It seems like Vaio is on a roll lately as after launching a number of new laptops, the company today has announced yet another new product. This time around, it is a smartphone and not just any smartphone…it is a Windows 10 smartphone.
Built from a single block of aluminum, the polished metal exterior of Vaio Phone Biz is indeed a fresh breather as opposed to Microsoft’s own flagship-level Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL with their bland plastic body. The new smartphone is powered by 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor alongside 3GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage.
Together with a 5.5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) display, the new LTE-enabled Vaio Phone Biz is also equipped with a 13-megapixels rear camera and 5-megapixels front camera. Alongside the support for Continuum which provides the phone with desktop PC-like experience when connected to an external monitor, the new phone also comes with 2,800 mAh battery.
From the name itself, it is quite clear that Vaio is targeting this smartphone for business users which is the same target market as per Continuum feature. Nevertheless, the company’s choice of using Windows 10 Mobile as the operating system for Vaio Biz Phone is rather interesting and intriguing at the same time…just the like the decision to come out with a smartphone in the first place.
While it will be made available in Japan this April for JPY 50,000 (RM 1,764), it is not known if Vaio will release the smartphone outside of its native market for the time being. Given how the company is no longer attached to Sony, we don’t expect the smartphone to be officially released in Malaysia as well.