KOBO HAS DEBUTED what it claims is the "world's first" waterproof e-reader, the Aura H2O, so users can read their favourite books while leaning precariously over the edge of a swimming pool, by the sea or in the bath.
The Aura H20 specifications are very similar to those of the Kobo Aura HD, which was released just over a year ago and claimed to have the "highest resolution e-reader screen of its kind on the market".
The Aura H20 boasts a Carta E Ink 1430x1080 resolution 6.8in touchscreen display, upgraded from the Aura HD's Pearl E Ink screen, with added IP67 certification making it waterproof for up to 30 minutes in one metre of water as long as the port cover is closed.
"This enables people to read more, more often, anywhere they like worry-free without damaging their device if accidently dropped in or splashed with water," Kobo explained. "Reading on a sun-drenched beach is also encouraged, due to the device's dustproof design and anti-glare display."
Kobo said that the e-reader offers "the closest experience to print-on-paper" due to its ability to present high-resolution text and images with smooth turning of pages thanks to a 1GHz processor. There's also 4GB of onboard storage, which is expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card, so speed readers can store thousands of books at once.
"Each of Kobo Aura H2O's 10 fonts were perfected pixel by pixel to display each letter with crisp, clear perfection, with 24 font sizes, adjustable font sharpness and weight setting, people can customise their reading experience and read exactly the way they want," Kobo added.
Kobo has also said that the Aura H2O has a battery life of up to two months before needing to be plugged into the mains again, making it even more ideal for travel.
Kobo Aura H2O will be available in black, retailing for £140 in the UK when it launches on 1 October 2014. Pre-orders will be available at Kobo.com in the UK and in the US on 1 September.
We'll be trying the Kobo Aura H20 at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin next week, so check back soon for a review. µ