Virtually exactly 2 years ago to the day, a corporate named Saygus presented a phone referred to as the V-Squared at CES that used to be billed as the final energy consumer package deal. It had twin the whole thing, tech supposedly by no means noticed sooner than in a phone, “Fractal Antenna Generation,” Harmon Kardon audio system, IPX7 waterproofing, and extra. The cost used to be sexy, the corporate used to be primarily based in the US, and a just right many people idea it used to be value choosing up. Fortunately, maximum folks gave up on it lovely temporarily, as a result of they nonetheless haven’t shipped a unmarried phone apparently.
Whilst I don’t need to dive too deeply into the historical past of excuses, drama, and controversy surrounding Saygus and the non-launch of the V-Squared, the timing simply gave the impression too highest not to have it's this week’s TBT.
As of mid-December, at least in keeping with their Twitter account, Saygus has a cargo of telephones in space from their producer, however they nonetheless want to water resistant them, debug them, and do one thing with noise cancelling. When they whole the ones steps, the telephones will want to be packaged up and shipped out. With the exception of in October, they said they’d have shippable telephones in space all packaged up and in a position to head. In fact, that didn’t occur because of delays. We additionally nonetheless don’t know if the phone ever cleared thru the FCC. It’s in reality one thing, making an attempt to apply this corporate and their struggles to send a 2-year previous phone.
Saygus nonetheless plans to send the unique batch of telephones with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801, a 3-year old processor. They did mention on Twitter that they’ll let folks trade their 801-powered tool for an upcoming Snapdragon 820-powered model of the V-Squared. Bets on that model ever in reality changing into a fact?
In the finish, this entire Saygus debacle simply hammers home the point I made a year ago: backing a crowdfunded smartphone is all the time a horrible concept.