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Kobo announces three new Android tablets

Authored by: Sterling Keys — Aug 28, 2013

The e-reader company Kobo has announced three new Android tablets and has thus expanded its line of products. Announced just recently, the Kobo Arc 7, Arc 7 HD, and Arc 10 HD will be making their way to the market and support the entire rang of platforms from budget to high-end specs.

The Arc line from Kobo just got a little more robust. / © QDL/AndroidPIT

All the tablets will be running on Android 4.2.2 right out of the box and are set to launch (in the UK at least) on October 16th.  As an addition, all the tablets will support content and apps from the Google Play Store as well as cater to their own book store. 

The new Arc 10 HD. / © Kobo

The main point it seems that Kobo is trying to make it to capture the entire market when it comes to offerings in the tablet market. However, with the Arc 7 priced just 50 dollars below its HD counterpart, it's almost a wonder if consumers wouldn't just be willing to pony up the extra money for the boost in internal storage, processor speed, and display crispness. All of the tablets presented will have a "reading mode" that basically mimics the Airplane mode of most handheld devices. Once turned on, you'll experience a boost in battery power (Kobo has said going from 9 hours to 10 days) and thismode will turn off all notifications, sounds, optimize the lightning for reading, and shut down some Android services. A great little feature for those who want to use their Kobo for one of their main purposes, reading. 

Technical Specifications

Specifications Arc 7 Arc 7 HD Arc 10 HD
Processor MTK 8125 1.2 GHz Quad-Core NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.7 GHz Quad-core NIVIDA Tegra 4 1.8 GHz Quad-Core
Memory 1 GB 1 GB 2 GB

Internal Memory

8 GB and microSD expansion 16 GB / 32 GB and microSD expansion 16 GB / 32 GB and microSD expansion
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.28
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.$ Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast Conectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast Conectivity
Display 7-inch, 1024x600 7-inch, 1920x1200 HD 10-inch, 2560x1600 HD
Camera N/A 1.3 MP (Front) 1.3 MP (Front)
Price $149.00 $199.99 16 GB / $249.99 32 GB $399.99

How will the new Arc lineup handle itself against the competitors? With the Arc 7 HD priced below the latest Nexus 7 and offering an almost similar display, we might be in for a surprose. As for myself, I can't wait to try these out after dismissing Kobo's e-readers in the past. 

Source: Android Central

From all the way over on Vancouver Island, Sterling Keys started off his smartphone adventure with an HTC S710 equipped with Windows Mobile and knew there had to be something better. Over the next few years, and countless different operating systems, he has finally found his home on Android.

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