VAIO among Japanese companies planning to release Windows 10 Mobile phones

Microsoft wants to see Windows 10 Mobile succeed worldwide, including in Japan. The company announced that a number of Japanese smartphone makers will launch devices with Windows 10 Mobile. That includes VAIO, the former Sony subsidiary which is already making Windows 10 PC devices since its spin-off.

During Microsoft Japan's press event, VAIO said it would officially reveal its Windows 10 Mobile phone sometime in 2016. Specific details about the phone are scarce, but it will reportedly support Microsoft Continuum feature that will allow the phone to be used like a Windows 10 PC.

VAIO will be joined by other companies like Acer, which has already announced its Jade Primo phone with Windows 10 Mobile for a launch in 2016. Another partner is Mouse Computer, which previously released the MADOSMA phone with Windows Phone 8.1. The other companies with Windows 10 Mobile plans include Freetel, Thirdwave and NuAns.

Source: K-tai.Impress.co.jp; Via: GForGames

John Callaham
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  • Sony's ex wife?
  • Lol !
  • ROTFL!
  • More like Sony's adopted child given that Sony still owns a considerable share of VAIO...not to mention Sony kept ownership of the VAIO brand lol
  • What I don't understand is why wcentral only covered the vaio one.. The other OEMs have good looking phones too. I like the look of the weird two toned one with wood print? For pics go to wmpoweruser.com
  • The more OEM's the better, but VAIO still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
  • Why did you eat it?
  • You beat me. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Why'd he beat you for?  Were you being bad?
  • By one second
  • Maybe he's starving, lol
  • I think any plastic components would taste nasty. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Here, have a MENTOS.
  • I heard Spectre tastes better. try that next time.
  • ill be moving to japan next year so ill buy a phone for sure. :D
  • This could be a very nice phone. Curious.
  • Looks like we gonna have a VAIO windowsphone after all
  • Yeah, but not Sony Mobile, I'd really like an Xperia Z5 Premium with WM10 :S
  • So that when the connector covers fall apart because of crappy quality Sony says that the warranty doesn't cover it like they did with my Z1 and Z3? No thanks. Ericsson made the old Sony tank phones, now they are just a nice piece of glass with metal corners that breaks way too easily (Damn you Apple for setting that trend!!!) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • With that level of support, I'd rather not having Sony onboard at all. They needed 3 effing months to fix my friend's leaked Xperia which was marketed to be submersible. And they didn't extend the warranty for that! Their pathetic sales is caused by no other than that pathetic support.
  • Vaio CLIÉ
  • Oh... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • All good news. I believe windows 10 is helping peoples curiosity about windows 10 mobiles. In fact the devices event was amazingly received by many. Microsoft is now beginning to be a major hardware name after surface pro and now book. Microsoft is definately on the lips of more people recently.
  • It's just too bad Microsoft can't get its act together with releases. We STILL don't have a date for the new Lumias.
  • Wasn't it late November or early December? 2nd December I think. I read somewhere in a WC article. Or maybe it was for launch of W10M. Don't recall exactly.
  • Microsoft Store told me October 26. Also some people were saying that the 950 is not available in US just XL.  That can't be true because when I pre-ordered they asked me, 950 or 950XL? White or Black? Those were the choices. ALso where before the pre-ordering was "free of charge" by the time i got to the store they updated their terms to require a $25.00 to reserve the phone.  Since I wanted to upgrade my Lumia 1020 to a faster processor I just took the plunge. The only big disappointment i have with the 1020 is how they never improved the camera speed from sleep to on (around 5~8 seconds) and the length it takes to take a picture. (2 ~ 4 seconds).  Of course my 1020 will be my back up in the event I break the 950XL. Counting the days. ._.
  • 25$?  Really?  I reserved the Band2, 950 and 950XL for free!... no white 950 available to me in Canada though
  • The 26th is for the new Surface devices (SP4 and Book). The 30th is the Band 2. At the devices presentation, they simply said it would be sometime in November.
  • We got a generic November date for the new Lumias and a generic December date for W10M on current devices (with no statement of which devices will be when).
  • Sounds great but it would be nice if they had Sony, Samsung, LG and all the big players make awesome phones.  
  • I could never see Samsung take Windows Phone seriously but I would love Sony to release a phone. Hopefully, the Vaio will be a good looking phone.
  • Well, VAIO's are the only good looking Sony's. So my hopes are high for a good looking phone.
  • Isn't VAIO Sony's upscale line?
  • No. Sony and vaio are no longer linked. Sony sold vaio. Don't forget Sony are still in financial trouble.
  • It's good to hear of more 3rd party options.  I was just looking today for any mention of other companies making new phones for W10m.  I just wish it was more along than this though.  I would love to see a Sony W10m device. I am intrigued about the 950xl, especially if Tmobile carries it, but having other style choices is certainly welcome.
  • Well all I hope it's they are sold well, commercials and such. not just make them with no effort, with low specs and overpriced based on that. Then on the store they would be almost on the storage, where nobody will see them and then call them EOL because they aren't sold because even with all I said, someone comes to the store "oh I want the new Vaio Windows Mobile" and then some idiot from the store "oh no they suck, better pick this Android phone" you know, the typical day for a Windows Mobile Phone soul.    
  • Yeah, people who do that should be fired, they don't work for apple of Microsoft (or Sony, Samsung etc.), so they shouldn't be biased, just sell what the customer wants.
