Love the style of Amazon's Kindle Oasis ereader, but don't want to be locked into Jeff Bezos's machine? Kobo has a new ereader, the Kobo Forma, that looks strikingly similar to the top-of-the-line Kindle, excepts being free of all the Amazonian trappings.
The Kobo Forma has an 8-inch E-Ink Mobius display and, like the Kindle Oasis, has page turn buttons sat on one side of the screen for improved one-handed ergonomics.
However, unlike the Oasis, it appears to have a slight lip, allowing the edge with those page turn buttons to act as an angled desktop stand when combined with the reader's case.
Coming in an 8GB capacity (with a 32GB version exclusive to Japan for picture-heavy manga files), the Kobo Forma is also waterproof up to IPX8 standards, meaning it can survive unscathed from a six-foot-deep, 60 minute dunking.
With that E-Ink Mobius display apparently stress tested to be more resilient than any ereader that's come before it, the Kobo Forma also feature a backlight that will intelligently adjust blue light levels (the sort that keep you awake at night) throughout the day.
Pre-orders open on October 16th in the US priced at $279.99 (about £215 / AU$390), with store sales opening in the US, and UK from October 23rd. Australia will get the tablet from early 2019.
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