Canadian Retailer Outs Kobo Vox Android Tablet

Canadian online retailer “Future Shop” let the cat out of the bag when they accidentally advertised Kobo’s future 7″ Android tablet. The Kobo Vox’s brief appearance on Future Shop provided numerous information about the device, including specs, shipping date, and a retail price. The Vox looks to be Canada’s answer to the Kindle Fire and features a 7″ 1024 x 600 LCD screen, Wifi, 8GB internal storage, microSD card slot, built-in speaker, and will be running Android (no version specification as of yet). According to the information on FS, the Vox is set to release October 17, and will cost $249.99 CAD. While the rest of the specs are incomplete, they list a bunch of features:

  • Enjoy titles of all types from your favourite 500-plus page epics to graphic novels to the latest children’s titles on the 7-inch colour display.
  • Browse and download from a library of millions of titles that include everything from NY Times best sellers, to newspapers and magazines – plus over 1 million free titles.
  • Connect highlighted words to audio to help make reading fun for kids.
  • See what other people are reading, peruse comments on titles, and even add your own with the Kobo Pulse function.
  • Reading Life helps you discover your reading habits, and share your latest read and favourite passages with friends on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Customization options include font, font size, brightness, day or night reading mode, and landscape/portrait mode.
  • Navigate titles any way you want: category, alphabetically, title, or author.
  • Kobo Vox supports open standards and even keeps an archive of all the books you’ve downloaded.
  • Quickly download a Kobo eReading app and pick up where you left off on your Apple, Android and BlackBerry smartphone or tablet.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and the 8GB internal memory.
  • Comes complete Facebook and Twitter widgets on the homescreen.
  • Long-lasting six hour battery.

Sounds like a decent alternative to the Kindle Fire, although we won’t know for sure until more official details are released. What do you guys think? Any of our northern neighbors planning on picking up Kobo’s latest and greatest e-reader/tablet? Give us a shout in the comments and let us know.

Source: mobileread via The Digital Reader

  • Chezchurch

    This is certainly a gadget I will consider. Since Kindle have again left us out of their market, it will be no contest as far as I am concerned! I have an older model Kobo that I love, so am looking forward to this one.

  • Caitlin

    Just a little correction: Future Shop is NOT an “online” retailer! It has a website, sure, but it also has hundreds of stores across the nation and has been around for decades.

    • Thanks for the correction! At least I had it right in the title. Can you tell I’m not Canadian? Corrected =)

      I also just learned they were bought by Best Buy and are now known as Best Buy Canada Ltd. Learn something new everyday!

      • Ed

        They are still known as Future Shop here in Canada, we also have Best Buy.

  • guest

    Considering that neither the Amazon “Fire” nor the B&N Nook Color can be purchased in Canada, there’s not a lot of choice left if one is looking for a 7″ tablet. True, one could drive 5 hours one way to the closest Best Buy or B&N in the US, bring it back across the border, and then have no warranty. But that doesn’t sound like any fun, so I guess I’ll just keep waiting to see what becomes available here. The Vox is definitely a contender.

  • Gerrald

    I will be standing in line.

  • Anonymous

    reading the specs on the Vox, it says ePub for the ebooks, this is the only format listed for the ebooks, says your books can be read on different devices…nice, but only one file format for the ebooks…not so nice, so if you already own a Kobo eReader, there is a chance that you will not be able to transfer all your ebooks to the new reader, Supported File Formats Books: ePUB, including fixed layout and enhanced ePUB, this would be the only thing stopping me from purchasing some for the family

  • The Kobo Vox could face tougher competition in the United States from the Kindle Fire, which is not available in Canada.  Amazon’s tablet enjoys huge brand recognition in the U.S. and offers a number of digital content services that Kobo’s tablet lacks.

  • Kristanichelle

    Love the kobo vox! I recommend going to indigo or chapters to try it out. $199 in Canada.