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Kobo Mini review

6.4/10 AVG.

Informr score
The Kobo Mini currently has an Informr score of 6.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 15 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

If a market for cheap, entry-level e-readers didn’t exist, Kobo would have no trouble kickstarting one with its no-frills 5-inch Kobo Mini. It weighs in at just a little over 130 grams and measures 10mm thick, and features a touch-enabled 5-inch e-ink display, 2GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, and up to a month of battery life on a single charge. It may not have the fastest processor or the biggest e-book library, but for easy reading on the go without spending too much money, it can definitely get the job done.

It supports a wide variety of digital content formats such as EPUB, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TXT, HTML, CBR, and even CBZ. It also comes with 7 different font styles at 24 font sizes, and exclusive weight and sharpness settings. The built-in dictionary helps ensure that readers never feel lost. And with exclusive Kobo Everywhere technology, e-books can be stored and retrieved safely from a cloud storage folder.

One of its biggest features is undoubtedly its tight social networking integration. Unlike other e-book readers, it works well with Facebook and Twitter, so users can share things like book passages wherever and whenever they want. While it doesn’t have a lot of extra features, it certainly has all the ones that matter for those who don't want their reader to get in the way of the reading.

Need to Know: Kobo Mini

1. Accompanying Kobo eBookstore offers almost 3 million books, newspapers, and magazines to its users. (The Good)

2. Battery life lasts up to a month with Wi-Fi turned off. (The Good)

3. Its processor has been slowed down to conserve power but this also results in slower performance. (The Bad)

4. Lacks 3G wireless connectivity. (The Bad)

Screen Size
2 GB
Reading Time
336 hours

What the Critics Are Saying...

Computer Shopper

In the final analysis, though, we have to look at what we're getting for the money. Since the Kobo Mini costs about as much as similar 6-inch e-readers, you're not getting a discount for opting for the smaller 5-inch screen. So the question then becomes: Is the reduced size and weight of the Kobo Mi...

- Dave McClintock, Computer Shopper

I suppose elsewhere in the world where there's less choice -- Kobo has a big international presence -- if you were looking for a modestly priced, very compact e-reader with a touch screen, the Mini would seem more compelling. As it stands, though, it's a likable product that's a bit of an in-between...

- David Carnoy, Cnet
Digital Trends

The Kobo Mini comes with a budget price tag yet doesn't come off as cheap.

- K. T. Bradford, Digital Trends
Digital Trends

The $80 Kobo Mini comes with a budget price tag yet doesn’t come off as cheap. Yes, to get to that price point there are sacrifices in quality — you won’t get the crispest screen or the fastest performance. But this is not a crappy dollar store eReader, it’s a good option for...

- K. T. Bradford , Digital Trends

Nicely priced at £59.99, the Kobo Mini is a possible stocking filler for frequent travellers, commuters and anyone who likes to travel light, though in strict hardware terms it's certainly convenience over quality.

- Jamie Carter, Pocket-lint

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Screen Size

The Kobo Mini's screen size is 5 inches with x pixels resolution.

800 MHz

There is a Freescale 508 800 MHz processor (CPU).


The eReader runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2 GB

Internal memory is 2 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery life is rated for up to 60 days standby time according to Kobo's.

Kobo Mini Specs

Release date October 1, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
SIM card size No
Operating System No

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Processor Freescale 508 800 MHz
Internal Storage 2 GB
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Reading Time Up to: 336 hours
Standby Time Up to: 60 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.3 x 10.2 x 1.0 cm (5.2 x 4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 134 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 5 inches
Backlit Illumination No
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Anti Glare No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Page Turn Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported No
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