"Foldable" Sony Tablet P featured two screens that could be used as one large display

With Samsung expected to deliver prototypes for its "luxurious" Samsung X foldable phone by the third quarter of this year, we thought that now would be a good time to dust the cobwebs off of your memory by taking a look at 2011's "foldable" Sony Tablet P. With its clamshell design, the real prize was inside where two individual 5.5-inch screens (each with a resolution of 1024 x 480) ran independently, or were used together to form one giant screen.

When running as two independent screens, Sony was able to optimize certain apps to take advantage of the extra real estate. For example, when composing an email, the screen on top contained your message, while the one on bottom was dedicated to the QWERTY keyboard. This made the keys large enough to more comfortably type on. When reading email, the screen on top contained the content of the "letter" while the one on bottom showed the in box. The calendar and contacts used a two panel UI.

When pieced together, the Sony Tablet P faced a problem. An ugly 1/4-inch bezel separated the two screens. That wasn't a problem when the screens ran independently, but was certainly an eye-sore when using the two screens as one large display.

We can bring a flood of memories running through your brain with just one word. Honeycomb. Android 3.0 Honeycomb was designed for tablets and debuted in February 2011. The Sony Tablet P had Android 3.2 Honeycomb pre-installed, and was upgraded once to Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. And we should remind you that the Tablet P was a Playstation certified device.

The Sony Tablet P was powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip with a dual-core 1GHz CPU. 1GB of RAM was inside along with 4GB of native storage. A 32GB capacity microSD slot was on board, and a 3080mAh battery kept the lights on. The tablet featured a 5MP rear shooter with a VGA camera in front. An AT&T exclusive in the U.S., the Tablet P was priced at $399 with a two-year contract, and $549 off-contract.

On a scale of 1-10, we gave the Sony Tablet P a "6" in our review, which you can read by clicking on this link.

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Tablet P
  • Display 5.5" 1024 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3080 mAh



1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Old but gold.

4. audibot

Posts: 687; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

if they updated it to make it thinner and e-ink on 1 panel outside for calls it could sell again,with bezel less display to get rid of the double black bar in the middle

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It's unfortunate Sony Tablet P did not turn out to be successful. But it was quite good in concept and usage, though.

7. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Was it? It was basicly a Nintendo DS as tablet.

3. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

With current tech for bezel-less displays this tablet is extremely feasible It's very sad that innovation has taken many forms when the time was NOT right for it... Examples: - Moto Atrix with Lapdock - Sony Tablet P - Asus Padfone I would buy any of these failed attempts to 2-in-1 devices if they were done today with top notch specs...

5. audibot

Posts: 687; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

you forgot the cheap sprint release of KYOCERA ECHO

6. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Almost destined to failed. Even, if Sony marketed the device as a games console and developed nintendo DS type games they would still have a hard time selling the device.

8. okinalex

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 02, 2017

Its so horrible that my eyes hurt

9. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

wow talk about stealing ideas, sprint had the Kyocera Echo back in 2011 http://cdn1.sbnation.com/imported_assets/844674/echo-main-rm-timn.jpg the Kyocera phone was just plane dumb and ugly just like how this Sony phone is going to be...FAIL!!! and the price over $500! no one is going buy this crap, theres ALOT of good phones u can buy with $500

10. AndyYan

Posts: 84; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

NEC Medias W N-05E deserves a mention here too, being a newer and better dual-screen implementation. The bezel is also significantly smaller since it's a phone instead of a tablet.

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