Kobo Arc tablet hitting stores in November, comes in 64GB flavor

September 18, 2012
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If you're in the market for an e-reader and want something with beefed-up storage space, the Kobo Arc may be your solution. The company announced the Arc tablet earlier this month and now it has announced that it will be hitting store shelves in November. The Arc will support up to 64GB of storage, which is quite a lot of storage for such a small tablet. While you could easily match that with your Nook Tablet using an SD card, the Kobo Arc is one of the few e-readers that comes packing with 64GB of built-in storage.

Of course, Kobo hasn't really been a true contender in the e-reader battle. Barnes & Noble and Amazon have mostly been dominating the spectrum with their respective Nook and Kindle devices. Then again, Kobo has never really had a large ecosystem of content to provide its users, which is one thing that Amazon is doing a fantastic job at. Kobo tablets are certainly respectable, but the content just isn't there.

If you're unfamiliar with Kobo's latest offering, the Arc sports a 1.5GHz OMAP 4470 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1.3MP HD front-facing camera, and 10 hours reading time, all topped off with a 7-inch IPS display with a 1280x800 resolution (215 ppi). It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Wi-Fi capabilities to stream all of your favorite content. Other than a 64GB storage option ($299), you can also opt for 16GB ($199) or 32GB ($249).

The company is planning to bring Jelly Bean to the Arc, but has not set a roll-out date yet. And while there's no word on a root for the Kobo Arc, it probably won't take a lot of time at all for testers and developers to find their way to a root. The Arc could certainly benefit from one, since it has some respectable hardware under the hood with Jelly Bean coming in the future.


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  • Captain_Doug

    Not too shabby. And unlike the nook or fire, this will have Google apps.

  • Captain_Doug

    Not too shabby. And unlike the nook or fire, this will have Google apps.

  • Paulyputsimply

    Good article except for your comment on Kobo not having a lot of content I have the old Vox and have access to Kobo’s 3 million books, 1 million free books, full access to Google Play with 600,000 apps, plenty for me. Also, Kobo allows one to buy/load anything even from competitors.. that is their prime business model. Yup, I buy from Amazon if their price is lower but buy most of my stuff from Kobo or Google Play.
    I love Kobo’s recommendations etc. and their user interface. Glad the new one will be faster, smoother etc.

  • http://twitter.com/robynhode8 Joe Gates

    1.5 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, front facing speakers with enhanced software. Google Play. 16 GB at $199. Lighter than the Kindle Fire, more options than the Nook HD, benchmark tests faster than Nexus 7. Expandable storage. HD display…

    This is the tablet to get. You can put the Kindle and B&N apps on it with Google Play. The other tablets lost out here.

    A big congrats to Kobo!

  • http://twitter.com/robynhode8 Joe Gates

    1.5 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, front facing speakers with enhanced software. Google Play. 16 GB at $199. Lighter than the Kindle Fire, more options than the Nook HD, benchmark tests faster than Nexus 7. Expandable storage. HD display…

    This is the tablet to get. You can put the Kindle and B&N apps on it with Google Play. The other tablets lost out here.

    A big congrats to Kobo!