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Sony PRS-600, PRS-300 eBook Reader Specs Leaked


Sony PRS-600, PRS-300 eBook Reader Specs Leaked

US retailer J&R has seemingly jumped the gun on revealing the specs of Sony's next additions to its Reader line-up, the PRS-300 and PRS-600. The J&R leak comes not long after the Readers' manuals were spotted online fleshing out the available information. The leaks follow Sony adding one million eBooks from Google's library of public domain titles - in addition to the 500 000 Google eBooks already available on the current generation of Sony Readers.

The PRS-300 and PRS-600 feature a 5in and 6in display respectively, with the same 600 x 800 pixel resolution though the latter trumps the former by eschewing buttons in favour of a touch-sensitive screen. That screen means the annotations and highlights can be hand-input on the PRS-600 which also comes with a built-in dictionary and can display images and play (unprotected) MP3 and AAC files.

Both Readers have 512MB of internal memory and feature both a Memory Stick and SD card slot to augment that further. Approximately 7,500 page turns are available from a full charge, giving a claimed two weeks operating duration - fast and/or prolific readers will probably find that notably reduced, however.

Pricing in the US, according to J&R, should be around $200 (~£120) for the PRS-300 and $300 (~£180) for the PRS-600, which falls about in line with the PRS-505. Hopefully both the PRS-600 and PRS-300 will make their way to the UK significantly more promptly that the PRS-505 managed - I'm rather tempted by the PRS-600, I will confess.


J&R - PRS-300 (Google cached).

J&R - PRS-600 (Google cached).

Matt G Baish

August 3, 2009, 9:15 pm

Bigger not smaller!

I wanna 7 incher - 6 inches is just a tad too small IMHO & I aint going smaller now that I've got used to 6.

No puerile puns intended.


Hamish Campbell

August 3, 2009, 10:21 pm

oooh edging towards the 100 pounds (no pound key on this keyboard) mark where I think I won't be able to resist. Will be very cool as I have enough in my bag to work so don't want novels in there too and its annoying getting english books here in these foreign climes.

As I would use it to replace paperbacks I guess its a similar size to a page size there.


August 3, 2009, 11:21 pm

I have a PRS-505 atm and it's fantastic, my biggest complaint is all the buttons, they get in the road when you are reading and can easily be pressed by mistake. Also I read somewhere that the PRS 600 will support the Mac which interests me as the current model only supports windows.


August 3, 2009, 11:21 pm

@Haim: If you're using a ANSI (US) layout keyboard then set your OS to use US international layout and the £ key will be alt gr + 4 (the right alt becomes alt gr like normal).

While I can see the advantages of touchscreens on smartphones I don't see much point in a touchscreen ebook reader, surely it has few enough buttons that they can be mounted on the back/side and still have a full sized screen? Also, is drawing possible with an eInk screen? How do you get the lines to show up with the very slow refresh?


August 4, 2009, 3:27 pm

The Sony PRS-600 looks very tempting but can't see me buying one of these devices until it is possible to read your choice of newspapers, academic articles and magazines on the device as well as books.

Adam Foreman

August 4, 2009, 8:03 pm

We need more functionality for a broader audience than the current market dictates, what I&#8217d like to see are downloadable daily newspapers via wifi from a Apple Like store.

Perhaps more downloadable children&#8217s books, perhaps even interactive books.

These are just some ideas&#8230.I just need SONY or other eBook manufacturers to realise the idea and market is just stagnant in its current form.

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