Kobo announces three new affordable tablets



The e-reading gurus behind Kobo have announced the forthcoming availability of three new tablets. These devices are part of Kobo’s “Arc” line of devices, running customized versions of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Of course, they all vary in size and price, giving folks a nice breadth of options (because one size certainly never fits all).

The Kobo Arc 7 and Arc 7 HD are both 7-inch devices, with the main difference being screen resolution, processor and RAM (and, by extension, price). The Arc 7 sports a lowly 1024 x 600, a 1.3 megapixel front camera, 1GB of RAM and MediaTek’s MTK8125 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It only comes in 8GB, and will run you just £119.99.

Meanwhile, the Arc 7 HD kicks things up a notch with a full 1080p display, a 1.3 megapixel front camera, a Tegra 3 processor and 2GB of RAM. This particular model will be available in 16GB and 32GB flavor, coming to you for prices of £159.99 and £189.99, respectively.


Finally, the Arc 10 HD is the grandaddy of them all, with a 10-inch 2560 x 1600 display, 2GB of RAM, NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor, a 1.3 megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, and more. This model will only be available at one price point — £299.99 — though we assume the model will have 32GB of internal storage.  All of these models will be available in the UK starting October 16th, though details for other markets have yet to come through.

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  1. Yawn…Kobo is still around? News to me.

    1. name a better tablet at 7inch aside from the nexus 7

  2. Go on Kobo, more choices in the 7″ category. Consumers win.

  3. Tegra 3 with a 1080p Display? Zero performance there….

    I must say, though, the Arc 10 looks VERY interesting.

    1. definitely not worth it for $450 usd might aswell get the nexus 10 refresh when it comes out soon

      1. Engadget prices it at $300

        1. $399 for north america

      2. its faster then the nexus 10 by far by the spec sheet, i see the next nexus being around this power as well

  4. Whatever happened to those badass looking tablets Vizio announced?

  5. Kobo is the “Big Lots” of tablets and e-books. Bought a couple of books from them a few years back and regretted the entire process. I wouldn’t buy anything from them if they promised to wax my car after every purchase.

  6. “affordable”….. maybe…

    Good deal…… not by a long shot!

    1. One other Android tablet to launch this month which is comparable to the new Kobo Arc HD10 is Pipo Electronic’s Pipo M9 Pro– with its biggest advantage being price, which retails for £179 ($285) – the new Pipo M9 Pro offers a 10.1″ 1900X1200 display that uses Samsung PLS technology, includes a Quad Core Rockchip 3188 processor with solid performance (2GB DDR3 / 16GB memory) and offers built-in GPS navigation – along with premium speakers, Dual Band WiFi (2.4 /5.0 GHz), offers Miracast and Chromecast compatibility, and provides users a choice of using standard Android O/S or a well laid out Windows style User Interface that makes the Android experience much more intuitive and easier to use. A 3G HSPA+ edition of the Pipo M9 Pro is also available for £25 more and works with any GSM Carrier, including EE and O2, and a phone SIM card may be used interchangeably with both phone and tablet —

      In testing out the Pipo M9 Pro… with Rockchip 3188 quad core performance, it’s more than enough for most tablet needs… and Netflix and Google Apps and services perform well… one measure of gaming performance is Riptide GP2 and it offers excellent play with no lag — overall, the Pipo M9 Pro is hard to beat in terms of price and features this device offers and the overall build-quality and design.

      One of the first sites to offer the new Pipo Pro 9 is T ab l e t S p r i n t –

    2. I’ll bite, hows it not a great deal its the 2nd best 7 inch tablet going to market.

      1. The one that is comparable to the new Nexus 7 costs £159.99 for 16GB.

        £159.99 = $250 which means it costs more than the N7 and has a slower processor and no rear cam. Also since it is not a Nexus device updates will be slow to arrive if they ever do.

  7. I guess I would like someone in the tablet know to tell us where the bottle necks are in the current tablets.. It seems they are plenty clock speed fast 1.2ghz quad core GEEZ.. Is it on board memory? In other words what makes a whipping fast tablet with HD resolution. For me if I can get a 7inch with HD thats real fast and has Dual band WiFi and/or memory expansion I am good for quite some time. Hey it plays movies streams movies plays music and has great video quality, renders web pages had hi speed WiFi, thats about all I can think of in a hand held thinige. What more could people want that doesnt look like its there?

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      Go on Kobo, more choices in the 7″ category. Consumers win.

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