The VAIO Phone is a product of the fact that the former Sony compatriot has split with its long-term partner and is ready to take on the smartphone market now. It has been launched only in Japan, but there’s no reason to believe that the company won’t be considering other markets from around the world.
An Android 5.0 Lollipop handset that supports 4G LTE networks and offers a pretty fast processor is something that smartphone consumers will gladly accept these days. The VAIO Phone knows this and hence offers all the features to its potential buyers.
There’s a catch to the whole affair though; a rebranded version of the handset exists in the form of the Panasonic Eluga U2. Both are basically the same phones, if the company logos are to be ignored. Now, while the VAIO handset is being sold at 51000 Yen (Rs 26300), the Panasonic offering is available in Taiwan at just 7990 NTD (Rs 15700).
It’s this price difference that could lead many to go for the Eluga U2 rather than the VAIO Phone, if there’s a choice. Anyway, let us now take you through the important features of this new handset. Firstly, it carries a 5-inch HD display which is the safest bet these days, since that size is neither too big nor too small according to today’s standards.
Inside the smartphone, you’ll find a 64-bit 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 410 processor that’s fast becoming a darling of affordable smartphone manufacturers. The setup is accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.
A quick glance at the specs of the VAIO Phone:
– Display: 5-inch IPS, 720p HD
– OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
– Processor: 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 410 (64-bit)
– Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (expandable)
– Camera: 13MP rear, 5MP front
– Battery: 2500mAh
– Dimensions: 141.5 x 71 x 7.95mm
– Weight: 131gms
For selfies, the VAIO Phone depends upon a 5MP front-facing camera, while regular images and videos are taken care of by a 13MP main snapper. Managing the power distribution is a 2500mAh battery that has enough strength in it to keep the device going for 13 hours of talktime and 500 hours of standby time.
Overall, the VAIO Phone is an extremely good choice for those who want an LTE-capable mid-range Android device. However its makers might want to do something about its high retail value.