A small company might make a big noise in the Android market: the Saygus Vphone will be a high-end smartphone with a large touchscreen, sliding keyboard, and a video-conferencing camera.
That camera will be what sets this device apart from its competitors. Unlike users of the Motorola Droid, the Vphone will be able to make face-to-face video calls.
It will be an option for Verizon subscribers in the next few months.
An Overview of the Saygus Vphone
In many ways, this upcoming smartphone will resemble both the Motorola Droid and the Nokia N900. It have a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen with a WVGA (800 x 480) resolution. This will slide aside to reveal a 4-row QWERTY keyboard.
The Vphone will be able to access Verizon’s 3G mobile broadband network using EV-DO Rev. A, plus it will have Wi-Fi b/g, stereo Bluetooth v2.0+EDR, a GPS receiver, and an FM radio tuner.
This device is going to be able to combine two of its wireless features and as a Wi-Fi router. This will allow it to share its Internet connection with up to 8 other computers.
In addition to its front-facing VGA camera, it is also going to have a 5 MPx rear-facing one with auto-focus and flash.
As an Android-based model, this phone will have a highly-functional web browser, and include tie-ins to a number of Google’s online services, like Gmail, Calendar, and Google Maps. There is also a rapidly growing collection of third-party software available for this operating system.
It is going to run Google’s OS on a 624 MHz processor, with 256 MB of RAM.
Other features of the Saygus Vphone will include a microSD memory card slot, 3D accelerometer, and digital compass.
Physically, this model will be 4.6 inches wide, 2.3 inches tall, and 0.8 inches thick.
It will have a 1500 mAh battery, which Saygus says will be good for 7 hours of talk time, 4 hours of video calling, or 8 hours of music playback.
Pricing & Availability
The Saygus Vphone is scheduled for release early next year. It will be an option for Verizon users, but not one offered by this carrier. This phone will be part of a program that lets third-party phone makers sell models directly to the public that have been certified for use on Verizon’s network. Customers will then be responsible for getting service separately.
Pricing has not yet been announced.