The Dutch web retailer bol.com has revealed Sony’s next Reader – the PRS-T1. Although Sony still trails Amazon by a large margin, it has been doing reasonably well in the eBook reader market. At the very least, Sony has managed to offer stiff competition to Barnes and Noble, which has managed to innovate its way into the segment with the Android powered Nook readers.
The T1, which was spotted last month in an FCC application, will have an E-Ink screen just like its predecessors. E-Ink screens mimic the appearance of ordinary ink on paper, and are easier on the eyes as well as the battery. According to the specifications revealed by Bol.com, T1 will have a 6 inch dual-touch screen with a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels and support for pinch-to-zoom gesture for adjusting font size. A stylus shouldn’t be necessary; however, Sony has opted to include one nonetheless. The 2GB internal memory should be sufficient to store more than a thousand books. However, if you find yourself needing more memory you can add additional storage through microSD cards. Wi-Fi support along with Google Search and Wikipedia have also been added to the T1. Another interesting enhancement spotted by Mike Cane is that the T1 will display the cover of the book you are currently reading in standby mode.
All in all, the T1 is a nice update to the current generation Sony Readers. With T1, Sony will have another well rounded reader in the market. However, it will definitely not set the e-reader segment on fire. While T1 seems good enough to maintain status quo, it doesn’t do anything that can help Sony in establishing its superiority over the Kindle or the Nook.