Now that the partial US government shutdown has ended, the FCC website has once again become a resource of information about upcoming products. For instance, today it told me that two of Kobo’s upcoming Android tablets have been submitted for approval, meaning they could be coming to store shelves soon.
Most of the details on the FCC site concern regulatory tests concerning the wireless capabilities of the tablets. But you can also find user manuals online, with useful drawings showing you how to do things like turn the tablet off, enable airplane mode, or adjust other settings.
Really, the most interesting thing here is the fact that any wireless device needs to be approved by the FCC before it can be sold in the US, so the FCC listings mean these tablets are one step closer to launch.
The Kobo Arc 10 HD is a rather powerful tablet featuring a 10.1 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display, an NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and up to 9.5 hours of battery life.
It’s expected to sell for $400.
Kobo’s Arc 7 HD tablet is more of a budget device, with a price tag of $199. But it has respectable specs, including a 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB to 32GB of storage.
Kobo is a digital bookseller, and both tablets ship with the company’s book store app, eReader app, and custom user interface. But rival Amazon’s tablets, Kobo’s tablets are general purpose devices with full access to apps and other digital content from the Google Play Store.