With the 10.3-inch Elipsa, Kobo raises the bar for E Ink reading
Though there are apps that allow bookworms to read the latest titles on their smartphones or tablets, many people prefer an e-reader. Rakuten Kobo’s latest Elipsa model is not just the company’s largest to date, but also the first to include stylus input, allowing for both reading and creating.
“When we think about what should come next for Kobo eReaders, we always go back to our customers, to the individuals who read every day, to see how we can improve their reading experience,” said Michael Tamblyn, the company’s CEO. “We address the demands of individuals who don’t just want to read a book; they want to engage with it – mark it up, highlight it, write in the margins, or in their own notebook, because that’s how they get the most out of the books, articles, and documents they read.”
The Elipsa has a 10.3-inch E Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen display with a resolution of 1,404 x 1,872 pixels (227 ppi), a built-in dark mode, and customizable ComfortLight technology for day or night use.
It contains a quad-core 1.8 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage, as well as 802.11n Wi-Fi for downloading books from Kobo’s extensive e-Bookstore (or elsewhere) and Dropbox integration for storing and sharing documents online.
EPUB and EPUB3, PDF, FlePub, and MOBI are among the supported ebook formats, and there are 12 fonts with over 50 resize options. On the huge screen, you can see CBZ and CBR comic books, as well as TXT, RTF, and HTML files, as well as JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, and TIFF images. The e-reader also has OverDrive access, allowing avid users to borrow ebooks from local libraries with ease.
With the addition of a Kobo Stylus for note-making, annotating, and drawing, the Elipsa moves into reMarkable 2 territories. Different pen types, shades, line widths, and eraser sizes are available; the device can convert handwriting to text or clean up lists and shapes with a tap; and a variety of page backgrounds, including blank, lined, and square options, are available in the included notebook feature.
The new e-reader also comes with a useful cover that stores the stylus when not in use and folds to provide a comfortable reading angle when not protecting the display. The 2,400-mAh battery in the Kobo offers weeks of usage per charge, with charging and cabled connections done through USB-C.
Pre-orders for the Elipsa are available now for US$399.99, with general availability set for June 24.
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