Tolino Vision Launches in Germany, Comes with E Ink Carta Screen

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The second ebook reader to use E Ink’s latest screen technology, called Carta, just launched in Germany this week.

The device is called the Tolino Vision, and is a follow-up to Tolino’s first ereader, the Tolino Shine. It will be officially released on April 5th for the price of 129 euros, and will sell from a number of German retailers.

Like the Kindle Paperwhite 2, the Tolino Vision has a 6-inch 1024 x 758 resolution E Ink Carta screen. Unlike the Kindle, the Tolino supports ePub format, in addition to PDF and TXT formats. And it runs Android, albeit a closed version of such (it will likely get hacked like the previous model, which can be run on Kobo ereaders, oddly enough).

Other pertinent specs for the Tolino Vision include a frontlight, capacitive touchscreen, WiFi, it has a 1GHz Freescale i.MX6 CPU, 512 MB of RAM, there’s 2GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot. Battery life is estimated at up to 7 weeks.

The Tolino Vision reminds me a lot of the Kobo Aura. It has a really thin tablet-like design and has a flush screen. It looks good, quite sleek. The overall measurements are very similar between the two devices too. The Tolino Vision is a little taller than the Kobo Aura at 163mm, but they are they exact same width and thickness (114 x 8.1mm). The Tolino Vision weighs 4 grams more at 178 grams.

Tolino Vision Video

Tolino Vision (German)

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6 Responses to “Tolino Vision Launches in Germany, Comes with E Ink Carta Screen”

  1. The Aura wasn’t thin. It was chunky with sharp edges.

  2. what a beautiful eReader! I wish they were sold in the USA

  3. The Tolino Shine software is very disappointing from many points of view, from its usability to serious rendering bugs.

    I hope the release of this new version will also coincide with the release of an improved firmware for the Tolino Shine.

  4. Not really impressed.
    I saw it in Thalia and the screen was darker than my Kindle PW2.The hardware in general is low quality,the plastic case has a weird feeling.
    Also I don’t really like the UI and the firmware is somewhat clunky.
    I really can’t see it competing with Kindle,Kobo,Cybook and Onyx with that quality.