The best 10" HD tablet for Readers

  1. Overview
  2. Kobo Reading Life
  3. Apps for Android
  4. Specs
  5. FAQ
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  7. Accessories

Unparalleled power and performance

Kobo Arc 10HD offers the highest resolution screen on the market. Coupled with an ultra-fast quad-core 1.8Ghz processor, you can immerse yourself in reading and multimedia. Read, watch, play and share on the top-of-the-line 10" stunning HD screen and dual stereo speakers. Books, magazines, comics, movies and games come to life to dazzle your senses and deliver an uncompromised multimedia experience tailor made for Readers.

Unparalleled power and performance

Limitless reading

Access over 4 million of the best titles in books, magazines, comics and kids' titles, including New York Times best sellers, classics, and new releases. Or, get off the beaten path and discover up and coming authors and books through Kobo Writing Life. Conveniently browse and download over Wi Fi.

Be sure to check out our collection of kids' and young adults' titles.

Kobo Reading Life
Read. Discover. Collect. Share.

Say hello to Kobo Reading Life, Kobo's exclusive innovative Reader interface. Designed to provide Readers with an intuitive experience, Kobo Reading Life is an easy and customizable way to read, discover and collect titles, and share what you are reading with your friends.

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All about Android

All about Android

Uncompromised Android experience. Powered by the fully customizable Android 4.2, Jellybean, you have access to over 1 million of the latest apps and games through Google Play. We've even pre-loaded a wide selection of apps to get you started. Share your tablet with your family without changes to your set up - multiple personal accounts are supported.

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Protect and personalize

Built exclusively to enhance and perfectly fit your device, Kobo SleepCover is the perfect partner for your tablet; a stylish yet ingenious device that turns your tablet on and off when you open and close the cover. Kobo SleepCover transforms into a multi-angle stand; ideal for watching movies, reading or typing.

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Get the free Kobo app and read across devices

Download the free Kobo app to your computer, tablet, and smartphone and all your reading - even your bookmarks - are synced so you can start reading on one device and pick up on another

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Kobo Arc 10HD Technical Specs


10.1" 2560 x 1600 HD+ Display (300 ppi). Up to 1080p video playback.


Capacitive Touch-screen with 10 point multi-touch, edge-to-edge display.

Dimensions (W x H x D)

253 x 172 x 9.9 mm.


627 g.


Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad-Core, 1.8 GHz.




Front-facing 1.3 MP (720p) HD camera.


Dual stereo speakers, microphone, universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with inline microphone support.


16 GB. (Available storage space 12.9 GB)

Battery life

Up to 9.5 hours battery life.
Up to 25 days of standby time.
6550 mAh capacity.




Dual Band Wi Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with 2x2 MIMO, Bluetooth v4.0, Miracast support for Wifi media streaming.


Micro USB, Micro HDMI out, and 3.5mm headphone jack with in-line microphone support.

Operating system

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Google Play Certified.


Home, back, and menu touch sensors. Power and volume buttons.


Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Ambient Light.


over 4 million of the best titles the world has to offer in books, magazines, comics and children's titles.


Access to Music Player, Photo Gallery, Video Player, Movie Studio, Web Browsing, and the most popular and latest games from Google Play.

Kobo Reading Life

Kobo Reading Life, an exclusive integrated reading experience that provides you with the best way to read, collect titles, discover your next great read and share it with others.

Pre-loaded apps

Social Apps: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Skype.
Productivity Apps: OfficeSuite, McAfee.
Music Apps: 7-Digital, Rdio.
Movies / Video Apps: Cinema Now, Quickflix, Wuaki, Mondadori Apps. (Available in some regions only)
Reading: Press Reader.
Gaming:Wild Tangent. (#1 games portal with over 200 games available in one application)
Google Apps: Google Play, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Street View, Calendar, Contacts, Google+, and Google Chat.


TypeGenius, font tuning engine designed for the best readability. Choice of 3 font styles, 7 font sizes, adjustable font sizes, and weight.

