Feeds

Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

E-book reader-cum-tablet has about million more pixels than the Retina iPad

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Kobo has got in ahead of rival Amazon’s anticipated Kindle refresh to update its own line of reading-centric fondleslabs and e-readers: among them is a ten-incher with a monster 2560 x 1600 resolution - that's bigger than many a desktop monitor here in Vulture Central.

This is the Arc 10HD tablet - ‘Arc’ being Kobo’s brand for its Android 4.2.2-powered devices - though like other e-booksellers’ hardware, the Google OS is buried beneath a dedicated user interface; this one called “Reading Life”.

Kobo loses points for describing its interface as a “user experience” but it wins a thumbs-up for letting you prevent notifications and such popping up while you’re trying to concentrate on your book.

Kobo Arc 10HD

Kobo’s Arc 10HD: 2560 x 1600, 302dpi display, anyone?

This “Reading Mode” also boosts battery life by tweaking the backlight, thus upping the per-charge runtime from 9.5 hours to at least ten days - or so Kobo claims.

The 10HD’s other unique selling point, we're told, is its use of an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor running its four main cores at up to 1.8GHz when you need some wellie for gaming and high-def movie playback. It'll drop down to one core for everything else to help eke out the battery life - it’s this, presumably, that Reading Mode makes use of.

The 10HD also includes a front-facing 1.3MP webcam, two speakers, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (but no expansion slot), Bluetooth 4.0 and Miracast connectivity so it can stream video over its Wi-Fi connection. This slab will set you back £300.

Kobo Aura

Aura - last fling for Kobo e-readers?

Meanwhile, the new Arc 7HD tablet has a 1.3MP webcam, just like the 10HD, but it has to make do with a Tegra 3 peaking at 1.7GHz and only a gig of RAM. Its 1920 x 1200 display resolution is none too shabby for a seven-incher. It’ll cost £160 for the 16GB version and £190 for the 32GB model, and ships on 16 October - the same day as the 10HD arrives. If that’s too much, Kobo will also offer the £120 Arc 7, with a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 screen and a 1.2GHz MediaTek chip.

£120 will also get you the new Kobo e-reader, the Aura, which has a 6-inch, 1014 x 758 E Ink Pearl panel with front lighting. There’s 4GB of on-board storage expandable to 36GB with Micro SD cards. It’ll be out on 16 September. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it
Court pops open cans of worms and whup-ass in Fitbit case
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management
How using vulnerability assessments to identify exploitable weaknesses and take corrective action can reduce the risk of hackers finding your site and attacking it.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.