Specs summary


The Kobo Aura HD's screen is 6.8 inches with 1080 x 1440 pixels resolution.


There is a 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on the Linux operating system (OS).

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. Kobo's performance ratings are 60 days standby time, 30 hours reading.

Kobo's newest e-reader commands a premium price, and it provides a reading environment that's superior in every way.

- Roberto Baldwin , Wired 

Reviews summary

Based on 7 reviews

The new Kobo Aura HD reader is positioned as a premium e-ink reader. The manufacturer goes so far as calling it the Porsche of e-ink readers. According to the reviewers, this claim is largely met.

Rather than attempting to undercut Amazon on price, Kobo chose to provide deluxe features. The display is a large 6.8" screen and it features a 265 dpi display. At 1440 x 1080, it is the classic aspect ratio of 4:3. Before buying, check out the pricing and availability of books that you like. Some reviewers commented that Kobo's store has higher prices and a smaller selection than Amazon's selection.

The Good: Larger size, high resolution display; ergonomic details and build quality; supports EPUB format and Adobe DRM.

The Bad: More expensive than Kindle's e-ink readers; e-ink is not competitive with a tablet display and it is not good as a general purpose web browser; Kobo's store may not have some titles that you want.

Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)

Know Your Mobile

One of the best eReaders in the business

from Know Your Mobile
The Kobo Aura HD is the best eReader on the market. It’s got the best display by far, and also the best ergonomic design. We love this thing, and so will you. The Aura HD will make for a perfect gift this Xmas.. Full review
Tech Advisor

An ebook-reader with integrated front light and high-resolution screen

from Tech Advisor
Although rather plasticky just like the Amazon Kindle, the Kobo Aura HD felt to us like a better quality product – even with all the snags and problems we experienced getting our own books onto it. In the end comfort of reading is what e-readers are also all about, and this device can provide just that... Full review
Digital Trends

High-resolution screen and superior reading light elevate the e-reading experience

from Digital Trends
The Kobo Aura HD’s high-resolution screen improves the reading experience by making fonts crisp and clear at any size. Unfortunately, the Nook and Kindle E Ink readers already do a pretty good job of this and the Aura’s display doesn’t surpass them by much. Luckily, the Aura’s ComfortLight is evenly distributed across the screen, something neither the Nook nor Kindle can claim. While it can’t boast as many in-book extras as B&N or Amazon, it is solid on the basic features that e-book readers want... Full review
The Inquirer

High quality E Ink display, ergonomically and aesthetically pleasing design

from The Inquirer

The Kobo Aura HD is by far one of the best ereaders we have used. Text is generally clean without pixilation and appears sharp and clean both in standard and backlit modes, making it pleasing to read.

Kobo's claims that page turns are 20 percent faster on the Aura HD do seem correct, as swiping from left to right on the screen delivers the next page of an ebook almost instantly. However, if you're expecting the speed or performance of an Android tablet then guess again, because, as with most ereaders on the market, touch commands can still be frustratingly less responsive than we... Full review


A “luxury” e-reader that’s not worth the price

from GigaOM
Kobo says the Aura is aimed at avid readers who aren’t particularly price-sensitive, but even those who don’t care that this device is $40 more than the Glo shouldn’t automatically trade up: The Aura’s added bulk is not a luxury feature... Full review

Excellent, with room to kvetch

from Wired
The Aura might be the best e-reader on the market (it is), but it’s tough to recommend that anyone currently swimming in the Kindle pool hop the fence and join Kobo’s party. Amazon has created a robust ecosystem that rewards readers who go all-in, and once you’ve tasted those rewards, you’ll miss them too much. But if you’re a ravenous book lover who has largely ignored the Amazon Prime extras, and you don’t really care what Stephen King is doing, the Aura HD is the best of the e-readers... Full review
PC Pro

Kobo's most luxurious ebook reader yet

from PC Pro
The Kobo Aura HD is a mighty fine e-reader – the large, high-definition display is a pleasure to read on, and the front light is as bright and even as that on the Kindle Paperwhite. It really is as luxurious as e-readers come. The one fly in the ointment is the price: at £140, it costs more than most other e-readers on the market, and it isn't that much cheaper than compact tablet rivals. Had it been £20 or £30 cheaper, we'd have recommended it without hesitation. As it is, it falls just short... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date April 16, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia
No cellular data
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Linux

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Secondary OS No
Processor 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
4 GB Flash
Digital compass No
FlightMode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time No
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time No
4G Surfing Time No
Reading Time 30 hours
Standby Time Up to: 60 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
E-book Reader Yes
Colors Espresso, Ivory, Onyx
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.6 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
(6.9 x 5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 240 grams
(8.5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution 1080 x 1440 pixels
Pixel Density 265 pixels
Size 6.8 inches
3D No
Graphics No
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical Keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad / Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Unknown
Javascript No
Flash No
Email No
Email Protocols
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
Bluetooth Profiles
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Dual Lens No
Zoom No
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info No
Video Recording Formats No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar No
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Yes
Apps Yes
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments
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