The Tolino Group has been pushing their dedicated Shine e-Reader in the retail sector since last year. The one disadvantage they had with a singular device is not appealing to people who wanted multi-purpose tablets. Today, they sought to remedy this situation by unveiling the Tolino Tab 7 and Tolino Tab 8.9. The hope, is to compete against Amazon and Kobo’s portfolio of new devices that is hitting Germany later this month. At the event, one representative told us “”We want to close the gap to Amazon with these two tablets”
The Tolino Tab 7 features a resolution of 1440 × 900 pixels at (243 dpi), while the 8.9 model has a very respectable resolution of 1920 × 1200 at (254 dpi). Both tablets run the same internal hardware with a 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU Rockchip processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetoot, microHDMI and 16 GB of internal memory which can be expanded via microSD. Only when there are differences in working memory: The tab 8.9 has 2 GB of RAM, while the the tab 7 has only 1 GB. Customers should garner around 12 hours of battery life while doing their daily tasks.
In order to appeal to the widest range of customers both tablets will be running Google Android 4.2.2. They are also Google certified, which means you will be able to access Google Play and all of the official apps, such as Gmail, Maps, Google+.
Both tablets will hit the market in mid-November, the prices depend on the bookseller. Thalia has the two devices are already listed and you should be able to get the seven inch edition for 180 euros and 250 euros for the 8.9.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.