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Kobo announces $140 Clara HD e-reader with 6-inch display

Toronto’s Kobo is adding a new low-cost device to its lineup of e-readers.

Announced today, the Kobo Clara HD features a 6-inch eInk Carta screen with 300 pixel per inch (PPI) screen density; 8GB of internal storage — that’s enough space to store approximately 6,000 e-books at one time, according to Kobo; and a 1,500mAh battery that the company says can power the Clara HD for several weeks on a single charge. On the connectivity front, the Clara HD ships with a 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi chip and microUSB port for charging.

Like the company’s other recent e-readers, the Clara HD features Kobo’s ComfortLight Pro tech, which reduces the amount of blue light the display emits at nighttime. Kobo also added an anti-glare coating to the screen to improve screen legibility in direct sunlight.

To top it all off, at 166g, the Clara HD is Kobo’s lightest 6-inch e-reader to date.

One feature that’s missing from the Clara HD is waterproofing. It’s not IP8X water and dust like the some of the recent Aura e-readers.

In Canada, Clara HD will retail for $139.99, making it $10 more than the company’s current lowest priced e-reader, the $129.99 Aura. Compared to the Aura, however, the Clara HD features a denser screen and twice as much internal storage. It’s also lighter.

Pre-orders for the Clara HD open today, with in-store availability starting on June 5th at Indigo and other select retailers. To incentivize Canadians to give the Clara HD a chance, Kobo is bringing back its 7-Day Challenge. Until July 6th, Kobo will cover the cost of express shipping and returns in cases where customers aren’t happy with their purchase.

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