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UK’s Wileyfox Reveals Swift 2 And Swift 2 Plus Cyanogen Budget Smartphones

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The brace of smartphones take aim at the budget mobile market to take on the likes of Moto

British smartphone company Wileyfox has revealed the Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus as follow-ups to the original Swift that debuted last year.

Firmly targeted at the budget smartphone market with SIM-free prices for the Swift 2 and the Swift 2 Plus weighing in at £159.99 an £189.99 respectively, the brace of handsets still feature near-field communication (NFC) capabilities and a fingerprint sensor.

Wileyfox follow-up

swift-2-4The Swift 2 comes sporting a five inch 720p display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chip and 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space which can be expanded up to 64GB.

A 13MP can be found on the rear of the handset with an 8MP front-facing camera competing the photography hardware. It squeezes its hardware into an aluminium chassis that looks to offer a step-up in build quality of its predecessor.

On the software side, it uses a customised version of the Cyanogen 13.0 mobile operating system based on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

With the Swift 2 Plus, adopting a similar nomenclature to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, the specifications are fairly similar with the display rather confusingly staying the dame as the Swift 2. However, the Plus model has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage; arguably not offering much more over the Swift 2 , but then the premium for extra memory and storage is relatively low.

Wileyfox Swift 2

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Swift 2 2

The smartphone arena is a competitive one at all corners of the market, with major brands like Samsung and Sony offering premium and budget takes of their handsets. While Wileyfox is tackling the very low-end of the market, it will still meet competition from the likes of the Moto G4, a well-received budget smartphone that offers a solid spec for rather little money.

Wileyfox still has the Spark phone as its most budget handset, starting at £90 but still offering a reasonable specification for the price.

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