Sony Tablet P

Nearly six months after being unveiled, the Sony Tablet P is finally getting a stateside release. The "4G"+ WiFi dual-screen tablet will hit AT&T shelves on March 4 for $399.99 on contract, and will surf on the carrier's HSPA+ network. Should you choose to commit to a contract, you'll have two plans to choose from: 3GB per month for $35, and 5GB for $50. Without a contract, you'll have the option to purchase 250MB data for $15, along with the 3GB and 5GB options as well.

It's been a while since we first met the tablet, so to refresh your memory, the Sony Tablet P comes equipped with two 5.5 inch screens each at 1024 x 480 resolution. Folded, the tablet will easily fit into your pocket; unfolded, the dual screens can act as one viewing area, or split into two different functionalities, such as a keyboard on the bottom and a typing area on top. Sony will offer dual-screen optimized apps through its "Select App", though any app will work just fine, albeit not optimized.

Other specs include a 1 Ghz Tegra 2 processor,  1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, and support for microSD cards of up to 32 GB. It's got two camera, a 5 MP rear-shooter and a 0.3 MP front facer. It'll run Honeycomb 3.2 out of the box, though Sony says that there are plans for Ice Cream Sandwich sometime down the road. 

Certainly a niche device, the Sony Tablet P sounds interesting if nothing else. You can rest assured that we'll share our impressions as soon as we get our hands on one; until then, check out AT&T's presser after the break.

SONY TABLET™ P AVAILABLE ON AT&T 4G NETWORK

Unique Tablet Design Features Two 5.5 Inch Screens, Easily Fits into a Pocket or Purse

DALLAS, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 — AT&T* today announced Sony Tablet™ P, a dual screen, multi-functional tablet ideal for mobile communication and entertainment, will be available beginning March 4. The 4G tablet will be sold for $399.99 with a two-year service agreement in more than 1,000 AT&T company-owned retail stores and online at www.att.com.  

The new Sony Tablet P pushes the design of a tablet even further by elevating the user experience to entirely new levels. The unprecedented dual-screen layout of Sony Tablet™ P allows its two 5.5-inch displays to be used for different functions such as playing video on one screen while using the other as a controller, or checking email on one screen while using the other as a keyboard. Customers can also combine the displays into a single large screen and its unique folding design means it can fit easily into a pocket or purse.

At launch, users will be able to download apps optimized for the dual screens of Sony Tablet P via Sony’s “Select App,” including games, entertainment and lifestyle applications. In addition to optimized apps, Sony Tablet P users will have access to the full suite of Android applications via Android Market. Like its predecessor, Sony Tablet P is PlayStation™ Certified and provides access to the full suite of Sony Network Entertainment services. Sony Tablet devices are distinguished by four key features that set them apart from any other tablets on the market. These include: uniquely designed hardware and software, a “swift and smooth” experience (which includes Sony original features, Quick view and Quick touch), network entertainment services and cross-device connectivity.

Running on Android 3.2, Sony Tablet™ P is 4G**capable and Wi-Fi compatible. With a qualifying data plan, users of Sony Tablet™ P also have access to AT&T’s mobile broadband network and unlimited access to AT&T’s more than 20,000 hot spots nationwide. With both 4G and Wi-Fi, customers can browse the Internet, access digital content including videos, games, and check e-mail, while on the go, nearly anytime. 

Data Plans

Customers who sign a two-year service agreement have two postpaid data plan options to choose from, including:

·         AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $35 for 3GB

·         AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB

Customers may still choose from the existing monthly billing options, or prepaid options, with no long-term commitment.  The Sony Tablet P without a long term contract will cost $549.99.

The prepaid plan options include:

·         AT&T DataConnect 250MB: $14.99 for 250MB

·         AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB

·         AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB

Specifications

Display

  • Resolution: 1024 x 480 (each screen)
  • Screen Size: 5.5" (x 2 - dual screens)

Hardware

  • Camera: Front – 0.3 Megapixel Rear – 5  Megapixel

Inputs and Outputs

  • Headphone Output: 1
  • MicroUSB: 1

Memory

  • Internal Memory: 1GB

Power

  • Battery Life (Approx): Up to 7 hours (based on general usage)
  • Battery Type: Li-Ion

Processor

  • Processor Type: NVIDIA® Tegra™2 mobile processor 1GHz

Software

  • Operating System: Android 3.2

Storage

  • External storage:  microSD card slot (expandable up to 32GB, 2GB microSD card included)
  • Internal Storage Capacity: 4GB

Weights and Measurements

  • Dimensions (Approx.): Open - 6.23l x 7.09w x 0.56h (inches) Closed - 3.12l x 7.09w x 1.03 h (inches)
  • Weight (Approx.): 0.83 lbs

Wireless/Networking

  • Bluetooth® Technology: Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi: IEEE802.11b/g/n
 

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Sony Tablet P hitting AT&T shelves on March 4

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So, this is a high-end Kyocera Echo???

App developers didn't take to the Echo, so I wonder how many developers are going to take to this instead.

while its good to see innovation, I'm just worried that this is such a small part of the market that no 3rd party dev would ever optimize an app for 2 screens. So all you will be left with is some of Sony's optimized apps, which can't be that much. And with out optimized apps, what is good about this tablet?

I was interested in this till I saw a hand on video. Not so interested anymore. But I will go check it out anyway.
Looks like it could be fun, even if it is super ugly.
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