Sony Tablet P Hands-On

Aug 31, 2011
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Sony Tablet P Hands-On

The folks at Sony have created a brand new folding Android tablet by the name of Sony Tablet P, and today we've got a hands-on rundown of the device for you to get a clear view of what it will mean for you to work and play with it in the future. To understand what many of the concepts and ideas our Sony host in the video below is speaking about, you'll want to see out full Sony Tablet S Review, as this Tablet P and the Tablet S go hand-in-hand when it comes to Sony's current vision for the Android-based tablet environment as it exists for you the entertainment seeker, worker, and game player. Then continue on below to see what might be the most enticing folding two-display device we've seen since before Android was invented.

What you'll find first is that this Tablet P has many similarities to the Tablet S in that it has DNLA support, connectivity to all of Sony's current network services, and a full entertainment experience in more ways than one - the only real connectivity-related feature the Tablet S has that the Tablet P does not is an infra-red port for universal remote-control abilities. One thing the Tablet P does have that the S does not, on the other hand, is 4G connectivity. The Tablet P is an AT&T device, (at least as far as we know at first,) so you'll be working with their data plans should you decide you want to purchase the Tablet P when it's first released.

On the inside of the device (aka the front) you'll find a 0.3 megapixel camera and on the outside (aka the rear) of the device you'll find a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video. The folding mechanism, the lightness, and the relative smallness of the device once its folded up make this tablet a real candidate for what Sony describes in this hands-on video as coat pocket or purse carry-ability. The two 4.5-inch displays work as one, to show a single webpage, for example, or in a teamwork mode in a collection of apps like email, Sony Reader (for ebooks), and yes indeed, PlayStation games.

PlayStation compatible and approved just like the Tablet S, this device is going to be able to play a collection of PlayStation One and PSP games in the future. The same demonstration game is used on the Tablet S as on the Tablet P, that being Crash Bandicoot, aka one of the most classic PlayStation-oriented games of all time, and it appears to be working as smoothly on the Tablet P as we've found it's working on the Tablet S.

Finally (for now) and possibly most importantly, this folding tablet has the same NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor we've seen in the most popular Android tablets on the market thus far. With the Tegra 2 processor the Sony Tablet P (and the S, too, of course,) will be able to access the Tegra Zone, a collection of apps inside a library made specifically for Tegra 2 optimized dual-core utilizing super apps. Check out our hands-on review of the web-based Tegra Zone for a taste of what you'll be getting at.

When this device is released, it will come in one configuration, that being with a 6 GB memory expandable up to 32 GB through its SD card slot. Availability is still to be determined with AT&T. Exciting! Check out the hands-on video above and the photos below to get a better idea of what the Sony Tablet P is all about!


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