Kobo Enters The Tablet Wars With Vox
The Vox will retail for $199.99, and here are the specs:
- 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 and an anti-glare coating
- 8 gigabytes of internal storage, with a microSD slot that can handle up to 32 gigabyte cards
- An 800-megahertz processor and 512 megabytes of RAM
- Wi-fi only
- Runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Access to the Android Market for apps
So it has less processing power than the Fire, but it does offer access to the Android Market, and a little more flexibility for storage (the Fire is locked into 8 gigabytes and will rely on Amazon's cloud technology for storing data).
The Vox is coming out Oct. 28, a few weeks ahead of the Fire. But while the Fire was lauded as a worthy (albeit less powerful) competitor to the iPad when it was announced last month, the Vox hasn't made nearly as big a splash, despite boasting similar features. Clearly Amazon has a bigger reach for marketing, but I imagine the execs at Kobo are kicking themselves for not announcing their tablet first.
If you're in the market for a web-enabled eReader, this could be a good alternative for people who don't want to tie themselves to the proprietary systems of Apple and Amazon.
The Vox is currently available for preorder.
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