KOBO and Its Models


Kobo is a Canadian based company which sells e-readers, e-books, audio-books, and tablet computers as well. It is a part of Japanese based company Rakuten Kobo Inc. Kobo has been derived from the word book just by rearranging the letters. Here we discuss the different models of Kobo and when they were launched.

Kobo eReader

  • Launched on May 1st, 2010
  • Expendable memory up to 4 GB through SD slot.
  • Manufactured by Netronix Inc
  • Launch price 149 USD.
  • Limited wireless connectivity.

Kobo Wi-Fi

  • Launched on Oct 15th, 2010
  • Improved Wi-Fi capability.
  • Comes with the multiple color choices.
  • Expendable memory up to 32 GB through SD slot.
  • Long battery life.

Kobo Touch

  • Launched in June 2011
  • Launched an infrared 6” touchscreen interface.
  • E Ink Pearl screen display.
  • 11n Wi-Fi capability.
  • Reduced weight and size.

Kobo Glo

  • Launched on September 6th, 2012.
  • Front lit touch-based E ink reader.
  • Supports mostly all the ebook standards format.
  • 6” touch screen display.
  • Internal storage of 2 GB and supports microSD card.

Kobo Mini

  • Launched on September 6th, 2012.
  • 5” E ink Vizplex Screen display.
  • 2 GB of internal storage.

Kobo Aura

  • Launched in September 2013
  • Introduced baseline e-reader.
  • 6” E Ink Clarity display.
  • Built-in front LED light.
  • 4 GB of storage space and microSD slot for external storage.
  • Battery life up to 8 weeks.
  • 1 GHz processor.

Kobo Aura HD

  • Launched on April 25th, 2014
  • 8” E Ink screen display.
  • A fast processor of 1 GHz.
  • Battery life up to 8 weeks.
  • Built-in ComfortLight.

Kobo Aura H₂O

  • Launched on October 1st, 2014
  • A launched first commercial waterproof e-reader.
  • 8-inch E Ink Carta display
  • 1 GHz processor.

Kobo Glo HD

  • Launched on May 1st, 2015
  • Sleek and compact design.
  • 6” E Ink Carta screen resolution.
  • Introduced a microSD card internally.

Kobo Touch 2.0

  • Launched on September 8th, 2015
  • Launch price 89.99 USD and 89.99 CAD.
  • 6” Anti-glare E Ink Pearl Display.
  • Increased storage of up to 4 GB.
  • Improved battery life which lasts up to 8 weeks.
  • 1 GHz Freescale i.MX6 Solo Lite Processor.

Kobo Aura One

  • Launched on September 6th, 2016
  • 8” E Ink Carta HD Waterproof Display.
  • Lightweight approx. 252 grams.
  • 8 GB internal storage.
  • 512 MB RAM
  • First eReader with built-in overdrive support.

Kobo Aura Edition 2

  • Launched on September 2016
  • 6” E Ink Carta Display Resolution.
  • Similar to Kobo Aura One.
  • Additional microSD slot for external storage.
  • Has built-in overdrive support.

Kobo Aura H₂O Edition 2

  • Launched in May 2017
  • 8” E Ink HD Carta Waterproof Display.
  • Introduced ComfortLight Pro which reduces the blue light exposure during the night.

Kobo Clara HD

  • Launched on May 29th, 2018
  • Has 6” HD display.
  • Reading like on paper experience.
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • ComfortLight for the night.
  • Up to 40 font size for easy reading.

Common Technical Difficulties

While using KOBO the readers faced many challenges. Some of the most common changes are as follows:

  • Not able to set-up KOBO
  • While reading the screen suddenly becomes blank.
  • How to purchase an eBook or audiobook on Kobo.
  • Facing issue with font size on Kobo.
  • Sometimes the books downloaded from different sites doesn’t play.
  • Kobo responding slowly.
  • Kobo account registration issue.
  • Kobo battery charging issue.

The most common issue is with the Wi-Fi connectivity, many of the time the device breaks the connection with Wi-Fi due to the weak internet connection or might be the signal strength.

Kobo Models Available on the Stock

A device will be launched and overtake the other one. This result with the reduced manufacturing of the old. It’s not like that I happed in the tech, it is also the truth of life as well. New generation replaces the old, but inherits their feature and learn from the experience. Many models have been launched by Kobo Inc. and continue to do the same time to time. Provide the best firmware for the products according to the product models requirement. So basically these latest models available on the stock which are as

  • Kobo Aura ONE
  • Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2
  • Kobo Clara HD
  • Kobo Aura Edition 2
  • Kobo Aura ONE Limited Edition.

These models can be purchased on the official Kobo Inc. websites anytime. Also, other accessories will be available on the site like sleep cover according to the product purchase.

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