Sony Reader PRS-T1 Launched in Japan, 3G model coming in November

Sony released their new ebook reader in Japan this week.

This is the same PRS-T1 that Sony launched in the US and Europe back in August. It's based on the latest generation Pearl E-ink screen, and it has Wifi, a microSD card slot, IR touchscreen, stylus, and Sony's excellent annotations features.

Reviews have put the T1 as being solidly in the middle of the field. It's a nice improvement on Sony's previous ebook readers, but it also doesn't have any amazing new features. Other that the annotation and the new on-device library ebook support the T1 has little recommend it over it touch screen equipped competitors.

The Sony Reader PRS-T1 is running on a well concealed version of Android, but it turned out not to be protected carefully enough. Last week I learned that the T1 had been hacked and that you will soon be able to instal Android apps. A week has passed and I don't have any new news, alas.

Retail is going to be 20,000 yen (~$262), which is considerably more than the $149 that  the T1 is selling for in the US. (Don't you just love living in a competitive market?)

The announcement also mentioned that the 3G model I found a few weeks back is also coming soon. It's confirmed for late November with a retail price of 26,000 yen (~$342 USD).  According to Sony, the G1 will only be available in black and white. It's going to have similar hardware specs to the T1, but it's also only going to be released in Japan.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Comment

  1. Void21 October, 2011

    I want to know if they retained the previous versions ability to automatically create collections based on the series and tags fields in Calibre on upload. That for me is the killer feature, compared to ‘sit holding the reader and put your books in a collection one at at time with no automation’ that everyone else uses.

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