Built with a 1.5Ghz processor, the Kobo Arc is a 7-inch WiFi tablet that runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich overlaid with Kobo's own Tapestries user interface, offering "new ways to discover content".
Tapestries features a learning engine that responds to content that the user has "pinned" and then recommends related material.
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Alongside eBooks, users are able to browse the web and access movies, TV shows and music on the device via the Google Play store. Pre-loaded apps include Facebook, Twitter, Rdio, Zinio and PressReader.
The Arc comes with a 7-inch high definition display, front-facing speakers with SRS TruMedia, a built-in microphone and high-resolution 1.3 MP camera to take photos and videos.
It will be available online and via approved retailers in the UK for £159.99 (16GB), £189.99 (32GB) and £229.99 (64GB) from November. Pre-orders will start in advance of in-store availability.
The new tablet will compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire range and Google's Nexus 7.
"We designed the Kobo Arc to let people focus on the music, eBooks, movies, website and applications they love rather than on the hardware they hold in their hand - though that is amazingly designed as well," said Wayne White, the general manager of devices at Kobo.
"We've accomplished this by offering consumers more - more storage, more customisation, more choice - all in the powerful, attractive and vivid Android 4.0 Kobo Arc."
Also today, Kobo announced that it has already begun its development plans to bring Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Kobo Arc at some point in the future.
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