German eReader company Tolino has just launched a new line of devices with 6, 7, and 8 inch E Ink displays… and as The eBook Reader points out, they all look pretty familiar.

That’s because the new devices all seem to be based on the same hardware as Kobo’s current line of eReaders. The key difference is the software: the Tolino models run an Android-based operating system.

Here’s a run-down of the new models:

Tolino Page 2

  • 6 inch, 768 x 1024 pixel E Ink Carta touchscreen display (212 ppi)
  • 1 GHz NXP i.MX6 processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • 1,000 mAh battery
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • micro USB port

I haven’t found a direct Kobo counterpart for this model, but I’ve only been looking at Kobo’s latest eReaders. This could be similar to one of the company’s older models. Phsyically it looks like a Kobo Clara HD, but it has specs that are closer to the Kobo Aura Edition 2 (with more storage).

Tolino Shine 3

  • 6 inch, 1072 x 1448 pixel E Ink Carta touchscreen display (300 ppi)
  • 1 GHz NXP i.MX6 processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB tstorage
  • 1,200 mAh battery
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • micro USB port

This model seems to be the equivalent of Kobo’s $120 Clara HD.

Tolino Vision 5

  • 7 inch, 1264 x 1680 pixel E Ink Carta touchscreen display (300 ppi)
  • Physical page turn buttons
  • IPX8 waterproof
  • 1 GHz NXP i.MX6 processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • 1,200 mAh battery
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • micro USB port

This eReader seems to be largely the same as Kobo’s $170 Libra H20.

Tolino Epos 2

  • 8 inch, 1440 x 1920 pixel E Ink Carta Mobius touchscreen display (300 ppi)
  • Physical page turn buttons
  • IPX8 waterproof
  • 1 GHz NXP i.MX6 processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • 1,200 mAh battery
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • micro USB port

The top-of-the-line model seems to be Tolino’s version of the $250 Kobo Forma.



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4 Comments

  1. No prices?
    Oh, the page 2 is basically the same as the discontinued Clara (sans “HD”) from what I can tell.

    1. Their web page seems to show suppliers with prices, and
      although my German is not very good, it looks like the epos 2 comes in at €299.

  2. I don’t understand this. A tablet with moderate specs costs about $100. These e-readers have HW worth $20, totally outdated. Is the e-ink really so expensive, that it makes the e-Android e-readers so expensive? There is basically no e-ink reader with Android and up-to-date specs on the market.

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