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Old 10-15-2021, 06:42 AM   #1
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Tolino Vision 6

Tolino just announced the Tolino Vision 6.

-> https://mytolino.com/products/tolino-vision-6/

It can be pre-ordered for Ç169 at various german bookstores and is going to hit shelves "soon". (There is no definite release date, yet.)

As always, the device is manufactured by Kobo and will be based on the upcoming Kobo Libra 2.

There are some notable differences though:

- The Tolino will "only" have 16 GB of storage instead of 32 GB.
- It has a 1,8 Ghz AllWinner B300 Quad-Core processor. (The Libra 2 only has an unspecified 1 Ghz CPU.)
- It's operating system will be based on Android 8.1, according to various news outlets.
- There is no mention of Bluetooth or Audiobook support on the website.
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Old 10-15-2021, 09:28 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting this. Odd that an "Epos 3" (Sage "equivalent") wasn't released at the same time. But then Tolino never got an Elipsa equivalent either, so maybe they're abandoning the larger readers. Also odd that there's no Bluetooth, but (I'm guessing) that might be because their associated bookstores don't carry many audible books? Faster CPU but less memory. It's almost like they're trying to be different. (But, I guess, the extra memory on the Libra 2 might be for audio books, if this doesn't support them it wouldn't need it.)

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Two things of note:
1. I think that the unspecified 1ghz CPU for the Libra 2 is just an error, otherwise the device would just be a screen refresh in a different body.
2. Thalia (and the other stores) sell audiobooks so I'd imagine that this information is just incomplete. They even provide their competitor model for an audiobook subscription.
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Two things of note:
1. I think that the unspecified 1ghz CPU for the Libra 2 is just an error, otherwise the device would just be a screen refresh in a different body.
2. Thalia (and the other stores) sell audiobooks so I'd imagine that this information is just incomplete. They even provide their competitor model for an audiobook subscription.
I don't know. The Vision 6 manual is already available for download and there's nothing about audio books or Bluetooth in it at all. And Kobo specifically states that the Libra 2 has a 1 Ghz CPU whereas they tout the 1.8 Ghz Quad Core CPU for the Sage. Since the Kobo runs on Linux and the Tolino runs on Android, it's possible that the Tolino needs the faster CPU whereas and the Kobo LIbra 2 doesn't.

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I noticed that this device doesn't have an uniform thickness, like the Libra 2. The handle side is 9mm and the screen side is about 6mm thick.

Strange...
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Tolino just announced the Tolino Vision 6.

-> https://mytolino.com/products/tolino-vision-6/

It can be pre-ordered for Ç169 at various german bookstores and is going to hit shelves "soon". (There is no definite release date, yet.)

As always, the device is manufactured by Kobo and will be based on the upcoming Kobo Libra 2.

There are some notable differences though:

- The Tolino will "only" have 16 GB of storage instead of 32 GB.
- It has a 1,8 Ghz AllWinner B300 Quad-Core processor. (The Libra 2 only has an unspecified 1 Ghz CPU.)
The different storage isn't that unusual, but, not the CPU. I can see a higher spec CPU might be desirable for Android, but, I would expect that meant a lot of other changes as well.
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- It's operating system will be based on Android 8.1, according to various news outlets.
- There is no mention of Bluetooth or Audiobook support on the website.
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But, I don't see any other mention of audiobooks.
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Some german news outlets already got their hands on the new device.

Papierlos-Lesen.de released a quick review, with some pictures comparing the new Vision 6 with the previous Vision 5 (Kobo Libra H2O equivalent):

-> https://papierlos-lesen.de/kurztest-...ision-6-70259/

They say the better contrast of the Carta 1200 display is achived with darker blacks. Especially noticable with the light turned on and with the inverted mode.

They also think that the lighting has been improved.
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According to that "other website," who's owner supposedly talked to Tolino, the Vision 6 does have Bluetooth onboard, but there's no immediate plans to use it. That sounds a bit like the Nook Glowlight Plus.
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I noticed that this device doesn't have an uniform thickness, like the Libra 2. The handle side is 9mm and the screen side is about 6mm thick.

Strange...
It's the same weight as the Libra 2. I've got to believe it's the same case. Maybe they're just being more accurate with the description?
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They also think that the lighting has been improved.
It definitely looks like it has an "oranger" orange screen.
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Computer Bild gives the Vision 6 a 100% rating...

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Conclusion: eBook reader Tolino Vision 6

Tolino did everything right with the Vision 6. The technical updates come into play in exactly the right places and offer meaningful improvements, especially in terms of speed. The operating concept with the haptic scroll keys was also convincing. The price of 169 euros is completely okay in view of the scope of services.
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It does say:

"Download eBooks and audiobooks directly via WiFi"

But, I don't see any other mention of audiobooks.
Thank you, I missed that.
But yeah, appart from that one headline there is no other mention of audiobooks. (It is not mentioned on any of the pre-order pages in their online shops either.)

Maybe they will implement audio-support at a later date via a software update.

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I noticed that this device doesn't have an uniform thickness, like the Libra 2. The handle side is 9mm and the screen side is about 6mm thick.

Strange...
It's the same weight as the Libra 2. I've got to believe it's the same case. Maybe they're just being more accurate with the description?
I think the shape is identical to the Libra 2.

The not-uniform thickness only refers to the very edges of the device. There is a small 9mm lip on the side with the buttons and a slight narrowing at the opposite side.

It is a bit confusing, yeah.
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Some german news outlets already got their hands on the new device.

Papierlos-Lesen.de released a quick review, with some pictures comparing the new Vision 6 with the previous Vision 5 (Kobo Libra H2O equivalent):

-> https://papierlos-lesen.de/kurztest-...ision-6-70259/

They say the better contrast of the Carta 1200 display is achived with darker blacks. Especially noticable with the light turned on and with the inverted mode.

They also think that the lighting has been improved.
Okay, this is definitely a huge improvement based on these pictures. Excited to see this myself.

I wish the Libra2 had benefited from the same CPU upgrade though.

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This should be possible.
But you will need an app switcher.
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