"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
  • OS Android 4.0.3
  • Display 5.5 inches 480 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 3080 mAh

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