The arrival of the Google Android operating system has enabled a whole host of new manufacturers to leap into the mobile phone market. The latest to dive on board is Saygus which was parading its VPHONE at CES Unveiled. Its headline feature is that it claims to be the world’s first ‘Low Cost, Low Bandwidth, Low Power, High Resolution Full Colour OS Two-Way Video Calling Cell Phone. Basically that means it can deliver person to person video calling something that us Europeans have had, but not really bothered with for years, but is new to the US.
The device itself will run Android 2.0 when it launches in the spring. It has a 3.5inch colour screen, a very good QWERTY keypad (seriously I was very impressed by this – much better than other Android handsets) a 624 Mhz Marvell PXA312 processor, and it has 16 Gigabytes of storage. The phone has a five megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front and both of the cameras record video at 640×480 and 30 frames per second.
If I am being picky I’d say that the handset was a bit on the chunky side, but apart from that it has plenty going for it. No news on a UK operator, but the Saygus representative did tell me that a European launch would follow after the phone had hit US stores.
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