Supports file formats

Books: ePUB, including fixed layout and enhanced ePUB.
Images: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP.
Audio: MP#, AAC, AAC+, MP3,.3gp, mp4, m4a, flac, ogg, wav, mid.
Video Formats: 3gp, mp4, webm, H.263, H.264, VP8.

Kobo App

Free Kobo apps for Mac and PC, Apple®, Android, Blackberry 10 smartphones, and tablets. Your Kobo eBooks are stored safely in the cloud; retrieve them at any time. Your bookmarks and more are seamlessly synced across all your Kobo eReading apps and devices.

In the box

Kobo Arc 10HD, AC power adapter, USB cable, documentation.


Set-up Kobo Arc 10HD in just a few simple steps from your computer or directly from your Kobo Arc 10HD using Wi Fi.

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Frequently asked questions

  1. What's new with Kobo Arc 10HD?

    The new Kobo Arc 10HD is an affordable, compact, lightweight and sleek tablet, with a stunning 10" screen. The new Kobo Arc 10HD display has a 2560 x 1600 resolution (300 ppi) screen for sharp text, vivid colours and wide viewing angles to enjoy books, magazines, comics, movies and more. Micro HDMI out, Bluetooth v4.0 and Miracast make the Kobo Arc 10HD perfect for multimedia. The new Kobo Reading Life user experience is the best way to read, collect content and discover your next great read, while offering all the features of Google's Android operating system. Go beyond the book by selecting key terms in your book to discover related content to dive deeper into topics that interest you.

  2. Why should I buy a Kobo Arc 10HD tablet?

    Kobo Arc 10HD is designed to simplify your life by bringing the content you love to the surface. Kobo Reading Life delivers an exclusive user experience that offers unmatched freedom to personalize and organize your content into visually dynamic collections. Enjoy eBooks, magazines, music, and movies on a stunning HD screen optimized for all reading conditions. Also, access over 4 million of the best titles in books, magazines, comics and kids' content, the world has to offer.

  3. Which languages does Kobo Arc 10HD support?

    Kobo Arc 10HD is a truly international tablet. At launch, Kobo Arc 10HD will be available in English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Portuguese. Plus, we're going to be launching more language support shortly, so stay tuned!

  4. Can I use my existing Kobo account with my new Kobo Arc 10HD?

    Absolutely! If you are already a Kobo user, simply use your account to sign into your new device, access your library, buy new eBooks, and build your collections with Kobo Reading Life.

  5. I find reading on screens annoying, so why would I like the Kobo Arc 10HD? What makes it better?

    Forget everything you ever thought about reading on a screen. The Kobo Arc 10HD experience has the advantage of crisp, sharp fonts that you can adjust to suit your reading needs - and they are displayed in over 16 million vibrant colours at a resolution of 300 ppi. Adjust brightness and nighttime reading mode to make reading more comfortable in low light. Plus, go beyond the book by selecting key terms in your book to discover related content to dive deeper into topics that interest you. It's the reading experience you already know and love with the added benefits of quick taps to turn pages, annotations, and social network integration.

  6. What's the battery life like for the Kobo Arc 10HD?

    The kobo Arc 10HD has up to 9.5 hours of battery life or can be on standby for up to 25 days.

  7. How many eBooks can the Kobo Arc 10HD hold?

    Out of the box, the 16 GB Kobo Arc 10HD comes with the storage capacity for up to 12,600 eBooks.* Not enough for you? No problem! If you run out of space, simply delete the eBooks. Don't worry, though! Thanks to the Kobo reading application, your eBooks are stored safely in the cloud and can be accessed across your devices.

    *These calculations are based on the assumption that 1 eBook = 1 MB, 1 song = 7.68 MB, 1 movie = 614 MB.

  8. How many songs, movies, or apps can the Kobo Arc 10HD hold?

    Out of the box with the 16 GB model, the Kobo Arc 10HD has the storage capacity for approximately 1,800 songs. If you prefer to watch movies, that's the equivalent of about 20 movies on the go.

