Kindle Fire, Nook Color competitor – Kobo Vox eReader Tablet (7″ LCD Tablet)

It seems that even before the Kindle Fire has been announced, we have yet another challenger to the Nook Color’s Reading Tablet crown. It’s the 7″ Kobo Vox eReader Tablet with a LCD screen.

All information on the Kobo Vox eReader Tablet is courtesy the FCC. Engadget had the scoop but didn’t make the effort to actually read the FCC documents and see the picture very helpfully included:

Kindle Fire and Nook Color competitor - Kobo Vox

Kobo Vox challenges Kindle Fire and Nook Color 2

Kobo has filed papers at the FCC for the ‘Kobo Vox eReader Tablet’. Engadget has the scoop on the Kobo Vox eReader Tablet and makes a mess trying to guess what it is. Engadget uses delightful phrases like -

shrouded in bookish mystery

What’s this mystery e-reader?

Is it a reworked version of the relatively recently released Touch Edition?

Well … The fact that it’s named ‘Kobo Vox eReader Tablet’ doesn’t leave much room for speculation, does it? Or that picture included above with ‘LCD’ written right on the screen.

Here’s what we roughly know -

  1. Kobo EReader Reading Tablet with model number K080.
  2. There’s a 7″ LCD screen.
  3. Probably manufactured by Wistron Corporation as all the documents at the FCC are from Wistron. Wistron is located in Taiwan (Taipei to be precise).
  4. It supports 802.11 b, g, and n.
  5. It has a WLAN antenna (chip antenna). Its located at the top left of the device (right above the LCD screen).
  6. Battery has a rating of 3.7V 4000mAh, 14.8 Wh. Model Number is D1-11-04. The Power adapter used supplies 5 Volts at 2.0A. It takes input in the 100 to 240 Volts range – so it might be a worldwide release.
  7. There’s mention of rotating 90 degrees, 180 degrees, and 270 degrees. Suggests either an accelerometer or a choice between Portrait and Landscape mode.
  8. The dimensions are 19 centimeters by 13 centimeters. That’s roughly 7.48″ by 5.11″. Quite compact for a 7″ screen device. The bezel seems to be a bit thick at 1.5 centimeters on the side (0.59″).
  9. There’s a LCD screen. The screen dimensions are 15.5 centimeters (6.1″) and 9 centimeters (3.54″). Which would make the diagonal around 7.05″. So we have a 7″ LCD screen.
  10. Testing took place roughly between August 30th to September 14th. Suggests a release should be imminent. Testing took place at least in USA, Zürich (perhaps, not sure), Canada, and Taiwan. Again, suggests a possible worldwide release.
  11. Support for MicroSD cards. Support for a headset. USB Support.
  12. There were some internal modifications made after initial submission.

Will add more when more news about the Kobo Vox Reading Tablet becomes available. For the moment it seems that just like Kindle vs Nook vs Kobo, we will see a very interesting eReader tablet battle – Kindle Fire vs Nook Color vs Kobo Vox.

9 Responses

  1. Where did you get that image? I don’t have it and neither do Engadget.

    BTW, this probably won’t be a Kobo gadget. They send stuff through the FCC on their own. This was sent by Wistron and that means someone else is going to be using it.

  2. Hmmm, ‘VOX’? That’s Latin for ‘voice’. Will it read TO the user?

  3. […] found out today about the Kobo Vox eReader Tablet. Kobo joining the party is great and it must worry both B&N and […]

  4. […] A friend showed me a different diagram that he found in the FCC paperwork. (It was there but I didn’t know to look for it.) The new image shows a rather ordinary looking 7″ tablet with Wifi(n), a microSD card slot, and possibly a headphone jack. […]

  5. Did Amazon have to file with the FCC for “Fire”? If so, why have we not already seen it?

    • Usually all the diagrams are hidden.

      Why we didn’t see Kindle Fire specs?

      1) Amazon filed under some other company name and no one figured it out.
      2) The FCC hid all the images so no one could see what it was like.
      3) Some other reason.

      People do keep searching patents and FCC reports. If something had been revealed it would have become common knowledge pretty quickly.

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