Vaio announces its first Windows phone, and it's pretty sleek

By midian182 ยท 10 replies
Feb 4, 2016
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  1. With only 2.6 percent of smartphones worldwide running Windows, and Microsoft’s revenue from the division dropping by 49 percent, you can understand why many are saying that the company may call time on its mobile initiative. But it seems that someone forgot to tell Vaio, which has just unveiled the Phone Biz – a Windows 10 smartphone aimed at business users.

    This is the second smartphone to come from Vaio - now a company in its own right after Sony sold off its PC division two years ago. Its first release was the imaginatively-titled Vaio Phone early last year, which turned out to be an almost exact copy of Panasonic’s Eluga U2.

    The Phone Biz will be launching in April, but it will initially only be available in Japan. It certainly looks a lot more stylish than Vaio’s first effort, but beneath that sleek aluminum body lies some fairly mid-range hardware.

    Along with a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD screen, the Biz features an octocore 1.5GHz Snapdragon 617 processor and 3GB RAM. It also comes with 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing version.

    While the specs make it less powerful than Microsoft’s Lumia 950 and 950XL smartphones, the Biz still has the hardware to support Windows 10 Continuum mode; being able to run the operating system on a desktop is a feature Vaio will be hoping appeals to business users.

    Vaio will sell the Phone Biz from about 50,000 yen ($432) unlocked. There’s no word on if or when it’ll be available outside of Japan.

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    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,218   +421

    Damn it TECHSPOT you now have ads on your website that run audio!?!?!? Please stop using these because it is incredibly annoying.
    Lurker101 and hahahanoobs like this.
  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,003   +661

    Sleek? Those massive top and bottom bezels though....
    Looks like a poor mans iPhone trying to be a Windows Phone to me.
    emmzo likes this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,645   +3,268

    Chill man. How would you like to pay a monthly/yearly sub to be a member. Remember ads prevent that from happening. A site like this isn't the cheapest or easiest thing to run and you're not forced to click on or even pay attention to them.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,645   +3,268

    $430 bucks for those specs? I'm sure you could do a lot better.
  6. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,885   +1,032

    It looks exactly the same as every other smartphone.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,218   +421

    Uhh you don't have a choice when it starts playing audio. I don't have a problem with the other ads that you just see on the page, or even video ads that are muted by default... but you start playing audio without user intervention then we have a problem. I come here to read tech articles not listen to radio ads.
  8. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,229   +1,306

    once they start adding audio to their ads, users start using/turning on adblock. If they want to shoot themselves in the foot with ads, I say let them. Maybe they'll change their ways after revenues drop
  9. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 815   +332

    I can't help but wonder how many rootkits come pre-installed as standard.

    Oh, and sorry about my comment actually being on topic while everyone else bitches about the ads on this site.
    Arris likes this.
  10. pmshah

    pmshah TS Enthusiast Posts: 96

    No matter what anyone says it most probably will NOT slow down to a crawl with all the updated ad filled apps like ALL the Android phones.
  11. pmshah

    pmshah TS Enthusiast Posts: 96

    Forgot to add qualification to the previous post. "... in just over a year"

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