Kobo has long been producing eBook readers that have been available from high street shops and competed with Amazon’s Kindle and Branes & Noble’s Nook ranges on both features and price. Today they unveiled a new batch of products including eBook readers with a light to aid reading in the dark and a budget 7″ Android tablet called Arc.
The first product, called Glo ($129 in the US), is an update to Kobo’s previous eBook readers in that it it is a 6″ e-Ink device that allows users to use the device at night – a feature a number of users have been clamouring for, and following the release of a similar Nook GlowLight and before the expected launch of a similar product form Amazon.
The second device is a 5″ eBook reader, named mini, that works very much like the Kobo eBook readers from last year, but at a more budget-friendly price ($79 in the US).
The third device, called Arc, is a budget-friendly tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich designed to take on Google Nexus 7 and the upcoming Kindle Fire 2 and comes pretty well featured with a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 7-inch IPS display running at 1280 x 800, and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The Arc will be available in two flavours – 8GB ($199) and 16GB ($249).