Sony Reader range all set to get new touchscreens

Slimmed down Readers to also sport E Ink Pearl displays

eBook reader revamp a fitting response to new Kindles

Sony has decided to refresh its eBook reader range bringing touch functionality to all editions and a host of other new features.

Facing stiff competition from the new Amazon Kindle, and the popularity of iBooks on the iPad, Sony has decided to remind consumers of its own sleek device with a few notable and necessary changes made in the hardware department.

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First up is the Sony Reader Pocket Edition (PRS-350) which keeps its five-inch display, but is now only 0.33-inches thick and weighs four pounds making it lighter and smaller than the previous Pocket Edition. It also boasts an E Ink Pearl display currently being sported by the new Kindles and should deliver better clarity, plus there is 2GB of on board storage and a SD card slot. The new Pocket Edition is set to cost $179 (£116) in the US.

The Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650) which is considered Sony's mid-range eBook reader, now boasts new touchscreen technology to compliment its six-inch display, 2GB of memory and both SD card and MemoryStick Pro slots. The Touch is currently priced at $229 (£149).

The new Sony Reader Daily Edition (PRS-950) which supports a seven-inch display completes the updated range with a new touchscreen, faster page turns and Wi-Fi connectivity.

All three new Sony Reader models will include a small stylus enabling you to make notes on the screen and have built-in dictionaries.

More details are expected to be unveiled at IFA 2010 over the next few days along with news of Sony Reader iPhone and Android applications, and T3 will be there to make a closer inspection of the entire revamped Sony Reader range.

Link: Engadget