At this point, the Saygus V2 is more convincing as an urban legend than an actual smartphone. 2015 was supposed to be the year when everyone could get their hands on the V2, when Saygus made every power user’s dream come true. Fast forward two years, and that has yet to happen. That could finally change soon, thanks to the phone swinging by the FCC for some photo shoots and the agency’s blessing.
On the outside, the V2 looks like something out of 2015, and, in my opinion, that’s not an entirely bad thing. Yes, 2017 has spoiled us with some great-looking phones with minimal bezels, but the V2’s design allows the phone to take far more abuse than a jewel like the Galaxy S8 could. Plus, the raised sides mean that you can place the V2 upside down on a table and not have the display touch the surface.
Since we’re talking about the V2’s design, you will find a 5-inch 1080p resolution display on the front, with a fingerprint sensor underneath the power button on the right side of the phone. The back is home to a 21 MP camera with optical image stabilization, and you can remove the back cover to get to the removable 3,200 mAh battery, two SIM card slots, and two micro SD card slots.
Each memory card slot supports up to 256 GB cards, bringing the total amount of expandable storage to 512 GB. Then again, the V2 is expected to sport 128 GB of native storage, so some folks might not feel the need to use an additional micro SD card.
Elsewhere, the V2 is expected to replace the older Snapdragon 801 with the Snapdragon 835, along with 3 GB of RAM. The V2 is also expected to replace the older micro USB port with a USB 3.0 Type-C port, yet retain a 3.5 mm headphone jack. You should also expect Qi wireless charging, a dedicated camera button, and some version of Android.
The only questions remaining at this point are when the V2 will debut and how much will it cost. It has been two years since Saygus accrued $1.3 million from its crowdfunding campaign in 2015, with the company continually pushing back the V2’s release since then. As for how much it could cost, Saygus’ last update revealed the phone’s $650 price point, but it is unknown whether that price tag stands.
In other words, the V2’s trip to the FCC is certainly encouraging, but unless we hear it from the horse’s mouth, we are way past holding our collective breath.