Wileyfox has been among the most high profile customers of Cyanogen OS in the last few years, using the custom OS in all of its phones successfully and offering a brilliant user experience. With the demise of Cyanogen, Wileyfox was expected to return to the Android fold which it did today with the launch of the new Swift 2 X mid-range smartphone.
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The new Swift 2 X presently runs Cyanogen v 13.1 based on Android Marshmallow but Wileyfox will roll out an Android 7.0 Nougat update in February following with the phone will function like any other smartphone offering pure Android apps and experiences. With a price tag of just £219.99 and offering brilliant cameras, battery and other features, the phone could turn to out be among the best under £250 phones of the year, but its processing power could let it down.
Specifications wise, the Swift 2 X comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display with a pixel density of 424 ppi and which is protected by a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 screen. It also features a 16-MP primary camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 8-MP front camera featuring Samsung's ISOCELL technology. Other specs include a 3010 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, a Snapdragon 430 processor capable of delivering clock speed of 1.4 GHz, 32B of internal storage and 3GB of RAM.
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Swift 2 X comes with a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers, two SIM ports, a MicroSD slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone supports Android Pay, features a fingerprint sensor and runs a AW87319 power amp which delivers more than 90 decibels of sound. Weighing at just 155g, Swift 2 X is 8.8mm thin and will be available in Midnight Blue colour option.
Swift 2 X is slightly more expansive compared to the Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus which released in November and are priced £159 and £189 respectively. All three phones run the same Snapdragon 430 processor and the storage and RAM in the Swift 2 X is similar to the ones in Swift 2 Plus. However, Swift 2 X comes with a 3010 mAh battery compared to a 2,700 mAh one in the latter and also features a slightly larger display which may explain the £30 difference in their pricing. It is expected that all three phones, which run the same version of Cyanogen, will be upgraded to Nougat once Wileyfox releases the upgrade in February.