The Kobo Aura One's a LOT Cheaper Than the Kindle Oasis, if Nothing Else

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Any of you who fall into that small category of caring about eReaders that aren’t Kindles may be interested to hear that Kobo has just revealed the Aura ONE, a £189.99 high-end model that’s arriving on September 6th.

Measuring 195.1 x 138.5 x 6.9mm and 230g with a generous 7.8-inch display, Kobo says it’s designed to appeal to hardbook lovers. The eInk screen itself is sharp, at 300ppi, and a feature called ComfortLight PRO automatically adjusts blue light exposure at night, so you should be able to get your fill of bedtime reading without the quality of your sleep being impacted.

It’s waterproof too, so you can invite it into the bath, Kobo claims it’ll run for a month between charges and the 8GB of storage should let you carry up to 6,000 eBooks around at any one time. Through OverDrive, you can borrow new titles from any libraries that play nice with the app, and you have the option to play around with fonts, margins, and note-taking tools too.

Can it compare to the fantastic (but crazy expensive) Kindle Oasis though?

Kobo’s also cooked up something called that Aura Edition 2, a £99.99 eReader with a 6-inch, 1,024 x 768 display, 4GB of storage and up to two months of battery life. It’s also set to land on September 6th.