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Kobo Vox Tablet Launched – To Give Competition To Nook & Kindle Fire In E-Reader Segment

E-reader maker Kobo of Canada is following in Barnes & Noble’s and Amazon’s footsteps. The Canadian firm announced the Kobo Vox, a low priced Android tablet on Wednesday i.e 9th November, 2011,which is priced at $199.99. Amazon Kindle Fire has same price band and Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablet sells for $249.

Kobo began taking pre-orders for the Vox on Wednesday as well, and the specs are similar to what Nook Color or Kindle Fire users might find in their tablets. The Vox comes with following technical specifications:

  • A 7″ inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600,
  • Anti-glare screen coating that will make the tablet better suited for outdoor reading,
  • 8 GB of built-in storage memory and a microSD card slot that can handle up to 32 GB cards,
  • 800 Mhz processor and
  • 512 MB of RAM.
Like the Kindle Fire and Nook Color, the Vox is Wi-Fi only. The Vox is available in colors of hot pink, lime green, ice blue and jet black. Unlike the Nook Color and the Kindle Fire, Kobo is using full open access Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread, an operating system widely used on tablets but also an OS that was designed by Google with smartphones in mind.

Kobo’s Reading Life application, is loaded on the Vox, allowing users to track their reading by way of stats i.e what, how much and how long a user reads?, with digital awards offered up based on that progress (for example, number of pages or books read) and integration with Facebook and Twitter (quick access to popular social media services) for easy sharing.

With the launch of Kobo Vox tablet, there will be fierce battle between above three tablets in USA and Canada, to start with.

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