Vaio, the former Sony laptop unit, on Thursday, launched its first smartphone, dubbed the Vaio Phone (VA-10J). Vaio Phone (VA-10J) is set offer great RAM, 4G and great cameras in a mid-range device. The Vaio Phone (VA-10J) smartphone has been priced at JPY 51,000 (~ Rs. 26,350) for the unlocked model while consumers in Japan can also buy the handset at JPY 4,000 (~ Rs. 2,070) which comes with unlimited data plans from the Japanese telecom carrier B-mobile. Vaio Phone (VA-10J) will go on sale starting March 20 and there has been no word on global availability.
The phone is only available in Black as of now. The design of the phone is extremely appealing, that give it feel of a luxury phone. Notably, the Vaio Phone (VA-10J) smartphone features an almost identical design to the Panasonic’s recently unveiled Eluga U2. Vaio Phone (VA-10J) measures 141.50 x 71.30 x 7.95mm and weighs 130 grams. Vaio Phone (VA-10J) packs sensors such as gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light sensor and proximity sensor. Apart from 4G, the Vaio Phone (VA-10J) offers 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB and Bluetooth connectivity options.
The Vaio Phone (VA-10J) runs the recent Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box. It comes with a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) display. The Vaio Phone (VA-10J) is indeed power packed with its 2500mAh battery. Vaio Phone (VA-10J) is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor coupled with 2 GB of RAM and features a 13MP primary camera, along with a 5MP front shooter. The smartphone includes 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB).
The phone is extremely similar to the recently released Panasonic Eluga U2, in terms of both, the design and the specifications. Despite the similar design and specifications, the Panasonic Eluga U2 is much cheaper. Vaio is undoubtedly new to the smartphone business, so we can expect a lot more from the company in the future.