Sony comes up with a new ebook reader every year, usually between August and November. This ritual is quite expected to unfold a new device in the coming months, as Sony prepares to launch the Sony Reader PRS-T2, which will be the improved version of the last year’s release- the Sony Reader PRS-T1.
A glimpse of the Sony PRS-T2 was showed on the FCC website this week. The million dollar question is: What new features can be expected for the new Sony PRS-T2 model?
Not much information can be gathered from the FCC website, as it gave only few technical aspects and very little information on the new features. According to them, the Sony Reader PR2 is a digital tablet which embeds Wi-Fi facility and the information stops there.
But from all this we can definitely gather that Sony is about to unveil a brand new ebook reader in the upcoming months. What features it will hold and what new specs to be expected in the upcoming tablet are left to speculation.
Looking at the Sony PRS-T1, we can see that it already holds a huge number of features to rank it among the big players. The ebook reader displays 800X600 resolution on its 6 inch e-Ink Pearl Screen. The screen also holds an infrared touch screen which works as multi-touch. Other features include a built-in audio player, headphone jack and 2GB memory, which can be expanded via the micro SD card slot.
Sony Reader PRS-T1 also includes some advanced features: users can add free-hand notes on the screen, they can borrow books directly from the ebook library and can utilize the pinch-to-zoom feature. It also offers a reliable web browser which has excellent compatibility with the e-Ink. The OS (Android) works very well and can be hacked to gain access to a large number of applications.
From the only picture available of the upcoming PRS-T2, we can safely assume that the screen size will not change as it looks remarkably similar to its younger brother. Major changes in size, shape or look can be ruled out.
What can they enhance without changing the screen size or shape? There is a lot of room for improvement in screen resolution and quality of software. They can upgrade the resolution to 1024X768 or maybe add LED lights as featured in the Nook Tablet with Glowlight. They can also resort to changing the E-Ink into colored screen. This last assumption seems quite unlikely, but is possible nevertheless.
One can expect that this time they will dump the glossy and shiny plastic frames. The classic Sony readers had lovely aluminum frames, but when they switched to plastic to reduce prices and compete on a level with Amazon, the look of PRS-T1 got quite unbecoming. Plastic is fine for ebook readers casing, but they are never supposed to be glossy, they are much more attractive matte.
We can keep guessing what new features the Sony Reader PRS-T2 will have, but the truth is only time will tell what surprises Sony has in store for its users.