The VAIO Phone is now official
VAIO Corporation has just unveiled the first handset that uses the notorious brand also associated with Sony. Now, Japan Industrial Partners owns a 95 percent stake in the company and it looks like the VAIO Phone is far from a competitor to Sony's Xperia smartphone lineup.
VAIO Phone is a mid-range 4G LTE-enabled Android smartphone that packs the following specs and features:
- Processor: 1.2 GHz quad-core (not specified, but multiple sources claim it is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410)
- Memory/Storage: 2 GB RAM; 16 GB internal storage and microSD support up to 64 GB
- Display: 5-inch TFT IPS touchscreen with 1,280X720 pixels
- Cameras: 5 MP front, 13 MP back
- Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
- Operating system: Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Battery/Autonomy: non-removable 2,500 mAh; up to 15 hours talk time and 500 hours standby
- Weight/Dimensions: 0.29 pounds; 2.8X5.57X0.31 inches
Japanese MVNO B-mobile sells this handset for about $25 USD upfront and 24 monthly payments of roughly $16.5 USD each, so the total ends up at $420 USD. Obviously this is not the pricing for the US or other markets, but it is not known yet if this first VAIO smartphone will ever reach other countries.