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Old 02-08-2021, 09:10 AM   #1
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New Kobo (N604)

The new Kobo ereader has Wifi and Bluetooth, and just showed up on the FCC website this morning.

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There is essentially nothing on the FCC, except for the 32 GB memory and bluetooth. The device will most likely support audiobooks.
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Old 02-08-2021, 10:21 AM   #4
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There is essentially nothing on the FCC, except for the 32 GB memory and bluetooth. The device will most likely support audiobooks.
You don't know that it will support audiobooks. The only source for that idea is 100% unreliable.
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Old 02-08-2021, 10:36 AM   #5
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You don't know that it will support audiobooks. The only source for that idea is 100% unreliable.
What does the source have to do with it? Suggest your version, seeing that the device comes initially with 32 GB and there is bluetooth ... Why is this done? In my opinion - there will be support for audiobooks. And there it will be seen, I don't really like audiobooks, so I don't care if this support will be available or not.

But I am pleased that Kobo is developing and introducing something new.
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Audiobook support certainly seems like a reasonable hypothesis, given that Kobo has already gotten into the audiobook business, but has no Kobo devices people can listen to them on, and the new device has Bluetooth.
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What does the source have to do with it? Suggest your version, seeing that the device comes initially with 32 GB and there is bluetooth ... Why is this done? In my opinion - there will be support for audiobooks. And there it will be seen, I don't really like audiobooks, so I don't care if this support will be available or not.
As the device will also be made available as a new (nearly identical) Tolino device and Kobo doesn't have an audiobook offering it's likely a deactivated feature only available for the Tolino version.

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I just learned that Kobo does have audiobook in the americas. I did not know that.
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Bluetooth. I've gotta get this.
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Old 02-08-2021, 12:28 PM   #9
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Bluetooth. I've gotta get this.


Bundled or optional.
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Old 02-08-2021, 01:48 PM   #10
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Bundled or optional.


No thanks, I've got earbuds.
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Old 02-08-2021, 02:14 PM   #11
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For myself, I don't see the appeal of adding bluetooth or audio to an ereader. The bluetooth has to be a bigger battery drain, as would audio. And why would anyone want to listen to an audio book on an ereader when they could just put a tiny mp3 player in their pocket that measures about 1.5"? That's one time I'd consider an ereader unnecessarily bulky.
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Keep in mind that this may simply be a case of "you get that for free because it's bundled in the new SoC package".

The FCC/EU/<insert similar bodies for rest of world here> still requires you to *test* the HW, even if the production SW will never use this bit of HW.

(Granted, I *think* we've seen traces of BT-related SW work, but, oh, well ;p).
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For myself, I don't see the appeal of adding bluetooth or audio to an ereader. The bluetooth has to be a bigger battery drain, as would audio. And why would anyone want to listen to an audio book on an ereader when they could just put a tiny mp3 player in their pocket that measures about 1.5"? That's one time I'd consider an ereader unnecessarily bulky.
I mean, that's true, but for some people, Bluetooth is a great addition.
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