Kobo introduces Mini and Glo ereaders Arc Android tablet

first_imgKobo has gone on the offensive today and bulked out its line-up of devices with three new entries. They consist of two new e-readers and a an Android tablet to sit alongside the existing Kobo Touch %displayPrice% at %seller% as the companies new flagship devices. Below is a summary of the new Kobo Mini, Kobo Glo, and Kobo Arc tablet.Kobo MiniThe Kobo Mini is a standout e-reader due to its size, which makes it the smallest e-reader available to buy.It’s clear people like e-readers because they are lightweight, carry thousands of books, and battery life is counted in weeks and months. But one thing they are not is pocket-friendly. 6-inch devices are just too big to slide into a trouser pocket like you would a smartphone.Kobo attempts to solve that problem with the Mini by giving it a 5-inch touchscreen and a weight of just 134 grams. At the same time it still carries up to 1,000 ebooks and is available in black or white with three color variations (purple, ruby red, and teal) available using an interchangeable back panel.While it may seem a little small for anyone used to a Kindle, the pocket-friendly size may win a few people over, especially if they have long commutes to work on a crowded train. The $79.99 price point also puts it on a par with the base Kindle model and could make a good first e-reader for kids.Spec:800MHz processor5-inch E Ink display with 16 gray scale levels134 gramsWiFiMicro USB2 week battery life (WiFi turned off)2GB storage capacity7 fonts and 24 sizes available$79.99Kobo GloThe Kobo Glo’s main selling point is the inclusion of Comfortlight technology. The Glo is fitted with a front-light that is adjustable to allow for better viewing during the night and day if necessary. The light is evenly distributed across the entire screen due to the use of a micro-thin hard coating, which also helps keep the light soft and protects the screen.The touchscreen is 6-inches, sports a resolution of 1024 x 768, and is combined with 2GB of storage for storing up to 1,000 ebooks just like the Mini. However, a microSD card slot allows for expansion of up to 32GB on a single card.At $129.99 it’s $30 more expensive than the Kindle Touch, but then it does have a built-in light, something that will cost you $60 if you opt for the official Kindle lighted cover. Color choices include Black Night, Blue Moon, Pink Sunset, and Silver Star.Spec:1GHz processor6-inch E Ink display (1024 x 768) with 16 gray scale levels185 gramsWiFiMicro USB1 month battery life (WiFi & light turned off), or 55 hours with light on2GB storage capacity (32Gb more through micro SD)7 fonts and 24 sizes available$129.99Kobo ArcWith two new e-readers to take on Amazon’s Kindles, Kobo also decided to give the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 Best Price at Amazon some competition, too. The Kobo Arc is that device and offers up a 7-inch (1280 x 800) display combined with 1GB of RAM, and 8 or 16GB of on board storage. At the heart of the device is a 1.5GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 processor.Kobo opted for Android 4.0 as an OS with full access to the Google Play store and enough performance from that dual-core chip to play any game you care to throw at it.At $199.99 for the 8GB model, and $249.99 for the 16GB model, it’s also on a par with the competition, at least until Amazon unveil the successor to the Kindle Fire later today. Color choices for the Arc mirror that of the Glo with Black Night, Blue Moon, Pink Sunset, and Silver Star available.Spec:1.5GHz dual-core processor7-inch 1280 x 800 LCD (215ppi)364 grams1GB RAMWiFi, WiFi DirectMicro USB8GB or 16GB storage capacityAndroid 4.010 hours battery life (WiFi turned off) and 2 weeks on standby1.3MP camera$199.99-$249.99You can pre-order the new Kobo devices from today, but they won’t be shipping until October. Kobo expects to have them available across the US, Canada, Asutralia, New Zealand, and selected countries in Europe.Read more at Kobolast_img read more