VAIO says it has "no plans" to offer its new 'Phone Biz' with Windows 10 Mobile in the US

Last week, VAIO - the independent company created when Sony sold off its PC business - unveiled the 'Phone Biz', a new handset running Windows 10 Mobile. As its name suggests, the handset is aimed at business buyers - but it seems that those in the US hoping to get their hands on its aluminum body won't be given that opportunity.

As Windows Central spotted, VAIO's Twitter team responded to a recent enquiry regarding availability of the device there, saying that "there are no plans" to offer the device in the United States.

Of course, those who are especially determined to own the device in the US may be able to import it via unofficial means, but it seems that VAIO itself has no intention of bringing the device there anytime soon.

The handset's key specs include:

  • 5.5-inch LCD with Full HD (1920x1080px) resolution
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor (1.5GHz + 1.2GHz)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB storage (plus microSD card support up to 64GB)
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 4G LTE connectivity (bands 1, 3, 8, 19, 21)
  • microUSB 2.0
  • Mono speaker
  • GPS
  • 2800mAh battery
  • 156.1 x 77 x 8.3mm; 167g

The Japanese manufacturer has so far only announced pricing in its home market, where it will cost ¥50,000 JPY (around $425 USD) when it goes on sale in April. Despite ruling out a US launch, it's not yet clear if VAIO plans to offer the device in any other markets.

Source: @VAIO_US via Windows Central

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