Kobo’s 7-inch Android-powered Arc tablet now available in Canada

Ian Hardy

November 16, 2012 8:08am

Kobo has officially shed the past of their original Android-based Vox tablet and released the Arc. This will directly compete against the other 7-inch tablets on the market – Nexus 7, iPad mini and PlayBook – and they’ve priced it accordingly. Three models are available: 16, 32, and 64GB versions in both black and white and can be yours for $199.99, $249.99 and $299.99.

The Arc runs OS 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and will be upgraded to OS 4.1 Jelly Bean at some point in time. They’ve also skinned the UI at bit and added “Tapestries,” which basically allows you to “pin” content that is interests to you – such as books, web, magazines – to your homescreen for quick access. Since Kobo is heavy into books they are positioning the Arc as a joint tablet and eReader. The display is 7-inches and has a resolution of 1200×800, comes with a 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 dual-core processor, weighs 364 grams and is only 12.4mm thin.

The Arc is on sale now at Indigo stores. Check out a quick overview of the Arc here

Source: Indigo
Via: CNW

  • menodumb

    “and will be upgraded to OS 4.1 Jelly Bean at some point in time”

    Yah ok .

    • kj

      kobo sucks. DOA product

  • Nexus 7

    Don’t know why anyone would buy this over the Nexus 7. Nexus 7 is already rocking Android 4.2.

    • John Marshall

      Cheaper? More interesting? Feels more like an e-book reader than a tablet? A more reader-friendly interface? It’s the reason people would rather buy a Kindle Fire HD over a Nexus 7 in the states.

  • Thomson

    Probably will sell well with the book people who go to Indigo stores. People that are not totally up on tech, but like the idea of ebooks and tablets.

  • kevin sutton

    The Arc’s slightly faster processor and front facing speakers vs. the Nexus’ GPS, Blue tooth, and rapid OS updates?

    It’s a damn fine device AND a great value, but it’s not really better or a better value than the Nexus 7.

    Had it dropped when they upgraded the storage options it would have at least had that as an advantage for two months.

    • kevin sutton

      Tech devices just lend themselves too easily to direct comparisons. Or maybe I’m too judgemental. 🙁

  • John Marshall

    I dunno, I like its design better than the Nexus 7, and for those of us that aren’t amazed when Google makes their OS go up by another tenth of a version every two months, this might be the sort of tablet for people that just don’t want to be involved in that circus. Slightly cheaper, as well, granted by only $20, but that’s a case for your Kobo Arc instead of nothing for your Nexus 7.

    • menodumb

      Your comment fits Kobo’s target audience 🙂

  • Kevin

    Specs look good, better speakers than the N7.

    For $199 may be a good alternative to the $240 N7 16GB.

  • Dick Gently

    I’m not buying a tablet for the speakers, I don’t think this device has anything that I’m interested in. The earlier comment that people don’t want to get in on an ‘OS upgrade circus’ is rather bizarre to me. I have yet to meet anyone that avoids additional device functionality as it is rolled out. Who buys something and says “thank god it’ll be out of date in 4 months”?

  • Jon

    Nexus 7 – ’nuff said

  • shlomo levi

    kobo, silvaniya it name of cheapest brands. so why this price?

  • JV

    Ummmm i know nexus 7 16 gb here in Canada is 209$ bucks. i don’t know where some of the people on here are getting their price points. It is 260 for the 32 gb version. Nook has 200$ for 8gb, 250$ for the 16gb, and 300$ for 32gb. Nexus 7 wins on principle of price and value here… This is a no brainer, as for the idea of the “update circus” as someone put it, simply buy your tablet and don’t worry about the rest. If you don’t want to update your device then don’t. lol no one is putting a gun to your head.

    • Snick

      Nexus 7 is 209 + 20$ shipping. It’s actually 239$ if you buy in store. The 32Gb version is 269$ in store, or 259$ + 20$ shipping online.
      The Kobo has free shipping. Doesn’t sound like much, but a 30$ total saving on a 200$ device is something to consider. If you didn’t care about 30$, you probably would upgrade to a bigger better device anyway.
      Also, a 64Gb option is great for those worried about the lack of a SD slot.

      My view on OS updates: buy based on what the device does now, not based on what it might or might not do 6 months from now.

  • JV

    wait got pricing wrong 🙁 epic fail. i resend and take back previous comment. Apologies IM SORRY 🙁

  • Doug

    You can buy a 32GB Nexus 7 for 269 with indigo. So a 20$ difference and Indigo was selling them with a 20$ gift card (yesterday).

  • Kevin

    Nice speakers.. looks good.

    $199 vs $239 for a Nexus. I’d consider – will check it out.

  • Awkward Turtle

    If people want to properly read an ebook, get an ereader. These 7-inch tablets do not qualify. They are two completely different products. The Kobo Vox/Arc and the Amazon Kindle Fire are just going to give you a headache, and power down after a few hours. Stop trying to combine the two until you have the proper screen technology. Pet peeve.