Sony Ericsson era VAIO mobile phone prototype exposure: using a sliding full keyboard design

There has been a rumors on recently that Sony Ericsson was developing an Android phone under the VAIO brand, but the phone was never listed. Facts have proved that the news is true, and now the prototype of the aircraft has been exposed.

Foreign media XDA has obtained high-quality photos of the Sony VAIO prototype, confirming its existence. According to reports, the VAIO mobile phone has a 5.5-inch screen with a hinged side sliding QWERTY keyboard design, reminiscent of HTC Swift, with the Android navigation buttons on phones of that period .

It is reported that the prototype uses a two-stage hinge mechanism. The display is first spread out and then tilted upwards to reveal a full-size keyboard with comfortable button spacing and a full sense of travel. Despite the limited space, the machine even has a second set of Android keys, dedicated search keys and function keys on the left side of the space bar.

On the back, the Sony Ericsson VAIO prototype has a striking VAIO brand logo in the center, and a small Sony Ericsson logo next to the single rear camera and flash at the top. There are even four rubber feet at the bottom to increase friction. In terms of connectivity, the device has a headphone jack on the front and a mini USB port on the rear edge.

It is reported that the machine is running Android 2.1 Eclair.

It is not yet certain why Sony cut off this device, perhaps because it appeared too early, because the mobile computing power and Android platform were not so powerful in 2010, which limited its attractiveness as a notebook replacement.

IT Home learned that Sony Ericsson, or Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, was established in October 2001 with a 50% investment from Sony Corporation of Japan and Ericsson of Sweden, which mainly produces mobile phone products.

After 2007, under the pressure of the rise of smart phones in the market, the company’s feature phones gradually lost the market, and the company’s operations slipped into the quagmire of losses. After half a year of negotiations, on October 27, 2011, the two parent companies of Sony and Ericsson reached an agreement for Sony to pay Ericsson 1.05 billion euros ($1.47 billion). The former bought Sony Ericsson from Ericsson. On February 15, 2012, a subsidiary of Sony Mobile Communications was established. Sony Ericsson has since died and officially withdrew from the market. After Ericsson withdrew from the mobile terminal business, it changed to focus on 2G, 3G and 4G mobile communication networks and professional services in the communication market.

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