Kobo launches new 7-inch and 10-inch Arc tablets

Kobo Arc tabletsPartners with read-it-later service Pocket, unveils dedicated Kids Store

Kobo has announced the launch of three new Arc tablets earlier today. The new tablets are Kobo’s attempt to steal some of Kindle Fire market, while Amazon readies its next-generation tablet line-up.

The newly announced tablets include Kobo Arc 10 HD, about which we had first reported back in July, Kobo Arc 7 and Kobo Arc 7 HD.

Coming to the specific tablets, Kobo Arc 10 HD features 1.8GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 10-inch 2560×1600p display, Wi-Fi,  and 1.3MP front camera. It has been priced at $399.99.

Kobo Arc 7 HD comes with 1.7GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core  processor, 7-inch 1920×1200p display, 1GB of RAM, 1.3 MP front camera, and Wi-Fi. The tablet has been priced at $199.99 (16GB) and $249.99 (32GB).

The last of the trio, Kobo Arc 7 packs a 7-inch 1024x600p resolution display, 1.2GHz MediaTek MTK 8125 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and VGA front camera. It will cost just $149.99.

All three tablets will start shipping on October 16 in North America and by the end of the year internationally.

Pocket Integration, new Kids store and Magazines

Apart from the new tablets, Kobo has also announced a partnership with Pocket, which will allow new tablet users to send content directly from their Pocket account to Kobo account and read it on their tablets.

In addition, the company plans to open a new Kids stores and brings Magazines to Kobo consumers this fall. The company has reportedly signed up with top magazine publishers for the new magazine section.

Kobo will also be offering parents the ability to set up dedicated accounts and spending allowances for their kids so that they can safely explore titles within the Kobo eBookstore.

The Kids Store and Magazines will be available this September in North America, United Kingdom, France, and Italy, and will then be made available internationally.

“The same passionate readers who have chosen Kobo for their fiction and non-fiction want Kobo for more parts of their Reading Life,” said Michael Tamblyn, Chief Content Officer, Kobo. “They want magazines that preserve the visual richness found in paper. They want a store that guides them to new great books for their kids – and so do we. We are launching what we believe is the best digital magazine experience to be found anywhere as well as launching a store at Kobo.com focused entirely on children’s books.”

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