Saygus, the company that really will have an actual smartphone for sale any day now, they totally promise, has some more promises for you. A press release issued at Mobile World Congress lays out a series of improvements to the crowdfunded V-Squared phone, which should be easy to implement since the phone still isn’t finished despite a first quarter manufacturing target. No less than four, count ’em, four new features have been introduced since… last year’s Mobile World Congress. The fact that Saygus has missed multiple ship dates between now and then is conspicuously absent from the press release.
Those features are “waterproofing” (an interesting claim, since every other manufacturer has the sense to cover their asses with the term “water-resistant”), Android 6.0 software, dual-SIM card slots (a popular feature for unlocked and low-cost phones outside the US), and a USB Type-C port, a la that OnePlus 2. The Type-C and waterproofing features have been added to the spec list on the Saygus website, the latter with an IPX7 rating. For the record, that’s “water resistant” at up to one meter of water pressure for 30 minutes. There’s no mention of Marshmallow or dual SIM cards on the site, but it apparently hasn’t been updated since last year, so that’s understandable.
To say that Saygus has lost some credibility after multiple delays, manufacturer re-shuffling, extra crowdfunding campaigns and pre-orders, and more delays, is an understatement. At this point the company’s promises of industry-leading hardware and features seem more than a little hollow, like an asterisk with no footnote. Which, coincidentally, is what you’ll find all over that specification page on the website. Something tells me that adding more and more features on paper won’t make the phone come any sooner.
BARCELONA, SPAIN–(Marketwired – Feb 23, 2016) – Saygus, the American smartphone manufacturer that