Vaio, which was separated from Sony, has unveiled its first smartphone. The so-called Vaio Phone has a 5 “screen and runs on Android 5.0. The device will be released on the Japanese market on March 20.
Vaio was Sony’s PC brand but now stands on its own two feet with high-end laptops and hybrids. However, the first smartphone is a midrange device. The Vaio Phone is equipped with an unspecified 1.2GHz soc, while 2GB RAM and 16GB flash storage is available. The 5″ IPS touchscreen of the smartphone has a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. On the back of the device, which runs on Android 5.0, is a 13-megapixel camera. The battery has a capacity of 2500mAh. The device weighs 130 grams is equipped with lte support.
Vaio, a part of Sony until early 2014, will market the device in Japan. From March 20, the device will be available via the provider B-mobile, while the Vaio Phone will cost 51,000 yen, converted approximately 398 euros.
There are rumors that Vaio may also want to market the device in Europe, but details about this have not yet been given by the Japanese company. The price of the midrange device is, however, firm; Blog of Mobile states that, for example, the Eluga U2 smartphone from Panasonic has the same specifications but costs only a fraction of the price of the Vaio Phone.