  • I used to think that the OS needed to catch up in terms of features but Windows 10 is there now. People are blind to anything outside their own ecosystems to even care about another OS anymore.They defend their phone OS just to validate their choices but something like a Surface phone made with the same quality/aesthetic might be enough to start changing the perception W10 has, especially with the positive attention that line has been getting. I like the new lumias coming but if a Surface phone "surfaces" and is a genuine part of the surface line, people are going to take notice.
  • Gabriel Aul ‏@GabeAul  1 hour ago Hey #WindowsInsiders, we have a new build for Mobile going live now - 10549.
  • Try to keep up please Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You forgot the "You need to Rollback to 8.1 before you can get 10549" part.
  • SO MUCH YES.
  • I want Dell to come back.....
  • Well...let's see if that happens. I recall announcements time and again of LG also making WP devices and the only thing that ever showed up was that US (Verizon?) budget phone.
  • The Lancelot.
  • @DJCBS, good point. There have certainly been a lot of so-and-so is on board, only to see nothing or only a partial effort by the "partner". I hope that was more indicative of Balmer's posturing and not something under Nadella's new culture, but old habits die hard and tough to say how much of any of that was ever really Balmer's fault. If think one (of many) good things about MS' strategy with Windows 10, is that the halo effect of good press on Windows 10 and Surface hardware should help these other devices. There's at least enough here for me to remain optimistic.
  • I believe vaio W10M will look stunning. I assume it would be slim and something like surface phone concept. 
  • I have owned vaio laptops almost exclusively for the past 14 years and have had no problems. Love the way they look and perform despite one that had the cpu/gpu performance switch because of driver support for windows 8. I would Def consider a w10 phone from vaio.
  • I still use the vaio tap 11 which was a direct competitor to the original surface pro. They could Def rival a surface phone. They were always a little pricey, though but worth it.
  • I can't help but notice the "anus" logo on the top right of the white square.
  • Strange...pigs started to fly...
  • I will wait for these phones to come out before considering MS flagships. Meanwhile I am happy with my wp8.1.2 Lumia 640 dual sim.
  • Samsung's turn Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • W10M has a great future. this is just the beginning.
  • Vary Noice
  • I think more oems are starting to see the future oportunity that Continuum offers them.... enterprise sales! If intel can get their #%&@ together in mobile with <5w Atom x7 or Core M3 with wifi, gps, bluetooth & modem on a single chip, then a surface phone with x86 compatitbility when docked becomes a real possibility. If this happens, that is when I believe you will see alot of oems jump onboard WP, especially Microsoft's old Pocket PC oems.  The majority of the enterprise market does not participate in BYOD due to security concerns or mobile management costs to lock down those devices. These companies buy both phones & laptops/desktops for their employees. WP OEMs would be able to offer phones to the enterprise market that compaines could deploy to their employees and replace both their employees phones + workstations. Unlike Android & IOS phones, this would be a smartphone that has full file system access, drive & file encryption, mouse & keyboard support, can domain join, drop into existing MS intune IT infrastructure, has vpn support, can run existing x86 buisness apps + desktop Office + desktop IE/Chrome for legacy support + CRM/Salesforce apps. The PC in your pocket would become reality.
  • Amazing amount of interest in windows phone... This is all great news! I certainly hope that so many partners will enable a rapid increase of market share. WP needs a10% share minimum to get the app developers to start taking the market seriously... Here's to hope!
  • I'd buy a VAIO phone.
  • Let's hope at least VAIO invest in an Windows 10 Mobile waterproof handset
  • I wouldn't mind having a VAIO win 10 phone.
  • I hope it comes with Windows Hello.
  • Oooooh! A Vaio phone? Living the dream, guys! The high-end Vaios were wonderful (or in my experience they were anyway, and I love my current Vaio Flip 14, gorgeous design, high specced, and they use the same pen tech as Surface so I can interchange the pens which is ace) and if they can bring the same high end design to a phone I'd be interested. Of course, this would require them to release them outside of Japan so we'll have to see... The more OEMs the better in general though, Windows 10 mobile is looking like it could have a pretty exciting 2016.  
  • I'll believe it when I see the devices excluding Acer.
  • First make drivers for your old Vaio Laptop to support Windows 10 (and your customers) and then make Windows Phone 10.
  • Ooh here's hoping for a universal PSN App!
  • I can see Windows 10 Mobile gaining market shares in Japan. If MS can tell their OEM partners to heavily advertise the mobile Continuum feature, I believe it can take off as the Japanese love to have much smaller products and having their phone as a computer is very handy.
  • Well Android is fighting a losing battle against iOS in Japan, where iOS market share is over 60% and growing.  OEMs are desparate in looking at alternatives and get a different angle of attack to the market because obviously adopting Andriod doesn't cut it, MS must leverage this desparation of the OEMs and get aggressive in the Japanese market, which would in turn help their position in other Asian regions because a lot of what is holding young Asians from switching to Windows Phone is the lack of Japanese mobile phone games.
  • Sugoi na!!
  • Here's what I already know about the VAIO phone; I can't afford it.
  • cool, im hopeing for a metal body phone without a pretruding camera hope this might be it.
  • VAIO has a good reputation for being a premium laptop maker but has not maintained it for a very long time. If they will make a phone, I am pretty sure it will be in the premium bracket. Curious to know what kind of a Windows Mobile they will offer in the table come 2016.
  •    Hopefully, this means a W10M version of the Z series.
  • Xperia W phone
  • VAIO's plastic phone is a major fail. PREMIUM is the key~ Posted via the Windows Central App for Android