VAIO, now independent of Sony, unveils its first smartphone

Now free from the shackles of of Sony, VAIO have released their very first smartphone as an independent company. Launching in Japan on March 20, the VAIO Phone is endowed with a five-inch display, Android 5.0, 13-megapixel camera, two gigs of RAM and a 1.2GHz processor. VAIO is calling its glossy, curved style “simple and stylish” and is set to priced at a not-so-appealing $420 USD.

Critics have also pointed out that the VAIO Phone bears a striking resemblance to Panasonic‘s Eluga U2, which is available for a fraction of its clone’s price.