After the leakage of product pages for the Sony PRS-T2 reader on J&R.com and following the fact that PRS-T1 is not available for sale anymore on the Sony website, there is a high chance that Sony will announce the release of the PRS-T2 in the coming week.
Even last year, the same situation happened except for the fact that a Dutch website leaked the information and posted the pictures of PRS-T1 ahead of its launch. And same sequence happened in the year before when Engadget came out with the product pictures.
And in fact, Sony Readers are not following only these bizarre sequences in recent years.
If we want to learn from the product history, it cannot be deemed wise to order a PRS-T2 at this point if you really wish to buy one. Sony has a very weird habit of announcing sales on their new products after a few days of their release.
Looking at the past records, this situation happened quite frequently. Last year as Sony Reader PRS-T1 was released, it was sold at $129 initially but after a few weeks a sale was announced on the newly launched reader which took down the price at $99 and this reduced price remained for as long as after Christmas. Similarly, a year before that PRS-650 and PRS-350 stores gave away free $50 covers with a reading light but Sony was selling the reader at same price without any cover. This is really annoying and quite a wrong way to sell stuff.
Now as we look at the same factors repeating themselves, it is quite easy to indicate the same things to happen in the upcoming week. The leaked product pages provided the retail price for the upcoming product at $129 for pre-orders but when searched for a model number, a flyer suggested the PRS-T2 to come be on sale starting from September 5th to 18th.
Sony itself has to confirm the upcoming release, but the leaked pages suggested a release date in September. The product is the successor of the PRS-T1 version and features a matte plastic finish in contrast to the shiny finish of its predecessor. The device will come in black, white and shade of red and will have a display of 600×800 E-ink Pearl screen. Fully readable in sunlight, the screen quality is similar to the older version.
With a Wi-Fi connectivity option, the two new software packages include Facebook and Evernote. The battery life is up to 2 months and the device comes with an in-built stylus. Other important features include six dictionaries and a free copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The rest of the details are still to be confirmed by Sony, but judging by the events one might assume that Sony Reader has lots in store for its users and can easily give a tough competition to Amazon’s Kindle.
Let’s just wait and see when Sony makes an announcement in this respect.