Its a sleek enough looking handset, certainly, all glossy back plastic -- but if anything that serves to make it look rather nondescript. Secs are middling, too. There's 2GB of RAM, a 1.2GHz processor, five-inch 720p display, 13-megapixel camera and Android 5.0. Mercifully it comes free from bloatware, but the overall impression is one of a middle-of-the-road black tile to prod ones finger at.
It's no iPhone rival, then -- but it's worth remembering that Vaio itself is far, far smaller than the Sony brand it stems from. If it takes a little while to find its smartphone feet, so be it. The phone will be available in Japan from March 20 on a small carrier called b-mobile. It will cost $US33 per month to snag a phone with an unlimited data contract, or $US420 to buy one outright. Currently there's no word on when it might make an appearance internationally. [Engadget]