Sony Tablet P unboxing

Sony Tablet P unboxing
Flying under the radar, the Sony Tablet P recently landed at our front door causing a slight ruckus with its unusual tablet form factor. Right now, this “foldable touch screen tablet,” as Sony so carefully mentions on its web site, is available for purchase through AT&T for $399.99 with a 2-year contract – or merely $549.99 outright. Come to think of it, the Sony Tablet P doesn’t bring to the table anything particularly ground breaking in the specs department, but it’s still nonetheless a curious one thanks in part to its untraditional clamshell design.

Packaged tightly in a very rectangular box that’s flaunting the customary AT&T color scheme, we’re greeted with two images of the tablet in question on the front and back – with some featured tidbit information plastered in the rear as well. Opening it, we’re first greeted to the Quick Start Guide, and under that, the Sony Tablet P itself. For the price, we’re not shocked with the skimp inclusions, which consist of its wall charger and tertiary documentation. However, we’re a bit perplexed as to why they decided to NOT include a microUSB cable – so yeah, you’ll need to supply one yourself sadly. Of all the prepackaged items, we’re already questioning the tablet’s battery life, especially when it’s carrying along a 3,050 mAh one.



Revisiting the Sony Tablet P a second time, with the first one being at CES back in January, one of the first things to come in mind is that it’s a cute looking fella – especially when it’s in closed form. In fact, it reminds us as some sort of modernistic looking clutch bag ready for a formal attired event. Looking around however, it’s quite evident that Sony wanted to go for yet another minimalistic approach with its design. Opening the entire thing, we’re presented with its 2, count them TWO, 5.5-inch TruBlack LCD touch screen panels with each bearing a resolution of 1024 x 480. Yeah, they look pretty sharp so far, but we’re simply detracted most by the 1-inch bezels surrounding both sides of the displays, which actually ups the entire tablet’s size.




As for specs, it’s barely going to raise a few eyes since it features hardware that’s typical of first-generation Honeycomb slates. Specifically, we find a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, preloaded 2GB microSD card, 5-megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and “4G” HSPA+ connectivity. Seeing the same customized interface found on Sony’s other tablet, the aptly named Tablet S, it’s anyone’s guess when this will be getting its dose of Ice Cream Sandwich. However, it’s worth noting that it’s a PlayStation certified device – much like the Sony Tablet S and XPERIA Play 4G from before. Expect our in-depth review soon!



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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

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6 Comments

1. hobble

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

It looks like if the kyocera echo and a sunglasses case had babies.

2. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Nice experiment Sony...hope to see better stuff coming out in future...ICS tablet (traditional form) with vita processor :)

3. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

Yikes, this thing does not look good. Tegra 2, anemic battery, no USB cable, thick bezel around and between the screens. Better off getting another Android tablet or iPad. I appreciate that they're trying to make tablets more portable, but if they were somehow able to do it without a bezel between the screens, then this would be a much more desirable device. Or we can wait until those nifty flexible displays start appearing on devices.

5. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Totally agree with you! Love the concept, but the execution needs some work! Some flexible displays in this would simply be awesome!

4. nelsonl21

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

I paid 499 for my xoom almost a yr ago what would make people buy this outdated device @550 no contract or 399 with 2 yr contract???? Jeezzzzz

6. jagon91

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

And the fact that it only comes with a 2GB microsd is a little stingy. I know they don't have to include it but at 550 you would expect more than 6GB of collective storage out of the box... Even my old dated droid eris came with an 8GB microsd and my old streak came with 16...

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