November 6, 2009


According to Saygus, Verizon will have three Android based devices by 2010. Wait, Saygus who? Unknown American Mobile phone company Saygus has published a press statement on their own website, not explicitly about themselves, implying that they will release an Android device with Verizon early in the New Year. A FCC filing shows the Saygus VPhone V1 is available online and the deal with Verizon seems to stem from Verizon’s Open Development program;

The Open Development program is supposed to make it quick, cheap, and easy to get devices onto the Verizon Wireless CDMA network. As part of the program, vendors must conform to a set of standard features, including phone location capabilities that can meet the E911 emergency standard, over-the-air activation capabilities, and support for SMS text messaging. (See Verizon Reveals ‘Open Access’ Details.)

The device in question is not the best looking thing we’ve seen, but it does offer a slide out QWERTY keyboard and a selection of decent mid range specifications to keep Android lovers entertained. Specification information is available after the jump. Furthermore, it should offer “MiFi”, allowing the device to act as a personal WiFi router ideal for when users are on the road.

  • Marvell PXA 310, 624MHz
  • Flash: 512 MB ; SDRAM: 256 MB ; Mass Storage up to 16GB SDHC
  • 116.5 mm x 59.5 mm x 20.3 mm
  • 3.5-inch capacitive touch-sensitive screen; 800 x 480 (WVGA) resolution
  • CDMA2000 EV-DO REV A
  • Slide-out 4-row QWERTY keyboard
  • WiFi 802.11b/g (MicroAP, Infrastructure, Ad-Hoc)
  • Bluetooth v2.0+EDR
  • Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)
  • 5 MP main camera with auto focus and flash; VGA forward facing camera
  • Barrty Capacity: 1500 mAh
  • MicroSD™ card up to 32GB when available
  • Video Telephony
  • GPS / A-GPS E911
  • 3D Accelerometer (G-sensor)
  • Digital Compass
  • USB 2.0 OTG / USB Mass Storage / USB Charging
  • FM Radio
James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.
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