  9. How do I buy eBooks? How much do eBooks cost?

    Like any bricks-and-mortar bookstore, browsing and buying eBooks is simple. The Kobo eBookstore gives you access to over 4 million of the world's best content including eBooks, new releases, bestsellers, newspapers, magazines, comics, and kids content. Once you've found the eBook you want, click buy, and after the payment has been processed, the eBook will be downloaded to your library. It can be accessed from your Kobo Arc 10HD, Kobo eReader, or any of our Kobo reading apps!

  10. Aren't eReaders better for reading? Why should I choose the Kobo Arc 10HD over an eReader?

    It all depends on what you're looking for. Are you a passionate Reader? Do you want to surf the web, stream music, and movies or read a digital magazine? Then you'll love Kobo Arc 10HD. From music, movies, web, games and apps to full-colour books and literary marvels, Kobo Arc 10HD can do it all!

  11. What about daytime reading?

    Kobo Arc 10HD is perfect for reading both day and night! Using bright IPS screen technology, Kobo Arc 10HD is great for reading outdoors. Adjust the brightness or switch to night vision with a simple tap. With the HD display, text is so sharp that it reads better than print-on-paper. And the Reading Mode feature allows you to turn off notifications for an uninterrupted reading experience.

  12. Are there any accessories that can help protect my Kobo Arc 10HD?

    There sure are! Personalize and protect your Kobo Arc 10HD with Kobo SleepCover, a stylish yet ingenious device that wakes your tablet on and off when you open and close the cover. Charge on your Kobo Arc 10HD on the go and never stop reading with the Travel Charger Kit. See the Kobo Accessory range at

  13. What apps are pre-loaded on Kobo Arc 10HD?

    As soon as you start up your Kobo Arc 10HD you'll be able to sign into Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Skype. You'll also have access to Google apps: Google Play, Gmail, YouTube, Maps, StreetView, Calendar, Contacts, Google+, and Google Chat.

  14. What is Google Now?

    With the launch of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Google introduced Google Now. It's an exclusive service that delivers information, updates, and reminders to you based on your interests and needs. Google Now can plan your drive to work around heavy traffic or fill you in on local restaurants. It's the perfect complement to Kobo Reading Life: putting everything you need, all in one place.

  15. If I buy my Kobo Arc 10HD in one country, can I use it anywhere in the world?

    Of course! No matter where you go, you'll always have full access to your library. Want to buy more eBooks while travelling? Just connect to any Wi Fi hotspot and you'll gain access to the local Kobo store. Don't forget to pick up an adaptor kit so you never run out of power.

  16. How do I side-load content to my Kobo Arc 10HD?

    Side-loading is simple, but works differently depending on what kind of computer you use. If you're a Mac, all you have to do is download and install Android File Transfer software from Just follow the instructions and you're ready to go. If you're a PC user, you won't need any extra software. Simply connect your Kobo Arc 10HD to your computer with a USB cable, and transfer your open eBooks, music, movies, and files onto your Kobo Arc 10HD and back again.

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Kobo Reading Life
Read. Discover. Collect. Share.

Kobo Reading Life is an exclusive, enriched reading experience designed to tap into your passion for reading and to enrich your eBook, magazine, and multimedia experience. Unique to Kobo, there's no better way to read, discover your next great title, collect and organize your eBooks and articles, and share what you're reading with others.

Kobo Homepage

A dashboard for your literary life. Your Kobo Homepage is a comprehensive overview of all your key reading related activities; your recent reads, personalized recommendations, and Featured Collections all live in one dynamic view, without losing one-touch access to your favourite Android apps.


Get more from the story with Collections. Dive deeper with carefully curated content experiences that revolve around a theme such as an author, genre, or subject matter.

Featured Collections provide you with recommended content experiences from leading literary voices. You'll discover amazing new titles and enrich your literary life. All Featured Collections have been lovingly assembled and reviewed by Kobo to deliver a unique experience that pushes your passion further. And if there's something that really fires your passion, build your own Collections around it.

