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Sony Reader PRS-T3 launched with colourful covers

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Sony Reader PRS-T3
Sony Reader PRS-T3

Following last night’s announcement of a new Kindle Paperwhite model, the Sony Reader PRS-T3 ebook reader has been officially announced.

The Sony Reader PRS-T3 carries on the long-running Sony ereader series, taking the baton from last year’s PRS-T2. However, bafflingly, it still does not appear to have adopted the light diffusion layer used by the Kindle Paperwhite and Kobo Glo.

This is an ebook reader, therefore, that relies entirely on ambient light, meaning you’ll need to keep your bedside light on for late-night reading.

Sony Reader PRS-T3 Features

The Sony Reader PRS-T3’s key features relate to things other than a light. Sony boasts of the ebook reader’s Quick Charge feature, which claims to give enough power to read a six-hundred page novel following a three-minute charge.

Its second key feature is a neat flip cover that acts as a screen protector when you’re not reading. When closed, a magnetic strip tells the PRS-T3 to power off, saving extra power.

Fully-charged the Reader PRS-T3 will last for up to two months of reading with Wi-Fi turned off – this generally is calculated based on 30 minutes of reading a day.

Sony has also reworked the page refresh system in the Reader PRS-T3. It says the page can be made to refresh as little as every four hours – although judging by our previous experience this may mean dealing with some significant screen residue.

Sony Reader PRS-T3 Screen

Specs-wise, the Sony Reader PRS-T3 screen is very similar to that of the Kindle Paperwhite. It’s six inches across, uses a standard E Ink Pearl panel and has a resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels.

And like previous Sony Reader models, the screen is touch-sensitive and uses dual-IR sensors to avoid giving the screen a nasty shiny finish.

Unlike the Kindle Paperwhite, the Sony Reader PRS-T3 keeps the hardware buttons seen in the Sony PRS-T2, letting you avoid the touchscreen while reading if you prefer.

The Sony Reader PRS-T3 comes in three colours – red, black and white – and will go on sale later this month. UK prices are yet to be confirmed. It had better be cheap, though, given its lack of light layer.

Next, read our Kindle Paperwhite review

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John Pyers

September 5, 2013, 12:29 pm

too funny - obsess about the light. Sony was raked over the coals for a previous Reader that did have a built in light layer - and that reader had clearer text than the current Kindle. Seems like they get bashed if they do and bashed if they don't!


September 6, 2013, 10:20 pm

Whew! The major advantage of a non backlit screen is that it does not generate the eye strain that backlit screens such as tablets do. Paperwhite is annoying and Sony's choice is much appreciated. If there is any disappointment is that Sony is not offering an e-reader with a larger screen such as the 7" screen found on the PRS 950.


October 9, 2013, 6:21 pm

I received the PRS T3 this morning

It is smaller 106X160, and lighter 130g + cover 60g - these features
make it much nicer to hold for an extended period; matt finish - less
distracting, less flicker, faster, neat auto-shut-off built-in cover,
very slightly slicker interface, more efficient browser, ... but no
deal-maker! The screen itself seems very little better - but it might be
easier on the eyes over time.

Will this be the last Sony e-reader.....

Kobo seems to be doing quite well - I would be sorry to see the Kindle
kill off all rivals.

I am uncertain of the latest 'must-have' feature of e-readers - an
illuminated screen - I don't think I want to read in the dark too
frequently, however when I read in the mornings the
light can be dull enough to have to switch on a bed-side light.

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