Dallas - Sony's foldable
dual-screen Tablet P will finally come to market on March 4 through more than
1,000 AT&T-owned stores and AT&T's web site at $399 with two-year 4G
HSPA+ service agreement.
The price goes up to $549 if
consumers opt for month-to-month or prepaid-service data plans.
The tablet was announced almost a
year ago on April 26, 2011, and was originally intended to be available in the
U.S. in the fall of that year.
Designed mainly for mobile
communication and entertainment because of its folding design, the Tablet P features two 5.5-inch displays, Google's
tablet-optimized Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) operating system, PlayStation
certification to download first-generation PlayStation game titles, and
wireless connection to Sony's music and video-streaming services. It also
downloads ebook content from Sony's Reader Store2.
The tablet's two 5.5-inch displays can be used as a
combined single screen, or each screen can be used simultaneously for separate
functions, such as playing video on one screen and typing email on the other. When the tablet is
held vertically like a book, each screen can display a separate book page.
The tablet also features DLNA certification to push
content to DLNA-certified TVs and AV receivers and comes with unlimited access to AT&T's
nearly 30,000 hot spots nationwide
The tablet, like Sony's already
available Wi-Fi-only single-screen tablet, is promoted as offering four
distinguishing features: uniquely designed hardware and software, access to Sony's
network entertainment services, cross-device connectivity, and a "swift
and smooth" user experience that includes fast loading of web
pages and more responsive touchscreen scrolling and multi-touch operation.