The Saygus Vphone V1 is slated for release as the third Android phone on Verizon. We know--who, what, and where is Saygus? Honestly, we wish we could tell you, we've never heard of the company until now. Saygus will be the third Android phone on Big Red (which is quickly becoming the home for Android devices) and was created through Verizon's own Open Development Program designed to make it easy to deliver Android handsets to Big Red's CDMA Network.

The specs are actually halfway decent and if it does really launch on Verizon, it'll certainly warrant a closer look.

  • 800x480 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen
  • 624 MHz Marvell processor (PXA 310)
  • 512 ROM / 256 RAM
  • 5 Megapixel autofocus camera with flash, front facing camera for video calling
  • GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, accelerometer, compass, FM Radio
  • 1500 mAh battery

What do you guys think of the purported third Verizon Android Phone?

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There are 29 comments

PerthNerd says:

errr looks more than a bit like a Droid lol

Omar says:

If you look closely.... The application launcher is very very similar to Sense UI

KMBass says:

Is it 2.0 or 1.6 or 1.5?

Zaggs says:

I thought this was a cheap knock off of the Droid. Though why the heck have the Droid, this and the Calgary as they all have the same form factor? Yes Omar I did notice to bottom looked Sensey

Anonymous says:

hmmm...looks like my droid

Anonymous says:

all verizon wireless smart phones require a data plan.. you can't activate one without it...

Anonymous says:

The same reason why there is the Blackberry Curve, Bold, Tour, Curve2, etc. Some cost less than others. This one looks like it may not require a data plan. But it being Wifi, you never know...

Anonymous says:

why wouldnt it require a data plan, its still an android phone. and isnt that how they allow you to get your cheap phone, they make more off the data plans so they can let you have your rebates.

Flipper says:

mhmhm the keyboard is preaty nice for me it seem better as the droids keyboard

and i hope it is not sense ui or a bad copy of it it would eat al the ressources and slow the phone down

Chris says:

Might be exactly what my wife wants if it is cheap and comes out soon.

AJQ69 says:

looks like a Droid

krifor03 says:

When is Verizon going to make a Android with dual network capability so I can get rid of this storm!? HEY VERIZON! your parent company uses GSM! and I travel, help a brother out...."do you know what I am saying"

RobKirsch says:

You said it. As soon as a quad-band version of the Droid comes to Verizon, I'm there. They apparently are marketing the very thing in Germany even as we speak. BUT there is no way to buy an unlocked unit from Germany and get it to run on Verizon (which I would do if it worked).

Anonymous says:

Front Facing Camera? I've heard that they have planned on using video over existing network infrastructure. Would be cool for a lot of people.

Anonymous says:

Android without a trackball is like a girl with no tits, useless.

Anonymous says:

Why would you need a trackball when you got touchscreen

tallbruva says:

Accuracy when typing/editing and some apps depending on how they were written.

NoleBerry says:

What about the HTC Passion? Is that phone still coming out?

Anonymous says:

Wow, talk about a gullible site. Is this post for real? It's not April Fools, is it?

Anonymous says:

DotCom Wireless will offer this phone fully functional without a data plan requirement, and without credit checks,

schlinger says:

Still waiting on a Verizon phone running Android without a physical keyboard. Anyone have any information when that will be?

Anonymous says:

Tablet Droid coming out early next year.

Adam says:

They have the eris out now

SharonW says:

I really don't think this is going to be a Verizon phone, although their site says they'll be going everywhere including stores. First of all, the company looks...um, ODD. The CEO, Chad Sayers, is also president of PSNet Communications. From their website:

"PSNet's live wireless streaming two-way mobile technology allows families, individuals, business and medical, military, governmental and security personnel access to high speed data information at low transfer speed rates, thus eliminating the need for high speed networks and network build-out normally required to access rich media."

Now look at the site link and notice format, also notice that the product mentioned there the "Nav" won the 2004 CES award for best new software. Also notice the words "eliminating the need for high speed networks."

http://psnet.cc/

Then go to the Saygus site (notice the exact same format) and also notice that it specifically says Linux software...nothing about Android. Sounds like the exact same thing from 2004. Android hadn't even been announced then even though Android is built on Linux kernel, right?

http://saygus.com/investor

This is the same product both sites have been hawking for some time under different names it would appear, the Nav and the V1.

