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VAIO Phone Specs: Overpriced Mid-Range Android With A Glass Body

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Say hello to the Vaio Phone — a sleek Android smartphone made by Vaio, a former Sony brand. (Image courtesy of B-Mobile)

Renowned laptop brand Vaio, now a separate entity after being sold by Sony last year, has just announced a new smartphone model aptly name Vaio Phone.

Vaio?s separation from Sony was part of the latter?s drastic cost-cutting moves. Now that Vaio is free from the Japanese tech giant?s reach, it decided to go up against it?s former boss? Xperia line of handsets by introducing its own Vaio Phone. The company appears to be keeping the momentum as this smartphone announcement comes shortly after the launch of two new laptop models.

Specs

The handset?s body is made of glossy black plastic which the manufacture calls ?simple and stylish.? It also sports an attractive glass back that is somewhat similar to the Nexus 4. The Vaio Phone comes with a 5-inch, 720p resolution display. It?s packed with a 13-megapixel main camera and powered by a 1.2GHz, quad-core processor from an undisclosed chipmaker. That will be coupled with 2GB worth of RAM and will run the new Android Lollipop 5.0 OS. Keeping things juiced up is 2,500 mAh battery. All of these specs points to mid-range device that will possibly compete with the likes of HTC Desire 816, or the Moto G.

Price

If you?re a seasoned smartphone enthusiast, you may notice that these specs are very similar to those offered by the Panasonic Eluga U2 phone. BlogOfMobile.com noticed that both devices possess basically the same internals. However, the Eluga U2 is reportedly priced at ? 30,000 in Japan while the new Vaio Phone has a rather hefty ? 51,000 price tag.

That amount roughly converts to US$420, ?280 or AU$550, a pretty steep price for a mid-range phone of this caliber. The Vaio Phone will be available in Japan thru its official partner carrier, B-Mobile. The telecom company will offer this handset to subscribers for ?4,000 per month along with an unlimited data plan. There?s still no indication whether Vaio will offer their new smartphone internationally.

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