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IFA 2013 | Sony launches the PRS-T3 eReader

the new eReader has much improved screen resolution and less screen flicker

One of Sony's lower profile product launches at IFA was the new PRS-T3 eReader.

The device features a 6-inch 1024 x 758 E Ink Pearl anti-glare display, 2 GB internal memory, a microSD slot which supports up to 32 GB cards, 802.11 b/g/n wifi, a basic web browser, up to 2 months of battery life (or 1.5 months with wifi enabled), and a built in “snap cover”.

The biggest disadvantage of an E Ink display is the flicker (other than the lack of color of course). And while no one has figured out how to eliminate it entirely, Sony promises that users will only see a flicker about once every four hours on the T3. It has also made the new eReader a quick charging device, and claims that 3 minutes plugged-in is enough to read an entire novel.

Unfortunately there's no light built into Sony's eReader other than a retractable light in the cover, and it doesn't have a new enhanced contrast screen like the recent releases from Kobo (Aura) and Kindle (Paperwhite). Though hopefully this will translate into a lower price for the T3.

The PRS-T3 is expected to roll out in Europe starting in September. Availability in other regions and prices have not yet been announced.

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Craig Munro, 2013-09- 5 (Update: 2013-09- 5)