Vaio Debuts Sleek Windows 10 Phone


Critics say Windows mobile is (or could soon be) dead, but don’t tell that to Vaio. The former Sony property that’s now run as an independent company recently released its first Windows 10 phone for the Japanese market, the Vaio Phone Biz. As its name suggests, Vaio sees this mid-range phone as the perfect companion to its business-focused PCs.

With Windows 10 at its core, the Phone Biz integrates with Windows 10 PCs with little set-up. The phone also supports Continuum, allowing users to switch to a PC-like experience when it’s connected to an external monitor.

The Vaio will go on sale in Japan in April for ¥50,000 (about $427 at this writing), which is a good price for a mid-range smartphone. The Phone Biz features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 16GB of onboard memory, 3GB of RAM, and a microSD slot that supports another 64GB of storage.

The Phone Biz also comes with a 13MP rear-facing camera, a front-facing camera for video chat, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. The device is powered by a dual quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, has a 2800 mAh battery, and is encased in an attractive aluminum chassis.

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SOURCE: PC World, Ian Paul