When Kobo first revealed the Kobo Forma final fall, everybody referred to as it a Kindle Oasis clone. Because it seems, the true Kindle Oasis clone is the brand new Kobo Libra that Kobo simply unveiled yesterday.
It has the very same E Ink show because the Kindle Oasis, which has been the one gadget to make use of that particular display because it was launched in 2017, and the general design idea is similar to the Oasis as nicely.
Each gadgets have a 7-inch 300 ppi display with adjustable frontlight shade, together with web page buttons on one aspect and a rotation sensor to change arms. Each are geared up with a micro USB port, Wi-Fi, 8GB of cupboard space, and each are waterproof with an IPX8 score.
The general sizes are very comparable as nicely, with the Libra measuring 144 x 159 x 5.Zero-7.Eight mm with a weight of 192 grams.
The Kindle Oasis measures 141 x 159 x three.Four-Eight.Four mm with a weight of 188 grams.
Given all of the similarities between the 2 gadgets, you’d assume that the worth could be about the identical as nicely, however that’s the place issues differ essentially the most.
The Kindle Oasis sells for $249 USD however it prices an additional $20 for the comparable non-ad model so primarily the true worth is $269.
The Kobo Libra then again sells for a way more cheap $169. Overlook the Oasis; that’s solely $20 greater than the non-ad Kindle Paperwhite with a smaller display, no heat frontlight, and no web page buttons.
The Kindle Oasis has some benefits over the Kobo Libra, like the truth that it’s obtainable with the choice of 32GB of cupboard space, and with 4G LTE wi-fi. It additionally has audiobook assist and a display reader to learn ebooks aloud. The Oasis additionally provides a flush entrance display and it has a steel again as an alternative of plastic. Amazon’s software program has some added options as nicely however that’s a subject for a special day.
By nearly all reviews, the brand new heat frontlight function on the Kindle Oasis three is a giant hit—everybody appears to love it—however now simply two months after its launch the Kobo Libra comes together with the identical display and comparable design for a whopping $100 much less.
If Kobo is wise they’ll begin displaying off the Kobo Libra at Walmart shops so individuals can test it out in particular person and see the way it compares to Kindles.
Amazon didn’t begin considerably decreasing the costs of Kindles till B&N began releasing Nooks with decrease costs. May Kobo power Amazon to decrease Kindle costs as soon as once more?