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Kobo Aura HD review

8.5/10 AVG.

Informr score
The Kobo Aura HD currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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.

Screen Size
4 GB
Reading Time
30 hours

What the Critics Are Saying...

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

- Richard Goodwin, Know Your Mobile
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...

- Agnieszka Tarkowska, Tech Advisor
Digital Trends

For a product that’s being pushed as premium it’s surprising that the design doesn’t have more premium elements.

- K. T. Bradford, Digital Trends
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...

- Lee Bell, The Inquirer

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.

- Laura Hazard Owen, GigaOM

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Screen Size

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

1 GHz

There is a 1 GHz processor (CPU).


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

4 GB

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


The e-reader is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. Battery life is rated for up to 30 hours reading time according to Kobo's.

Aura HD Specs

Release date April 16, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
SIM card size No
Operating System Linux

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Processor 1 GHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity Unknown
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Reading Time Up to: 30 hours
Standby Time Up to: 60 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Ivory, Espresso, 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
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
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare Unknown
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Page Turn Key Unknown
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Video Playback No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Vibration Alert No
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