Kobo Offers New ICS Tablet, Back-Lit eReader, and $80 Mini to Book Lovers

Kobo introduced its 7-inch Kobo Arc Android tablet, the successor to the Kobo Vox. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-running Kobo Arc will be available in November for $200 for the 8GB model and $250 for the 16GB model. Although Kobo doesn't have its own app store, the device is pre-installed with Kobo's own Tapestries widget to help you navigate Kobo's library of over 300 million free and paid titles, let's you pin your choice of books and movies, and offers recommendations based on your personal tastes. The Kobo Arc is certified to access Google Play.

What Else You Need To Know

  • The device has a dual-core 1.5Ghz Texas Instruments processor with 1 gigabyte of RAM, an iPS LCD 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display, a 2MP front camera for Skype calls, dual front facing speakers, and support for eight languages.
  • Also launched by the Canadian company is a rival to Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight: the $129 Kobo Glo, an e-reader that has a glow feature dubbed "Comfortlight" for night reading, a six inch e-ink XGA screen with a very solid resolution of 1024×768, Wi-Fi connectivity, and 1 GHZ Freescale CPU.
  • The partner to the defunct Borders also introduced Kobo Mini, a pocket-sized e-reader with a 5-inch screen, and priced at only $79.99.
  • The Kobo Vox met poor reviews last year due to among other things, its lack of access to the Google Play store because the tablet was not Google certified during launching.

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Acquired by Japanese company Rakuten in January this year, Kobo has been selling ebook readers since 2009. At three million titles – over a third of which are free – Kobo has one of the biggest ebook libraries, and around 10 million users. - Laura Hazard Owen, GigaOM  
It’s not clear how the “Tapestries” feature will work but it seems unlikely that this alone is a reason to purchase the Arc – which lacks a native content store – over other seven-inch budget tablets like Google’s Nexus 7, a new version of the Kindle Fire, or the iPad Mini that Apple is rumored to release this fall. - Jamie Carter, Tech Radar  
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