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320GB of storage isn't magic — it's the Saygus V2 (hands-on)

Dual SD cards are the hallmark feature of this Android 4.4.4 phone

Three hundred-twenty gigabytes of storage. It's an impressive number for a smartphone, especially when you write it in numeric form like this — 320GB. In a phone. Almost sounds magical, or like you'll be carrying around a hard drive with a phone strapped to it.

Pick up the Saygus V2 — pronounced V-Squared — and you'll find, well, a pretty normal Android smartphone. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and running Android 4.4.4, this five-inch, 1080p device isn't exactly magic, though it does have a few interesting features. Chief among them is that it sports a pair — two — microSD card slots. So with the 64 gigabytes of on-board storage and a couple of 128GB cards, you find yourself at 320GB of potential total storage. You've also got a nifty fingerprint recognition system on the side of the phone. Some cool stuff is here,

So, yeah. No magic.

A couple other interesting things about the V2, however:

  • It's got a Kevlar back and the whole smash is pretty darn light.
  • It's running stock Android 4.4.4, with Lollipop to come.
  • It's got an IP7X rating and says it's the first to have that. Really it just means it can hang out in a meter of water for a half-hour.
  • You can boot from the SD card, if you so desire.

Saygus also says it'll offer a rootable version for those who are so inclined. That's not necessarily a good thing, though. Actually, it could be pretty bad, as our own Jerry Hildenbrand explains:

The file permissions have also been modified to allow apps and programs to be executed while stored on the removable storage. Plenty of folks relish these sort of modifications, but they do come with some valid security concerns. Scripts and files downloaded from the Internet (whether purposefully or as a gift from a clever webmaster) can be run with elevated permissions, and certain exploits have been found that will automatically execute. Remember, Google has blocked things of this nature because of security concerns. You'll need to be extra-responsible using a phone modded this way.

So, yeah. Root responsibly.

Other than the dual microSD card slots, we're not exactly going to go nuts over this guy. It's a cool option, though, and great at parties if you find yourself in such company. It ticks a number of boxes the hardcore fans will want to see, and maybe a couple we're a bit wary of.

Screen5-inch 1920 x 1080 display (445 ppi), Corning Gorilla Glass 4
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 801 @ 2.5 GHz
OSAndroid 4.4.4
Size67 x 137 x 9.7mm
WeightApprox. 5 ounces (141g)
Rear camera21MP with OIS, dual flash
Front camera13MP with OIS
Storage64GB on-board, 2x microSD card
Wifi802.11 ac
AudioStereo Speakers, Harman Kardon Sound Technology w/ 3D Audio
Battery3100 mAh removable, Qi charging
  • if it happens to come out for verizon, i'd consider it. As of now I use a micro sd to sd adapter, with an extended battery back cover. I only have 128gb sd card, but the micro 128gb weren't out when I did it. So I could use 2 such adapters with 2 256gb cards + the 64gb. Minus OS and real storage space, around 520gb on the go, and smaller than my current note 3 to boot. Don't know if I would need over 500gb now, but I am upgrading to a 256 soon. (normal sd card) as im running out of room.
  • No carrier will ever have this in North America.
  • They claim it's compatible with ALL North American carriers. Even if we narrow that down to just GSM providers who allow unlocked phones, that's a bunch of them. Will they sell it DIRECTLY? That's probably less sure.
  • 256GB cards? Microsd cards currently max out at 128GBs. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wait till next week... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep that 200GB Sandisk micro sd card is pure sex
  • brex uses a microsd to sd adapter so brex was referring to a standard size SD card:
  • The software wouldn't allow any single SD card more than 128 GB Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sounds good but the screen is too small :-)
  • Not for everyone man. Not all phones should have 5.5" and larger screens. There need to be options from all sizes.
  • The screen's the best part for me. Finally a phone with good specs and a GREAT battery that isn't a phablet.
  • It looks like a solid phone.
  • My word. Pretty lukewarm review for a device with some pretty impressive specs (other than still being on 801)... stereo speakers, 3GB memory, tons of storage, GG4, big cameras with OIS on both sides, good-sized removable battery, etc. Posted via the Turbo
  • 2gb of ram, but yeah Posted via the Android Central App
  • It has 3gb... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Where do you see 2g of ram?? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Like the 801 isn't good.... Wow Posted via the Android Central App
  • It is good but considering its already 2015, the 801 isn't impressive in a year of 64 bit processors Posted via the Android Central App
  • Always moving >>>forward! Posted via the Android Central App
  • 801 is good but not an "impressive spec" given that the current crop of higher-end phones (which in pretty much most if not all other specs this phone is) are running 805 with the 810 just now appearing. Posted via the Turbo
  • it wont matter ...
  • 801 is fine. 800 is more than enough for anything actually. Posted via the Android Central App
  • When its already out of date and normally people stick with a phone for a year or more, ya its a big deal. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree amazing lukewarm review. This phone is incredible. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree with you here being surprised at the lukewarm review for this. I can't tell if this will work on Sprint. If it does, I would consider buying it.
  • Their site claims it's compatible with ALL North American carriers. I'm slightly skeptical, but considering the Nexus 6 could do it, we know it's not impossible.
  • Sounds like a Nexus 5 with dual SD and removable battery. Very promising. In my book wireless charging was the only thing the Nexus 5 had over the Moto X. Now this has that plus the removable battery and storage.
  • Also, much bigger battery, Gorilla Glass 4, water