The Sony Tablet S has been in the US for a while now, but we knew it wasn’t the only tablet Sony released. Finally, their more interesting, dual-screened Tablet P has come to the US as well. Starting on March 4, AT&T will be selling the 4G + Wi-Fi version of the for $ with 2-year contract.
The Sony Tablet P has two 5.5-inch capacitive touchscreens with 1024 x 480 resolution. It’s running a 1 GHz, Tegra 2 processor with 1 GB of RAM, so it’s not a screamer anymore when compared to current tablets. What the Tablet P has going for it is tight integration with the Sony Entertainment Network (formerly know as the PlayStation Network). Tablet P users can buy PlayStation games, music, videos, e-books, and other goodies all from an integrated store. The Tablet P can also act as a remote for Sony A/V equipment, which is nice if you’re big into Sony equipment.
However, when compared to something like the ASUS Transformer Prime, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, or other tablets that are hitting the market now, the Tablet P almost seems a little dated, specs-wise. But I give Sony props for making something different from a rectangular slab. It’s not the only form-factor that tablets can have, am I right?
The Tablet P is running Honeycomb, but there’s no word on whether it’ll get an Ice Cream Sandwich update any time soon. Perhaps it will get upgraded around the same time Sony’s Xperia handsets do, but you shouldn’t buy the Tablet P based on an upgrade that may or may not drop. At the very least it is definitely an interesting tablet form-factor. And if you want a combination of Android apps and games from Sony, this is one of the tablets to get (the other one being the, of course).
Data plans from AT&T will range in price from $35 to $50 a month on-contract. But if you choose to buy the Tablet P unsubsidized, it’ll cost you $549.99. Then you can get month-to-month data plans starting at $14.99 for a 250 MB monthly quota.
Via Android Central