Sony_reader_prs505Update 10.02.07: Sony Reader PRS-505 gets official

MobileRead has recently discovered what appears to be a brand new model of Sony’s highly acclaimed Portable Reader (PRS-500).

Making a short-lived appearance on the Abt Electronics website today, the PRS-505 briefly showed off a hardware redesign, button-layout rearrangement, USB 2.0 connectivity, and doubled storage capacity. Listed at $299 but not available for preorder, the upcoming eBook reader will be slimmer than the old model (0.31″ vs 0.54″) and available in both silver and blue/black casings.

The PRS-505 isn’t listed on Sony Style at the moment, and Abt’s product page has been pulled as well. A manual search for the reader does return results (see below), but clicking the links is fruitless. (The minute it’s up again, though, please don’t tell my dad. He’s obsessed with filling up his current Reader, which would be fine if he wasn’t tying up the phone line with his dial-up connection!)