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.