Sony updates e-book readers
Touchscreens across the range
Sony has updated its line of E Ink e-book readers, adding brighter screens, touch technology and reducing the devices' physical sizes.
The Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 has, like its predecessor, the PRS-600, a 6in screen, but this one's the 800 x 600, 16-grey E Ink Pearl, which offers a higher contrast than the old model could and is already to be found on Amazon's latest Kindles.
The 145 x 104 x 9mm, 155g Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350 has a Pearl screen too, though it's 5in in size and touch-enabled.
Both models come with 2GB of on-board memory, expandable in the case of the 168 x 119 x 10mm, 220g PRS-650 thanks to MemoryStick and SD slots. Sony said the pair come with the Oxford Dictionary of English pre-loaded and back-and-forth translation dictionaries for English and French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
Sony didn't say how much it'll charge for the new readers, but they will both go on sale on 17 September. ®
Give me this
over a locked-in Amazon kindle anyday...
Of course it will be more than the Kindle, because it's Sony and likely to be much better quality, and because it's not a loss-leader on overpriced Amazon e-books...