Consumers in Canada and the United Kingdom may now purchase the Kobo Arc tablet in stores. The same tablet is also on its way to France, where it is scheduled to be available starting Monday. Meanwhile, in the United States, the tablet has already made an appearance at the FCC, but the date when it will be available in the market still remains to be known.
As for the tablet’s price, the most inexpensive model costs $199.99 and offers 16GB of user memory. There is also a 32GB model which is priced at $249.99, and a 64GB model, which costs $299.99.
The Kobo Arc features a 7-inch multi-touch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, and a pixel density of 215 ppi. It allows for comfortable viewing up to (+/-) 89-degree angles.
The tablet runs on a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and offers 1 GB of RAM. Its user memory is able to store almost 3 million books. Content discovery is facilitated through Tapestries, a Kobo exclusive offering that lets users pin content in displays.
Meanwhile, its battery promises 10 hours of use on a single charge and up to two weeks in standby mode. Its operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A Jelly Bean update, however, is already in the works.
The Kobo Arc is also packed with a 720p HD front-facing camera with a 1.3-megapixel image sensor. Said camera comes with autofocus, face detection with face unlock, and is certified by Skype, allowing users to engage in video-conferencing by means of such popular service easily.
There is easy access to some important controls on the tablet. The Kobo Arc is equipped with touch sensors for Home, Back, Menu, Power, and Volume.
Furthermore, this Google-certified slate has access to the Google Play Store, Google Maps, Youtube, Gmail, Street View, Google+, Google Chat, Contacts, and Calendar. All of these apps are already pre-installed on the Kobo tablet, along with Facebook, Skype, Twitter, Zinio, and Rdio.
Will you be purchasing a Kobo Arc tablet?