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Kobo debuts three new tablets, one dedicated e-reader

updated 11:26 pm EDT, Tue August 27, 2013

Tablets range from low end to high, e-reader derivative from earlier limited edition

E-reader vendor Kobo today announced its new lineup of eReading devices, featuring the new Kobo Aura six-inch E Ink eReader, the Google-certified Kobo Arc 10HD and two Kobo Arc 7 tablets. Designed specifically for readers, the new lineup is built on Kobo's unique user experience "Reading Life" enabling the collection, curation and discovery of content.

With an Nvidia Tegra 4 1.8GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the Kobo Arc 10HD tablet is a Google-certified multimedia tablet. The Kobo Arc 10HD tablet boasts a 10-inch, 2560x1600 high-definition display with up to 1080p video playback. The Kobo Arc 10HD tablet also includes a front-facing 1.3 MP HD camera, dual stereo speakers, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, and Miracast connectivity support for Wi-Fi media streaming. In Reading Mode, the battery life is extended from 9.5 hours to more than 10 days.

The Kobo Arc 7HD tablet is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 3 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 1920x1200 display with up to 1080p video playback. The HD tablet has a 1GB of RAM, a front-facing 1.3 MP HD camera, and a battery that lasts up to eight hours.
For those new to tablets, Kobo is offering the Kobo Arc 7, aimed at first-time users and families. With a 1024X600 display, a MTK 8125 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, the Kobo Arc 7 offers readers a compact, multimedia tablet for reading and entertainment on the go.

For readers who prefer a dedicated reading experience, Kobo has created the Kobo Aura six-inch E-Ink eReader, which boasts an edge-to-edge, 212 dpi display. The Kobo Aura uses a new low-flash screen technology with a front-lit ComfortLight to virtually eliminate ghosting and page refresh for an enhanced book-like reading experience. The device holds up to 3,000 books, and lasts more than two months on a single charge. The Kobo Aura is available in black and pink, starting September 16.

The Kobo Arc 7HD retails for $200 with 16GB and $250 with 32GB. The Kobo Arc 7 sells for $150 with 8GB. The Kobo Arc 10HD will be available for $400 and has 16GB of storage. The Kobo Aura has commenced pre-orders and will retail for $150.

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