Presumed dead by the vast majority of industry watchers and financial analysts, as even higher-end, more premium and versatile tablets struggle to survive, the e-book reader tech segment is still alive enough for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo to constantly refresh the Kindle, Nook, and Aura product portfolios.

Instead of racing to the bottom, like so many sub-$200 Android slates these days, the Oasis, GlowLight Plus, and now Aura One considerably improve their predecessors’ specifications, with fittingly prohibitive price tags.

The Kobo Aura One manages to undercut the thinnest, lightest, longest-lasting Kindle yet, the $290 Oasis, by a paramount 60 bucks stateside, going on sale September 6 at $230, or $250 in Canada. The newbie also sports a larger 7.8-inch display with an Oasis-matching 300ppi count (1,872 x 1,404 resolution), though unfortunately, that means it loses the portability battle by a significant gap.

Nonetheless, we wouldn’t call the Rakuten-owned e-reader chunky or bulky, measuring 6.9mm thick and tipping the scales at 230 grams. All while resisting not just the occasional splash, but full-on water immersion up to 2 meters deep as well.

The only physical control here is a power/sleep button on the device’s back, with the rest of the user interaction handled by one of the world’s sharpest e-ink touchscreens. You get plenty of internal storage for thousands of e-books, a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and access to a fairly rich global library that however falls short of Amazon’s richer literature selection.

Source: The Verge

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