Barnes and Noble might have pulled the plug on Android-powered tablets, but its competitors at Kobo appear ready to double down. There appears to be a high-resolution Kobo Arc 10 in the works, and it may feature Nvidias new Tegra 4 processor.
Based on data that popped up on a pair of benchmark sites, the Arc 10HD will match the Nexus 10 with a 10-inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display. The Tegra 4 chip appears to be clocked at 1.8GHz, just like the one in Toshibas Excite Pro tablets, which just went on sale.
The benchmark results also peg the Arc 10HD as running Android 4.2.2, which would no doubt sit beneath Kobos own custom UI. And since the 7-inch Kobo Arc ships with access to Google Play, it seems like a safe bet that its 10-inch counterpart would, too.
Everything else about the Arc 10HD remains a mystery for now. The sites that captured this premature data werent fortunate enough to lock down how much RAM or internal storage the ARC 10HD includes.
At this point, however, theres a good possibility that Kobo is merely testing a larger Arc tablet. With specs that are so similar to the new Toshiba Excite Pros, Kobo may simply be tinkering with one or with an Nvidia reference design to see what a 10-inch version of its tablet might feel like.
Kobo still isnt a household name when it comes to tablets, however, and right now its much easier to sell smaller tablets with proportionally small price tags. Kobo likes to price its products competitively, but its difficult to imagine the Arc 10HD selling for less than the $399 Nexus 10. Kobo will think long and hard before kicking off the mass production of something twice as expensive as the Arc.
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