Kobo modified the Arc tablet even before the device even made it to market. Kobo initially announced that the tablet would be having 8GB or 16GB of storage capacity, and be priced at $200 and $250.
Kobo’s latest press release, however, shows that the company decided to add more storage to the tablet. Thus, when the Kobo Arc tablet finally goes up for sale, consumers are given more choices in the storage department, and may select the one that is best suited for their needs. The 16GB model will retail for $199.99, the 32GB model will sell for $249.99, and the 64GB model will be available for $299.99. All three tablets will arrive on market shelves this coming November.
The Kobo Arc tablet runs on a 1.5GHz OMAP 4470 dual-core processor, which is also offered on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9. Its display measures 7 inches, and is of the High Definition type with a resolution of 1280 x 800, 178-degree viewing angles, as well as support for 16 million colors. This display allows for comfort in viewing the display’s content, even if the user is outdoors. This display is also made durable by its glass covering which Kobo claims to be the most resistant among the other available tablets.
Its operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, although the Kobo team is already working on an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. A 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a built-in microphone may be used for video chat. Moreover, the tablet is equipped with front-facing stereo speakers with SRS TruMedia technology. Wi-Fi 802.11 allows users to browse the Internet and download content onto the device.
The tablet allows for access to Google Play, opening up to users the possibility of downloading some of the store’s 600,000 apps. For convenience, however, Kobo has preloaded some apps onto the device. Among these are Facebook, Twitter, Zinio, Rdio, and PressReader.
True to Kobo’s Read Freely philosophy, the Kobo Arc facilitates reading by including a feature that syncs one’s personal library across different devices.
Apart from the Kobo Arc, the company also announced the Kobo Mini, Kobo Touch and Kobo Glo tablets recently.