VAIO Phone Biz hands-on: the sleek Windows smartphone you (probably) can’t get (Video)

The arrival of Windows 10 Mobile has really brought the OEMs out of the woodwork, and Microsoft’s latest smartphone platform has been popping up on all manner of handsets – including from quite a few companies not usually on our short list of smartphone makers to follow. At MWC this year, those have included names like HP, but now we’re taking a moment to look at a phone that launch a few weeks back, as we go hands-on with VAIO’s new Phone Biz.

With a metal body, decent processing power, and the feather in the cap of any good W10M phone – Continuum support – the VAIO Phone Biz sounded pretty hot when we first heard it launch earlier this month. We might even be tempted to pick up this guy for ourselves if it weren’t for that annoying little issue of being a Japan-only release. And as we later learned, that situation didn’t look temporary, either, with VAIO revealing it had no plans for anything like US sales.

But that’s cool; we’re here at MWC with an open mind, and whether we can easily buy this hardware or not, we still want to spend a few moments getting to give it a spin for ourselves – even if we won’t be taking it home.

Looking at the hardware, we spot a few decisions we don’t really love, but it’s hard to deny that the phone’s oozing with style. Watch on to see just what we found out:

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!