Just over a month ago I wrote about the Saygus V², a high-spec Android device sporting a fractal antenna, front and rear OIS cameras, removable battery and support for up to 320 GB of storage, via not one but two micro SD slots. An extra battery and a reduced price tag of $549 USD was offered for customers willing to pre-order.
Now it seems that production of the V² has been delayed due to manufacturing issues, leading some skeptics to wonder if this device will ever make it into customers hands at all. I had also wondered about the company’s bold claim as “the only smartphone startup to ever receive certification from a US carrier”—Android Authority has confirmed that what they’re talking about, the Saygus VPhone V1, never made it to production.
Prospective V² customers have apparently received this email detailing the delays:
Dear Saygus V² Customer,
We sincerely thank you for your patience with us as we drive the creation of this world leading V² smartphone and with our delayed communications. We are working to provide more timely updates and plan to reward your great loyalty in supporting us.
Saygus has been in the business of developing mobile device technology for more than a decade. Our commitment to the highest quality smartphone is our focus. We are currently working out our final hardware and software integration efforts. This email is to address the shipping plans including the VAT in varied countries for the V².
First, we would like to address some of the recent developments that are exciting but that also have caused us to push back the date when we initially expected to begin shipping the V² super smartphone.
- We have had some delays in production due to imperfect components and an antenna design issue and we refuse to use inferior components in our smartphone.
- We are working to finalize some key distribution partnerships that may alleviate some of the VAT costs.
- The integration of the industry leading cameras we have in the phone has taken a little longer than anticipated.
We officially announce our shipping date as May 22, 2015.
In exchange for your patience, and to say thank you, we will offer all of our current customers an added bonus. Customers will receive a complimentary SqGl (pronounced “Squiggle”) headset—a $229 retail value—as a FREE accessory. Building the V² is like conducing a symphony with all its parts coming together in harmony—we want it to be perfect. As an additional note, the antenna engineering issues have been addressed and we are now preparing to move into mass production soon.
We understand that some of you may be concerned about this updated status and want you to know that we will support you in a refund request, if that is your preference. Although, we hope you will stay with us to benefit from the savings and receive our high-end SqGl earbuds.
We value your support and continue to appreciate your patience as we approach the shipping date of this remarkable world-leading smartphone!
The Saygus Team
It’s worth noting that a Google search for “sqgl headset” yields only other stories about the Saygus delay. Hard to get excited about a free accessory that apparently doesn’t exist! I came pretty close to pre-ordering a V² myself; now I’m a bit relieved that I didn’t.