VAIO's interesting Windows 10-based Phone Biz not coming to the US

VAIO's interesting Windows 10-based Phone Biz not coming to the US
Last week, VAIO announced its second smartphone ever: the Phone Biz. Unlike the company's first smartphone (from last year), which is based on Android and isn't particularly interesting, the new handset runs Windows 10, and offers relatively attractive features, as well as a premium build quality, being made out of metal.

VAIO mentioned that the Phone Biz would be available starting April in Japan, but it didn't say anything about other markets - until now. According to VAIO US, the company currently has no plans to launch the device stateside, despite the fact that it is selling laptops here. Most probably, since it's a new player in the smartphone space, for now, VAIO wants to sell handsets only in its home country (Japan).

Besides Windows 10 (which includes Cortana and Microsoft Continuum), the highlight features of the VAIO Phone Biz include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage space. In Japan, the new smartphone will cost around $430, unlocked. You can take a look at the VAIO Phone Biz in the slideshow below. It's a pity that Windows 10 phones like this one aren't widely available, isn't it?

source: VAIO (Twitter) via Windows Central



4. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Japan hates america

3. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

The fact there are a few other OEMs making W10 devices at all is reason to feel a little better as a MS OS fan. It will be nice to see if there is interest in the Japan market for this at it's decent price point. (I am guessing that is decent for the Japan market?) Heck, any good news....

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5830; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Even MS doesn't want to make W10 phones They need a new flagship ASAP The 950 and 950 XL were really disappointing to say the least And they need some new low and mid range W10 phones too

2. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The snapdragon 617 can support continuum? I very much doubt that.

5. mahima

Posts: 746; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

microsoft put s617 on supported list of continuum...see for yourself (if you want)

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Well, darn. I was hoping it would come to the US, as it was most likely going to be my next phone. Guess I have to still keep looking. -_-

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