Sony Tablet P and Toshiba Excite 10 LE Hit US Markets

Sony has decided to launch the Tablet P to AT&T shelves stateside as of March 3rd.Toshiba has announced its plans to launch the Excite 10 LE on March 6th, to go head to head with the iPad 3, which will be announced today at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.

Sony Tablet P

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Exterior/Interior Design

Sony’s Tablet P, is a clam-shell looking device, with a plastic chassis. Tablet P has a silver outside casing with a black interior. The size of the Tablet P is small enough to fit within the pocket of a blazer with the weight of it the device at 13.1 ounces.

The right side of the tablet is aligned with the headphone jack, power button, microUSB port and two volume buttons. The left side of the device is equipped with a small speaker. On the back on the Tablet P you will find a 5-megapixel camera, but on the inside of the tablet you will find a 0.3-megapixel camera, useful for video chats.

The Tablet P has two small buttons in the rear, used to take off the back cover, which the houses the battery and the MicroSD Card slot. The SIM Card slot this is under the top cover.

Innards

Tablet P is packed with the 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM. The Tablet P doesn’t take advantage of AT&T’s 4G LTE network, but it does use AT&T’s HSPA+ technology. The price for 3GB per month is $35 on contract and $30 if you by the device without one. Of course, if you are a hardcore roamer and need access to the webs every second of day, you may upgrade your usage plan… For a cost, of course.

Some benchmark comparisons:


The Tablet P notched a score of 3,061, which is lower than the Iconia Tab A200 (3,137) and Galaxy Tab 10.1 (3,159), but higher than the category average (2,677). In An3DBench, which measures graphics performance, the Tablet P scored 6,129, which is lower than the Acer (7,713) and Samsung (7,526) and also below the category average (7,183).


- Mark Spoonauer of laptopmag.com

The Tablet P comes with a 4GB internal storage and a 2GB microSD Card slot, but of course this is expandable up to 32GB.

Display “or should we say Displays?”

The Table P gives the users the uniqueness of having two 5.5-inch displays with 1024×480 resolution on each display. What is the big deal with have dual screens on a tablet? Well, if you get an app that takes advantage of the dual screens you will have more real estate than using a Galaxy Note with 1280×800.

Sony has implemented the use of their Clear Black technology within the Table P’s screen quality. The video will play on the top screen while along the bottom screen you will see the player controls.

Software

Tablet P will run a modified version of Android Honeycomb, with five customizable home screens. The Tablet P will bring more than 40 third-party apps, along with its own software, such as Gallery, Maps, News 360 and others. Some apps that take advantage of the dual displays are Foursquare, Evernote and UStream. An advantage with Tablet P, since it is a Sony product, is that you will be able to download classic PlayStation One titles as well as PlayStation Portable games to the device.

End Result

The Sony Tablet P has a price tag of $399.99 with a two year contract with AT&T or you can fork out 549.99 without a contract. With the Tablet P having really only one big thing going for it, which is the dual display, we feel that this is a device that is only going to appeal to a small subset of users.

For a more in depth layout and a video that was recorded from Sony’s Tablet P, follow this link.

Toshiba Excite 10 LE

We mentioned the Toshiba Excite 10 LE, at the top of this article, will be in the US Markets on March 6th. Toshiba states that is launching the World’s Thinnest 10-inch Tablet in the US Markets. Below are the specifications of the Excite 10 LE, with a price tag of $529.99 for the 16GB and $599.99 for the 32GB.

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Specifications

  • Android 3.2, Honeycomb (upgradeable to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 10.1-inch diagonal LED Backlit widescreen Corning Gorilla Glass display with IPS technology and 10-finger multi-touch support
  • 1280 x 800 resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio
  • Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 multicore processor; 1.2GHz with 1GB LPDDR2 RAM
  • 16GB and 32GB configurations6
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash
  • Micro USB, Micro HDMI ports
  • Micro SD card slot
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Gyroscope, Accelerometer, GPS, eCompass and Ambient Light Sensor
  • Stereo speakers with sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS Labs
  • Built-in 25 watt-hour rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • 10.1″ (W) x 6.9″ (D) x 0.3″ (H)
  • 1.18 pounds (535g)

With the Excite being the World’s Thinnest Tablet in the US Markets and being able to upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it seems that Toshiba is off to the the war with big guns. With other tablets making their way out this week, as well the iPad3 announcement on March 7th, the tablet war is on.]]>

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