Its first attempt at phones in March 2015 might have been a dull affair, but this time Vaio is bound to be seen. The premium laptop seller has announced today the release of a new smartphone that runs Windows 10 in Japan. The Phone Biz (not the industry, but the name of the handset) is a sleek device that wants to revive traditional users’ passion for Microsoft’s operating system.
The new Vaio has a stylish body, made from aluminum, not plastic, with a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD. Underneath the silver surface, a blend of lines and curves that target the modern, cosmopolite businessman, is a 13 megapixel camera, a Snapdragon 617 chip and 3GB of RAM. It’s not ground-breaking by far, but a reasonable offer for Windows enthusiasts.
Speaking of such fans, if you’re one of them you should know Phone Biz supports Windows Continuum mode. You can wirelessly connect it to a keyboard, monitor and mouse to have the traditional PC experience. Also, if you haven’t got the chance to play with Windows Continuum, imagine running Office applications, editing photos and doing actual work while keeping your smartphone as a channel for calls, texts and gaming. If you want to keep this distraction at bay, then simply use the phone as a trackpad for apps on the big screen.
Vaio hasn’t announced a release date for Phone Biz in US and other European countries, but in Japan it’s set to sell at ¥50,000, about $400.
The stakes are high for Vaio – this phone could be their stepping stone in the mobile industry or another sign that they should concentrate their efforts elsewhere.
photo source: verge.com