Wileyfox' Swift, launched around the same time last year, made its way to among the best budget-priced phones of 2015. The phone cost almost as much as the star-rated Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 and featured a 5-inch IPS HD display, impressive 13MP and 5MP cams, a Gorilla Glass 3 screen with a three-year warranty and solid internal specs like 1.2GHz, 64-bit, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916 CPU, Adreno 306 GPU, 2GB of RAM, a solid 2,500 mAh battery and an internal storage of 16GB which was expandable, thanks to a MicroSD slot.
Wileyfox today launched the Swift 2, yet another mid-range phone costing just £159 and featuring NFC for contactless transactions, a fingerprint sensor for quick unlocking, a Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, an USB Type-C port for quick charging and file transfers and Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology which will let you charge the phone from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes of charging.
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Available in Midnight, Gold and Rose colour finishes, both Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus run Android 6.0.1 powered by Cyanogen 13.1. Both phones have a lot in common aside from processing power and camera resolutions. In terms of physical characteristics, both phones weigh 155g and are 8.4mm thick, both of which makes them perfect for one-handed usage and to carry in your pocket. Both also feature 5-inch HD displays with pixel densities of 294ppi and oleophobic coating protects their screens from fingerprints and other irritating marks.
Resolution-wise, the rear cam in Swift 2 Plus is a 16-MP one with a Samsung 3P3 camera sensor, Samsung ISOCELL technology, PDAF and an f2.0 aperture. The rear cam in the Swift 2 is a slightly underpowered 13-MP one with a 3L8 Samsung camera sensor and PDAF. Both phones have the same 8-MP front camera sensor with Dual LED flash for bright selfies even in low light conditions.
The 2,700 mAh battery in both phones can be charged up to 25% in just 15 minutes, 50% in 30 minutes or 75% in only 45 minutes, thanks to Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 tech and a USB Type-C charging port. While both phones run the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processors, What makes the Swift 2 Plus more powerful than the Swift 2 is a 3GB RAM compared to a 2GB one in the latter. Swift 2 Plus also comes with 32GB of onboard storage compared to 16GB in the Swift 2. Both phones feature a MicroSD slot as well as two SIM slots in Micro and Nano configurations.
Priced at £159 and £189 respectively, Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus can be purchased on the Wileyfox website or from Amazon and a few other online retail stores. You can also buy protective cases for the phones worth £14.99 as well as extended warranty for the same price.
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The Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus launches follow a series of smartphone launches made by Wileyfox in the second half of this year. Back in June, Wileyfox launched three new phones and named them Spark, Spark + and Spark X and priced them between £89.99 and £129.99. Available in Sandstone Black and White colour options, all three phones are available with three-year warranties worth just £9.99.
Wileyfox Spark features a 5-inch IPS HD display, a MediaTek MT6735A Quad Core processor, 8GB of internal storage, a MicroSD card slot offering 32GB of additional storage, 1GB of RAM, a removable 2,200 mAh battery and 8MP front and rear cameras. Costing £25 more than the Spark, the Spark+ features the same 5-inch IPS HD display and the same MediaTek MT6735A Quad Core processor but offers twice the storage (16GB) and RAM (2GB) combination. The rear camera is a more powerful 13-megapixel one while the front camera resolution at 8-megapixels is the same as the one in the Spark.
The Wileyfox Spark X, which costs £129.99 and is the costliest among the three phones, has been called the 'nifty big brother of the Spark range' by Wileyfox. It features a larger 5.5-inch IPS HD display but with the same resolution as in the other two phones but a better pixel density of 267ppi. It also features, like the Spark+, a MediaTek MT6735A Quad Core processor, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, a MicroSD slot offering 32GB of additional storage, 13MP rear and 8MP front cameras and Dual SIM support.