Four new tablets are debuted by Japanese Kobo. New 6-inch Aura E-Reader, two 7 inch Arc tablets and one 10 inch HD tablet.
Kobo Arc 10HD tablet features 10 inch HD display with 2560 x 1600 pixels. It is run by NVidia’s Tegra 4 (1.8GHz quad-core) processor with 2GB of RAM. There is 16GB of built-in storage, but Kobo added possible micro SD card expansion option. The tablet offers stereo audio, micro HDMI port, and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. For connectivity Kobo offers WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n (2×2 MIMO) and Bluetooth 4.0. The tablet supports Miracast for streaming onto your large TV. With WiFi off, you should be able to get 9.5 hours on a charge. Arc 10HD will release in October in most retail outlets and it will start at $400.
There are two 7 inch new tablets by Kobo. There is an HD tablet and a budget tablet as well. The Kobo Arc 7HD features a display with 1920 x 1200 pixels. The somewhat date processor is quad-core NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 clocked at 1.7GHz and helped with 1GB of RAM. Other specs are the same as in Kobo Arc 10HD tablet. This Kobo Arc 7HD tablet will start at $199.99 for the 16GB model.
Kobo also offers a budget tablet of 7 inches with display resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Kobo Arc 7 tablet starts at just $149, but you’ll get moderate 1.2GHz quad-core MTK 8125 chip with 1GB of RAM.
Kobo Aura HD E-Reader has 6.8-inch WXGA+ Pearl E Ink display with crisp 1440 x 1080 pixel count and 265 dpi pixel density. The luxury e-reader is only 11.7 mm (0.46 inch) thick and weighs only 240 grams (6.1 ounces). The processor running this e-reader is capable 1GHz Freescale i.MX507. The storage offered is only 4GB there is a microSD slot for optional (up to) 32GB card. This Wifi only tier-one e-reader will get stocked on September 16th and it will cost $149.99. You’d think e-readers were done for, but Kobo thinks there is a substantial market to be had.
In Kobo’s own words,
“We have a lot of data from users around the world and those who download apps on our tablets read for minutes, not hours. They read once a week versus daily.” So Kobo asked its top 10,000 customers, why don’t the read on tablets? The answer, he says, was that it was too distracting. Too many alerts and other things happening on the screen, and “also they are generally too hard on the eyes, and weight is a problem. Basically, it’s pretty obvious tablets up to now have been multipurpose first and reading second.”
Kobo has recently acquired a startup company Pocket which allows saving webpages for offline reading. More on Kobo
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