Sony Reader Pocket PRS-350 and Touch PRS-650

Sony has announced revamped versions of its Pocket and Touch readers for the UK market.Both new editions have reduced size and weight over their predecessors, and both sport touch screens.

Sony has announced revamped versions of its Pocket and Touch readers for the UK market.

Both new editions have reduced size and weight over their predecessors, and both sport touch screens. Both also have 2GB of built in memory which Sony says is enough capacity for up to 1,200 books.

The two readers also have a built in Oxford English Dictionary and ten translation dictionaries to and from English and French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.

The touch screen technology is new and Sony says it features improved reading clarity over previous touch screened readers. It supports both finger and stylus based input. The base E-Ink technology that is the staple of readers remains, and offers 16 greyscales.

The Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350 will sport a 5-inch screen and be available in silver and pink.

The Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 will have a 6-inch screen and will sport a slot for memory expansion of the inbuilt 2GB. This can be used to accommodate music as well as texts, as the Touch Edition PRS-650 can play MP3 and AAC files. It will be available in black and silver.

Sony says PDF reading is improved with intuitive zooming and automatic multiple page creation. A somewhat more ‘fluffy’ feature is the ability to personalise the standby screen with your own favourite image.

Both new readers are expected to be available from 17 September.

Sandra Vogel