Kobo launches Android 4.0 eReader, the Kobo Arc
We just got quite a nice and friendly email from Kobo, the popular eReader manufacturer. Well, it turns that Kobo has stayed away from the general and gone for an Android-based eReader.
It is based on Android 4.0 and is running Kobo’s ‘Tapestry’ OS. It looks to be much like Amazon’s Kindle Fire, but with a little extra Android baked in. The notification panel and clock appear to be stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich, with a completely new skin on top. This is something very interesting and exciting that we have rarely seen in Australia. Amazon kept the Kindle Fire to the States and the Nexus 7 is the first real content based 7″ tablet in Australia.
Dimensions: 7.43in x 4.72in x 0.45in / 120mm x 11.5mm x 189mm.
Weight: 364 g.
Processor: Texas Instruments OMAP 4470, 1.5 GHZ (Dual Core).
Display: 7” HD Display; 1280 x 800 resolution; 215 ppi; 16.4 million colours.
RAM: 1 GB RAM.
Screen: IPS LCD – optimized for 178 degree viewing angles; ultra-durable
glass resistant to damage, scratches, bumps and drops.
Connectivity: Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n , Micro USB and WiFi Direct.
Storage: 8GB / 16GB.
Camera: 720p HD 1.3 megapixel forward-facing camera.
Battery: Up to 10 hours of continuous reading/video with WiFi off;
2+ weeks on standby.
Sensors: Accelerometer, ambient light sensor.
Colours: Available in black or white. Two interchangeable backs are
available for purchase: Blue and Purple.
The screen is high-definition, there’s a 1.3MP front-facing camera and it has full access to Google Play (unlike the PendoPad)
The Kobo Arc will be available in November starting at $249.99 (8G) and $299.99 (16G). We’re on board for a review unit so will have more information when the time comes.
If you’re convinced already and just want your hands on one then you can head over to Collinsbooks.com.au come November and get your hands on the Kobo Arc.