Saygus V2 hands-on

Saygus V2 hands-on
The Saygus V2 (V-Squared) has been making a bit of news lately, most recently earning a CES 2015 Innovation Award.

Saygus, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has set out to create a super-smartphone, a device that will provide the best functionality and a host of features we may not see on other flagships in the immediate term. From the materials used in its construction, to potentially massive amounts of storage, to claims of unbeatable battery performance, the V2 plans to make a statement.

Will the industry take notice? We think the V2 will be pretty hard to ignore if availability rolls out according to plan. It could be argued that there is something for everyone on this device.

Design


While it is not the lightest smartphone on record (141g), the weight-in-the-hand of the V2 belies its size. The reason for that is the chosen material for the frame and protective edges. The mid-frame is magnesium, the edges are Kevlar, and the sides are anodized aluminum. All the hardware buttons run along the right side of the device including a dedicated camera shutter key, and a fingerprint scanner.

There are two front-facing speakers, made by, and optimized by Harman Kardon sound technology. The battery is 3,100mAh, and thanks to a power-saving chip, Saygus says you will get the same performance a 4,600mAh battery might provide. Qi wireless charging will be along for the ride too.

On the connectivity side of things, this device is designed to work with all carriers, GSM, CDMA, LTE, and handle all the major radio bands. In addition to the standard fare of Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth, the V2 also has a 60GHz wireless gaming/mobile beaming transmitter

Display


The display is a full HD 1080x1920 5-inch panel. Saygus calls it an “edge-to-edge” borderless screen. The Kevlar edges make for unobtrusive bezels. Gorilla Glass 4 protects the whole ensemble. The display will be viewable in full sunlight, and the auto brightness will make use of the front and back light sensors for optimal control.

Interface


The devices on hand were basically engineering reference builds running stock Android. Saygus told us that it plans to ship its devices with stock Android on board, with a few pre-installed apps (which will be removable by the user if desired).

Processor and Memory


The V2 will be powered by a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU and 3GB of RAM, more than enough power to handle the graphics and software. The V2 will ship with 64GB of storage out of the box, and can be expanded by not one, but two microSD cards. Each microSD slot has been configured to handle cards up to 128GB each, meaning you could have as much as 320GB of total storage on board.

Camera


The cameras are where the fun begins. Saygus has put two high-resolution cameras on the V2, a 21 megapixel and dual-LED flash is was it set up for the main unit, and a 13 megapixel front facing camera to take the ultimate selfies. Both cameras will have optical image stabilization and auto focus.

Expectations


The Saygus V2 is planning to ship in the first quarter of 2015. A pre-order window will open direct from Saygus later this month. Given all the materials and performance objectives of this device, it would seem fitting to coin the phrase from first Jurassic Park movie, “Spared no expense.” Indeed, Saygus has set very high expectations for itself, an ultra-light, ultra-strong, waterproof, tons of storage, made with the best materials around.

Pricing is not available yet, but as the V2 is packing all the flagship goods and then some, we are expecting it will have a flagship price.




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V2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh

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32 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm actually really liking this phone.

6. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

I agree and like this phone alot, has features better than every phone out there. If it only wasnt so damn ugly.

29. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Am I the only one around here who actually likes the design? Sure it's not as good as Motorola, but still...

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude I just put myself in the pre-order list. Shoot I may get this in my hands on this before the Verizon Google Nexus 6... SMH The cameras are bananas, it has an IPX7 rating, Harmon Kardon Stereo Speakers... It keeps going, & going, & going!!! Dude it even makes you pancakes! Holy crap!!! I am officially impressed with this phone. Sure it has a SnapDragon 801 but that's better than the Note 3 & my Note 3 is STILL kicking some serious a$$!. I am like a fat kid at the candy store with this phone. I would seriously go small again for all that I would be gaining in a HEART BEAT! +1

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

31. engineer-1701d unregistered

me too

12. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

am i the only thinking this thing is ugly. features are nice yes but design is damn ugly!

13. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

yea this guy just beat samsung galaxy s5 to be the ugliest flagship of the year

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Nothing a nice case couldn't fix.

20. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I think the opposite, I quite like the look, it isn't just some drab black slab.

30. engineer-1701d unregistered

i like the red one

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Good thing it's waterproof, because I'm drooling. I've been following this phone for a month or 2 and haven't seen anymore info for it. I didn't expect it to be at CES but I'm glad it is. This is everything I want in a dream phone except a SD 810 which is easy to ignore since it's still an 801. No complaints here. I honestly can't figure out how they could make this a better phone besides maybe in the design. Even so it has tiny bezels on the sides and the bottom bezel is relatively small too. Put me down for 1.

4. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I gues Lollipop would be better but that should come soon. That or since it's rootable, I'd just flash on a custom rom(assuming developers like it)

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

DEVELOPERS WILL BE ALL OVER THIS PHONE!!! +1

3. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Manifestation of almost every geeks dream. I realy like it, although SD810 would be more appropriate.

14. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

for a 1080p screen, i think the 801 would suffice.

5. material

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Registered to say 'Yes' to this phone!!

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude I may go small to get a phone like this... This phone EVEN has a IPX7 waterproof rating. I am officially intrigued. Mind = Blown!

11. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Can someone enlighten me what IPX7 waterproof rating is? I can't seem to find any information on it. As for the phone, I'm absolutely stoked! I'm signing up for it as well.

17. Deadeye37

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Looking at a few sites - IPX7 waterproof = 30 min. submerged at 1 meter. Not bad! Definately beats my Galaxy S 3. As long as the price isn't insane ($700+), this phone may become my new phone.

15. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

hopefully the the price is less than $500

16. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Wow, impressive specs except for the CPU. The back cover looks not so good, so a case will be necessary :) Otherwise this seems damn near perfect, running stock Android, curious as to why they hadn't upgraded it to 5.0.1 for the CES demo.

18. jmonteiro829

Posts: 264; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Finally a phone that the people have been asking for! Lets hope that the big manufacturers take notice and start to listen to the people!

21. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Looks good to me might consider one

22. chop32

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Design and CPU is the only drawbacks this thing has. Even with those short comings, this phone has my attention. Can't wait to see how this beast performs.

23. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

This is a dream phone ! Snapdragon 801 does a very good job on stock Android with a 1080p screen so it's more than enough. The only downsize is the design...

24. joseram695

Posts: 79; Member since: May 28, 2012

I dont care for the design but overall a pretty sweet phone! I do suppose the 801 will do fine on a 1080p stock android phone.

25. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

this phone is a super,nice specs and a lot of memo stuffing..2x_128gb.

26. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I like the design except for the front facing camera and speakers, it could improve. But otherwise loving it! Would sell like pancakes if priced right ($600 or less)

27. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

I hope they come out with one that has a bigger display

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