Saygus had the uberphone of 2015 at CES — both at last year’s show and this year’s.
After a two-month lapse in tweets, Saygus confirmed its CES 2016 projection that shipping will begin within Q1 — another setback from internal sentiment as a February shipping target didn’t account for Chinese factories taking off for the upcoming new year. The Utah-based manufacturer hopes to show off version 3 of its PCB for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City starting January 21.
The company had parted ways with an ODM on policy differences in November, characterizing as “a partner who may or may not provide us with accurate details or updates.” It started building its own circuit boards in December.
Saygus updated the feature set of the V² to now include device washability, Dual SIM support and USB Type-C. Android Marshmallow is said to be on the device now, though one of its own photos of the device taken during CES 2016 showed off stock Android Lollipop running on the V².
The company justified its continued use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) clocked at 2.5GHz. The two-year-old chipset, Saygus claims, performed just as well as the Snapdragon 805 and 808 and rehashed overheating and performance concerns on the 810.
It’s just as well that our last piece of coverage on the V² is from nearly a year ago, announcing Indiegogo backer pricing on the device. The project was successfully funded and pre-orders opened on June 15 of last year.
Things started to turn sour during the second half of the year, though, as Saygus blew past its first shipping timeline in trying to nail down orders for its 21-megapixel optically-stabilized camera units and fine-tuning seemingly every other part of the device.
By September 21st, about 10 percent of the V²’s backers dropped out for refunds.
On September 26, Saygus expected to ship phones by late October, if not sooner. On November 10, the company said it would “not ship an unready phone” and added more freebies for pre-order customers. During this week’s tweetstorm, Saygus revealed the freebies to be SqGI earbuds, a protective cover, a spare battery and a half-off voucher for the next Saygus phone.
The company added more office space to its existing lease for its South Jordan, Utah facilities in late November. It signed on to the space for five years. Whether Saygus will need all five years to fly or flop will depend on the V² finally getting shipped and not disappointing users.
What might also help? Not screwing up again.