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Old 10-18-2023, 11:01 PM   #1
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New Kobo coming? Which?

Who can guess what Kobo has just registered?

https://fccid.io/NOIKBN428
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Old 10-19-2023, 03:31 AM   #2
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This is definitely a long shot, but in the description of the test subject they say, that they were provided a sample in black and another in white:

"The EUT has black & white, which are electrically identical to each other except for exterior color." (Page 7, of "Test Report NII")

At the moment, the only model Kobo offers in black or white is the Kobo Libra 2. (This was also true for its predecessor, the Libra H2O.)

So it might be another iteration of the Libra.
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Old 10-19-2023, 03:51 AM   #3
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the current Kobo Libra 2 has a model number of N418. It is the only Kobo starting with "N4". So it sure looks like that this N428 is a new Libra model.
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Old 10-19-2023, 04:25 AM   #4
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the current Kobo Libra 2 has a model number of N418. It is the only Kobo starting with "N4". So it sure looks like that this N428 is a new Libra model.
I have thought of this aswell.
But unfortunately, as far as I know the model numbers for Kobo e-readers are pretty much random. (Or if there is a concept behind them, we were never able to decipher it...)

There have been other 400 numbers, that have nothing to do with the Libra lineage. N416 was the very first Kobo e-reader ever from 2010. N437 was the Glo HD.

Likewise all the predecessors to the Libra 2 had very different model numbers. Libra H20 was 837, Aura H20 was 250.

Here is a list of model numbers. Maybe someone can make sense of them.

5" devices:

N705 Kobo Mini

6" devices:

N416 Kobo eReader
N647 Kobo WiFi
N905 Kobo Touch
N613 Kobo Glo
N514 Kobo Aura
N437 Kobo Glo HD
N587 Kobo Touch 2.0
N236 Kobo Aura Edition 2
N249 Kobo Clara HD
N306 Kobo Nia
N506 Kobo Clara 2E

7" devices:

N204 Kobo Aura HD
N250 Kobo Aura H2O
N867 Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2
N873 Kobo Libra H2O
N418 Kobo Libra 2

8" devices:

N709 Kobo Aura One
N782 Kobo Forma
N778 Kobo Sage

10" devices:

N604 Kobo Elipsa
N605 Kobo Elipsa 2E

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Old 10-19-2023, 05:15 AM   #5
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Also the Touch is N905, N905 B, N905 C, yet the N905 C takes different FW, but the 6.8″ Aura H2Os are N250, N867, N873.
https://pgaskin.net/KoboStuff/kobofirmware.html

I can't see any logic to the numbering.

An N428 could be replacing any model. Which currently sold ones don't have USB-C? That's more likely than a new Libra 2.
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Old 10-19-2023, 09:50 AM   #6
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If anyone has previous knowledge of Kobo registering a device, to then a product launch, what has that time between the two been...?

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My guess is a Libra 2E.

Like the Clara 2E, it will be made in part with recycled plastic.

Other changes?

Speed bump? Form factor? I'm not holding my breath.
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Old 10-20-2023, 04:29 AM   #10
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Old news and tells us nothing.
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Old 10-20-2023, 04:44 AM   #11
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It tells me....

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We know it has WIFI 2/5 and Bluetooth; the application was granted on October 15, 2023. Typically, when Kobo gets approval on a new e-reader, this is the last step in an entire release. In the past, when they got FCC approval, it usually took 3-4 months for something to come out since they still needed to do an entire manufacturing run.
No guarantees of anything but that time scale might offer a reasonable suggestion as to when something could be expected. It might, if that holds up, be a little late for a Christmas targetted release...?
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Wouldn't a new Nia with 300PPI screen make the most sense?
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Old 10-23-2023, 10:26 PM   #13
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Why does the Nia even exist? It's just a worse Clara that isn't cheap enough to justify its limitations. A new 5" model would at least have a purpose within the current model lineup.
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