Announced today 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 aluminum frame it’s a fairly standard mid-range affair, though: a 5.5-inch 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.
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 $400, there’s no word on if or when it will become available further afield. Which, to be honest, may be just as well.