Kobo is ready to enter neighboring United States with its Kobo Arc 7 HD and Kobo Arc 10 HD tablet devices soon after the company launched the devices in India. A formal launch isn’t too far off, as evidenced by the tablet’s appearance on the FCC site. However, FCC documents have always been short on useful information; instead, the bits and pieces of FCC data have banked heavily on the technicalities associated with the wireless connectivity aspects of the tablet. There is mention of the user manual which does reveal illustrations on ways to invoke the airplane mode, adjust settings and more.
Kobo has never proved to be a serious player in either the 7 or 10 inch genre of tablets, though that could change with the new Arc 7 HD and Arc 10 HD devices, both of which sport some interesting specifications. The Kobo Arc 7 HD offers a 7 inch 1920 x 1200 pixel display and is powered by a quad core Tegra 3 chip, mated to a 1 GB RAM while storage options include either 16 or 32 GB. All of these do make a strong case for the Arc 7 HD, more so when it’s priced quite reasonably at just $199.
In contrast, the Kobo Arc 10 HD is pricier at about $400, but justifies the higher price tag with a more generous spec sheet. The tablet is powered by a 1.8 GHZ quad core Tegra 4 chip that works in unison with a 2 GB RAM. Upfront, it has a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 2560 X 1600 pixels, which is even more than the 4th generation iPad’s resolution of 2048 X 1536 pixels. Another inherent benefit with the Kobo tablet device is that, unlike the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX range, these are not tied to the parent Kobo store.
Fortunately, the enhanced pixel density does not come at the cost of a reduced battery performance, as the tablet still returns respectable figures of around 10 hours of run time. The Nexus 10 has the exact same number of pixels, but failed to make it big as it performed subpar in battery life. However, while the images are just stunning, the overall look of the Kobo Arc 10 HD can still be considered quite conventional with its thick bezel width.