Kobo drops price of 7in Arc tablet, boosts on-board storage options

Kobo certainly seems like it's determined to get the whole 7in tablet malarkey right, announcing improvements to its recently unveiled Arc tablet before the nascent device has even hit shelves.

At the beginning of September, the Toronto, Canada-based company announced that its Google Nexus 7-rivalling Arc would be issued in 8GB and 16GB models, with UK availability set for November and pricing confirmed at £159.99 and £189.99 respectively. Now, Kobo has ventured that it is upping the on-board storage capacity of the product - whilst benevolently dropping its price at the same time.

According to the most recent information gleaned from the firm, it looks like 16GB is set to be the Arc's entry-level flavour, with 32GB and 64GB iterations also being made available. Concurrently, the device's pricing is set to drop, with the 16GB iteration running at $199.99, or under £125 based on today's exchange rate – a whopping price cut of over £60. The 32GB model will set you back $249.99 (£155), with the 64GB retailing at $299.99 (£185).

Of course, the Arc's UK pricing almost certainly won't be this sort of straight currency swap, and an inside source has tipped us off to a potential £229.99 tag for the 64GB version. As before, Kobo's 7in tablets will start hitting shelves in a month-and-a-bit, with high street retailer WH Smith so far announced as a preferred pre-ordering partner. Stay tuned as we're expecting to hear something official from Kobo regarding UK Arc pricing shortly.

The Arc looks like an attractive proposition, at least on paper. Arriving pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Kobo has confirmed it is already working on a Jelly Bean update as a matter of priority.

With a dual-core OMAP 4470 processor clocking at 1.5GHz, the Arc should be plenty powerful, while its 1280 x 800 pixel resolution at 215 PPI is a standardly attractive proposition HD display-wise.

The Arc will also feature a very serviceable 1.3MP front-facing camera, support the Google Play store for access to over half a million apps, and weigh-in at a relatively featherlight 364g – making it one of the lightest tablets on the market.

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