October 24, 2014

Kobo introduces 7-inch, Android 4.0 'Arc' tablet

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Kobo, in what seems like a preemptive attack on Amazon and their next Kindle Fire, has announced a new 7-inch Android-based tablet.  Called the Kobo Arc, it is the $200 successor to the Kobo Vox.

Details for the device are pretty decent when compared to other products in the price range and include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, a 7-inch 1280 x 800 HD IPS display, 720p HD front facing camera (2-megapixel), microUSB, and Wi-Fi connectivity.  The Kobo Arc comes preloaded with the full Google Play experience, something that neither the Nook Tablet nor Kindle Fire can claim.  Additional apps include Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Rdio, Zinio, and PressReader.

Powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Kobo advises that it will receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean “within a few months time”. Look for the Kobo Arc in either black or white color options and a choice of 8GB ($199) and 16GB ($349) storage capacities.