According to The Information, Sony may be prepping a new Windows Phone handset in 2014. The company has seen some success with its stylish Xperia line of Android-powered smartphones, and given their capabilities and pricing, could be set to give Nokia and Microsoft a run for their money.
The article goes further to say that the devices (there’s been prototype level hardware, at the least) could fall under the company’s Vaio brand, with Xperia remaining the realm of Google’s Android operating system.
It wouldn’t be the first time Sony had experimented with exciting new designs in its Vaio line (we super really ultra loved the Vaio P, despite its hellishly slow processor), and the Vaio branding fits with Microsoft’s overall strategy of Windows convergence between mobile, desktop, and Xbox product lines.
There’s no guarantee the products will ever see the light of day, but given Microsoft’s desperation to see Windows Phone succeed (including asking HTC to make its Android products dual-boot Windows Phone, and reducing licensing of the software to $0 for some products), we’d bet it’s more likely that at least one Vaio smartphone will leak out of the partnership.