This is an objective information page for the Kobo Sage e-ink tablet, with details of hardware and software specs, features, and capabilities.
My subjective review can be found here.
|Specs & ratings info|
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|Screen type||Carta 1200|
|Screen resolution (B/W)||1440 x 1920|
|Screen density (B/W)||300dpi|
|Screen resolution (Colour)||n/a|
|Screen density (Colour)||n/a|
|CPU||1.8 GHz quad-core|
|SD card slot||⨯|
|Google Play Store||⨯|
|Brush types||Ballpoint Pen, Fountain Pen, Calligraphy Pen, Brush, Highlighter|
|File formats||PDF, EPUB, EPUB3, TXT, HTML, FlePub, CBZ, CBR, MOBI|
|File formats (image)||PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFF|
|File formats (Audio)||Kobo Audiobooks (via Bluetooth)|
Anyone already invested in the Kobo ecosystem that wants a small, waterproof e-reader with writing capabilities. Alternatively, individuals that will make full use of the unique features of Kobo’s Advanced Notebooks (mathematical equations, diagramming etc.)
- 1.8 GHz quad-core ARM CPU and (unconfirmed) 512GB RAM
- 8″ (A5-sized) screen with resolution of 1440×1920 (300dpi)
- 32 GB of local storage space
- 1200mAh Internal battery
- Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity (supports Bluetooth headphones/speakers)
- USB-C for charging and file transfer
- Frontlight (both warm and cold light can be adjusted)
- G-sensor (for auto-rotation)
- IPX8 (Waterproof)
- Physical next/previous page buttons
- Included with the tablet is the Kobo Stylus
- The Kobo Stylus has two buttons on the shaft for erasing and highlighting
- The Kobo Stylus is magnetic, so it can snap to the Kobo Sage tablet
- Kobo stylus requires 1xAAAA battery
- Kobo Stylus requires tips to be changed periodically
- Other Wacom-compatible styluses are not compatible with the Kobo Sage
- The Kobo Stylus is not compatible with tablets that have the more widely-used Wacom layer
- The Sage runs Kobo’s own proprietary operating system
- Utilises the Kobo User Interface, with menu items for Home, My Books, My Notebooks Discover, and More
- The top toolbar has options for adjusting the frontlight, wifi, battery, synchronisation, and search
- Compatibility with Overdrive, Pocket, and Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)
- Unsupported beta (experimental) features include a web browser, large print mode, and a few games (Sudoku, Solitaire, Unblock It, and Word Scramble)
- Native apps that are built into the O/S are:
- Notebooks (Basic & Advanced) – Digital notetaking app
- Kobo E-reader – Multiformat book and document reading app
- No access to the Google Play Store or the ability to install additional apps
- There is support for automatically synchronising documents/ebooks and notebooks with the Kobo Cloud
- There is also support for Google Drive, and Dropbox
- You can browse the ‘Rakuten Kobo’ folder of your Dropbox/Google cloud drives from the tablet and download ebooks/documents.
- You can also export notebooks to your cloud drive – this is a manual process
- Notebooks can be viewed on the Kobo Cloud by logging into the website using a web browser, but you cannot edit or export them from here
- Notebooks cannot be accessed via the Kobo app
- Only ebooks bought from the Kobo Store are synced with the Kobo cloud (and available from the Kobo app on other devices)
- Basic notebooks can be exported to Google Drive, Dropbox or to a computer (via USB) as PDF, PNG, or JPEG
- Advanced notebooks can be exported to Google Drive, Dropbox or to a computer (via USB) as DOCX, TXT, or HTML
- There are no options for tagging or favouriting notebooks
- You can search for files or folder names
- Files can be transferred to the Kobo via a USB cable
READING & ANNOTATING
- The Kobo e-reader supports the following file formats: EPUB, EPUB3, FlePub, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR
- Kobo supports typed ‘sticky notes‘, highlights & handwritten annotations on Kobo ebooks, PDFs, and EPUBs
- Kobo provides a summary of all sticky notes, highlights and annotations for quick reviewing on the Sage
- Handwritten annotations are not accessible via the Kobo app on other devices (text sticky notes and highlights are still synced)
- By default, you cannot export highlights – you have to manually edit a configuration file first!
- The Kobo e-reader’s features include a table of contents, dictionaries, font adjustment (including font size and weight), line spacing, margins, justification, and pinch-to-zoom
- Font, line spacing, margins, and justification are not available for PDF files
- Only the table of contents and bookmarks are available for PDF files
- The Kobo Sage does not support split-screen viewing
- Kobo notes are organised using multi-page notebooks. Notebooks can be organised with folders.
- There are two types of notebooks; Basic and Advanced
- Basic notebooks are multi-page blank canvases that can be filled with writing, doodles, etc.
- Advanced notebooks are single-page and infinite-scroll, with options to insert handwriting or ‘special blocks’ to the page – each block is effectively a separate entity, and they are vertically stacked one on top of another down the page
- If you double-tap handwriting in an Advanced Notebook, it will automatically convert to text
- Special blocks include:
- Drawings (freehand drawing)
- Diagrams (double-tapping hand-drawn shapes, text and arrows straighten the edges, which is useful for flowcharts and diagrams)
- Math Equations (double-tapping a hand-written math equation converts it to proper notation, and it can even solve it!)
- Brushes include a ballpoint pen, fountain pen, calligraphy pen, brush, and highlighter.
- There is a choice of five thicknesses and five shades for each brush
- Stylus pressure is supported for the fountain pen, calligraphy pen, and brush tools – there is no tilt sensitivity
- There is an object eraser (removes whole strokes) and a brush eraser (removes parts of strokes) as well as undo and redo buttons.
- There is a lasso selection tool, however, selections can only be moved (no resize, copy, rotate etc.)
- In Basic notebooks, handwriting selected with the lasso tool can be converted to text (multiple pages cannot be converted in bulk)
- In Advanced notebooks, handwriting can be converted to text with a double-tap.
- Handwriting search is supported (single notebook only)
- There are almost 15 templates to choose from (lined, squared, dotted, to-do list etc.)
- Kobo are a large corporation, which should give consumers some peace of mind
- The Kobo Sage is supplied with a 2-year warranty that covers any hardware defects (not caused by the customer)
- There is also a 30-day guarantee, during which time buyers can return the tablet for a full refund or replacement
- Kobo software updates are fairly regular
- Kobo provide support via its online knowledgebase, telephone, live chat, and social media
KOBO SAGE BLOG POSTS
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- Kindle Scribe vs Kobo Elipsa 2E: Which E-Ink Tablet is Best?
- My Experience with Rakuten Kobo Customer Support
- Handwriting Search on E-ink Tablets: Which is best?
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About the author
Dan Dutton is passionate about E-ink writing tablets, which bring together the pleasure of writing on paper with the power of digital technology. When he bought his first tablet, he realised that there wasn't a lot of unbiased information available for people that were considering buying an E-ink tablet, and so he built eWritable.