Flying in the face of news that Samsung would be pulling out of the E-Ink based E-book reader market, Sony has just added two new models to its lineup. The new Touch Edition (PRS-650) and Pocket Edition (PRS-350) have 5in and 6in displays respectively and can store up to 1,200 books on their internal storage.
Despite the names, both feature touchscreens that you can use to turn pages, navigate the menus, and double tap on a word to bring up its definition on the in-built 12-language dictionary. The screens are also slightly higher contrast than previous models and have apparently glare-free surface, though our brief test suggested they were still more relfective than the pages of a real book.
Both models also have up to a 10,000 page turn battery life. Where the two differ, then, apart from size is the larger model has music playback, SD and MemoryStick Pro slots for expanding storage, and is availale in black, red and silver whereas the Pocket Edition comes in pink, blue, and silver and has neither music playback nor memory slots. worth noting is the very fetching and rather practical leather case for the PRS-650 that inlcudes an in-built reading light - very snazzy.
No prizes for guessing that pricing hasn't been announced yet but expect these to be brought in at similar prices to current models.