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Old 09-04-2019, 06:19 PM   #1
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Kobo Libra H2O announced: a 7" Forma at $170

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbrea...-reader-e-book

7" 300 DPI Mobius screen, one-hand design, waterproof, adjustable warm light, 8GB, 6.7oz (for comparison, 7" oasis is 6.8oz)

Doesn't look as sleek as oasis, the screen looks quite recessed, but it's like $100 less than the ad free oasis, and the Mobius screen doesn't crack, so it's an intriguing offering. Now that Kindles aren't jail breakable anymore, Kobo is becoming more appealing to me personally.

CORRECTION: sorry, it does NOT have a Mobius screen. I'm confused.

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Old 09-04-2019, 06:25 PM   #2
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7" 300 DPI Mobius screen, one-hand design, waterproof, adjustable warm light, 8GB, 6.7oz (for comparison, 7" oasis is 6.8oz)

Doesn't look as sleek as oasis, the screen looks quite recessed, but it's like $100 less than the ad free oasis, and the Mobius screen doesn't crack, so it's an intriguing offering. Now that Kindles aren't jail breakable anymore, Kobo is becoming more appealing to me personally.
Where are you seeing that it has a Mobius screen?

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019...s-for-readers/

specifically states that it does not have Mobius.
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Old 09-04-2019, 06:54 PM   #3
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^^^ oh yeah, sorry, totally read that wrong. I'll edit my original post
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This also has several other threads going with this news already in them.
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Old 09-05-2019, 01:14 AM   #5
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CORRECTION: sorry, it does NOT have a Mobius screen. I'm confused.
You may have read this early announcement...

https://the-digital-reader.com/2019/...-oasis-killer/

From the article...

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The Kobo Libra H2O (I got the name right, yes) is a smaller version of the Kobo Forma ereader that shipped last October. Sporting a 7" Mobius Carta E-ink screen, the Libra H2O has essentially the same hardware as the Kobo Forma.
(Emphasis mine.)

I think there is a newer article on Digital Reader about the Libra, but I'm guessing this is probably one of the earliest articles.

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Old 09-05-2019, 07:53 AM   #6
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I put Mobius because I heard second hand from Kobo customer service that it has a plastic substrate.
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Old 09-05-2019, 09:35 AM   #7
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and now Kobo PR won't actually say what the substrate is
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what countries hare getting it ? ( I asked Google shopping in UK for options and it found nothing )
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Old 09-05-2019, 10:30 AM   #9
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and now Kobo PR won't actually say what the substrate is
it's not Mobius
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Old 09-05-2019, 12:15 PM   #10
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I put Mobius because I heard second hand from Kobo customer service that it has a plastic substrate.
I understand that. I wasn't trying to be mean, I was just trying to keep Barty from beating himself up over originally saying the Libra used a Mobius screen.
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Old 09-05-2019, 03:05 PM   #11
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I guess this new Libra kind of answers a few questions about the success of the Forma. Now both Kobo's high end and medium range readers are "Oasis-like." Apparently people like page-turning buttons. I'm guessing this won't translate into an Oasis styled Clara, but who knows. A six inch Forma might be nice (I don't know for sure, because I've never tried one of these types of readers). I wonder if this will affect the Tolino line-up? Will the next Epos be a Forma clone and the next Vision a Libra clone? They've already "Kobo'd" the Shine. Will this spur Amazon into creating a new "mid-range" eReader, an Oasis Junior to (sort-of) replace the Voyage? Will Pocketbook look into an Oasis-style reader? (Probably not, since they already have page turn buttons on most (many? all?) of their readers.) I'm guessing there won't be any changes with the Nooks. Also interesting is that Kobo is making a white reader again. I think it's been a while (were the Mini and Touch were the last ones?).

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Old 09-05-2019, 03:08 PM   #12
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I see Chapters/Indigo is already accepting pre-orders. Still nothing about the Libra on Walmart's site. (Not particularly surprising.) And Walmart Canada is also taking pre-orders.

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It's not a Mobius plastic substrate.

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