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New Android Phone Featuring America’s First Two-Way Video Calling Unveiled By Saygus, Inc.

Saygus, Inc. (http://Saygus.com) unveiled the Saygus VPhone™—an Android equipped smartphone with America’s first nationwide two-way video calling capability—at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Awards in New York Nov. 10. The VPhone won the prestigious “Best of Innovations” in the “Wireless Handsets” category against top smartphone makers.

Expected to be available as a CDMA device through Verizon’s Open Development Initiative (ODI), the Saygus VPhone is the latest Android phone for consumers and businesses alike. It has two cameras - a 5 MP main camera with auto focus and flash and a VGA forward-facing camera for video calling - and provides a host of other features including WiFi, USB and Bluetooth tethering allowing up to eight devices (i.e., laptops, MIDs) to connect as an access point, USB host and client capability, slide-out keyboard with a large keypad and raised keys for fast and easy typing, larger battery to provide up to four hours of video calling and seven hours of talk time, and screen resolution twice that of the iPhone.

Using the major cellular networks in the U.S., Saygus has achieved two-way cellular video calls at 24 to 30 frames per second (fps) in excellent resolution with its proprietary low bandwidth video calling technology. The company has tested its technology on other devices and other cellular networks implementing video calling at 2.5G EDGE data rates. Saygus plans on providing quality video calling to other devices and networks, making video calling available to cell phone users around the globe.

VPhone features:

  • Video Calling. Saygus VPhone includes Saygus' proprietary video calling technology for the world’s first low bandwidth two-way cellular video calling.
  • Tethering. WiFi, Bluetooth and USB tethering for up to eight devices.
  • 1500 mAh Battery. Supports up to four hours of video calling and seven hours of talk time.
  • QWERTY Slide-Out Keyboard. Large keyboard area with raised keys for ease of use.
  • Multi-Touch Screen. High-resolution 3.5-inch 800 x 480 capacitive multi-touch capable screen.
  • 624Mhz Marvell PXA310 processor.
  • Dual Cameras. 5 MP main camera with auto focus and flash and VGA forward-facing camera for two-way video calling.
  • CDMA EVDO Rev A.
  • USB Charging. Host and client capability.

“The Saygus VPhone is the first two-way cellular video calling phone in the U.S. and the only full-featured Android phone available with two-way video calling,” said Chad Sayers, CEO of Saygus. “It’s an honor to be the 2010 Best of Innovations winner. The Wireless Handsets category is known for recognizing the biggest names in the smartphone world. It is a privilege to be in their company—we’ve literally become the ‘little guy’ with the ‘big guy’ device.”

The Saygus VPhone passed its FCC (Federal Communications Commission) certification Nov. 5, generating considerable buzz with its industry-leading features, and is expected to be available in the United States soon.

The Innovations Design and Engineering Awards recognizes achievements in product design and engineering and is sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association®, the producer of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas annually, and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America.

The Saygus VPhone will premiere at the 2010 International CES Jan. 7-10, 2010, in Las Vegas and CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES on Jan. 5.

Innovations honorees reflect exceptional innovation in design and engineering. For more information on Honoree products, visit www.cesweb.org/innovations.

About Saygus

Founded in 1997, Salt Lake City, Utah-based Saygus, Inc. is a video calling technology developer currently launching America’s first two-way cellular video calling phone as an Android smartphone. Saygus expects to begin licensing its low bandwidth video calling technology to smartphone and feature phone makers soon with requests for their technology already planned in a handful of phones for the U.S. market during 2010. Saygus is operated by a seasoned group of executives including founder Chad Sayers, CEO; Tim Riker, former CTO of Lineo and Project Manager at Texas Instruments, CTO; Greg Merten, former VP and GM at HP’s Inkjet Cartridge Division; Ash Darwish, former VP at LG; and Krishna Rao, former CFO and Board member of Mitsubishi Silicon. Saygus is a privately funded company with the majority of its shareholders in Utah. www.saygus.com.

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