Saygus shows off the fingerprint scanner, camera, and glimpse of the UI for V2, still no ship date

Saygus shows off the fingerprint scanner, camera, and glimpse of the UI for V2, still no ship date
Those that pre-ordered a Saygus V2 smartphone got a peek at what the company called the “final” product. That is the good news. The bad news is that there is no firm ship date for now.

After having to pull back from its previous May 22nd commitment, we do not think a shipping window will be announced until the fulfillment center has the finished devices on the shelves, ready to be packed. At this point, that is a better option than promising anything and either under-delivering or not delivering at all.

In the meantime though, the company uploaded another video showing off the fingerprint scanner set-up and implementation. It is a swipe-enabled sensor, which may conjure up previous iffy experiences with Samsung’s previous feature on devices like the Note 4, but for what is shown, it looks like it works okay.

Initially, the V2 was going to ship with Android 4.4 KitKat with an upgrade roadmap to Android Lollipop. The good news is that the Saygus V2 will ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop, and the video gave us a peek at what we hope is a very light user-interface running on top of the operating system.

After viewing a bit of web browsing, the camera is launched and a few pictures are taken. Keen eyes will notice that it looks like the V2 is running a generation-old camera interface from Android 4.4. Granted, the camera app is just that, an app. Given other UI treatments that are evident in the video, it is possible that Saygus is borrowing that UI for its own camera software.

While it is nice to see “working” demonstrations, we are not sure these are really “final” models as Saygus notes in the video. These units show an old V2 logo, versus the rebranded one being shown on Saygus’ main website and other photos shared by the company.

We can say that these devices are running far better than the engineering samples we got to look at during CES back in January. Saygus has posted on its Twitter feed that no ship date will be forthcoming until the “screens light up right here in Salt Lake City,” where the company is based.



1. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

It's getting ridiculous how long these are taking to ship. The Snapdragon 801 is so dated by now and this phone is expensive. That fingerprint scanner looks AWFUL. The S5's swipe was bad enough, but now this is on the side. It looks so awkward to use.

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

I agree, man. On the side & swipe style? That's just terrible. People want their fingerprint scanners to be as effortless as possible. That's why Touch ID & Samsung's newer implementation are loved. It's quick, easy, & requires no effort. This device is already becoming vaporware. Pretty much DOA now.

15. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Couldn't have said it any better.

2. waddup121 unregistered


3. roobs

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

By the time they recevie the phone, it would be already be outdated in the world of phones. They paid a premium price and should have received a premium service! Making them wait and while the cost of making the phone is lowering is a bad move from the company.

4. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

You guys are crazy. The phone still is specced comparably to most phones on the market. The issue here is the delays themselves, this is why you should almost always wait for the second Gen product.

5. worldtravelgeek

Posts: 6; Member since: May 20, 2015

Who would buy a 32bit only Android phone for 599.- in the second half of 2015 ??

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Who should buy waterproof phone with 3 gigs of Ram, powerful CPU, stock android, 20mp camera, stereo speakers with harman audio and 2 microSD slots, and unlocked bootloader? Yeah, me, but only if it is available in EU.

7. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

You just missed that it would not available anywhere, since it is a vaporware!

9. josephnero

Posts: 787; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Buy z2 for lower price then

8. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

How does 32 bit vs 64 bit change your life?

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

perception man... perceived value is more important than actual benefit... iphones are the biggest example of perceived value(overly priced midrange phone)... ppl consider 64bit will be a huge plus over 32bit... Saygus announced a good phone but they are getting late in launch... bill of materials will be lowered for them but consumers will get old internals in higher price... if Saygus have customers like ifans then its OK, bcoz then only they can be given old hardware in high price... for normal consumer, Saygus is an unkown company with a track record of delaying products or not delivering at all(Saygus V1). 600$ is little higher to ask now bcoz most of the big guns already launched their flagships of 2015 and consumers already have many choices. For Example, LG G4 is 550$ in my country now. How unknown Saygus will fair againt LG G4 with higher price?

11. worldtravelgeek

Posts: 6; Member since: May 20, 2015

apart from perceived value ... 32bit vs 64bit will make a huge difference shortly. Look at what apple is doing right now. 2 years after they introduced 64bit CPUs, new apps can now come out as 64bit only. Same will happen on android soon. New apps will be limited to run on 64bit CPUs making anything released now with 32bit CPUs much less future proof. Why would I need WIgig and other cool features if I cant even run newer apps in maybe a year or 2 already? Seriously, imo this was a big mistake to stick with last years SOC. They could have chosen the 808 or even 615 instead of the 801 if they were worried about the heat issues of the 810.

12. mike2959

Posts: 697; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

All the manufacturers do this now. Announce a device than 4 months later it's still not available. Sony Z4 tablet for example.

14. DroidDaddyo

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I'm so glad I didn't pre-order this phone. I was really close, but ultimately, the unknown company and the fact that it would only cost me $50 more to purchase once it was released and reviews were in made me wait.

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