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Saygus V Squared surfaces online once again

Saygus V Squared crowdfunded Android smartphone (Source: FCC)
Saygus V Squared (Source: FCC)
Back in August, the Saygus team revealed that the long-awaited V Squared flagship had finally reached the FCC. It took "just" a few months to get the agency's certifications, but at least now we know that this phone is not vaporware and should launch soon.

When most of those who backed the Saygus V Squared lost any hope to ever see it come to life, this crowdfunded flagship finally surfaced online in some photos that have been taken during its FCC certification stage. The last time we heard about it was in August. Back then, the Saygus team said the handset is paying a visit to the FCC. By the looks of it, this visit was a very long one... or maybe the Saygus team was not entirely honest.

The Saygus V Squared missed catching the bezel-less train, so it will come out sporting a slightly outdated design. While 2015 might not be that far behind, the design approach used by most smartphone brands on the market went through a few major changes since then. Fortunately, this design also comes with a few advantages, since it allows the phone to take much more punishment than the Galaxy S8 or the iPhone X, while the raised sides allow it to sit on a table or even to fall facing downwards without having the display touch the surface.

The specs of this handset are expected to get an upgrade in the processor department, so the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 will be replaced by the popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. However, the 3 GB RAM should also get updated to at least 4 GB, but Saygus has not confirmed anything yet. The list of specs should also include a 5-inch full HD display, a 21 MP main camera with optical image stabilization, a (removable!) 3,200 mAh battery, 128 GB internal storage and two microSD slots with support for up to 256 GB each, USB 3.0 Type-C, Qi wireless charging, and maybe a traditional 3.5 mm audio jack.  

There is no word about the pricing and launch date at this stage, unfortunately. The last time Saygus talked about the price, they mentioned US$650. By the looks of the headphones and USB cable present in one of the FCC photos (you do not want to see them, trust me), they still need to get the accessories right. These being said, we can only hope to see this phone on the market before USB 3.0 Type-C becomes obsolete.

In case you missed it so far, you should know that the Saygus V Squared is the result of a crowdfunding campaign that managed to raise US$1,335,174, almost 25 percent more than the target required for the initiative to be successful. Back in late 2015 and even now, not many flagships could brag about featuring a total of more than 500 GB of total storage space thanks to two microSD slots, optically stabilized cameras on both sides, or a waterproof case with a hardened Kevlar protective edge. Unfortunately, the handset still hasn't made it into people's hands, so it ended up being considered one of the many failed crowdfunded projects that looked too good to be true.

Saygus V Squared and its back cover (Source: FCC)
Saygus V Squared and its back cover (Source: FCC)
Saygus V Squared internals, no battery (Source: FCC)
Saygus V Squared internals, no battery (Source: FCC)


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-11- 8 (Update: 2017-11- 9)