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February 12, 2014
  • February 12

Kobo launches
Kobo Arc 7, a 7-inch tablet in Japan

TOKYO, February 12, 2014 - Kobo Inc., a subsidiary of Rakuten Inc., today released the Kobo Arc 7 tablet, a tablet with a 7-inch screen for 14,800 yen (incl. consumption tax).

Like  Kobo Arc 7HD which has been already available in the market, the Kobo Arc 7 is a reasonably-priced Android device that has the basic functions of a tablet, as well as additional features that make reading pleasurable. Specifically, the “Reading mode” automatically adjusts the screen brightness for optimal reading, and allows the user to focus on reading by switching off email and SNS notifications. In addition, Rakuten Kobo’s unique interface, “Featured Collections ” allows you to save and access not just publications but websites, music, and other content anytime, with ease. As a special feature for the Kobo Arc 7, Gmail™, Facebook, and YouTube™ are preloaded, ideal for first-time tablet customers or for those buying a second tablet. Moreover, the memory can be expanded to 32GB by using an SD card.

Kobo Arc 7 goes on sale today on the Rakuten Ichiba website. As a limited time offer, customers logging in with their Rakuten member ID for the first time on a Kobo Arc 7 by March 25, 2014 will receive back 2% of their purchases on Rakuten Ichiba, Rakuten Books, or Rakuten Kobo in Rakuten Super Points, double the usual 1% (30,000 yen of shopping per month maximum). This offer runs in conjunction with a campaign for Rakuten Super WiFi.

Kobo aims to deliver a more convenient and pleasant reading experience for readers by harnessing its group synergies with Rakuten to offer new services and more features.

Details of the new tablet are as follows.

Kobo Arc 7

Main features

・The basic functions of a tablet together with “Featured Collections” and “Reading Mode” for your reading pleasure, all for a reasonable under 20,000 yen price
・Popular apps like Gmail™, Facebook, and YouTube™ come standard
・Memory can be expanded to 32GB by using a microSD card
・Pre-installed with “Rakuten gateway” Android app, which provides quick access to Rakuten Group services

Specifications 

Color

Black

Display

7-inch 1024 x 600

Memory

1 GB

Storage

8 GB (free space 5.8 GB)

Camera

3 MP (front-facing)

Audio

Internal speaker (mono), internal microphone

Size

122mm x 194mm

Thickness

10.05mm

Weight

Approx. 360g

Processor

MTK8125 quad-core, 1.2 GHz

Battery

Operating: up to 8.3 hours (*1)

Standby: up to 19 days (*2)

Capacity: 4,200 mAh

Connectivity

WiFi: IEEE802.11b/g/n,

Bluetooth(R) v4.0

Ports

microUSB (OTG support)

microHDMI output

microSD card

3.5 mm stereo headphone jack (with inline microphone)

OS

Android(TM) 4.2.2

Shipping date

February 12, 2014

Retail price

14,800 yen (incl. tax)

*1 This value is based on backlighting at 25% brightness with MP4 video playback. Actual operating battery life will depend on the user environment and the state of the device.

*2 Standby time: this value assumes idling of the device with display, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth all switched off. Actual standby time will depend on the user environment and the state of the device.

 

Offer

1. Period: February 12 to March 25, 2014

Eligibility: Customers logging in with their Rakuten Member IDs for the first time on a Kobo Arc 7
Offer: Receive back 2% of purchases on Rakuten Ichiba, Rakuten Books, or Rakuten Kobo in Rakuten Super Points, double the usual 1% (30,000 yen of shopping per month maximum).

URL: http://kobo.rakuten.co.jp/tablets/#campaignTable

2. Period: February 12 to March 6, 2014

Eligibility: Customers signing up to Rakuten Super WiFi during the offer period
Offer: A free Kobo Arc 7 tablet
URL: http://superwifi.rakuten.co.jp/

 

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