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The first VAIO smartphone might get unveiled on March 12

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The first VAIO smartphone might get unveiled on March 12
Remember when Sony sold off its VAIO brand? Well, ever since then we've been hearing certain rumors through the grapevine, most of which claimed that Japan Industrial Partners, the buyer of the brand, is intending to launch its own line of devices, including smartphones, bearing the VAIO name. 

It seems that a few VAIO phones have just popped up in benchmarks, giving us a sneak peek at some of the probable specs. 

One of them, which is pinned to be announced on March 12, seemingly comes with a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chipset, humming at 1.2GHz. 

We also have 2GB of RAM on board, 16GB of native storage, a 5-inch 720p display, a 13MP camera at the back, and a 5MP one right up front. The device is powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Expect additional information about this phone once March 12 nears.

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posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:00 7

1. TheHossein (Posts: 93; Member since: 27 Sep 2014)


I Missed Vaio , Why Sony , Why ??
Never mind , Just Do Not Do The Same Thing With Xperia !

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 11:34 1

15. MuddyCow (Posts: 67; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


VAIO = Overpriced midrange devices, and some of them were awful like the Vaio Tap, or Duo. I dont get why you miss them so much.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 12:31 4

16. TheHossein (Posts: 93; Member since: 27 Sep 2014)


Yes , They were "Overpriced" but I like their designs and the quality and even the brand (Both sony and vaio) ! Ofcource this is my opinion .

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 13:47 2

20. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


The vaio pro and flip were amazing devices. And also the Duo one though it was very expensive. But the thing is that almost all good laptops are very ugly now that Vaio is gone... And I don't wanna buy a Mac because I want windows :p

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 14:06

22. jack123 (Posts: 185; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


You can still use bootcamp to boot windows or any OS, and there couple virtual machines that you can use on mac. Just saying.

posted on 27 Feb 2015, 00:25

34. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yeah but it's not the same thing. It won't work so well on a mac plus I want a touch screen it really is great with Windows 8 and 10.

posted on 27 Feb 2015, 01:09 1

35. Krjal (Posts: 226; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


As a graphic designer I just like the logo. It's got some of the best symbolism while still being readable.
Notice how it goes from an analogue waveform to digital (binary) across the logo? VA to IO. I love it!

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 12:39 2

17. itsjustJOH (Posts: 232; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


It was unprofitable anymore.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:04

2. Chuck007 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Stop he's already dead!

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:12 2

3. heysamad (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


I might consider it if they price it well.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:15

4. sherkhan (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


Why Android...Vaio should come with a New OS, like Sony Used in their Vita and PS... Bored of android ...Right from 50$ to 700$ , there are thousands of android phones which are similar in look and to use...

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:34 7

5. heysamad (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


I disagree. Android has a variety of phones that differ in screen sizes, performance, software features, design(waterproof, plastic, glass, metal).

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 11:27 1

14. Wiencon (Posts: 1762; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


VAIO should come with WP, with release of W10 it would be smart to launch new series of smartphones with it.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 14:20

23. sgodsell (Posts: 3219; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


WP doesn't support 64 bit CPUs yet? So why put WP on a device that currently won't support 64 bit ARM CPUs? It doesn't make sense. At least Android can use and take advantage of 64 bit processors today. Not to mention the Android ecosystem is vast (1,5 million apps) compared to WP's smaller ecosystem.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 16:33

26. theguy2345 (Posts: 1182; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


I'm not sure if it does. There is a phone planned with a SD 810, so if it doesn't have it right now, it will get support in the near future.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 17:32

28. sgodsell (Posts: 3219; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


WP currently does not support a 64 bit Cortex-A57/A53 CPUs, which the SD 810 is this class of CPU. So then why even mention putting WP on a Cortex-A57 or for that matter a Cortex-A53, which this Vaio device is using a 410 CPU which is a A53 class CPU. WP will have to be updated, and a new release of WP will have to support these 64 bit ARM class of CPUs.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 18:16

29. theguy2345 (Posts: 1182; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


Actually, I looked it up and it does support 64 bit. There is a phone coming with a SD 410. So it has the support.

http://wmpoweruser.com/alcatel-pop-2-windows-phone-is-the-first-windows-phone-with-a-64bit-processor/

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 20:48

32. sgodsell (Posts: 3219; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


When you go to the Alcatel website they list the processor as Quad core 1.2 Ghz processor. They don't tell you what its using. Also there is Android versions of the same Alcatel Pop 2 with quad core 1.2 Ghz 410 CPU as well. Also its only sold in China.

http://www.alcatelonetouch.com/global-en/products/smartphones/pop-2-4-windows.html#.VO_YtI73-ix

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 21:02

33. theguy2345 (Posts: 1182; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


It's like the M8 for windows. Exact same phone, but with a different OS.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 13:57

21. theguy2345 (Posts: 1182; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


The vita has a proprietary OS because it is built from the ground up for gaming (thus why it is so great at it). But anything else on the vita is just terrible. And making an all-around OS from the ground up is difficult. It isn't going to happen for every device, or every device. Or even every OEM.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:34 1

6. r41nier (Posts: 70; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Should have been Windows Phone since it's a VAIO

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 14:25

24. sgodsell (Posts: 3219; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Its using a 64 bit ARM CPU. So smarty pants, how is WP suppose to take advantage of a 64 bit ARM CPU, when WP DOESN'T support 64 bit CPUs today? However Android does support 64 bit CPUs already with lollipop.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 19:06 1

30. r41nier (Posts: 70; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Maybe you didn't get the "should have been" part of my post? VIAO devices when it was with Sony used Windows. Xperia was for Android.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:48 2

7. madmikepr (Posts: 136; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


Sony STOP the mid-Range Phones Please
If It Your Last Breath Go All In Die With Respect!!!

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:50 9

8. mixedfish (Posts: 1152; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


LOL Sony has nothing to do with this.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 13:41 2

19. Rydsmith (Posts: 507; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Did you even try and read the article or was the stupidity too strong?

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 17:09 1

27. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1989; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


the vaio Smartphone is not coming from Sony,..lol.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 10:04

9. greenelektron (Posts: 529; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Yes, if the price is right!

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 10:06

10. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Xperia z2 is that you?

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 11:03

13. buccob (Posts: 2512; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Xperia Z2 lite.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 10:43

11. isprobi (Posts: 626; Member since: 30 May 2011)


Just what the world needs another mid-level Android phone. Some phone maker needs to come up with new innovation. Or maybe they should just hold back on things like larger screens until the customers think it is innovative when they finally get it.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 10:49 1

12. carlemillward (unregistered)


If it runs stock android, and is priced cheaper than Sony...

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 12:49

18. Rhinoface (Posts: 176; Member since: 05 Dec 2014)


I'd buy it.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 16:07

25. Af1rPA (Posts: 667; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


If it looks like the Xperia Z line then I will pass.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 20:00

31. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1989; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


VAIO is one of the best specs from sony this one just killed it...

posted on 27 Feb 2015, 01:17

36. ERIK05 (Posts: 20; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)


I think they missed the train with VAIO phones. they should've done that 7 years ago when the brand still had prestige. The only people that remember VAIO as a cool brand are not cool any more. they're mostly 30-40 year olds. not the best demographic for new/hip phones

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