Kobo treats bookworms to Aura e-Ink reader, Arc tablet range

The Kobo Arc 10HD, 7HD and 7 Android-based tablets have been introduced along with the Aura e-Ink reader and the devices are slated to go up for sale in regions like North America, Australia and New Zealand. The manufacturer has revealed the price details and the Arc slates are already available for purchase in the US. The aforementioned e-reader is currently up for pre-order and will start shipping at a later date. It looks like the upcoming Kindle Fire will have to face some tough competition from the Arc siblings.

With a view to take readers beyond the book, Kobo has deployed all of its slates with a user experience called Reading Life. It helps people discover content and even permits them to stay organized and curate data including eBooks, magazines, music, movies and more from across the web. If the reading mode is turned on, owners of the gadgets will not be bothered with annoying notifications or pop ups while they are immersed in their favorite books. Also, the mode works towards optimizing the light settings and even claims to increase the battery life considerably.

Kobo Slates

A successor to the Aura HD, the Kobo Aura is a front-lit e-Ink reader which comes drenched in shades of black and pink. This reader flaunts a high-resolution 6-inch edge-to-edge display of 212dpi and is deployed with the ComfortLight technology. Its total internal memory amounts to 4GB and has a microSD expansion slot to increase it further by up to 32GB. The device’s battery life is said to be of around 2 months. As for the Arc 10HD, it is based on the Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 OS and acquires steam from a 1.8GHz quad core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM. The tab’s 10-inch touchscreen can render visuals in 2560 x 1600p resolution.

Next up is the 7-inch Kobo Arc HD which is equipped with a 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of system memory. Apart from a 1.3MP camera, the device’s front panel is graced by a 1920 x 1200p touchscreen and you can expect it to cough up the juice for usage time of around 8 hours. Moreover, the Arc 7 is another Google-certified 7-inch slab and has been incorporated with a 1024 x 600p multi-touch display and a 1.2GHz quad core MTK 8125 processor.

The Kobo Aura e-Ink reader is priced at $149.99, while the Kobo Arc 10HD carries a retail tag of $399.99. The 16GB and 32GB Arc 7HD sets users back by $199.99 and $249.99, respectively, while the 8GB Arc 7 costs $149.99.

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