Windows 10, while very much alive and kicking as a PC platform, has never enjoyed the levels of success that Android and iOS have had for years in the smartphone universe. Its slow death, however, doesn’t seem to faze Vaio. The Japanese manufacturer has unveiled the Vaio Phone Biz.
It’s the first smartphone powered by Windows to carry the Vaio brand. Sleek and designed for business use, the Vaio Phone Biz features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel camera and 3GB of RAM. Inside the phone is a midrange processor, the Snapdragon 617, which supports the Windows 10’s Continuum mode.
Vaio Phone Biz Specs
- Windows 10 Mobile
- 5.5-inch display (1080×1920 Full HD), ~401ppi
- 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 (MSM8952) processor
- Adreno 405 GPU
- 3GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- microSD support up to 64GB
- 13-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
- 5-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Dimensions: 156.1 x 77 x 8.3mm
- Weight: 167g
- 2800mAh battery
If the phone’s silver aluminum frame looks familiar, it’s because the Panasonic Eluga U2 have the same appearance. Vaio’s first smartphone—the one that’s powered by Android—also uses the same design.
The Vaio Phone Biz is slated for an April release in Japan. As a premium mid-range smartphone, its official price is ¥50,000 (approx. Php20,450) unlocked. Don’t expect the phone to appear at your local stores, because international availability is unlikely. But at least there are a couple of Lumias to choose from, assuming Windows 10 is your mobile platform of choice.