Kobo's latest tablets have Tegra SoCs, high-PPI displays


— 10:53 AM on August 28, 2013

Nvidia's Tegra 4 SoC has made its way into another tablet. The chip will be featured in Kobo's Arc 10HD, which was announced yesterday along with a handful of other devices. The tablet is due to arrive October 16, and it will sell for just $400.

Despite its budget price tag, the Arc 10HD looks like a solid offering. Its 10" touchscreen has a 2560x1600 display resolution that should make individual pixels nearly invisible. There's no word on whether the panel uses IPS panel technology, but I don't believe we've seen any TN screens with resolutions this high. We've asked Kobo for clarification and will update this post when we get an answer.

In addition to its fancy display, the Arc 10HD has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage, and a front-facing 1.3MP camera. Wireless options abound, including Miracast connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 support, and an unspecified flavor of 802.11 Wi-Fi. Kobo says the tablet will last 9.5 hours on a single charge—or more than 10 days in a special "Reading Mode" that probably isn't good for much else.

The Arc 10HD runs Android 4.2.2, the same version of the OS available on Kobo's new 7" tablets. Among those models, the Arc 7HD combines a last-gen Tegra 3 SoC with a 1920x1200 display. The 16GB version is slated to sell for $200, while the 32GB model will carry a $250 price tag. Battery life clocks in at eight hours for both.

If that's too rich for your blood, you can downgrade to the $150 Arc 7. This model is for people who are "new to tablets," and it probably won't deliver a great experience. Although there's a quad-core MediaTek processor under the hood, the display resolution is a lowly 1024x600, and you only get 8GB of storage. The press release doesn't mention microSD expansion for either this model or the other new Kobo tablets, either.

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