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Kobo ups storage and drops prices on upcoming Arc Tablet

Earlier this month Kobo, the firm best known for its e-readers, announced that it would be launching the 7-inch Kobo Arc tablet in November.

The popular ereader manufacturer originally said it will offer an 8GB version, priced at $200, and a 16GB version – priced at $250.

Now Kobo has sweetened the deal even more for tablet fans by revealing that the final line up will include 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions – all of which come in under the $300 price tag.

It has also slashed the price of its 16GB models before they have even hit the shelves to $199.99, a lower price than it was asking for the 8GB model – which it has now scrapped.

Kobo Arc Tablet features

The Kobo Arc uses a unique interface called Tapestries, which gives users the freedom to organise their content and pin anything from webpages to eBooks, movies, and pictures,

There is also an intelligent recommendations engine, dubbed Discovery Ribbon, which will suggest additional content that users might like.

The Kobo Pulse feature also allows users to share insights with fellow book lovers, and is integrated with Facebook’s Timeline.

Kobo Arc Tablet specs

Operating on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Kobo Arc comes with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM.

The 1280×800 HD resolution 215 ppi screen is impressive, and can show off a range of 16 million colours. The display also has ‘clarity at extra wide viewing angles’, according to Kobo.

The device has one 720p HD front-facing camera (1.3 MP) and offers battery life equivalent to 10 hours of reading.

The tablet also comes pre-loaded with Google Play, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, StreetView, Calendar, Contacts, Google+, and Google Chat.

With a price tag that won’t raise too many eyebrows, and one of the first tablets to offer 64GB storage, the Arc is definitely one to watch.

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