Borders will begin to ship the new Kobo Touch e-reader that we saw at Book Expo America 2011 on June 19th 2011. This confirmation comes from an official tweet that the company made today on Twitter. So it looks like folks in the USA will get the first chance to see this new e-reader before Canadians do later on in the month.
The Kobo Touch is six inches and has a virtual keyboard for typing. It will be able to display around 16 levels of greyscale and it has 1 GB of internal memory. You will be able to further enhance the memory up to 32 GB via an SD card. The unit is basically as small as a paperback novel and noticeably smaller then the latest generation Kindle. It is based on the Pearl e-Ink technology and is somewhat comparable to the Sony PRS-650 Touch. You will be able to read books by tapping or swiping like you would on the Apple iPad and many other Tablet devices. The device is powered by a Freescale i.MX507 processor. You will be able to connect up to the internet via the built in WI FI adapter. Kobo has re-designed the e-reader from previous iterations, instead of a D-Pad with 4 buttons it simply now just has a home button. One of the cool aspects of the Kobo Touch Edition is that it uses Neonode’s new zForce infrared touch technology to make reading on Kobo just like that of reading a real book. The Kobo Touch also features a built in dictionary to look up words and will feature an international dictionary for localized versions of the e-reader.
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