Beyond the Book

Connect to the story like never before. Beyond the Book offers a rich reading experience that offers Readers the backstory to their current read. Simply tap highlighted words and get web articles, related books, and authors that are thematically linked to the subject of the highlighted word. Beyond the Book is truly an immersive reading experience.

Reading Mode

Find your reading oasis with Reading Mode. Immerse yourself in the story by turning off your email, Facebook, news alerts, messaging, and Skype notifications. Not only does Reading Mode protect your reading escape, it also helps extend your tablet's battery life.

Read It Later

The Internet is a big place. If you find something that interests you but don't have time to read it, save it to read later. You can even read it offline for a distraction-free, optimized reading experience.

Kobo SleepCover

Kobo SleepCover is the perfect partner for your tablet; a stylish yet ingenious cover with auto wake/sleep technology - open to read, close to put your device into sleep mode.


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An Elegant Solution

Kobo SleepCover transforms into a stand; ideal for reading, watching movies, or typing. Exclusive, integrated clips provide a perfect, secure fit and keep your tablet in place.

Ready to read, ready to watch

Kobo tablets are the ultimate devices for reading, multimedia and apps. They offer unfiltered access to Android and come preloaded with fantastic apps for staying in touch, keeping up-to-date, and organizing your life. Play the latest blockbuster games, get inspired, surf the web, and manage your content any way you like.

Designed for full immersion

Immerse yourself. Kobo tablets’ superior display offers the highest resolution, bringing your content to life. Paired with super speedy processors, your Kobo tablet is designed to take multimedia experiences above and beyond anything you’ve come to expect.

Kobo tablets are the ultimate devices for reading, multimedia and apps.
Browse and install great apps onto your Kobo tablet and enjoy them right away - no syncing required!

Maximize your apps

Unrestricted access to Google Play puts all your favourite apps at your fingertips. Browse and install great apps onto your Kobo tablet and enjoy them right away - no syncing required! And with over 1 million apps to choose from, Google Play has something for everyone. Stay current and connected with the latest social and news apps, stimulate your mind with educational apps and brainteasers or edit photos, create movies, and listen to music. Kobo tablets do it all.

Stay Connected

You’re a social creature. We get it. That’s why Kobo tablets come pre-loaded with the best apps for staying connected with the people that matter. Touch base on Facebook or Twitter, check trends on Pinterest, catch up on emails with Gmail, or hang out on Google+. Plus, take advantage of front-facing cameras for vivid video calls.

Kobo tablets come fully loaded

Right out of the box, your new Kobo tablet is ready to roll with some of the most popular apps for staying in touch, being productive, and enjoying rich multimedia.


Keep in touch everyone in your life, no matter where they are in the world, with two-way video chats.


Stay connected, upload photos, update your status, and chat with all of your Facebook friends right from your Kobo tablet.


Stay current and join the global conversation about today’s hottest Twitter trends.


Discover, collect, and share everything that inspires you, whether it’s the latest fashion or a creative project.


Keep on top of your inbox, and send emails, wherever you go.


Whether you’re a YouTube sensation or an avid viewer, you can search, watch, and comment on any video right from your Kobo tablet.


Feedly is a new way to browse the content of your favourite news sites, rss feeds, tumblr blogs and YouTube channels.


McAfee Mobile Security protects your Android phone or tablet with award-winning antivirus, privacy and security software from McAfee.


Get instant access to all the latest movies and TV shows from your Android phone or tablet. Browse, rent, and watch directly from VUDU.


Get unlimited access to incredible music, create playlists, discover new artists, and share your favourite jams with friends.


Search over 20 million songs and discover your next favourite tune wherever and whenever you want.

OfficeSuite Viewer

Officesuite Viewer
The world’s number 1 mobile office is a universal document viewer that allows you to open, print, and share any file format you want anywhere you want.

PressReader ™

PressReader ™
Read over 2,000 full newspapers from over 95 countries, including every article, ad, crossword, and cartoons in this fully interactive app.


When you find something on the web that you want to view later, put it in Pocket.


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