While the Tablet P by Sony has been available in international markets for quite some time, it has been a no-show here in the States ever since its official launch. While that’s bad enough for leaving its Tablet S brother all by itself on store shelves, Sony is looking to rectify the situation by officially announcing an upcoming launch date for the dual-screen tablet device here this week.
AT&T will be the carrier of choice, and it will be launching March 4th. As far as pricing goes, it will run you $399.99 on a new, two-year contract. If you want to skip the agreement you can make the tablet yours for $549.99. Features wise, the Tablet P boasts a pair of 5.5-inch touchscreen displays, with a NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor under the hood. There’s a 5MP rear-facing camera, and a 0.3MP front-facing shooter for good measure. Inside, there’s 4GB of built-in storage, and an included 2GB microSD card. You’ll be able to connect to AT&T’s HSPA+ network, and you’ll be running Android 3.2 Honeycomb right out of the box. We do know that Sony is looking to update the Tablet P to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon, though, so that should count for something.
You can read the full press release below.
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, Texas, 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 nearly 30,000 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.
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
Resolution: 1024 x 480 (each screen)
Screen Size: 5.5″ (x 2 – dual screens)
Camera: Front – 0.3 Megapixel Rear – 5 Megapixel
Inputs and Outputs
Headphone Output: 1
Internal Memory: 1GB
Battery Life (Approx): Up to 7 hours (based on general usage)
Battery Type: Li-Ion
Processor Type: NVIDIA® Tegra™2 mobile processor, duel-core 1GHz
Operating System: Android 3.2
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
Bluetooth® Technology: Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR
For more information on AT&T, please visit www.att.com.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. Requires 4G compatible device. Learn more at att.com/network.
***Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations
Testing conducted by Sony. Testing consisted of full battery. Battery life depends on device settings, usage, the condition of battery pack, and many other factors. “Standard usage” means browsing web with Wi-Fi, playing music, playing video for the same amount of time. The built-in battery is consumable