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Kobo’s Forma is Amazon Oasis’ “large” competitor

kobo forma is waterproof ereader

Forma is Kobo’s latest big and expensive e-reader with a bold design meant to take on the Kindle Oasis and e-reader fans.

The $280 Forma features a waterproof design and a thin 8-inch E-Ink display with Mobius technology built into it. The technology uses a flexible plastic layer to make the mobile device more durable, and lighter. The display is tested to withstand a drop from six feet or more. It is also said to hold out against “more bends, twists, full handbags, and overloaded backpacks than any previous e-reader.”

Kobo decides to give the device a grippy “chin” – as we call it on HTC phones – on the right-hand side. The side is at a 15-degree angle or so from the flat screen and it includes page-turn buttons, just like the Amazon Kindle Oasis. The Forma is slightly larger, by about 20 millimeters in height and width.

Forma is a lot similar to Kobo Aura ONE. Forma meets IPX8 standards like the Aura ONE – which means, the device can be submerged in six-feet-deep water for about an hour. It also uses the ComfortLight PRO system to “offer the best light at any time of the day,” says Kobo. The Forma base version has a storage capacity of 8GB, and an advanced version with 32GB storage is only coming to Japan, for now, said Kobo.

Preorders for the Forma e-book reader begins on October 16th. It will reach stores in Canada, the US, UK, and other regions starting from October 23rd announced the company.

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