kobo-aura-h2oIt looks as though using modern day mobile devices might need some toughening up these days as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 from Sony has proven by offering waterproof capability. As for e-book readers, now this is one particular niche product that one would not really find for it to require waterproof ability, but Kobo has decided to go ahead and launch the Kobo Aura H20 that will set you back by $179.99 a pop, although it delivers waterproof ability – at least being able to be submerged in a metre of water for up to 30 minutes without drowning, as long as the port cover remains closed, of course. Do take note that this would also place the Kobo Aura H20 as a prime candidate for the ice bucket challenge.

Apart from that, the Kobo Aura H20 will also come with a dustproof design and an antiglare display, making it possible for you to get some reading on a digital platform done even when the sun is up and at its brightest.

Michael Tamblyn, president and chief content officer of Kobo, shared, “When we asked our customers what held them back from reading more ebooks, many told us they love to read in the bath, by the pool or on the beach, but believed that devices and water didn’t mix. As we dug deeper, we found that more than 60 per cent of customers surveyed said they would love to be able read near water without worry.”

Features of the world’s first waterproof e-book reader include a 6.8” HD display with 265dpi, touchscreen ability with upgraded Carta E Ink technology, and a battery life of up to two months, which is rather impressive, really. Pre-orders are already available, but it will go on sale this coming October 1st.

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