Hands-on with the feature-filled Saygus V2

by: Lanh NguyenJanuary 9, 2015


Saygus isn’t a brand we normally think of when talking smartphones, but that might change soon. The company is here at CES with a new smartphone they call a “super smartphone,” so naturally, we have to take a look at it. The Saygus V2 smartphone was just announced a few days ago, and we scored some hands-on time with the device. Is it the multimedia powerhouse everyone is expecting it to be? Let’s find out!

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At first glance, the Saygus V2 (V Squared) looks like a lot of other Android smartphones out there, but in the case of this device, the devil is in the details. To begin, the device is rather diminutive, especially considering the trend most modern smartphones are following today. The device has a 5-inch display and ultra thin bezels on its sides, making the screen really pop. The screen is also covered by the new Corning Gorilla Glass 4 which makes the handset quite durable. The use of kevlar on the front and back panels and an aluminum rim around the edges make for a premium-feeling, light device.

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On the top and bottom of the front panel sit dual-Harman Kardon speakers which have produced a really clear sound so far. What’s more, Saygus has also included a 13MP front-facing camera, allowing you to take as many high quality selfies as you’d like. The bottom of the device houses the microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack. The right side features the volume rocker, power/standby key, hardware shutter button, as well as a swipeable fingerprint scanner.

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The fingerprint scanner is positioned extremely well, as we were able to scan our fingerprint while holding the device with one hand. There’s no doubt that simply placing your fingerprint on a fingerprint scanner would be much easier, but the fact that this one is so well-placed allows us to use it way easier than on some devices. Turning it around, the bottom of the device houses an interesting design that’s actually an exclusively-designed antenna, which (should) boost mobile signals by one bar.

The display on this device is somewhat standard compared to what we see on the market. The V2 has a 5-inch 1080p display with a pixel density of 445ppi. We know what you’re thinking: Shouldn’t this device have a 2K screen if it’s considered a “multimedia powerhouse?” While that may be true for some, we’ve enjoyed this screen so far. The colors are bright and viewing angles are great, which will give users a great multimedia experience.

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Under the hood, the V2 has a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with an Adreno 330 GPU, all backed by 3GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 801 may not be the latest and greatest anymore, but it’s still an extremely capable processor which will likely be able to handle any graphic-intensive task you throw at it. We’ve already touched on the Harman Kardon front-facing speakers and the fingerprint scanner, but those are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the real draw of this device.

What’s likely the biggest selling point of the V2 is the fact that it can house up to 320GB of external storage. The device has room for two microSD card slots (up to 128GB each) on top of the included 64GB of on-board storage. The high storage capacity of this device will make movie and music lovers extremely happy if they decide to pick one of these up.

The V2 sports a removable 3100mAh battery that should keep the device running for quite some time. To top it all off, this device is IPx7 certified for protection against water submersion. In fact, the V2 can be submerged in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes without warranting a negative impact.

The V2 packs an impressive 21MP rear-facing camera with a dual-LED flash, OIS and auto-focus. As mentioned above, the 13MP front camera should be more than enough to satisfy your selfie-taking needs.

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Since the V2 runs a near-stock version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat, we get a very bare-bones, simplistic experience. Saygus has let us know that the device will be upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop in the future. On top of a near stock build of Android, the V2 is also “root capable,” meaning it comes with an unlocked bootloader and is relatively easy to gain root access. One more added benefit to the dual microSD card slots is that not only do they boost the device for storage purposes, the device also allows you to boot from the microSD card slot. This allows users more freedom to use multiple operating systems and ROMs.

In many ways, it seems as though Saygus is just trying to tick as many boxes off of the spec sheet as they can. The display size, battery, storage options, speakers, build quality, wireless streaming capabilities and camera experience are all very great so far. The V2 is definitely a media device through and through, and if Saygus can hit the right price point (rumored to be $100 less than current flagships) the company might go from relatively unknown to a fan favorite this year.

  • Cowen K. Gittens

    That is really amazing. This is a multimedia powerhouse! If the price is as awesome as the specs, this device has the potential to blow every other phone off the shelf!

    • The sad truth

      Don’t get your hopes too high – the device at CES was a very obvious prototype. No release date. This may be all we ever hear or see of this thing.

  • Whirlwind

    Phone sounds impressive

  • BatDroid

    I wish galaxy S6 be like this monster. A slightly geeky look, top notch specs, most of touchwiz goodies, a great battery, S-AMOLED screen, unlocked out of box, with warranty valid even after rooting, lots of storage, high screen to body ratio, thickness isn’t an issue, as long as its below 10 mm…
    Sammy! learn something.

