The Kobo Arc eReader cum tablet which launched alongside the Glo, Mini and Touch, has hit availability status in the UK and Canada, while its release date in France is scheduled for Monday. This device falls in the budget-friendly slate category and it faces competition from the latest Kindle Fire HD devices and Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD.
Kobo states that its device is Google-certified and it runs on a fully customizable version of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The company also goes on to say that it is Jelly Bean ready and an update is in the works. So apart from reading, users will have access to a wide catalog of applications on the Play store. There’s a bunch of pre-loaded apps which include Facebook, Twitter, Rdio, Zinio and PressReader for quick access right out of the box. The slate comes in flavors of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and it gains steam from a dual core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and dual core graphics. 1GB of RAM is employed to ensure smooth operations through the Tapestries interface.
The front dons a 7-inch multi-touch IPS panel with an HD resolution of 1280 x 800p and a pixel density of 215ppi. Located above the screen is a 1.3MP 720p HD AF Skype certified camera for video conferencing, while dual speakers aim to deliver rich audio output with help from SRS TruMedia. In terms of dimension, the slate measures 189mm X 120mm X 11.5mm and it tips the scales at 364 grams. It is said to be capable of delivering 10 hours of reading or 2 weeks of standby on a full battery.
The 16GB Kobo Arc is available for pre-order in the UK through WHSmith for £159.99. In Canada, potential buyers can purchase the device through Indigo, Best Buy and Future Shop. The 16GB version comes for $199.99, while the 32GB and 64GB variants are priced at $249.99 and $299.99, respectively. The second slate is tagged as out of stock on Indigo and it isn’t listed at all on the other 2 retailers. France-based Fnac.com is accepting pre-orders and the tablet is expected to ship starting November 21. Here, potential buyers will have to cough up €199.90 for the 16GB model, €249.90 for the 32GB one or €299.90 for the 64GB option.