Kobo introduces three new reading-centric tablets and a new e-reader

Daniel Bader

August 28, 2013 7:18am

Kobo has announced four new pieces of hardware, including three tablets and an e-reader, that aim to propel the Canadian company into the same leagues as Amazon.

The Kobo Aura is the company’s newest e-reader flagship, with a 6-inch display and a smaller bezel than Amazon’s Paperwhite. It boasts improved viewing angles, a capacitive touchscreen digitizer that has been fused to the e-ink display for better contrast and touch response, and integration with Pocket, the service previously known as Read It Later.

In fact, the entire Kobo ecosystem will become integrated with Pocket in mid-September, which will let users read content from the bookmarking/archiving service on their devices.

Perhaps more impressive than the Aura is the Arc10HD, a 10-inch Tegra 4-powered tablet with a 2560×1600 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, running Android 4.2.2. The device (seen above) looks to be fairly sleek, and includes access to Kobo’s growing book and magazine ecosystem alongside the existing Google Play Store content.

Kobo is also unveiling two 7-inch e-readers, the Arc7 and Arc7HD. Both tablets evolve the former Arc design into something thinner and lighter, but the HD version is really the one to look out for. It has a 1920×1200 pixel display, a Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16-32GB of storage and an eight hour battery. The Arc7 has a 1024×600 pixel display, a quad-core MediaTek processor and 1GB of RAM.

The Kobo Aura will retail for $150, while the Arc7 and Arc7HD will come in between $149, $199 and $249 depending on storage size. The Arc10HD will retail for an understandable $399. Whether it’s a better purchase than the Nexus 10, which retails for the same amount, remains to be seen.

  • hawttiej

    Garbage. Can’t beat amazon content or price

    • rivard35

      Not garbage, beats Galaxy tabs tablets by years. Also amazon services are sub par at best in Canada

    • AppleBerrySandwich

      Amazon content in Canada is awful. Unless you have access to U.S. content Kindle is crap.

  • Nadefrenzy

    Looks bland. Need something revolutionary in the tablet space. Xperia Tablet Z was one such product. Waiting for the next.

    • rivard35

      More then Samsung is doing by far in the tablet space

    • Nadefrenzy

      Two wrongs don’t make a right. With such a underachieving mindset/goal.. you won’t ever be able to compete in the tech industry.

  • Sensualpoet

    Kobo is an amazing business story, built by a dedicated team of entrepreneurs here in Toronto. They have gone from “Who?” to a leading name within the e-book and e-reader market … and worldwide. When you think that Kindle, Sony and Nook were the leading names when they launched their first device in May 2010 … who is still standing with a credible brand? Barnes and Noble never bothered to expand past the US (except for a bit of half-hearted UK deals); Sony, which started the business, shrank into also ran and allowed everyone to pass it. Kobo has kept up with both and, importantly, with Amazon, in devices, content and worldwide markets. The Kobo Arc proved they could deliver a very nice Android device, with a layer of dedicated reading specific wrapper, that could compete with the Google Nexus 7. There is no better reader than the Kobo Aura at the moment in functionality and clarity — it’s sharper than print. I’d expect these latest tablets to be well suited to their design: good value at their price point with the bonus of reader focussed overlay.

  • TouchMyBox

    That ten-incher looks pretty damn competitive at least on paper.

  • alphs22

    That is a great looking tablet.

  • Sylvain Martel

    Weren’t they bought by a japanese company? Hardly a Canadian company anymore even though I still love their e-reader.

  • AppleBerrySandwich

    Chapters should have held on the kobo. They sold off all their growth and all that’s left is a dinosaur.