Exactly two months ago today we broke news that a shy new Android device aimed for Verizon was approved by the FCC, and it certainly got us curious. Especially considering this was immediately following the release of the Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris, we were thinking this could be the next big device in the Droid line. While we still don’t know that last part for sure, it looks as though the mysterious device is finally ready to show itself off.
Called the VPhone by a company by the name of Saygus, it appears it’s trying to make waves as the first video conferencing phone available in the US. Not only does Saygus claim the video calling works great on 3G, but it’s halfway decent on EDGE as well.
Video calling to this day still seems to be a naughty word for most US carriers, which worry that such phones would make like an iPhone and eat up a lot of available bandwidth, and the major carriers don’t want to use up any more bandwidth than is necessary on such devices or applications. However Saygus is saying that the max allowed bandwidth of 5GB would be enough to support 10,000 minutes of video calling on the VPhone.
Seems a bit hard to swallow, but we look forward to being shown otherwise. Some other specs on the VPhone include:
- 5 MP Camera with AF and flash
- Forward facing camera for video calls
- Marvell 624 MHz processor
- 3.5″ WVGA capacitive touchscreen
- Video calling res: 30 fps on 3G, 18-22 fps on EDGE
- 512 MB Flash memory and 256 MB RAM; MicroSD allows up to 16 GB SDHC
- 7 hours talk time and 250 hours standby
- 1500 mAh Li-Polymer battery
- FM radio, digital compass, 3D accelerometer
- CDMA2000 EVDO Rev. A
I’m loving all the specs on there, except the processor. I always hope for a faster processor, but this one certainly is still slightly above the standard for most Android smartphones.
So far, Saygus says the VPhone is currently undergoing carrier testing, and we’re assuming this is with Verizon. They are also in talks with Skype to bring Skype video calls to the phone as well.
No word on pricing, though CEO Chad Sayers mentioned to Wired Mag that it would be “very competitive”. We guess this means in the $199 range, but that is purely speculation on our part. More pics below.
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