Feb 29 AT 1:20 PM Edgar Cervantes 21 Comments

Sony Tablet P hits the US come March 4 via AT&T – too little too late?

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After a long wait, last year’s Sony Tablet P is finally making its way to the US next month. The folding tablet will be released by AT&T on March 4, and it will cost $399.99 on a 2-year contract. But is this tablet still worth your attention?

The form-factor may be intriguing for the general consumer, though it could be possible that this device simply took too long to be released. With its folding capabilities as the only differentiation, this device features a spec sheet that would have been on par with the competition if it were released a year ago. It simply does not seem that enticing anymore, unless your thing is portability and data connectivity. This device will have 4G HSPA+ capabilities (not LTE), which is something that may still be convenient for some users.

Sony Tablet P Specifications

  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • Dual 5.5-inch displays (1024×480)
  • 1 GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera / 0.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 4 GB of internal storage / microSD slot (expandable up to 32 GB)

The market is filling with Tegra 3 tablets (options like the ASUS Transformer Prime are already available), and there are many more to come. The Transformer Prime may not have data connectivity, but performance will be leaps and bounds above that of Tegra 2. Not to mention that most people don’t feel very comfortable about contracts.

If you happen to fall into that category, you can also get this tablet off-contract for $549.99, which is fairly high for tablets. Such customers have the option to sign up for the prepaid plans, which are different from contracted customer prices.

Users who have signed up for two years only have two options: 3 GB for $35 or 5 GB for $50. Prepaid customers can also pick from a $14.99 250 MB plan, as well as a cheaper $30 plan for 3 GB or 5 GB for $50.

We will have to wait and see how this one performs. While there are definitely some much better options out there, the portability and data connectivity may be something that you find yourself considering in this tablet. You won’t find many other devices with the functionality of a tablet and portability that matches that of a smartphone.

Do any of you think you will be picking up the Sony Tablet P?

Source: AT&T

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • spazby

    a little too outdated for me…

    • androidindia

      a little? :D

    • Jeff Pan

      Sony makes good products but for some reason they are always late to party!

      • Dr.Carpy

        I 100% agree with Jeff. This product might have been intriging this time last year. However, Sony has had perpetually bad timing in regards to product releases. They have the Xperia series of phones coming out that are all dual core, when its becoming a quad core world. Releasing with older versions, of Android, instead of ics? I have a tablet S, and I love it, I just hope they keep coming with awesome products,in a timely fashion.

    • jonathan3579

      Like i said before, anything releasing at this point without the most current OS (ICS) is just not acceptable. There is no excuse.

  • thechad

    you are paying full tablet price for half tablet viewing experience. On other tablets if you watch a movie you get the full 10″, on this you only get half the screen to watch the movie and the other half to control the move.

  • kinderdm

    I don’t think this one will catch on. Its just too old for the price and too awkward for anyone to get really used to. I think for the price people will think that a 7″ tablet would fit their needs for portability better than this thing. At least that’s how I feel about it.

  • R.S

    Wow, $550 off contact! I don’t think I’d even pay half of that for this tablet.

  • Bryan Stoner

    Nope!

  • JT

    Sony must be out of their fking mind. $400 + 2 year contract…LMAO. What about me skipping Mar 4 Sony Tablet P release for Mar 7 (iPad 3 announcement) for cheaper iPad2 ($399 without contract).
    Sony, please compare your tablet with iPad2 before even think of releasing it.
    Another DOA tablet.

  • Slith

    Seriously, who will buy this? Grandparents?

  • Hall Lo

    hmmm 550 bucks off contract… tho some of us think that the specs are kinda outdated (lol kinda?) but it should be already pretty nice to average customers, since Tegra 2 isn’t that weak. but still, good luck on selling these, sony.

  • aranea

    Except the screen size the specs are same or worse than my Atrix from 2011 February. Too late Sony.

  • mightyfo

    Maybe you guys should only write about products that are only available here in the US. Then technically we wouldn’t know that Sony released, this ugly little thing, a year ago (exaggerated). Then we could all be like hey that a that crazy little thing! Looks kinda cool can’t wait to see it in the store I might buy one.

    Actually NO! SONY you f’d up! Dummies! I love you guys, I have the tablet s, but really it didn’t work in europe and probably japan too cause it was UGLY! Should have just canned it. Let’s work on bringing your tablet s on the same level as your vaio’s. Oh and a better front facing camera, oh and don’t make it so damn hard to unlock the bootloader (didn’t you hear what asus dealt with), oh and hurry on the updates!

  • BigCiX

    Outdated and way over priced. Looks like at&t is really sticking it to its customers for losing the TMO deal.

  • glennw

    The form factor didn’t work for the Kyocera Echo, it’s not gonna work for Sony, either.

  • Xelone

    Sorry but i think nobody wants 2x a 5.5″ display to watch a movie or play a game, only 4GB internal storage ?!(yeah expandable but what the hell) and no ICS.

    And they even try to sell it for $550 without contract… good luck^^

  • http://hubpages.com/profile/ibbarkingmad ibbarkingmad

    The form factor is meh at best. The specs have a lot to be desired of. You may as well get a Kindle Fire and enjoy a large display for a lower cost.

  • http://Note Uncemister

    I’m not paying 550 for a giant Nintendo DS…..

  • Jay

    FAIL!

  • Matt

    They should have just done this:

    - Cut the bezel down, thinned it a little bit, and made the top screen 6-7″ OLED
    - Replaced the bottom screen with depressed (so it can still flip shut) physical buttons same as the Vita along with the reverse touchpad
    - Put in the specs, features, and software of the Vita
    - Released it at the end of the year and called it the Vita Tab (Vitamin Tablet anyone?…uhh sorry for the play on words, and yes I know it’s not pronounced like that)