A new VAIO smartphone arrives in Japan. It is the second Android smartphone and the third of the new management of the company after its divorce with Sony. Technically, the first VAIO smartphone was actually a renowned Panasonic Eluga 2, but even this new VAIO Phone A is a not too original project: it is actually an almost exact copy of the VAIO Phone Biz with Windows 10. The only differences between the two are, in fact, the operating system and dual SIM support.
VAIO Phone A has been defined by the company as the true VAIO smartphone. In fact, the manufacturer seems to intend to take this device out of Japan, at least to the United States. For this reason, this new cell phone includes a greater number of LTE bands compatible with those of other continents, although band 20 is not among those options at the moment.
VAIO Phone A | Specifications
As for the specifications, as we have said, they are exactly the same as those of Phone Biz. It is a mid-range smartphone with a Snapdragon 617 processor and a 5.5-inch FullHD display. For those of you who do not know the old VAIO cell phone, here are the highlights of the current data sheet:
- Display: 5.5 inches FullHD
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
- RAM: 3 GB
- Internal storage memory: 16 GB expandable by microSD (up to 64 GB)
- Rear Camera: 13 MP
- Front camera: 5MP
- Battery: 2,800 mAh
- Operating system: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
The operating system is, therefore, the only truly substantial change from the VAIO Phone A, which leaves Windows to incorporate Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The new smartphone will be sold in Japan from March 30 available for ¥ 24,800, plus taxes, around € 206 at the current exchange rate. A price, after all, adapted to its technical characteristics. It will be interesting to see if VAIO Phone A is exported to other countries, even in the LTE 20 band versions that would allow it to get some success in Europe.