Saygus VPhone to Be Verizon's First Open Development Handset
Today Saygus told Phone Scoop that its V1 Android handset -- to be branded as the VPhone -- will be Verizon Wireless' first Open Development Initiative handset. The V1 boasts some impressive specs, and is just "days" away from certification on Verizon's network. The stand-out feature of the VPhone is going to be a video sharing service that will allow two people to share a live, two-way video feed. It will also be able to act as a Wi-Fi router, similar to the Novatel MiFi. According to the Saygus web site, the VPhone has a 3.5-inch, 800 x 480 pixel, high resolution capacitive touch display. It is powered by a 624MHz processor, has a 5 megapixel main camera and a VGA camera that faces users. It supports EVDO Rev. A, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, accelerometer, digital compass and microSD cards up to 32GB. The device is a sideways slider that has a full QWERTY keyboard. Saygus said that because the VPhone is an ODI device, it won't be beholden to some of the restrictions placed on Verizon's regular handsets and it will support applications such as VoIP via the 3G network. Saygus believes the device will be available late 2009 or early 2010 through most of Verizon's sales channels. The VPhone was recently approved by the FCC.
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