Finally you can replace that iPod Classic 160 GB edition

There's a certain amount of pent-up demand among music fans for high-capacity storage portable music players (PMPs), if the residual demand for the defunct iPod Classic 160 GB edition is any sign (the defunct PMP regularly goes for $200-$250 USD used on eBay, Inc.'s (EBAY) auction portal).

At long last there may be an answer for those looking for a modern option for carrying around a library of hundreds of gigabytes of music -- the Saygus V2 "super smartphone".

Saygus is a little-known startup from South Jordan, Utah, who's looking to pull off the unlikely feat of beating the big phonemakers at the premium smartphone game.  It's certainly off to a good start with the Saygus V2.

Saygus V2

The phone's most eye-popping feature?  The ability to store up to 320 GB (256 GB swappable microsSDXC; 64 GB internal NAND).  That's nearly ten times the storage on many smartphones.

Here's the full spec:

  • OS: KitKat 4.4.4
  • Permissions
    • Root access (enables super user and custom ROM installation privileges)
    • Multi-boot (run software off either microSD card or external flash)
  • Dimensions: 67 x 137 x 9.7 mm (2.64 x 5.39 x 0.382 in.) 
  • Weight: ~5 oz. (141 g)
  • Display
    • 5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 full HD (FHD/1080p) (445 ppi) LCD
    • Corning Inc. (GLW) Gorilla Glass 4
  • SoC: Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 801 (8974-AC)
    • CPU: 4x Krait 400 cores @ 2.45 GHz
    • GPU: Adreno 330 @ 578 MHz
  • Memory: 3 GB LPDDR3 @ 933 MHz
  • Storage:
    • Internal: 64 GB NAND flash
    • External: 2x microSD/microSDXC support (up to 128 GB each, 256 GB total)
  • Cameras (w/ hardware camera shutter button)
    • Rear: 21 megapixel (w/ optical image stabilization + dual-LED flash)
    • Front: 13 megapixel
  • Sound
    • Microphones: 3x (Harman Kardon) with Cypher Sound background noise cancellation
    • Speakers: Harman Kardon stereo
  • Battery: 3100 mAh (removeable) w/ Qi wireless charging
  • Connectivity
    • Wired
      • microUSB 2.0/3.0
      • 3.5 mm headphones
      • HDMI over USB
    • Wireless
      • GPS
      • NFC
      • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz)
      • Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
      • 60 GHz wireless display out beaming
    • Cellular
      • GSM/CDMA/LTE
      • "Fractal Antenna"
  • Other
    • IPX7 grade waterproofing
    • Biometric fingerprint side-scanner

The phone is current up for preorder here.  The only catch is that the price of the phone, set to release in Q1 2015, hasn't been announced yet.

The SoC onboard isn't quite the cream of the crop (i.e. it's not a Snapdragon 805, Snapdragon 810, or NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA) Tegra X1) and there's no quad-HD (which is good news for battery life, but may be a shortcoming in the eyes of some.  And the phone itself looks good, but not great in the design department.

That said, there's so many unique features onboard the V2 (microUSB 3.0 support, a 13 megapixel front-facing camera, 3x microphones, the 320 GB storage capacity, to name a few) that Saygus should see plenty of interest.  Let's just hope it keeps its promise to release the phone in Q1 2015 and at a reasonable price point.

Source: Saygus [product page]

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