The Japan-based VAIO has stated they will unveil a new smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile this coming Thursday, February the 4th. This marks an interesting turn of event for the flagging Windows 10 Mobile OS that has seen its fortune breach a new low in recent times.
The above piece of information can be considered as the culmination of the announcement VAIO had made in October 2015 when it had first revealed its intentions of coming up with a Windows 10 smartphone. However, there weren’t a whole lot of information revealed back then, and the company is still holding its cards close to its chest.
There were no prototypes of the device revealed either, and the only bits and pieces that we know of is that the elusive phone from VAIO will be aimed at the business segment. Further, the Windows phone will be sporting mid-range specs but will have support for the Continuum for phone feature. What this means is that the least the VAIO will have at its core is a Snapdragon 617 chip.
The Feb. 4 event will be graced by VAIO’s President Ota Yoshimi, Microsoft’s Japanese president Takuya Hirano and NTT DoCoMo’s Managing Director Takagi Kazuhiro.
VAIO had so far kept themselves restricted to high-end laptops that have continued with the Sony legacy of being high on quality while still delivering on the performance front.
As for Windows 10 Mobile, this would mark the second manufacturer from Japan to come up with a Windows phone. Earlier NuAns had showcased its Neo smartphone at CES 2016 which came to be known for the dual tone rear cover.
The development should also be heartening for Microsoft in view of the dearth of OEM expressing support for the Windows OS. Even long-time OEM partners that have been collaborating with it in manufacturing PCs haven’t evinced much interest in coming up with a phone running Windows.
Acer is the only other frontline company that has announced launching a Windows phone – the Liquid Jade Primo. It’s flagship stuff from the Taiwanese manufacturer and does have the looks and feel to match.
However, as has always been the case with Windows phones, the one thing that can make or break the device is its OS. While Microsoft sure has shown its commitment to improving things time and again, which also includes the launch of Build 10586.71 to Insiders in the Fast Lane, what remains to seen next is whether Windows 10 Mobile lives up to what its makers have envisaged it to be.