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VAIO Intros First Smartphone, Not Made to Overly Impress

VAIO, which was a popular laptop maker formerly under Sony but is no longer, introduced its first Android phone this week. Simply called the VAIO Phone, the device’s exterior is rather plain, giving off a sort of Nexus 4 vibe at first glance. And on the inside, its specs will not blow you away either.

The VAIO features a 5″ HD display, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 1.2GHz processor, microSD card slot, and runs Android 5.0 out of the box. The device is set to launch in Japan on March 20. 

Residents of Japan on b-mobile can grab the device for around $30 a month with unlimited data, so if picking this up over a Sony XPERIA device interests you, then at least you should be getting a bit of vanilla Android.

Anyone here hoping to see this hit the states at some point?

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Via: Engadget | b-mobile
  • Mvrcel Lgt

    It’s a decent phone if the price is set right. Vaio though, i never liked that brand =/

  • Daniel Walsh

    What’s the point?

  • AMTrombley89

    I thought we liked the N4 design? Jeez, can’t keep up with the design fads anymore…

    I think it looks slick. Yes, like a Nexus 4, but to me that’s a good thing!

    • calculatorwatch

      Yeah I like the sleek simple look too. It looks nicer than a shiny metal band around the outside.

      If it came in under $300 I would be interested, otherwise the specs just don’t justify it.

  • Jack Bauer

    Maybe Amazon needs to go all in with a company like this or one of the second tier Chinese/Japanese companies to make a better Fire Phone (yeah, I know but…) that uses a skin (e.g.. Sense, Touch Whiz) instead of an OS, that pre-installs all Amazon services and ties into Prime but still certified to access Google Play and services without the “gimmicks” and sold directly through Amazon off contact or on contact.

    • Jack Bauer

      1. Buy it on contract – Prime included for the life of the contract

      2. Buy it off contract – Prime included for a year

  • Disqo Stu

    13MP is a nice camera if it’s priced well. I’m ok with a budget smartphone skimping on all areas but the camera.

    • buckley101

      Yea man! 13MP sounds like a lot of MPs…must be a solid camera

      -____-

  • jimt

    Competition is a good thing, bring them on!

  • epps720

    Looks exactly like the Amazon Fire Phone, bezels and all

  • Suicide_Note

    I guess they have to start somewhere. Good luck, Vaio. You’re gonna need it.

  • T4rd

    “Anyone here hoping to see this hit the states at some point?”

    Nope, unless they plan on selling it for < $200 off contract.

  • fredjls23

    looks like a Nexus 4 to me

  • gpaine

    Those bezels + 5 inch screen = huge phone. 720p screen will be painfully obvious.

  • Jérôme Besnard

    Definitively looking like my N4!

  • Tyler Durden

    Nobody cared about VAIO before and after Sony sold them.

    • patt

      DL is hiring btw 😉

      • Tyler Durden

        I don’t need to be paid to write.

        • patt

          y not

          • Jonathan Alstad

            I always enjoy Tyler’s comments because he’s the most critical and consistent commenter on the internet. Maybe that’s what DL needs… 😛

    • S.Ober

      Sony still owns 5%, just in case

    • buckley101

      ^^ Looks like a douche

      • Tyler Durden

        The truth hurts

        • buckley101

          lol