Hey, you folks remember the VPhone
? Honestly, we had forgotten about it too. The debut handset from Saygus first started making the rounds in late 2009
sporting, what were at the time, high-end features, like a front facing camera and a 624MHz processor
. Well, times have changed and now that the Android-powered phone has finally won approval through Verizon's open development initiative it's, at best, decidedly mid-range. While the 256MB of RAM and chunky, sliding QWERTY remain, the VPhone has received some minor upgrades on its journey to Big Red -- that XScale core has been bumped to a seemingly arbitrary 806MHz and Donut has been swapped for Froyo or Gingerbread. The one thing that the relative unknown still has going for it is hacker friendly features, such as an unlocked bootloader and the ability to run custom ROMs from an SD card. Sadly, there is still no word on an actual release date or price, but at least we know Saygus hasn't completely fallen off the face of the Earth.
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