Anonymous says:

Under this link it mentions the OS is Android...

http://saygus.com/v1

poopnasty says:

lol looks like a droid with a decent keyboard...droids board sucks.

to the guy waiting on an Android phone without a keyboard on verizon....why not just walkin and buy the one they have on the shelf rather than waiting?

Anonymous says:

Damnit, why must they butcher the qwerty keyboard so?

Look at ANY real keyboard (or the G1 for that matter) and you'll see that the keys are not lined up in a grid, they're staggered! Anyone who can touch type is used to the normal qwerty layout!

And yes, gimme back my trackball.

This is just another droid :/

Azeron says:

Guys! Hello! Are you paying attention? This phone is called the V Phone! The V does NOT stand for Verizon! It stands for video! Man! I can't believe how this site just brushed off the most important features of this phone: Two way video calling and the fact that it can be used as a Wi-Fi router (similar to the Novatel Mifi 2200. Dig this!

http://saygus.com/comm_v1

world's first two-way live video pcda
The Worlds First Smartphone/PCDA – Personal Communications Data Assistant – Real-Time Video, Internet, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, VMS- Video Messaging Service

Smartphone/PDA/Handset Features Offered by the Saygus V Phone™ or V1™

Smartphone/PDA/Handset PIMS (Personal Information Management System) i.e. Day Timer, Calendar, Address Book, Remote Save, etc.
MP3
Media Player
USB Sync Compatibility to PC
Voice Recorder
External Speaker
GPS
Full Color LCD WVGA Touch Screen
Saygus V Phone - V1™ Hardware/Software Features In Addition to Those Listed Above

2 way video calling
Android OS (Operating System) Offering Scores of New Applications
Saygus Propietary Real-Time, Two-Way Mobile Video Calling Software – 24 to 30 Frames Per Second (Movies Standards are 24 FPS)
512 MB Flash
256 MB SDRAM
624 MHz Processor
CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev. A
USB Host Port (Others have Client Port Only)
MicroSD Storage up to 16 GB SDHC
Modem Port (USB Modem Capable)
WiFi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR
Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)
Multi Media Player
GPS – Global Position Satellite System Capable
Services Available

Three-Year Extended Warranty – One Year Manufacturer’s and Two Years Extended Available For One-Time Fee
Remote Save Capability – Save ANY Information AND Live Video Calls Entered to Remote Servers and Protect Against Data Loss For Monthly Fee
Insurance – Protect Against Loss, Theft, or Out of Warrantee User Damage For Monthly Fee
VMS – Video Messaging Service Offering Video Messages Like Text Messaging for $2.99/Mo. Unlimited
As a hardware device, the V1™ is the first Low Cost, Low Bandwidth, Low Power, High Resolution Full Color OS Two-Way Video Calling Cell Phone offering Streaming Movies, Concerts and TV Episodes.

Using the V1 it is possible to be on the phone viewing Real-Time, Two-Way video transmissions, surfing the Internet and tracking your position via GPS simultaneously while sitting, walking or even traveling in a vehicle. Saygus's proprietary data formatting technology makes this possible.

Combining the stereo multimedia capabilities with the mobile Internet connection you may watch full-length DVD quality movies from anywhere within wireless range on the screen of the V1™ or play online games at your option.

With the computing power and the storage capability, and through the use of unique software, the V1™ can operate a myriad of personal computing functions such as:

Personal Calendaring
Personal Planner
Personal Phone Directory
Personal Financial Tracking
World Time Zones
World Maps
Personal Event Alarm
Notes Database
Online Games
Scientific Calculator
Downloadable Programs that Mirror Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook etc
The V1™ is the Personal Communications Assistant of the future. It is the first mobile device to combine all of these unique features into one handheld unit. To stay ahead of the competition, our engineers and designers are planning additional features in future models such as increased video decompression speeds, additional memory, more user friendly applications (apps) and faster processing speeds as well as future video communications that may well revolutionize the way the world communicates.

Anonymous says:

Yeah baby...yeah!!! Hurry up I want one!!