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Rakuten Kobo announces Elipsa, a 10.3-inch tablet

Kobo's latest e-reader, called Kobo Elipsa, is the company's biggest to date, featuring a 10.3-inch E Ink Carta 1200 screen and 1404 x 1872 (227 PPI) resolution. The e-reader will come with a stylus, 32 GB of storage, and a SleepCover. Consumers won't have any option in colors, so they'll have to go with Midnight Blue for the tablet if they want to buy it.

The stylus will let users take notes and annotate as well, with Elipsa promising to convert these written notes into typed text using its OCR technology. Apart from e-tablets, Kobo's major offering is its eBookstore which has around six million books, and OverDrive support that lets users view and borrow books from other libraries.

Elipsa has a quad-core 1.8 GHz processor, a 2400mAh battery, and weighs in at 383g. It will be available in a complete pack, which includes the e-tablet, stylus, and the SleepCover, for $499.99 CAD/$399.99 USD at the company's own website and few retailers.

Pre-orders will start on May 20 and Elipsa will be available in stores and on Kobo's website from June 24. The device will be initially available in Canada, the US, the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and Turkey.

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