This Sony prototype could have changed Android as we know it

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Among the brands that sell premium smartphones in Spain, Sony is one of the most prestigious. Despite not selling the volume of brands such as Samsung or Xiaomi, it is usually a company with great emphasis on device design, a practice that it has consistently carried out on its mobiles even before Android existed.

In addition to its good work in design, it has also been known for being a brand that has taken risks in innovation, being one of the first to bet on water resistance, compact high-end mobiles or even being a forerunner of gaming smartphones with products. like the Xperia Play. Today we know a new prototype of a mobile that, had it reached the market, could have been revolutionary.

This mobile could have changed Android as it was 10 years ago

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In XDA Developers they have been able to access a prototype of a Sony mobile that never saw the light. It is a mobile whose brand would have been Sony Ericsson VAIO (like the brand of computers that Sony had at the time) and that seemed focused on being one of the best mobile phones in terms of productivity.

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This prototype stands out for having a sliding physical keyboard that, unlike those that were common at the time, the size of the keys was more similar to that of a laptop than a mobile. This terminal could also tilt its screen and remain prostrate on a table, again offering a pocket computer experience.

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Today a 5.5-inch screen is not a big deal, and even more than one might find it scarce (for example, to those who write these lines) but in 2010 there was nothing like it. We are talking about a time when the iPhone had a 3.5-inch screen and was considered by many to be “the perfect size”, while mobiles such as the Galaxy S or Xperia X10 with 4 inches became large terminals.

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To put the magnitude of its screen size into context, the Galaxy Note that came on the market at the end of the following year consolidated itself as a controversial mobile due to its excessive size (a 5.3-inch screen), while iPhone users they could not enjoy a similar screen size until the end of 2014, the year in which the 5.5 inches already began to be considered as something common in most mobile brands.

The Sony VAIO with Android did not finally see the light of day, but we are sure that it could have become a reference range for the most enthusiastic Android users.

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