Utah-based startup Saygus revealed the Saygus V2 (pronounced V-Squared) at the CES earlier this year, and even won the CES Innovation Award in the Wireless Handsets category. While the phone was originally supposed to ship by early April, a variety of issues meant the launched date was postponed to May 22nd. Even that date has come and gone, and we’re no closer to seeing a Saygus V2 in the flesh. The company has tried to explain the multiple delays by claiming it had to change the contract manufacturer, amidst concerns over quality control. The company was meant to launch its first smartphone, the Saygus VPhone way back in 2009 with Android 1.5 Cupcake, but that one never saw the light of the day.
Saygus however, has now launched an Indiegogo campaign to draw some additional funding. The flexible target is $1 million, meaning the company gets to keep the entire amount it collects, even if it doesn’t meet its million dollar target. Saygus however, has revised the price upwards from $550 to $600, and has also posted a revised time-frame, which specifies a Fall 2015 shipping date. The company has also tweaked a few features from its initial design. Firstly, the phone will now ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop instead of KitKat, which is what the phone would have shipped with, had it been made available last month. The phone will also include dual microSD card slots, with each slot supporting cards upto 200 GB. The phone will also include a USB Type-C connector for charging and data syncing. The company is also said to be taking inputs from Lewis Hilsenteger, the creator of online consumer products show UnboxTherapy.
The Saygus V2 apparently has seen pre-orders from fifty countries around the world, and the company says pre-orders through its website before the launch of the campaign will ship before the orders on Indiegogo. The company reportedly also told PhoneArena that “the production process in full swing”. If and when the commercial version of the phone does eventually see the light of the day, it will ship with a 5-inch 1080p display, and will be powered by the Snapdragon 801 SoC. It will come with 3 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. There will be a 21 megapixel primary camera and a 13 megapixel front-facing camera on the device.