Kobo introduces a new e-reader to compete with the Amazon Kindle entry level. Say hello to the $ 100 Kobo Nia, a 6-inch backlit reader with 8GB of onboard storage and a sharp 212ppi screen. Kobo Nia will ship on July 21, but pre-orders start today.
At $ 100, the Kobo Nia costs $ 10 more than the entry-level Kindle reader. But that $ 10 gives you a backlit 212 ppi screen that blows the Kindle’s front-lit 147 screen into the water. Kobo Nia also offers dual Kindle on-board storage, and you can use it with PDFs, EPUBs and MOBIs without any solutions.
As I said, early reviews of Kobo Nia are not inspiring. In her revaluation for wired, Adrienne So complained that Kobo Nia was a bit slow, and that its lack of Bluetooth, audiobooks and water resistance does not make sense for the price. If you want something with a better screen and more memory than the Kindle boot level, the $ 130 Kindle Paperwhite or the $ 120 Kobo Clara HD may be a smarter investment than the new Kobo Nia.
Kobo Nia $ 100 is available for pre-order today and will ship on July 21st. If you are interested in Kobo’s readers, I suggest comparing the Rakuten Kobo catalog with the Amazon Kindle catalog. Both brands offer similar products at similar prices.
Source: Rakuten via The Verge