It has been just over a year since Kobo became the technical partner for the Tolino brand, and the two companies are now buying their hardware from the same place.
On Wednesday Tolino announced the Shine 3 ereader. This is a new mid-market ereader, and it uses the same Netronix-designed hardware as the Kobo Clara HD, only with better software.
The Tolino Shine 3 runs an unknown OS (probably Android) on a 1GHz Freescale CPU with 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage. Like the Clara HD, the Shine 3 has Wifi but no Bluetooth or audio. The 6" Carta E-ink display has a screen resolution of 300 ppi as well as a capacitive touchscreen and a color-shifting frontlight.
Weighing in at 166 grams, the Shine 3 measures 8.4mm thin and is powered by a 1.5Ah battery. Retail is 119 euros.
The Shine 3 /Clara HD is a very adequate ereader, but let's be honest: it is a boring black rectangle. You would be hard pressed to pull it out of a pile of other 6" ereaders like the Paperwhite or the latest device from Boeye. (It is in fact so boring that I nodded off twice while writing this post.)
But none of that really matters, does it?