Kobo Arc Gets a Hardware Bump – Will Now Ship with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of Storage

When Kobo announced the Kobo Arc Android tablet  a couple weeks ago it was for a very brief time a competitive device with a dual core CPU, 7"  1280x600 screen, 8GB Flash storage, and other specs which But then about 12 hours later it got upstaged by the new 7" Kindle Fire HD, which has more storage, better Wifi, Bluetooth, and better sound for the same retail price.

Kobo can't do anything to correct most of the Kobo Arc's shortcomings but they can do something about the storage. They have just put out a press release promising to bump the Flash storage.

The Arc is still going to sell for retail prices starting at $199, but the base model will ship with 16GB, not 8GB. Kobo is also planning to ship a couple models with 32GB  and 64GB of storage woth retail prices for $249 and $299. These tablets are expected to ship on schedule in November. Kobo also mentioned today that the they are working on a firmware update for the Kobo Arc. This tablet will ship with Android 4.0 ICS, and the update will replace that with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

This is a remarkable turnaround for Kob0, isn't it? While it doesn't quite match some of the more impressive features of the Kindle Fire HD, it does move the Kobo Arc firmly into the middle of the field for basic tablets. I have not yet put my hands on it, so I cannot say anything nicer, but based on the price and specs it is now one of the ones worth looking at.

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7 Comments on Kobo Arc Gets a Hardware Bump – Will Now Ship with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of Storage

  1. remarkable turnaround I agree. 4.1 Jelly Bean will be great for them. I like the 32GB $250 price point.

  2. Thinking about the Kobo memory upgrades, android police has an interesting post titled “psa: some 16gb nexus7 experiencing severe performance issues with less than 3gb of free space remaining”

  3. I have become somewhat reliant on bluetooth given the poor quality and lack of volume on my tablets. Not sure I am prepared to give up that feature not matter what the tablet has going for it.

  4. Not having Bluetooth, Koboarc is quite disappointing.

  5. Kobo arc has made my laptop redundant, super fast,easy to carry
    Tapestries great idea,solid build as I’m a klutz
    Best buy I have made for ages

  6. How do you activate Bluetooth on the kobo because it seems that I don’t think you can activate Bluetooth on the settings because I want get pictures off my phone and onto Facebook on my kobo?

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