Sony has just announced their new Reader PRS-T2, a direct descendant of the lightweight Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1. The PRS-T2 is not a drastic update to the T1. Instead it takes the same great form-factor and mostly improves on its features. For starters, one of our biggest gripes with the PRS-T1 was its slow refresh rate. This issue has been addressed on the PRS-T2, with faster page turns and less flickering. Again, design wise, not much has changed with its lovely form-factor, except that they have revamped the dedicated menu buttons to stand out more with bolder icons.
The new device sports a 6″ E-Ink Pearl V2220 touchscreen display that now features a more intuitive touch experience, with more paper-like page turns, improved continuous page turns and a smoother zoom in and out. Users can turn pages by swiping a finder, and zoom in and out by pinching.
The PRS-T2 also brings some new sharing features for posting passages from books to Facebook, and users can now have pages saved to their Evernote account. Other features include 2GB of storage, Wi-Fi support, a microSD card slot, 6 built in dictionaries, access to borrow eBooks from your local public library, and an impressive battery life of up to two months.
The Sony Reader PRS-T2 will retail for $129 and is available to purchase now in a choice of white, red or matte black. There will also be complimenting accessories for it; including a cover for $35 and a cover with a light for $50. To top it all off, Sony is also throwing in a voucher to download Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, for free with each purchase.