Today is proving to be the day of the large-screen ereaders. Not to be outdone by the Kindle Oasis leak, Tolino just announced its newest and largest ereader.
The Epic (or Epos, which is the name in German) has a 7.8″ screen like the one on the Aura One, and it is waterproof.
The Epic has a screen resolution of 1872 x 1404, and it has both a touchscreen as well as a frontlight. It ships with 8GB of storage, Wifi, and a 1.2 Ah battery which provides up to 4 weeks of battery life.
Curiously, it does not have the color shifting frontlight pioneered by Kobo (given that Rakuten is now Tolino’s tech partner, I was expecting that).
Edit: Actually, it does have a blue light filter (just like the Tolino Vision 4HD). It’s just that Tolino screwed up the description badly, telling us that it can go “from cold white light in the morning to warm white light in the evening”.
Weighing in at 260 grams, the Epic runs Android 4.4 on a 1GHz Freescale CPU with 512MB RAM. Those electronic guts are protected by an HZO coating which Tolino has promised will keep the Epic safe for up to 30 minutes underwater.
And to be clear, the device is named the Epos, not the Epic. That was a bad decision on the part of Tolino because the first thing that springs to mind when I see the word EPOS is that it is an acronym for “electronic piece of s***”.
It does not deserve the label, but that is what comes to mind.