After news about ICS updates rolling over to the Xperia Active, Sony has now announced ICS updates for the Tablet P as well. The Tablet S received the 4.0 update in April, and now owners of the Tablet P can update to Google's latest Android operating system as well. Here’s Sony’s take on the update: “This update combines the features of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) with unique new features and apps from Sony. Upgrade your Sony Tablet to experience a streamlined user interface with drag-and-drop folder creation, improved multi-tasking and browser. New Sony features include direct access to SD card, ”Small Apps” and enhanced photo viewing options.”

The 5.5-inch Sony Tablet P

ICS enroute…

Like the Sony Tablet S, this 5.5-inch tablet has NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor and a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera. Connectivity options, include 4G and Wi-Fi. The Tablet P weighs in at 370g, making it one really light slate. Apart from this, it also features 512 MB of RAM and 4GB of in-built memory. A 2GB SD card is also bundled with this tablet for extra storage space. Frequently used functions are easy to reach with a new Sony-unique ‘Small Apps’ update. An ‘always-on-top’ launcher icon gives instant access to the Browser and Calculator apps, while you’re using other tablet functions. It’s a convenient way to check a web site quickly, change TV channels or tot up the week’s shopping bill while you’re in the middle of doing something else.

Android 4.0.3 offers increased camera and photo solutions. Alongside the new operating system’s enriched editing features, Sony has added a wider choice of Slideshow Templates to maximize the photo viewing experience.

Here are some of the specifications of the Tablet P:

  • 5.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 480 x 1024 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi capabilities for internet access
  • GPS with A-GPS support for Google Maps
  • Bluetooth with A2DP and USB 2.0 (Micro)
  • 5MP camera  and secondary camera up front
  • FM radio
  • 4GB internal + microSD card support for up to 32GB more memory

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