Sony Tablet P to Launch on AT&T March 4th

 

It was August of last year when Sony unveiled the Tablet P. Released in November in Europe, it is finally making its way to the U.S. via AT&T. The unique dual-screen tablet will be available on March 4th for $399.99 on contract. Sporting both HSPA+ and Wi-Fi radios, the Tablet P will have two plans to choose from if purchased on contract:

  • 3GB/month for $35
  • 5GB/month for $50

If purchased off contract for $549.99, you get the additional option of a prepaid 250MB for $14.99.

The specs include a 1Ghz Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, a 5MP rear camera, and a 0.3MP front camera. It currently runs Honeycomb 3.2 but Sony promises it will eventually be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Sony Tablet P is certainly a niche device with its two 5.5-inch, 1024 x 480 screens that fold closed in a clam shell manner. When open, each screen can act independently or together as one big screen. Any app will run fine on the dual screens, but Sony will offer specially optimized apps that take advantage of this configuration. Reminds us of Kyocera’s low-end Echo on Sprint… but better.

Read the full press release 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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