The Kobo Sage is likely one of the hottest e-readers on the planet and there have been so many pre-orders for them, that Kobo is totally bought out on their web site and their retail companions are too. This has resulted in them changing into scarce, however in the midst of November there ought to be extra models obtainable. The important thing promoting factors of the Sage is the big 8 inch display screen, compatibility with the Kobo Stylus, which can be utilized to freehand draw and write within ebooks. Lastly, you’ll be able to lastly purchase and hearken to audiobooks proper on the machine with a pair of wi-fi headphones or an exterior speaker.
The Sage options an E INK Carta 1200 show. This new display screen tech delivers a 20% improve in response time over E Ink Carta 1000, and an enchancment within the distinction ratio of 15%. As well as, quicker response time permits smoother handwriting and animations shows. That is how the expertise works, the 1200 modules encompass a TFT (skinny movie transistor), Ink layer and Protecting Sheet. The capacitive touchscreen is included into the module stack. Kobo is using the Digitizer stack, which helps sturdy stylus integration. with the contact sensor sitting below the TFT. How does this have an effect on the general consumer expertise? The background could have extra gradients of gray and the black fonts will actually pop.
The display screen is 8 inches in dimension and has a decision of 1440×1920 with a staggering 300 PPI. It has a sequence of white and amber LED lights which offer a pleasant candlelight impact when the 2 are blended collectively. In fact, the amber LED lights might be completely turned off and you’ll get pleasure from a vibrantly white display screen. The display screen is totally flush the bezel and guarded by a layer of glass. There are bodily web page flip buttons on the appropriate facet, which can be utilized on their very own, or you’ll be able to merely swipe and gesture with the touchscreen. There are two colour choices for the Sage, gentle inexperienced and black.
Beneath the hood is a large 1.8 GHZ quad-core processor , which is the primary time Kobo has ever employed something greater than a single core. It has 32GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. You may join as much as the web utilizing the web-browser by way of WIFI 802.11 ac/b/g/n (twin band.) It has a USB-C port, so you’ll be able to cost it together with your PC/MAC or wall charger. It’s powered by a barely underwhelming 1,200 mAh battery, which ought to present round three weeks of book studying and fewer for those who hearken to audiobooks. The size are 160.5×181.4×7.6mm and weighs 240.8g. It’s also rated IPX 8, so it may be completely submerged in contemporary water for as much as 60 minutes and a depth of two meters. This ought to be a boon to anybody who desires to learn it within the tub or the seaside, or are clumsy like me, and infrequently spill issues.
Talking of audiobooks, that is one thing that Kobo is getting very bullish about. They’ve been promoting them for various years and the Sage is the primary e-reader that may permit customers to browse the bookstore and buy audiobooks, current audiobooks which have been bought, will robotically sync to the library. Audiobooks can’t be sideloaded, however in fact ebooks can. The Sage helps EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, FlePUB, MOBI, CBR and CBZ. I used to be informed by Kobo that Overdrive audiobooks are usually not obtainable at launch, however I bought the sensation they are going to, at a future date.
The retail packaging has a lightweight inexperienced colour scheme on the entrance, together with a full dimension picture of the Sage. On the perimeters is the mannequin title, firm title and a few FCC certifications. The again of the field is white and lists a number of the key promoting options, akin to a 8 inch display screen, waterproof, WIFI, Comfortlight system, Kobo Stylus appropriate and audiobooks.
Once you open the field up for the primary time the e-reader is on the proper and the left facet of the field has somewhat container, which homes the fast begin information and guarantee. There’s a black USB-C cable beneath the Sage. It has a very nice design, the ability button is on the again, alongside an argyle texture, which helps with grip, it doesn’t simply get oils out of your fingers on it. On the facet of the e-reader are 4 contact factors for the Energy Case. The Sage doesn’t include a stylus, it’s an elective buy.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the previous twelve years. His articles have been picked up by main and native information sources and web sites such because the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Submit and the New York Instances. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.