    • StanLee TOOL

      This does not have super AMOLED. I am actually trying to find what it does have. Looks very interesting, otherwise!

  • Jay

    All this, and they forgot to include an IR blaster? Heck, there goes my universal remote control!

    • John Johnson

      Nope. It’s there; just not mentioned in the article. Spec sheet claims:

      NFC (Android Beam)
      Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
      IR Transmitter (TV/Stereo Remote Control)

      I might actually consider this if it’s available relatively soon.

  • John Johnson

    Okay – looked at their site a bit more – Do. Want. In fact, I would actually rather it ship with KitKat than Lollipop, so… bonus.

    This thing sounds beast and they claim it will be $100 less than competing phones (Though there’s really nothing out there even close to this right now in terms of some of the features, so…?)

    It does have IR, and pretty much every other bell and whistle known to man at this time. The 801 is actually not a bad choice if they want to release this “soon” – and actually has better SD read/write speeds than some newer chipsets, which will come in handy if booting off of SD.

    Just drooling here…definitely setting aside some funds for this thing. Really hoping it support T-Mo’s LTE.

  • Marty

    Very nice. Seems like a lot of content. But it has a button near the middle of the side. Would make it a pain to put in a car dock. My Lumia 1520 has a button layout almost exactly like this device and it is a genuine pain setting it in a car dock.

    • John Johnson

      Case, Mount-Tek nGroove Snap 3 dock, done.

      • Marty

        There’s also the annoyance of holding the device. More times than not, when I try to pick up my Lumia, I press the power button. Having a power button along a grip side is a severe annoyance.

        • John Johnson

          Case can help with that too. The buttons on the Nexus 6 are the same way, but the slim spigen case makes them recessed – no accidental presses and doesn’t ruin the looks of the device.

  • KeyserSoze

    What’s this phone called? GaysUs V2?

    • Marte Montipo’

      You seriously are saying that? I mean, are you a troll or..? :o

      • cardenaso10

        is that even a question?

      • Captain_Doug

        this is rhetorical right?

  • name

    Please don’t call 2560×1440 “2K”. If anything, it should be called 2.5K. You have no qualms about using “1080p”, so why not use “1440p”? If 3840×2160 is “4K”, then wouldn’t 3840/2 x 2160/2 = 1920×1080 be 4/2K=2K?

  • Dark_Laser

    Are you sure this phone is going to have the Snapdragon 801? Every flagship this year is going to have the 810, so there’s no way they’d let this “superphone” be upstaged by the G Flex 2.

    • Captain_Doug

      It’s a tiny company from Utah not a massive tech giant from Japan or South Korea. SD801 is still more than capable.

      • StanLee TOOL

        It’s an upgrade from my S4, which I have never heard of having any lags.

  • Arman

    Why would someone buy this when you can buy Oneplus One for half the price? Good Support might be the only reason.

    • thelastguyX20

      For starters, you got to actually be able to buy the phone which is easier said than done unless you’re want to waste your time begging in the Invite forums or be risque and buy an invite on eBay.

    • Captain_Doug

      There’s plenty of differences besides price. Besides, the V2 doesn’t even have a price yet so you can’t argue that point.

  • Metroidam11

    Does it have an AMOLED screen or is it IPS? I really enjoy the blacks of an AMOLED screen and the standby features that can be provided (Moto X).

    • StanLee TOOL

      I was looking for this answer. Would you post it, if you find it, please?

  • Captain_Doug

    Not only is it maxxed out with specs, it has a 75% screen to body ratio. Definitely my upgrade from the Nexus 5. Removable battery is cool too.

  • James Theodore Retuya

    I wouldn’t mind this one at all.

  • compupolis

    Which carriers would this work with and where is this made?

    • Funkbuqet

      It will be capable of running on all carriers. GSM out of the gate and CDMA (Verizon & Sprint) once it passes carrier certification.
      The company is based in Utah, but i am not sure if they actually manufacture the device in the US.

      • compupolis

        Ok. Any idea what size SIM card it uses?

      • mrbofus

        Is there any information on what LTE bands it uses? Will it work on all of Verizon’s LTE frequencies?

  • Richard

    An excellent read!! Saygus has 21-megapixel back camera and 13-megapixel front camera!! Isn’t amazing ?? A professional quality selfie can be taken by people!

  • Freeflyfreak

    They have a winner especially with the S6 having a built in battery and no SD card.

  • stephendavion

    should I buy or Should I drop the thought??? here I read its a beast and the camera part is tempting … holy …. it has 13mp selfie cam … YES … worth buying for $599