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Kobo Arc Tablet To Hit Stores In November

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.

via liliputing 

Kobo Releases Glo, Mini, and Arc E-Readers

Kobo launched three new e-readers to expand its product lineup just prior to Amazon announced its new devices. This is a strategic move on their part, especially since Kobo is not as well-known as companies like Amazon and Barnes & Noble are in producing e-readers. The Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, and Kobo Arc are all direct competitors against products like the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Paperwhite, and of course, the Barnes & Noble Nook tablet.

The Kobo Glo is an e-reader that features ComfortLight technology. This technology illuminates the page that the reader is on instead of the reader’s eyes. Users can moreover adjust the level of light. For its display, the Kobo Glo has a six-inch 16-level grey scale E Ink XGA Pearl screen with a resolution of 1024×768 pixels. Said screen is glare-free and fingerprint-resistant. It runs on a 1GHz processor and offers Wi-Fi connectivity and a micro USB port. On a single charge, the device can reportedly be used for more than a month without the use of the light and Wi-Fi. On the other hand, it can be used for 55 hours if the light is used. The Kobo Glo sells for $129.99 and comes in the colors Black Night, Pink Sunset, Blue Moon, and Silver Star.

The Kobo Mini is marketed as “the world’s smallest and lightest full-featured eReader.” Kobo packs this device with a no-glare 5-inch natural E Ink touchscreen with Vizplex V110 display and 16 level grey scale. This is also glare-free and resistant to fingerprint marks. The eReader is also equipped with an 800 MHz processor, support for Wi-Fi connectivity, and a microUSB port. Its battery promised more than two weeks of usage, provided that Wi-Fi is not used. Users can store 1,000 books on its 2GB storage. Kobo sells this for $79.99, and it is available in white and black, but users can change the back of the Mini with a Ruby Red, Purple, or Teal covering.

Lastly, the Kobo Arc is an Android Ice Cream Sandwich-powered eReader. It has a seven-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and 16 million colors. It runs on a 1.5GHz dual core processor along with 1GB of RAM. Kobo also includes a 720p HD front-facing camera with a 1.3 MP sensor, front-facing speakers, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Users can store almost 3 million books on its 8GB or 16GB storage capacity. It also offers Wi-Fi connectivity and several pre-loaded apps like Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Gmail, Youtube, Zinio, PressReader, among others.

Consumers interested in these devices may purchase them at retailers like Staples, Best Buy, Sears, and Target.

via venturebeat