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Kobo takes aim at Google Nexus 7 with Arc Android tablet

06 Sep 2012

Gadget maker Kobo has unveiled its new Arc Android tablet alongside new Kobo Mini and Kobo Glo e-readers.

The Arc Android tablet will retail in the same budget price bracket as the Google Nexus 7, with the 8GB model retailing for £159.99 and the 16GB model for £189.99.

Kobo confirmed the Arc will be released in November running Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, combined with the company's own tapestry interface. The Tapestry design offers similar media features to Amazon's Kindle Fire library interface, letting users organise their content without the need for widgets or apps.

"What makes the Arc unique is that it's designed for content," Kobo's director of publisher and industry relations Pieter Swinkels told V3.

"It has a different interface letting users pin content into their own tapestry."

Kobo's announcement comes on the same day as Amazon's launch event, where the company is expected to unveil its new Kindle Fire 2 Android tablet.

The original Kindle Fire was not released in the UK, which Swinkels highlighted as a key market for Kobo.

"I don't think there's anything like the Arc in the UK and that's exciting for us. We have a lot of missions in the UK and we're excited and happy at how they're progressing."

The Arc will pack a 7in high resolution screen, which the company claims can display 16 million colours.

Kobo confirmed the Arc will have roughly 10 hours of battery life off one charge and be powered by an unnamed 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

The two new Mini and Glo e-readers are set to be released in October, selling via WH Smiths. The Glo e-reader features Kobo's Comfortlight technology, which provides a warm backlight intended for night-time reading.


The Glo has a no-glare, 6in high-resolution XGA screen and Wi-Fi connectivity and is set to retail for £100. The Mini features a smaller 5in screen and costs £60.

Check back with V3 closer to the time for full reviews of Kobo's Arc tablet, and Glo and Mini e-readers.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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