VAIO (VAIO is no longer with Sony) has decided to go up against its former parent company Xperia series with its own creation one that looks very familiar to our smartphone-seasoned eyes. It’s called the VAIO Phone, and it’s launching in Japan on March 20th.
This isn’t the giant Sony we’re dealing with any more: VAIO is now leaner and well, a whole lot smaller. However, it seems they put their best brains on the flagship laptop series because there’s really not much to scream and shout about its first smartphone. There’s five-inch display, Android 5.0, 13-megapixel camera and enough power behind the purposely unassuming shell: two gigs of RAM and 1.2GHz processor.
Overall the smartphone is not smart enough to stand out from the crowd. There’s a very flat, glossy back, curved plastic sides and it’s generally very unassuming. There’s no crazy camera tech, eye-bleeding screen (it’s only 720p, pixel fans) or object-reading magic. But it will be priced to sell — just shy of 33 bucks (4,000 yen) per month.