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Old 08-07-2013, 01:23 AM   #241
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It's a prototype model right now with field trials slated for late 2013 so I'd think it'll be awhile before something is actually available for sale in any market. As for price unless they can get the cost of large eInk screens down I'd guess it'll be higher than your $350-$450 since the current 9'7" devices are in the $350-$400 range.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:29 AM   #242
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I'm fairly sure there will be a time gap of several months between a release in Japan and the rest of the world. Sony wants to evaluate it and make some changes before sending it to new markets. So if you need it before that you can always buy it through Rakuten. Even if only released in Japan there will most likely be a user option for English interface.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:32 AM   #243
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I'm fairly sure there will be a time gap of several months between a release in Japan and the rest of the world. Sony wants to evaluate it and make some changes before sending it to new markets. So if you need it before that you can always buy it through Rakuten. Even if only released in Japan there will most likely be a user option for English interface.
Nearly all japanese sony products ONLY support japanese language including their sony prs t1/t2 line!

I wouldnt be too sure about that they implement multilanguage in a product that is only meant foe japanese market, atleast they havent done so in the past.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:09 AM   #244
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Nearly all japanese sony products ONLY support japanese language including their sony prs t1/t2 line!

I wouldnt be too sure about that they implement multilanguage in a product that is only meant foe japanese market, atleast they havent done so in the past.
Then things have changed, when I lived in Japan the advantage of buying a Sony product was that you could set the interface and they also came with a rudimentary English manual.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:27 PM   #245
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Hey,

I am new in the market and looking for a large screen (>9'') ereader with good PDF support and this Sony reader is one of the options, actually the one that I really wanna buy.
But the problem is that Sony doesn't inform the customers well about the release date. They informed the press in May and never said anything after that. As I know, it will first be released in Japan and then will be available in US and Europe.

Does any of you guys have some recent info about the release date? I can wait several months more but I really need to buy a device (10'' tablet or Kindle DX) soon. So, if this Sony reader is not released in a near future (two months at most), I cannot wait for it.

Any help about the release date in US would be appreciated.

btw, i assume that its price will be around $350-$450. Any price that is greater than a typical 10'' tablet (say, Ipad or Nexus 10) would be a bad decision for the company.
If you start your search by thinking that a 13.3 inch device should have the same price as a 10 inch device you are going to be disappointed.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:31 PM   #246
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I'm not so sure about that, it's just b/w and the only thing it does is to display text files.

Nexus 10 is 400 Euros (16 GB), such an Eink deveice can't be more expensive than that. If it costs more than we can forget about it. At least that's my opinion about the pricing.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:51 PM   #247
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I'm not so sure about that, it's just b/w and the only thing it does is to display text files.

Nexus 10 is 400 Euros (16 GB), such an Eink deveice can't be more expensive than that. If it costs more than we can forget about it. At least that's my opinion about the pricing.
For b/w files it isn't a problem to have a b/w display. If you need color you aren't going to be happy with eink anyway.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:57 PM   #248
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wonder how this will stack up against onyx M92; claims to handle pdfs and at 9.7" screen an 279Euros...
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:58 PM   #249
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Any recent news on the sony? like how the field trials are going? price and Europe/US release dates?
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:21 AM   #250
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Any recent news on the sony? like how the field trials are going? price and Europe/US release dates?
qouting the question...

also i'm looking buying the icarus excel for filling the gap between now and the release of the sony device. any suggestion?

i'm a university student and a device like that will litteraly save my back
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:09 PM   #251
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I have not heard any news on it. I personally would not be surprised if the device is never sold to the public. There have been numerous large screen e-readers that were never released, such as the Skiff.

I think that companies float these 'news' stories to gauge the public's interest in the device, and to build hype. Their hope is to create enough of a market to sell the product at a reasonable price. Sadly, there just does not seem to be much demand for e-readers with screens that are larger than 9.7 inches.

Hopefully Sony will come through with this one, but I would not bet on it.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:19 AM   #252
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This thing isn't going to be released. They may well release a large tablet though.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:32 AM   #253
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Maybe some forum member here from Japan could confirm, deny or elaborate on its present use in those universities by searching their internet pages or local Japanese forums.

I don't think Sony is going to release this e-ink reader a lot earlier than some other company will Plastic Logic's, so my hope is with autumn/winter next year.

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I don't think Sony is going to release this e-ink reader a lot earlier than some other company will Plastic Logic's, so my hope is with autumn/winter next year.
They aren't going to release this reader at all - it's clearly stated to be a prototype, not a commercial product.
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They aren't going to release this reader at all - it's clearly stated to be a prototype, not a commercial product.
Did it explicitly say it would not be a commercial product? Because they make prototypes of products before mass production.
I thought there was another term that indicated it was a one off, like "concept piece" or something?
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