Kobo Vox caught online ahead of Kindle Fire challenge

Sep 30, 2011
Kobo Vox caught online ahead of Kindle Fire challenge

Ereader manufacturer Kobo's alternative to the Kindle Fire, the Kobo Vox, has been prematurely revealed, an Android-based tablet expected to retail at under CA$250. Spotted on a hurriedly-yanked product page at Canadian retailer Future Shop (still visible in Google's cache), the 7-inch Vox runs at 1024 x 600 resolution with WiFi b/g/n and will supposedly hit shelves on October 17.

According to the product description - which may well not be final, according to some reports - the Vox will also include Android Market access. That would imply it was running Honeycomb (since it would not qualify for the Market if it ran a smartphone version of Android but lacked a cellular radio among other specs) though the dedicated buttons for back, menu and home would seem to contradict that.

Otherwise there's 8GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot, a speaker and headphone jack, USB connectivity - presumably for charging and sideloading content - and support for ebooks using Adobe DRM, in ePub,  PDF and Kobo's own formats. Whether Kobo can bring the price down to a Kindle Fire rivaling sub-$200 level by the time the Vox is actually ready for primetime remains to be seen.

[via The Digital Reader]

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