|Release date||November 2012|
|Introductory price||16GB $199.99 CAD, 32GB $249.99 CAD, 64GB $299.99 CAD|
|Operating system||Custom Android 4.1 Jelly Bean|
|CPU||1.5 GHz dual core processor|
|Display||7" IPS display, 1280 x 800 HD resolution; 215 ppi; displays 16 million colours; clarity at extra wide viewing angles (+/-) 89 degrees|
Micro-USB 2.0 (type B)WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
|Dimensions||189 mm (7.4 in) H
120 mm (4.7 in) W
11.5 mm (0.45 in) D
|Weight||364 g (12.8 oz)|
The Kobo Arc a 7" tablet originally announced to run on Android Ice Cream Sandwich and now running on Android Jellybean 4.1, is manufactured by Kobo Inc. It was released in November, 2012. The tablet has full access to Google Play.
The 2013 refresh of the Kobo Arc HD will include 7-inch and 10-inch versions. Both will have Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. The Arc 10HD will have 2560 x 1600 resolution, Tegra 4 quad-core processor 1.8 GHz, 1.3MP front camera, two speakers, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and Miracast. The Arc 7HD will have 1920 x 1200 resolution, Tegra 3 at 1.7 GHz, a 1.3MP front camera, 1 GB of RAM, and either 16 GB or 32 GB of storage.
This is Kobo's second Android tablet. The first model - the Kobo Vox - was a 7" tablet running Android Gingerbread. It was available for pre-order October 2011, and was released 28 October 2011.
The Kobo Arc is not based on the Kobo Vox. It is built from the ground up.
In August 2013, Kobo unveiled three additional Kobo Arc tablets. These were Kobo Arc 10HD, Kobo Arc 7HD, and Kobo Arc 7. Kobo Arc 10HD is a 10.1-inch tablet with 2560 x 1600 resolution, while Kobo Arc 7HD is a 7-inch tablet with 1920 x 1200 resolution, and Kobo Arc 7 is a 7-inch tablet with a 1026 x 600 resolution.
|Available Colors||Black & white|
|Wireless Connectivity||WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB|
|Audio||Built-in dual front facing speakers and universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with SRS TruMedia™ sound|
|Device Size||189 mm x 120 mm|
|Device Depth||11.5 mm|
|Diagonal Display Size||7 inches (180 mm) IPS Display|
|Screen Qualities||1280 x 800 HD resolution; 215 ppi; displays 16 million colours; clarity at extra wide viewing angles (+/-) 89 degrees|
|Navigation||Home, Back and Menu touch sensors, Power and Volume buttons|
|Processor||1.5 GHz dual core processor: TI OMAP 4470; 1 GB RAM|
|Operating System||Open access to Android™ Jelly Bean 4.1|
|Storage||16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB models|
|Battery Life||10 hours of reading; 2+ weeks of standby|
|Content||Nearly 3 million books|
|Social Reading||Reading Life™, Kobo Pulse™, Facebook Timeline|
|Fonts||TypeGenius, font tuning engine designed for the best readability. Choice of 7 font styles, 24 font sizes and new with Kobo Arc, adjustable font sizes and weight.|
|Advanced Features||Wireless display capability to stream multimedia content to your TV with a compatible WiFi Direct A/V adaptor. Android customization features such as resizable widgets and face unlock. SRS TruMedia™ sound specifically tuned for tablets.|
|Software||Tapestries – Kobo’s exclusive interface for easy content discovery|
|Supported File Formats||Books: ePUB, including fixed layout and enhanced ePUB.
Images: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Audio: MP#, AAC, .3gp, mp4, m4a, flac, ogg, wav, mid.
Video Formats: 3gp, mp4, webm
|Web Browsing||Android 4.0 web browser|
|Media||Music Player, Photo Gallery, Video Player|
|Pre-loaded Apps||Facebook, Twitter and Skype. Stream music from Rdio, access your magazines and newspapers through Zinio and PressReader.
Google apps: Google Play, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, StreetView, Calendar, Contacts, Google+ and Google Chat.
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