If you haven’t heard already, Sony is going to focus on mobile devices and will no longer make computer equipment. The manufacturer sold its VAIO brand to Japanese investment fund and as a result, Vaio Corporation began operating. Surprisingly, one of the new company’s first products, along with the recently announced VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas laptop hybrids, is a smartphone. Called simply VAIO Phone, the handset went official earlier this week.
VAIO Phone Android Smartphone
The VAIO Phone is a typical mid-ranger through and through. The phone’s design is clean and aesthetic and at first glance resembles the Nexus 4, which is not a bad thing at all. Inside VAIO Phone’s all-glass body hides a 1.2GHz quad-core processor accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage expandable up to 64GB.
Equipped with 5-inch display the handset offers 720p resolution and is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery is capable of providing up to 800 minutes of talk time or up to 500 hours of standby time. There is also a 13-megapixel main camera which is pretty much a standard feature nowadays. The phone will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.
We can’t help but wonder if VAIO is gearing up for some serious competing with its former parent Sony or is just testing its possibilities in a mobile market sector, but whichever the case, it will be interesting to watch. However, at the moment we can’t do anything more than speculate about the phone’s fate, at least not until it goes on sale which will be on March 20th. The device will arrive on Japanese MVNO B-mobile priced at 51,000 yen which is about $420. The carrier will also offer the handset with monthly payment option for 3,980 yen per month or approximately $33 with unlimited data.
Although there is no official word from VAIO, it’s rather unlikely that the handset will ever make it to the US, since even in Japan its availability will be limited to just one carrier, at least in the beginning. If, however, it did land on this side of the ocean, would you consider it as an alternative to more famous brands?