The Tablet P is a clamshell design housing twin 5.5-inch 1024×480-pixel touchscreens. Its power comes complements of the dual-core Tegra 2 processor and there’s also a 5-megapixel camera slapped on the back. The system is driven by Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the tablet specific version of Google‘s mobile operating systems, but with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich having just arrived in the shape of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Android 3.2 seems slightly dated.
Sony’s theory is that a dual screen style tablet will fit in the user’s hand easier than the conventional “slate” style tablet, specifically when it comes to reading ebooks. The device is also PlayStation-certified, so a series of classic PlayStation games will be made available for purchase or download and gaming is achieved with the lower screen acting as an on-screen gamepad and the upper screen showing the action.
The price is on the high side though. We’ve suspected in the past that Honeycomb tablets haven’t taken off as well as they should have because they’re not noticeably cheaper than the iPad 2, which starts at €479.00 on apple.ie.
It’s hard to know if there is enough appeal for the intriguingly new design to make this a success story. Fans of Apple will of course choose the iPad 2 and fans of Android will more than likely hold out for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime which will arrive running Ice Cream Sandwich