The VAIO Phone is now official

VAIO Phone Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and 2 GB RAM
VAIO Phone
The first VAIO smartphone is only available in Japan for now and offers rather average specs - Snapdragon 410 SoC, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and Android 5.0 out of the box.

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.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-03-13 (Update: 2015-03-13)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.