While the Kindle and Nook duke it out, rumors are swirling that Sony is quietly refreshing its eReader lineup with thinner form factors, touchscreens and increased capacity.
Sony Insider is reporting that one of their “most trusted sources” indicated Sony will soon unveil two new devices, the PRS-350 and PRS-650, both with eInk screens.
The source claimed that the eReader will be “very attractively priced” and might be less than 10mm thick. By comparison, the new Kindle is only 8.5mm thick. And like the new Kindle, the Sony models will have greater screen contrast and faster page turns than previous Sony eReaders.
The report also claims the PRS-650 will have a six-inch screen with WiFi and possible 3G support, and the PRS-350 will have a five-inch screen and no connectivity. Both will have 2GB of internal storage.
Moving on to software, both units should have a new user interface and note-taking feature. The PRS-650 and PRS-350 will support PDF, Word, ePub, Adobe Digital Editions and BBeB Book.
While the report did not mention compatibility with Borders eBook store, it’s probably a safe bet to assume any new Sony eReader will have access, considering the Touch and Pocket are currently sold on the Borders website.
Outside of the fact that this is an unsubstantiated rumor, there is nothing that is too hard to believe about the report. Sony is due for an eReader refresh, and all the features more or less align with the previous-gen devices.
Sony recently reduced the price of its Pocket Edition eReader and Touch Edition in an attempt to stay competitive with Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Source: Sony Insider