The Kobo VOX is perhaps playing hide-n-seek with us, going by the e-reader / tablet’s unexpected appearance at the Canadian retailer Future Shop site only to be pulled up soon thereafter. However, the extremely short online stint was enough to let us have a glimpse of what to expect out of Kobo’s next offering in the fast maturing tablet / e-book reader segment.
Like there is some more details available of the tablet that we till now only knew will have a color 7 inch display and run the Android operating system. However, what we now know is that the VOX will have a display resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The tablet comes integrated with 512 MB RAM, 8 GB of internal memory and 802.11b/g/n WiFi but no 3G. There also is a microSD card slot in case you need more storage power while the built-in speaker will let you have a richer multimedia experience, as much as a single speaker is able to. There is a USB port and a headphone jack too though no microphone slot.
The price mentioned was $250 CAD which translates to $242 and would be hitting streets on the 17th of October, at least within Canadian shores.The tablet weighs a quite convenient 400 gms while battery life mentioned is about 6 hours. Needless to say, the latter aspect could have been better. File formats mentioned that the tablet will be compliant with include Adobe DRM, EPUB, and PDF.
Just last week we reported the Kobo Vox e-reader tablet making it to the FCC for the necessary certification process. Now, the tablet make’s its first online appearance which interestingly comes on a day after the Kindle launches it much awaited Fire tablet PC. Maybe its a way of letting prospective buyers know the Amazon Fire isn’t the only option in this segment and the Kobo VOX too should be there for consideration.
Also, let’s not forget none of the details mentioned above comes from the house of Kobo and till Kobo comes clean with the VOX formally, its still rumor or speculation in strict sense of the term.
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