Kobo Arc

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Kobo Arc
Developer Kobo Inc.
Generation 2nd
Release date November 2012; 2 years ago (2012-11)
Introductory price 16 GiB $199.99 CAD, 32 GiB $249.99 CAD, 64 GiB $299.99 CAD
Operating system Custom Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
CPU 1.5 GHz dual core processor
Display 7" IPS display, 1280×800 HD resolution; 215 ppi; displays 16 million colours; clarity at extra wide viewing angles (+/−) 89 degrees
Connectivity 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)
Predecessor Kobo Vox
Website www.kobo.com/koboarc

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.[1] 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 2560×1600 resolution, Tegra 4 quad-core processor 1.8 GHz, 1.3 MP front camera, two speakers, 2 GiB of RAM, 16 GiB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and Miracast. The Arc 7HD will have 1920×1200 resolution, Tegra 3 at 1.7 GHz, a 1.3 MP front camera, 1 GiB of RAM, and either 16 or 32 GiB of storage.[2]


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.[1][3][4]

The Kobo Arc is not based on the Kobo Vox.[5]

2nd Generation[edit]

In August 2013, Kobo unveiled three additional Kobo Arc tablets. These were the Kobo Arc 10HD, Kobo Arc 7HD, and Kobo Arc 7. The Kobo Arc 10HD is a 10.1-inch tablet with 2560×1600 resolution, while Kobo Arc 7HD is a 7-inch tablet with 1920×1200 resolution, and Kobo Arc 7 is a 7-inch tablet with a 1024×600 resolution.


Features Description
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 189×120 mm
Device Depth 11.5 mm
Weight 364 grams
Diagonal Display Size 7 inches (180 mm) IPS Display
Screen Qualities 1280×800 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 GiB RAM
Operating System Open access to Android™ Jelly Bean 4.1
Storage 16, 32, or 64 GiB 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Welcome the New Kobo Family of Devices – An eReader for Everyone!" (Web log). Toronto: Kobo. 6 September 2012. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Kobo revamps eReader & tablet lines, The Register (UK), Aug 28, 2013 .
  3. ^ Hartley, Matt (19 October 2011). "Kobo wades into tablet wars with launch of ‘Kobo Vox’". Financial Post. Archived from the original on 26 October 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Krashinsky, Susan (19 October 2011). "Kobo enters tablet market". Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 26 October 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  5. ^ You tube, Google .

External links[edit]

  • Arc (product site), Kobo .