Rakuten Kobo’s New Kobo Aura H2O eReader No Longer Needs Port Covers Thanks to HZO

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 by

The second generation of Kobo’s popular waterproof eReader will be port cover-free along with an improved waterproof rating due to HZO’s internal protection.

Draper, UT – May 02, 2017 –

Goodbye port covers. Utilizing HZO’s waterproof coating, Rakuten Kobo has released an IPX8 rated version of its popular Kobo Aura H2O waterproof eReader without rubber plugs needed to prevent water ingress. The first-generation product featured port covers that were required to achieve IPX7 water protection.

HZO’s innovative thin-film coating solution provides the Kobo Aura H2O with unmatched protection by shielding the internal circuitry of the eReader to prevent damage caused by liquids and moisture, making Kobo’s new eReader sleeker, lighter, and safe to use anywhere, including the beach or even in the bath.

The Kobo Aura H2O is the second Kobo eReader to feature HZO Protection. Kobo’s flagship product, the Kobo Aura ONE debuted last August with the same IPX8 rating and to rave reviews.

“Launching on two Kobo products in less than a year has been a welcomed challenge,” said Simone Maraini, CEO at HZO. “We know the Kobo Aura H2O will be the robust product people are looking for and a welcome addition to any beach bag this summer.”

The new Kobo Aura H2O will be available in black and will retail for $199.99 CAD (MSRP) in Canada at www.kobo.com and select retailers starting on May 22 (pre-orders will be available as of May 15); the device will also be available as of May 22 in the US, the UK, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, and Turkey; as of July in Australia, New Zealand, and Philippines; with Mexico and Brazil to follow later this year.

To learn more about how HZO is protecting electronics and more, visit the company’s website at https://hzo.com/


About HZO

HZO is a technology solutions and licensing company that provides electronics’ manufacturers and device makers in a range of industries, including consumer, medical, military and industrial, with thin-film protection against damage caused by liquid submersion, corrosive environments, humidity, sweat, dust, and debris. With a scalable end-to-end solution that supports mass volume production, and a technical team dedicated to innovation and customer success, HZO’s patent-protected solution enables product design freedom, delivers product differentiation and goes beyond the boundaries defined by electronics testing standards like IPX8. Learn more at www.HZO.com.

About Rakuten Kobo Inc.

Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s most innovative eReading services offering more than 5 million eBooks to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides people with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders to suit any Reader’s style including the Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura H2O, and Kobo Aura ONE. Along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading apps for Apple®, BlackBerry®, Android®, and Windows®, Kobo ensures the next great read is just a page-turn away. Kobo’s award-wining eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.

Ryan Moore

Ryan is a 9-year veteran to the world of protecting electronics from harsh environments and a lover of all things technology.

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