Thursday, 06 September 2012 18:46

Kobo takes on Kindle Fire with Kobo Arc

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Kobo has announced three new e-readers including the Kobo Arc, a 7in Android tablet that will sell for less than $250.

The Kobo Arc (pictured) is an Android 4.0 tablet designed for consumption of a range of content, including books, videos, music, and web pages.

It features a Kobo-developed interface called Tapestries that responds to the user's "pinned" items to recommend related content.

Hardware features include front-facing speakers with SRS TruMedia, microphone, 1.3 MP still/video camera, a choice of black or white cases with interchangeable 'SnapBacks' to be available in blue and purple.

Company officials claim up to 10 hours of continuous reading or video play from one charge, and two weeks standby time.

Google Play is included for easy access to apps and content; other pre-loaded apps include Facebook, Twitter, Rdio, Zinio and PressReader.

To ship in November, the Kobo Arc will cost $249.99 for the 8G model, or $299.99 for 16G.

Page 2: Kobo Glo and Kobo Mini


The in-between newcomer - at least from a price perspective - is the Kobo Glo.

While it stays with the traditional E ink technology familiar from previous generations of Kobo e-readers, the Glo features adjustable 'ComfortLight' illumination, allowing use in low or no light.

A Wi-Fi interface is built in for access to the Kobo eBookstore, and there's a choice of black, white, pink, blue or silver.

The Glo will be available in October for $159.99, and pre-orders are being accepted by Collinsbooks.com.au.

And since smaller is sometimes better, the third new model is the Kobo Mini, which company officials claim is currently the world's smallest lightest full-featured E Ink e-reader.

It sports a 5in screen, and comes in black or white, plus a selection of teal, red and purple snap-on backs.

The Kobo Mini might be small, but it still holds up to 1000 books.

The Kobo Mini will cost $99.99 when it goes on sale in October.

In related news, the price of the Kobo Touch is now $129.99.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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