First Look at the Kobo Sage eReader


The Kobo Sage is one of the most popular e-readers in the world and there have been so many pre-orders for them, that Kobo is completely sold out on their website and business partners too. This made them rare, but by mid-November there should be more units available. The Sage’s main selling points are the large 8-inch display, compatible with the Kobo stylus, which can be used for freehand drawing and writing inside ebooks. Finally, you can finally buy and listen to audiobooks right on the device with a pair of wireless headphones or an external speaker.

The Sage features an E INK Carta 1200 display. This new display technology offers a 20% increase in response time compared to E Ink Carta 1000 and a 15% improvement in contrast ratio. In addition, a faster response time allows for smoother handwriting and animation displays. This is how the technology works, 1200 modules consist of a TFT (thin film transistor), an ink layer and a protective foil. The capacitive touch screen is integrated into the stack of modules. Kobo uses the Digitizer stack, which supports robust pen integration. with the touch sensor sitting under the TFT. How does this affect the overall user experience? The background will have more shades of gray and the black fonts will really show up.

The screen measures 8 inches and has a resolution of 1440 × 1920 with an incredible 300 PPI. It has a series of white and amber LED lights that produce a beautiful candle-like effect when the two are mixed. Of course, the amber LED lights can be completely turned off and you can enjoy a crisp white screen. The screen is completely flush with the bezel and protected by a layer of glass. There are physical page change buttons on the right side, which can be used on their own, or you can just swipe and gesture with the touchscreen. There are two color options for the Sage, light green and black.

Under the hood is a massive 1.8GHz quad-core processor, which is the first time Kobo has used anything other than a single core. It has 32 GB of storage and 512 MB of RAM. You can connect to the internet using the web browser via WIFI 802.11 ac / b / g / n (dual band). It has a USB-C port, so you can charge it with your PC / MAC or wall charger. It’s powered by a slightly underwhelming 1,200mAh battery, which should provide around three weeks of e-book reading and less if you’re listening to audiobooks. The dimensions are 160.5 × 181.4 × 7.6mm and weigh 240.8g. It is also rated IPX 8, so it can be fully submerged in fresh water for up to 60 minutes and to a depth of 2 meters. This should be a godsend for anyone who wants to read it in the bath or at the beach, or who is clumsy like me, and often spills things.

Speaking of audiobooks, this is something Kobo is getting very optimistic about. They have been selling them for several years and the Sage is the first e-reader that will allow users to browse the bookstore and purchase audiobooks, existing audiobooks that have been purchased will automatically sync with the library. Audiobooks cannot be downloaded on the side, but of course e-books can. The Sage supports EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, FlePUB, MOBI, CBR and CBZ. Kobo told me that Overdrive audiobooks aren’t available at launch, but I have a feeling they will be at a later date.

The retail packaging features a light green color scheme on the front, along with a full-size image of the Sage. On the sides are the model name, company name, and some FCC certifications. The back of the box is white and lists some of the top selling features like an 8 inch screen, waterproof, WIFI, Comfortlight system, Kobo Stylus compatible, and audiobooks.

When you first open the box, the eReader is on the right, and the left side of the box contains a small container that houses the quick start guide and warranty. There is a black USB-C cable under the Sage. It has a very nice design, the power button is on the back, along with a diamond pattern texture, which helps in the grip, it does not easily get the oils from your fingers on it. On the side of the e-reader are 4 contact points for the Power Case. The Sage does not come with a stylus, it is an optional purchase.


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