Deal alert: Powerhouse Kobo Arc 10HD tablet for $300 ($100 off list price)

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Kobo-Arc-10HDIn the market for an Android-running iPad Air alternative with similar punch and less sting on your budgets? Meet the Kobo Arc 10HD.

While nowhere near Samsung or Amazon’s popularity stateside, Kobo actually dominates e-reader sales in several key markets around the world, including Canada. Founded in 2009, the company is now owned by Japan-based electronic commerce giant Rakuten, so you may have not heard of it yet, but it’s clearly a name to remember.

Of their tablets, the Arc 10HD is by far the crown jewel, looking on paper every bit as vigorous as Apple’s best-selling iPads. Actually, the display on Kobo’s bad boy is better than iPad Air’s so-called “Retina” unit, sporting 2,560 x 1,600 pixels resolution and 300 ppi.

Then you got an explosive and somewhat underrated quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 chip, along with 2 GB RAM, a spacious 6,550 mAh battery and a custom OS built on Android 4.2’s backbone. Bottom line, it’s no Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro, but get this, it’s available for the next couple of days at $300.

Three hundred dollars, you hear? That’s a fraction of iPad Air’s price. Specifically, roughly 60 percent of Apple’s cheapest model. Hurry though, the promotion ends March 26. For the record, Kobo touts the discount as $100 off, which is technically true, as $400 is the slate’s list price.

However, Amazon charges $330, and there doesn’t seem to be an expiration date attached to the retailer’s deal. Just extremely limited inventory. So again, stop wasting time!

Via [Android Police]

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