Originally Posted by Domino
Dual core phones today cost more then this.
A modern smartphone also has much more functionality in the real world. The addition of a built in GPS, mobile radio (3G or 4G on every device), and a slew of apps that take advantage of all of this makes a smart phone "smart". While specs compared to the Vita are inferior, the capabilities are superior.
Since they're different markets, you can't really compare prices. The technology stuffed into a modern smartphone is nothing short of stunning, and that helps to account for a little bit of the price difference. Also, the Vita requires proprietary memory cards and and game media, while smartphones do not. Smartphones today are a showcase of open-standards (Wifi, bluetooth, SD cards, 3G/4G(LTE), micro-USB, HDMI, etc.) The Vita is more than likely sold at a loss per unit with the hopes that the expenses will be recouped on games and multimedia purchases, while phones that are sold a la carte make a nice profit for the privilege of having them "unlocked."