We just started off the month looking forward to news of the first Windows 10 Mobile smartphone from VAIO, the once Sony-helmed brand generally known for sleek, fashionable, premium hardware. And while we didn’t let our expectations run away with us, the handset we ultimately saw launch was pretty respectable. It got a smart-looking metal build, some solid (if less than boundary-pushing) silicon within, and with support for Continuum, it looked ready to tackle the enterprise market. Maybe the only obvious downside was the questionable “Phone Biz” name. Well, that and the issue of whether or not many of us would ever be able to buy the smartphone. For while VAIO confirmed plans for Japanese sales, we didn’t know anything about efforts to bring the Phone Biz to markets abroad. Now we’re finally starting to get confirmation about the chances of other nations getting their hands on the model, and it’s not sounding particularly good.
Just the other day, the official VAIO US Twitter responded to an inquiry as to potential plans for a Phone Biz release over here. Much to our regret (but not particularly coming as a surprise), the company replied that “at this time there are no plans to bring VAIO Phone Biz to the US.”
Sure, that technically does leave the door open for future sales, and VAIO might end up changing its mind if it gets a solid response to the Phone Biz in Japan, but right now we’ve got no particular reason to feel optimistic about that happening.
We know, there will be other Windows 10 Mobile phones that make their way to our retail shelves; our VAIO dreams were just just not meant to be.