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Sony Tablet P Price, Release Date Announced: Are 2 Screens Double The Fun?

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The Sony Tablet P, as seen at CES 2012 in Las Vegas.
The Sony Tablet P, as seen at CES 2012 in Las Vegas.

Two is better than one, as the old saying goes, and Sony has put that old saying to the test with a tablet with two screens.

The Sony Tablet P is a dual-screen, foldable tablet that can be yours for $399 with a two-year contract on AT&T starting March 4. The Tablet P's two screens each measure about 5.5 inches -- think two Samsung Galaxy Note phablets welded together at the ends -- and the clam-shell tablet runs a special version of the Android Honeycomb operating system that allows for dual-scren-tailored applications: Sony says in a press release that you'll be able to watch video on one screen and use the other as a remote control, or read email on one screen while using the other as a keyboard. If you're a killjoy, you can also just fold it flat and turn it into a single-screen slate.

The Tablet P has been available in the United Kingdom for a few months now (check out Engadget's review here), and it will land in America exclusively on AT&T and its 3G HSPA+ network.

The Sony Tablet P comes with 1GB RAM and up to 32GB storage via micro SD card; each screen is 5.5 inches and has a 1024 x 480 resolution. This two-headed monster weighs about 0.82 pounds and apparently fits in your pocket, per a Sony spokesman, and has a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera and a front-facing 0.3 megapixel camera. It also only gets up to 7 hours of battery life, according to the Sony website. That's far less than the iPad 2 (10 hours) or the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (9 hours), though with two screens running simultaneously, you might expect this thing to be a power hog (Just ask Nintendo).

What the Tablet P lacks in battery life, however, it sure makes up for in its unique two-screen design. It's not the first dual-screen tablet to hit America, however: Acer had a $1200 dual-screen 14-inch Iconia "touchbook" tablet in early 2011, but that never really caught on. Sony hopes for a better fate with its Tablet P, and its employees, at least, are enthusiastic: One Sony spokesman told HuffPost via email that the Tablet P was "legitimately SUPER cool."

Check out a bunch of photos of the dual-screen Tablet P -- which, again, is available March 4 for $399 with a two-year contract on AT&T -- and marvel at this two-screened wonder:

Sony Tablet P Photos
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