Sony is updating its eReader lineup with a new model that has a higher-resolution display and the ability to go longer between full screen refreshes. You know how E Ink devices usually flash to black for a moment every few times you turn the page? Sony says the PRS-T3 will only do that once every 4 hours.

Sony PRS-T3

We can probably thank E Ink’s new Regal waveform technology for the reduced screen refresh rate.

Unfortunately the Sony PRS-T3 doesn’t have the new E Ink Carta display with higher contrast. Instead it has a Pearl E Ink screen. The good news is that the 6 inch, 758 x 1024 pixel screen is a step up from previous Sony Reader devices which had 600 x 800 pixel displays.

The eReader also has a built-in “snap cover” which protects the screen when not in use, and which folds behind the back of the unit when you’re reading.

Sony says the PRS-T3 should last for up to 2 months of reading time, fully charges in 2 hours, and has 2GB of storage to store as may as 12000 eBooks. There’s also a microSD card slot for additional storage.

The eReader supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and handles eBooks using Adobe DRM or DRM-free files in EPUB, PDF, TXT, or FB2 formats.

It measures 4.3″ x 6.3″ x 0.44″ and weighs 7.1 ounces.

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2 replies on “Sony Reader PRS-T3 launches, promises flicker-free reading”

  1. $189 for a non front-lit display? All this while Amazon is offering a front-lit display with better technology for $139 or even less.
    Seriously, why did Sony even bother?

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