I’ve been looking and looking every day. I even looked at the FCC, but either I had the wrong URL or the FCC finally cut this information loose from the Confidentiality Agreement. Either way, I got this delightful tweet this morning:
And now we have full info on the new Sony Reader WiFi!
And there are some surprises here — including a nasty one for me personally!
First, what everyone has been waiting for: Does it have Android?
If it does, there’s absolutely no mention of it in the User Manual!
Here’s the Legal Notices:
Sony, the Sony logo, “BBeB”, “Reader”, “Reader Touch Edition”, “Reader Pocket Edition” and their logos are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
“SD Card”, “miniSD Card”, “microSD Card” and “microSDHC Card” are trademarks of SD Association.
Bitstream is a registered trademark, and Dutch, Font Fusion, and Swiss are trademarks, of Bitstream Inc.
Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and Windows Media are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
Macintosh and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
This PRS-T1 contains Adobe® Reader® Mobile software under license from Adobe Systems Incorporated, Copyright © 1995-2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe and Reader are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.
MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology and patents licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson.
This product includes software developed by the OpenSSL Project for use in the OpenSSL Toolkit (www.openssl.org). Copyright © 1998-2010 The OpenSSL Project. All rights reserved. This product includes cryptographic software written by Eric Young (firstname.lastname@example.org). This product includes software written by Tim Hudson (email@example.com). For details on OpenSSL License, refer to “END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT” of the Reader About screen accessible from the Settings menu.
Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo, WPA, WPA2 and Wi-Fi Protected Setup are trademarks or registered trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance.
All other brands, product names, trademarks, and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. The trademark ™ and registered trademark ® symbols are not specified throughout this document.
Program ©2010 Sony Corporation
Documentation ©2010 Sony Corporation
I don’t know what to make of that. Perhaps there are more details on the Reader itself, under Settings -> About?
So, right now, we still don’t know for sure if the Reader contains Android. There’s no obvious statement. To see if this was the norm, I went and downloaded the User Manual for the original Pandigital Novel. That device contains Android. There’s no mention of Android in its Legal Notice either! (In the text of the Pandigital manual, there is one mention of “Android operating system,” however.)
We continue with the tech specs:
Built-in rechargeable battery: 3.7 V DC, 1000mA
USB cable: Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant)
Battery life (sequential paging)
Maximum Battery: Approximately 10,000 continuous page turns when reading only.*
* Measured using text-based ePub content with a fully charged battery, with sequential paging at approximately one second per page within the recommended operating temperature. Actual battery life may vary depending on usage and the individual device.
Computer-based charging: Approximately 2.5 hours
AC adapter PRSA-AC10 (not supplied)/PRSA-AC1A (not supplied)-based charging: Approximately 2 hours
Internal Memory Capacity (for data storage)
Approximately 1.3 GB after initial setting.
Capacity may vary depending on the volume of pre-loaded material.
5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F)
Approximately 110 x 173 x 8.9 mm (4 3/8 x 6 7/8 x 3/8 inches)
Approximately 163 g (5.9 oz.)
152.4 mm (6 inch) diagonal electrophoretic display
600 x 800 pixels, 16-level grayscale
Wireless standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n compliant
Wireless security: WEP (Open System), WEP (Shared Key), WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA-PSK (AES), WPA2-PSK (TKIP), WPA2-PSK (AES)
microSD card slot
See Details for supported card types and precautions.
USB cable x 1
Quick Start Guide x 1
Stylus x 1
Absolutely no mention of CPU or its speed!
The files it can handle are typical of the Reader:
The following file types with file name extensions are supported.
– EPUB files (.epub)
– EPUB (OPS version 2.0, 3.0) supported.
– PDF files (.pdf)
– Support is based on the PDF 1.6 specification.
– Text files (.txt)
– MP3 files (.mp3)
– Bit rate: 8 to 320 kbps
– Sampling frequency: 8 to 48 kHz
– No Digital Rights Management (DRM) protections
– AAC files (.mp4, .m4a, .3gp)
Raw AAC is not supported.
– Bit rate: up to 160 kbps
– Sampling frequency: 8 to 48 kHz
– No Digital Rights Management (DRM) protections
– JPEG files (.jpg or .jpeg)
– GIF files (.gif)*
– PNG files (.png)
– BMP files (.bmp)
*Only the first frame is displayed for an animated GIF file.
– A picture may not appear in the [Pictures] content list if its file size is too large. In this case, delete the picture from the Reader using the Reader software.
Here are some miscellaneous items:
Data transferred via drag-and-drop may not be displayable on the Reader, or thumbnails of the data may not be properly displayed on the Reader. Sony recommends that you transfer data via the Reader software.
And I wonder what this T&C will be:
You must agree to the terms and conditions before using [Browser]. Please read the terms and conditions carefully. When you tap [Accept], [Browser] opens.
And the USB cable seems to be special:
If you use other than the supplied USB cable to charge the Reader, it may not charge correctly. To charge the Reader, use only the supplied USB cable and, optionally, the AC Adapter (PRSA-AC10/PRSA-AC1A, not supplied). See Details.
– If you are charging from the USB port on your computer, make sure that the Reader is connected directly to the USB port with the supplied USB cable. Do not use a USB hub.
Cold weather is always a problem for eInk screens:
In cold temperatures, the touchscreen may respond slower than usual. This is due to the touchscreen characteristics and is not a malfunction.
Also in cold weather:
When using the Reader in a cold environment, thin lines may appear on the touchscreen. This is not a malfunction.
If ever we really wanted this to have Android and to be able to root it, this is the line that creates that desire:
The Reader does not offer a feature that enables you to move files to or from the microSD card. You need to use the Reader software to do so.
The Reader must be connected to that abominable Sony Library software to move files! The first thing people want to do to a rooted Android device is install a file manager.
And what is going on in France that this notice is required:
France: The Wi-Fi feature of this Reader shall exclusively be used inside buildings. Any use of the Wi-Fi feature of this Reader outside of the buildings is prohibited on the French territory. Please make sure that the Wi-Fi feature of this Reader is disabled before any use outside of the buildings. (ART Decision 2002-1009 as amended by ART Decision 03-908, relating to radio frequencies use restrictions).
Does the iPhone manual come with such a notice restricting WiFi use to indoors too?
And here is what happens when we let attorneys run the world, this on page 41:
Do not poke people using the supplied stylus.
“Um, we better tell people not to poke others with the stylus. If we don’t include that, we could be sued.” Well, there’s nothing warning people not to use the Reader while taking a bubble bath with the Reader plugged into AC! Is Sony liable now if some eejit does that and gets fried?
And here’s the OS requirements that contains the nasty surprise for me:
XP requires SP3! I can’t use SP3 on my crap PC. I tried and had to roll it back for making the system cloggy and too slow! (I could shanghai someone else’s Windows 7 notebook, however, if it came to that.)
Sorry, Mac OS X users. I don’t know if the above specs include Lion. Someone let me know in the Comments. I know the current Reader Library software has been reported by users not to work with Lion.
So, that’s the info Sony supplied to the FCC about the new Sony Reader WiFi. It doesn’t answer the key question about Android. We still have to wait for that.
In the meantime, if you want to look through the FCC docs for yourself, click this link.