be launched Amazon tablet, though much of it is still shrouded in mystery.
However, the images available do deliver some hints. The Vox includes a microSD card slot, which means users get the chance to enhance their storage options, while there is also a micro USB port and a headphone jack. However, the e-reader tablet—as it is being called—will connect to the e-book store or the internet via a Wi-Fi connection. A multimedia headset unit is also part of the testing process.
That Kobo is keen to make good use of Amazon’s idea of a tablet device is all too clear from the naming of the device. The title “e-reader tablet” implies that it will be a stripped down version of a the common tablet infrastructure to ensure costs remain within limits. After all, if users are given a device that they can use to read e-book as well as play games and browse the net, they shouldn’t have much to complain about. Allowing them access to an app store and while keeping the initial costs down, and the product can well turn out to be a match winner!
The Vox e-book reader does look very similar to the Nook Simple Touch. Of course, these are just preliminary images and the final product might well turn out to be quite different looking. What’s also not clear as of now is whether the Vox has been a whole new development or a reworked version of the Kobo Touch.
There are no shipping and price details available as yet, though that should hardly be surprising. However, the Vox should be ready to cash in on the holiday buying craze.
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