This November, Kobo will release the Arc, its first in-house-designed, fully functional tablet. The Canadian-born company’s first major product since being acquired by Japan’s Rakutan last year joins a slew of new tablets hitting the market this fall. The Arc will be fighting for attention against Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 2, Microsoft’s Surface, a new Kindle Fire—and probably an iPad Mini too.
Available in Canada
One major differentiator from Amazon’s Kindle Fire—at least for Canadians—is the Arc’s availability in Canada. The Arc will be available from Kobo’s partners in more than 12 countries.
Powered by Android
The Arc has a seveninch HD screen, 10-hour battery, and a two-megapixel camera with 720p HD video—all powered by Google’s Android OS. It’s priced at $199 for the 8 GB model and $249 for 16 GB.
The customized Android OS is Pinterest-meets-Kobo: it learns a user’s tastes and recommends other books, music and movies. If you’re reading High Fidelity, expect a suggestion to watch the movie adaptation on Netflix.
Click here to read our Q&A with Kobo CEO Mike Serbinis about the new Arc and more.