Specs summary


The Kobo Aura H2O (2017)'s screen is 6.8 inches with 1080 x 1430 pixels resolution.


There is a Freescale SoloLite iMx6 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on the Other operating system (OS).

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Kobo's performance ratings are 60 days standby time.

Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)

PC Magazine

A fantastic e-reader to take to the beach

from PC Magazine
Though a bit pricier than the competition, the waterproof Kobo Aura H2O is the ultimate beach reader... Full review

Falls a little short, notably with its strange battery life and sluggish performance

from TrustedReviews
A decent e-reader in certain scenarios – but uneven battery life and sluggish performance take the shine off... Full review

Kindle’s distant rival provides a great read

from Alphr
The Kobo is a great product that doesn’t put a foot wrong and if you’re happy not using Amazon for your book fix then it’s an easy recommendation. At £150 it’s a pricey, mind, but that’s the price you pay for a larger screen and waterproofing peace-of-mind. Essentially, it has everything you could want in an ebook reader. Except for those Amazon bargains, of course... Full review

Water resistant, decent features

from Recombu
If you have a deep love of reading in the bath, this device is a no-brainer. That water resistant design offers full peace of mind, while the improved performance and more compact build make it a more satisfying experience. Boosted by a well-stocked (and finally affordable) store, this new Aura H2O is a solid all-round eReader... Full review
Good E-Reader

Appealing to both casual and hardcore users

from Good E-Reader
If you have purchased a Kobo e-Reader sometime within the last two years, this is not an essential upgrade. The only thing that it really has going for it is the new RGB lightning system and the new streamlined design. In terms of the new UI and software experience, it was pushed out to most Kobo branded devices a couple of months ago... Full review

Suitable for both bedtime and poolside reading

from TechRadar
Kobo's latest ereader doesn't offer much we haven't seen before, but it's in a smaller and cheaper package than the Kobo Aura One and may be one of the most affordable ereaders this year... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date May 22, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
No cellular data
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Secondary OS No
Processor Freescale SoloLite iMx6 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
4 GB
RAM 512 MB
Digital compass No
FlightMode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time No
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time No
4G Surfing Time No
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 60 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
E-book Reader No
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.9 x 12.9 x 1.0 cm
(7.1 x 5.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 233 grams
(8.2 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Waterproof
Rugged Design No
IP Rating IP 67
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution 1080 x 1430 pixels
Pixel Density 265 pixels
Size 6.8 inches
3D No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features IR display
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical Keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad / Screen Lock No
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Unknown
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email No
Email Protocols
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
Bluetooth Profiles
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization No
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
Main Camera  
Aperture No
Dual Lens No
Zoom No
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info No
Video Recording Formats No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert No
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar No
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games No
Apps No
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2

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