Kobo scraps 8GB Arc tablet, adds 32GB and 64GB models

The Kobo Arc will now be sold in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants, available in Australia from November

The Kobo Arc Android tablet: coming to Australia in November

The Kobo Arc Android tablet: coming to Australia in November

Kobo has today announced that it has scrapped the 8GB, entry-level model of its upcoming Arc 7in Android tablet and added new 32GB and 64GB models instead.

The Kobo Arc was officially unveiled earlier this month. The Android tablet was originally set to be sold in an entry-level 8GB model ($249.99) and a 16GB model ($299.99) but the 8GB model has since been scrapped.

The Kobo Arc will now be sold in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants with Australian recommended retail pricing set at $249.99, $299.99 and $349.99, respectively. Australian pricing is $50 more per model than the equivalent American pricing of US$199.99, US$249.99 and US$299.99.

Kobo says all three models of the Arc will hit Australian retails stores sometime in November, but hasn't outlined a specific launch date. The tablet will be sold in black and white variants.

The Arc 7in eReader is described by Kobo as an "Android multimedia tablet" and features a Kobo-developed interface called Tapestries. The interface claims to recommend new content based on a users already pinned content.

In addition to eBooks, Kobo will sell movies, TV shows and music through its online content store. The Kobo Arc runs the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google's Android operating system, but the company says it has "already begun its development plans" to upgrade the device to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Arc is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, has a 7in display with a resolution of 1280x800 and includes a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera. Kobo claims the device has a 10-hour battery life.

In addition to the Arc, Kobo will sell the Kobo Touch, Kobo Mini and Kobo Glo eReaders in Australia from October.

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