The VAIO Phone Biz Is A Sleek Windows Phone That Nobody Needs

The VAIO Phone Biz Is a Sleek Windows Phone That Nobody Needs

As all around it others realise that Windows phones might be on the way out, the Sony off-shoot VAIO has proudly unveiled a new handset that runs Windows 10. Announced yesterday in Japan, the Phone Biz — what a name! — is certainly more stylish than the middle-of-the-road black slab that constituted VAIO's first stab at a smartphone. Beneath the sleek silver aluminium frame it's a fairly standard mid-range affair, though: a 5.5" 1080p LCD, 13 megapixel camera, Snapdragon 617 chip and 3GB of RAM. It supports the Windows Continuum mode too, allowing you to use it with a desktop display.

The VAIO Phone Biz Is a Sleek Windows Phone That Nobody Needs

But the fact remains that it's a Windows phone in a world where Windows phones are, seemingly, dying. Launching in Japan at a cost of ¥50,000, which is about $595, there's no word on if or when it will become available further afield. Which, to be honest, may be just as well.

The VAIO Phone Biz Is a Sleek Windows Phone That Nobody Needs

[The Verge]


    Well maybe this is an attempt for windows to remain relevant off the desktop.

    Maybe it is an attempt for sony to maintain relevance in the mobile market.

    We need to ask, why aren't developers making apps for windows phones?
    Why not just use webapps and mobile versions of desktop programs (apps) why the need for architecture specific apps, isn't that why web browsers were created?

    Lets kill the i-os vs A-os rivalry and make platform agnostic apps.

    Given Win Mobile has for years rated as the most secure of phone OSs.. and given there's a plethora of programs out there available for Windows from WinMobile CE right up to the current device, I can only assume its because Win phones aren't cool enough.

    I bailed on my HTC and went to a Pidion phone then jumped ship to Android purely for the larger screen size(s) but regret the choice. Wndows was something I understood, the freeware wasn't the badgerware Android seems to attract, and they work well.

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