First VAIO Smartphone Expected To Launch on March 12

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Sony originally sold the VAIO brand to Japan Industrial Partners almost a year ago and since then, there have been some indications that VAIO could launch two mid-end handsets. Now it's being reported that the new owner will unveil its first phone on March 12.

According to Blog of Mobile (via PhoneArena), the purported Vaio smartphone will feature a 5-inch FHD display and will run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. 

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First VAIO Smartphone Expected To Launch on March 12

The device is listed as carrying a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 chip clocked at 1.2GHz, alongside 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. There's also a 13-megapixel rear facing camera and 5-megapixel front facing camera. The device will reportedly run Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Sony sold off its VAIO PC brand earlier last year to investment firm Japan Industrial Partners, but it looks like the new owner might be interested in exploring the handset market. Apparently, Vaio will reportedly sell the smartphone via Japan Communication's sales channels, notes NDTVGadgets.

Back in December, a report from Japanese paper Nikkei had claimed that the company could announce a line of phones in the coming months. The device reportedly sports a 5-inch display, runs Android and will "feature an app that can manage email as well as phone and video calls all together," Nikkei said.

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