The Kobo Arc tablet which went official earlier this month will launch in 3 storage options that start at 16GB and go all the way up to 64GB. Also, the 8GB base version which was mentioned at the time of the announcement is apparently scrapped from the company’s roll out plan.
These new slates from Kobo operate on the Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform and take on budget-friendly tags which are priced a bit higher than the competition, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. Tucked away within its 189mm X 120mm X 11.5mm form factor is a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM for a smooth experience through the Tapestries UI.
“All that extra space makes for an even better Tapestries experience on the Kobo Arc— allowing users to ‘pin’ content they love like webpages, news articles, eBooks, movies, or pictures. The intelligent recommendations engine then suggests additional content in the first-of-its-kind, Discovery Ribbon. The Kobo Arc is the only tablet that learns about the interests of its user, rather than tracking payment and browsing history, to suggest more relevant content they love,” reads a post on the official Kobo blog.
Contributing to the Arc’s 364-gram weight is a 7-inch IPS touchscreen proffering a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 215ppi. The company has equipped the front with a 1.3MP camera as well, for self-portraits and 720p HD recording. The device is capable of delivering up to 10 hours of reading or 2 weeks of standby on a single charge.
The 16GB Kobo Arc price at the time of debut read as $249.99. Pre-orders are slated to ship this fall, while the in-store release date for all 3 versions is pegged for November.