New Tolino Epic is Water-Resistant and a Plus-Sized Screen

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.

New Tolino Epic is Water-Resistant and a Plus-Sized Screen e-Reading Hardware

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.


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13 Comments on New Tolino Epic is Water-Resistant and a Plus-Sized Screen

  1. What about the new kindle oasis post? why did you delete? Did Jeff Bezos scold you? 🙂

  2. Also would like to know. I went back to see if there were further comments and saw that the post was deleted.

  3. Where did you read, that it can’t shift colour temperature? The merchants’ web sites say otherwise, e. g.

  4. I don’t see reference to the OS on Tolino’s site – are you sure it’s Android and not a proprietary Linux-based OS?

  5. It’s a proprietary Android though. Don’t expect to find the Playstore app, for instance. In order to install your own apps, you likely need to root the device (instructions for doing so exist).

  6. Btw, I just read the text on the screen from the picture, which they seem to have written specifically for the picture to promote the device. But there’s a typo in the text. Those amateurs should stick with lorem ipsum.

  7. Epos is perfectly reasonable literary name. It’s ancient greek for collection of epic poetry, you uneducated hack.

  8. Yesterday, I went to a shop in order to take a look on the device. First impression is, that it is as slow as the Aura ONE. Too bad. Not too surprising though, given that it is a Kobo Rakuten Inc. device (that’s the user’s manual author’s name as shown beneath the file name on the device).

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