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CES 2015: Saygus V2 – ‘The Most Drool-Worthy Phone’ Hands-On
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CES 2015: Saygus V2 – ‘The Most Drool-Worthy Phone’ Hands-On

Saygus talks big about its upcoming V2 (V-Squared) smartphone, but does the performance back the talk?

At a show where LG’s G Flex 2 curved smartphone made its debut, calling anything else “The Most Droolworthy Phone” of CES 2015 definitely deserved investigating. Though I hadn’t heard about Saygus before the show, I swung by their booth to check out their flagship smartphone, the Saygus V2. Though it may not have the distinct visual appeal of the G Flex or Galaxy S series, the V2 packs a whole lot of power in its unassuming case, sporting some definite assets that set it out from the crowd.

When it comes to baseline specifications, the V2 is no slouch. It has a 5-inch 1080p display, sporting a Gorilla Glass 4 front. It has 3 GB of RAM, a 2.5 Ghz Snapdragon 801 processor, and includes 64 GB of onboard storage. It has an internal 3100 mAh battery, and runs on the KitKat version of Android, though there are plans to bring it up to speed with Lollipop soon. For those of you committed to your Instagram and Snapchat accounts, the V2 has a 21MP rear facing camera, and a 13MP front-facing camera, meaning that you just might have the most detailed selfies on the block. The textured back feels solid, rugged, durable, unlike the plastic-y feeling from a super-thin Samsung Galaxy.

But what makes the V2 most exciting is its ability to do the ordinary extraordinarily well. The dedicated camera shutter button on the side makes it exceptionally easy to take quick photos. Optical Image Stabilization is included on both the front and rear facing camera to reduce image blurriness, and a dual LED flash is on the rear to prevent red eye. A fractal signal booster helps you get service in difficult areas. If 64 GB of storage isn’t enough for you, the phone supports 2 microSD cards of up to 128 GB a piece. It’s IPx7 certified, making it waterproof for 30 minutes in 1 meter of water. It also includes wireless charging and a power-saving chip to increase battery life by up to 50%.

Even though it’s only a 5 inch screen, special plastics allow them to go edge-to-edge with their display, making the form smaller. And, should you happen to use your cell phone as a device with which you contact people with voice communication (also called a “phone call”), the V2’s 3 microphones and noise-cancelling Cypher technology detect which sounds should come through the call and which shouldn’t, making calls clearer to the people on the other end of the line.

What I really like about the V2 is the way it doesn’t try to get flashy, but instead offers the function I wished I could find in other phones. Really, it just promises to be a highly-functional version of all the things I already use my phone for, whether it’s pictures, video, making calls, streaming content, or anything else. Most exciting to me is the 60 Hz wireless beaming technology; by buying a wireless dongle and plugging it into an HDMI port, you can beam the phone’s display directly to a TV or monitor, meaning you can stream games and other media direct to the big screen without having to worry about them being Chromecast compatible.

My one hesitation is a slight one: I’ll admit, after using the OnePlus One I really enjoy the additional size of a 5.5 inch display, and I wish that the V2 were just a tad bit larger. The folks at Saygus acknowledged that the market seems to be a big fan of large phones, though they really feel like the 5-inch phone is the “sweet spot” for portability and usage. I’m hoping that their future handsets will at least go up to 5.5 inches, as 6 inches is firmly “phablet” territory. But, thus far, I’d be willing to trade a half-inch of mobile real estate for wireless streaming to my TV, a feature which the OnePlus One lacks (the One doesn’t even have mini-HDMI for wired transmission).

The Saygus V2 looks like it could be a serious game-changer for those whose smartphones are integrated into their daily lives, though price and carriers are yet to be decided. Both CDMA and GSM handsets will be available, though they haven’t determined which companies they’ll work with and what contract pricing will be available for consumers. We’re only a couple months away from the phone’s debut, though; keep an eye here on Popzara.com for more information as the phone gets closer to store shelves.

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About the Author: Josh Boykin