Here Is VAIO’s New Windows Phone Flagship
The new VAIO Phone Biz (what?!) will launch in April in Japan in partnership with NTT DoCoMo and will sell for ¥50,000 (about $420) unlocked.
Overall, the device seems like a step up from the boring, plastic Lumia phones of year’s past (where are you, Surface Phone?) including an aluminum design, a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD, dual cameras (13MP/5MP), 3GB RAM and a mid-range Snapdragon 617 processor under the hood.
Those craving for a smartphone featuring Microsoft’s mobile operating system may want to look at Vaio’s new offering. The Japanese company, best known for its laptop lineup, has just launched a Windows Phone (Windows 10 Mobile) smartphone called the Vaio Phone Biz.
The Phone Biz sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display coupled with mid-range hardware specifications. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz paired with 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of inbuilt storage. The handset also has a microSD card slot, which a user can utilise to expand the storage by up to 64GB.
The Vaio Phone Biz features a 13-megapixel rear-camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor. The smartphone supports 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and other standard connectivity features.
On the software front, the Vaio Phone Biz runs Windows 10 Mobile, the mobile SKU of Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 operating system. Despite offering mid-range hardware, Vaio says that the smartphone will support Continuum, a feature that allows a user to plug-in the smartphone to a TV, monitor, or a large screen and use it as a computer.
The Vaio Phone Biz is available in Silver colour variant. Vaio says that it will begin selling the smartphone from April in Japan at a price point equivalent of $430 (roughly Rs. 29,000). That said, it’s a rather bold move from Vaio to decide to launch a Windows 10 Mobile smartphone when the platform is seeing such a slow adoption in the market.