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Sony makes Reader Wi-Fi official with smartphone styling

updated 10:30 am EDT, Wed August 31, 2011

Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1 takes Xperia influence

Sony on Wednesday confirmed a long-expected update to its Reader e-book hardware. The Reader Wi-Fi, or PRS-T1, borrows much of its influence from the Xperia smartphone line, down to an 0.35-inch thickness and a lighter six-ounce weight dictated by a switch from aluminum to plastic. The design runs on a much newer, E Ink-made six-inch Pearl screen and now supports multi-touch for zoom as well as page turns through swipes.

The PRS-T1 is the first Sony e-reader to have just Wi-Fi and can use it either to shop for books or to quickly visit a few key sites, such as Google's core search engine or Wikipedia. Battery life is still estimated at a long five weeks or 14,000 page turns, although Sony hasn't said if this is with Wi-Fi left on.

Readers can now write notes or highlight anywhere on the page; although it's not needed, a pen is bundled with the new model to make it easier. Sony goes beyond basic reading to include 12 dictionaries, basic photo viewing, and music support with a headphone jack. Its built-in 2GB of storage is enough for about 1,200 books but is supported by a microSD card slot.

Sony as of this writing hadn't outlined what the Reader Wi-Fi would cost or when it would ship, though it will have to compete with the $139 for the Amazon Kindle and equivalent Nook. The design is Sony's first in roughly a year and is coming side-by-side with the launch of two Android tablets, the Tablet S and Tablet P, that put pressure on Sony to keep its conventional e-readers' prices low.

by MacNN Staff



  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    We regretted our Reader

    We regretted buying our Sony Reader. Not only is Sony not providing a 64-bit Lion driver required to sync, but after contacting tech support they refused to confirm if they were working on one or not.

    Not only that since splitting the Canada book store off of the US book store, many titles are missing, even though they show up on other Canadian ebook stores, so it's not a territorial rights issue.

    We only chose it over a Kindle because it could "borrow" eBooks from the library, but it looks like Kindle is getting the same system soon. My advice - get a Kindle.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sony is still making those?


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