The first VAIO smartphone might get unveiled on March 12

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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36 Comments

1. TheHossein

Posts: 93; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

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

15. MuddyCow

Posts: 90; Member since: Oct 09, 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.

16. TheHossein

Posts: 93; Member since: Sep 27, 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 .

20. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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

22. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 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.

34. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

35. Krjal

Posts: 426; Member since: Dec 19, 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!

17. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

It was unprofitable anymore.

2. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Stop he's already dead!

3. heysamad

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

I might consider it if they price it well.

4. sherkhan

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 02, 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...

5. heysamad

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

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

14. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

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

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7220; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

26. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 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.

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7220; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

29. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 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/

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7220; Member since: Mar 16, 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

33. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

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

21. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 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.

6. r41nier

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Should have been Windows Phone since it's a VAIO

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7220; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

30. r41nier

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

7. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

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

8. mixedfish

Posts: 1552; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

LOL Sony has nothing to do with this.

19. Rydsmith unregistered

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

27. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

9. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Yes, if the price is right!

10. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Xperia z2 is that you?

13. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Xperia Z2 lite.

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