Specs summary

Screen
10.1"

The Kobo Arc 10HD's screen is 10.1 inches with 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
6550mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 6550 mAh battery. Kobo's performance ratings are 25 days standby time.



The Kobo Arc 10HD is well-equipped and ideally suited to those who like to read, but is let down by its ergonomics.

- Recombu Editorial Team , Recombu 

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Digital Versus

It's user-friendly and pretty much always gets the job done

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The Arc 10HD is a successful first outing for Kobo in the world of HD+ tablets. It's user-friendly and pretty much always gets the job done. Its greatest weakness is its battery life, which is a shame since everything else about it makes you want to use the 10HD for hours on end.

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The Arc 10HD is a successful first outing for Kobo in the world of HD+ tablets. It's user-friendly and pretty much always gets the job done. Its greatest weakness is its battery life, which is a shame since everything else about it makes you want to use the 10HD for hours on end.

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Recombu

Great high-res screen, good value

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The Kobo Arc 10HD is a very good tablet. It's certainly not the best -- it's a little heavy compared to the competition, its edges make it uncomfortable to hold for long periods and its relative lack of storage may prove an issue for some. That said, it has an amazing screen, is fast and responsi...More

The Kobo Arc 10HD is a very good tablet. It's certainly not the best -- it's a little heavy compared to the competition, its edges make it uncomfortable to hold for long periods and its relative lack of storage may prove an issue for some. That said, it has an amazing screen, is fast and responsive and is a good option for anyone looking for an affordable, content-oriented tablet.

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TechRadar

Kobo's iPad challenger is definite value for money

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This is a high-end tablet that is competitively priced. It stylish, powerful and cheaper than the iPad Air.

The addition of a micro-HDMI out port is a welcome bit of extra connectivity that marks the Kobo Arc 10HD out from other high-end tablets.

But the real star of the show is the highly impressive 2,500 x 1,600 screen...

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This is a high-end tablet that is competitively priced. It stylish, powerful and cheaper than the iPad Air.

The addition of a micro-HDMI out port is a welcome bit of extra connectivity that marks the Kobo Arc 10HD out from other high-end tablets.

But the real star of the show is the highly impressive 2,500 x 1,600 screen.

The Wi-Fi and weight issues are drawbacks, but they don't mar the overall experience. The Wi-Fi glitch hopefully can be fixed with a software update. And while a smaller tablet would work better as a standalone reader, the Arc 10HD offers enough as a tablet to justify its size.

All this considered, the Kobo Arc 10HD is definite value for money.

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Android Central

A handsome 10-inch Android tablet that could be just what you're looking for

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The Kobo Arc 10HD is a sexy tablet that offers a lot for its price tag. Kobo's bloatware is unobtrusive and the fact it gives you full access to the Google Play store is a massive plus. The only real downside to the Kobo Arc 10HD is the weight of the thing, which makes using this device as a eReader while on the move a bit of a no go.

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The Kobo Arc 10HD is a sexy tablet that offers a lot for its price tag. Kobo's bloatware is unobtrusive and the fact it gives you full access to the Google Play store is a massive plus. The only real downside to the Kobo Arc 10HD is the weight of the thing, which makes using this device as a eReader while on the move a bit of a no go.

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PC Pro

Lumpen design and an off-colour display leave the Kobo Arc 10HD trailing the best tablets

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Taken in isolation, the Kobo Arc 10HD isn't unappealing. The design is inoffensive, the customised interface is one of the best Android resprays we've seen, and there's plenty of power lurking behind the off-colour screen. Yet, compared to the lightweight Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9in and the impe...More

Taken in isolation, the Kobo Arc 10HD isn't unappealing. The design is inoffensive, the customised interface is one of the best Android resprays we've seen, and there's plenty of power lurking behind the off-colour screen. Yet, compared to the lightweight Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9in and the impeccable iPad Air, there's no good reason to consider the Kobo – unless it benefits from a sizeable price cut.

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The Next Web

A premium and pricey tablet that tries to please everyone

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There’s no doubt that the Kobo Arc 10HD is a lovely piece of kit – it’s solid, has a distinct feel and a great screen. But there’s no getting away from the price – $400 is a lot of money for an Android tablet, especially when it could be a little lighter, could have...More

There’s no doubt that the Kobo Arc 10HD is a lovely piece of kit – it’s solid, has a distinct feel and a great screen. But there’s no getting away from the price – $400 is a lot of money for an Android tablet, especially when it could be a little lighter, could have a battery that promises a longer life and could have a rear-facing camera.

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Expert Reviews

Best-value 10in Android tablet around

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Thanks to its built-in support for Kobo's content store, the Arc 10HD is a rival for Amazon's tablets, but it's so much less customised than the Kindle Fire range that it's also a rival for standard Android tablets. In fact, we'd go so far as to say that the 10HD's biggest rivals are the Sony Xpe...More

Thanks to its built-in support for Kobo's content store, the Arc 10HD is a rival for Amazon's tablets, but it's so much less customised than the Kindle Fire range that it's also a rival for standard Android tablets. In fact, we'd go so far as to say that the 10HD's biggest rivals are the Sony Xperia Tablet Z and Google’s own Nexus 10 tablet. The former has a waterproof design, but costs £100 more than the 10HD and has a lower-resolution display. The Nexus 10 matches the Kobo in terms of resolution, but is now over a year old and can’t compete for performance. Simply put, there’s no cheaper 10in tablet that can rival the Arc 10HD for display resolution or performance.

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Good E-Reader

The large screen display makes e-reading an unbridled pleasure

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Many international markets do not have a ton of options when it comes to buying a large screen device that is geared towards reading. Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo are the only three that market an e-reading-centric experience. Kobo is likely the best if you live outside of the US and UK, you get a bunch of power and no limitations on what you can buy. Amazon has a bit of a deeper ecosystem with magazines, newspapers, audiobooks and video, but limits the purchasing of it...

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Many international markets do not have a ton of options when it comes to buying a large screen device that is geared towards reading. Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo are the only three that market an e-reading-centric experience. Kobo is likely the best if you live outside of the US and UK, you get a bunch of power and no limitations on what you can buy. Amazon has a bit of a deeper ecosystem with magazines, newspapers, audiobooks and video, but limits the purchasing of it.

In the end, is this tablet worth the money you spend on it? The answer is yes. The large screen display makes e-reading an unbridled pleasure. If you are looking for a new device, you would be hard-pressed to find anything better.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 4, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

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Secondary OS No
Processor Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad core 1.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 6550 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time 9 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 9 hours
3G Surfing Time No
4G Surfing Time No
Reading Time No
Standby Time 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 25.3 x 17.2 x 1.0 cm (10 x 6.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 627 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Unknown
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 2560 x 1600 pixels
Pixel density 300 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC+, AAC, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, EPUB, GIF, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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