Kobo has announced a new e-reader called the Clara HD that brings higher-end features down to a lower price point. The Clara HD features a 6-inch 300-ppi E Ink screen — the same sharpness as Kobo's Aura One and Amazon's current Kindle Paperwhite — with ComfortLight Pro, which reduces blue-light exposure at night. There's also 8GB of storage on board, though unfortunately the Clara HD doesn't inherit the Aura One's waterproofing.
The Clara HD costs $129.99, which is $10 more than the Aura Edition 2, Kobo's current 6-inch reader with a 212-ppi display. That $10 would seem like a worthwhile upgrade for anyone looking to get into the Kobo ecosystem, given the better screen and doubled storage space, though the Rakuten-owned company hasn't clarified whether the older model will get a price cut or is to be phased out entirely.
Preorders start today for the Clara HD, and it’ll be available from June 5th.