Wileyfox Storm and Swift – Cyanogen powered smartphones which pack a punch
Say Hi to Wileyfox, a brand never heard before! That’s because it is a brand new venture from Britain to compete with the already congested Android Smartphone market. Their goal here is similar to OnePlus, to provide good hardware without making a very big hole in your wallet. Today they have launched two smartphones Storm and Swift. The thing which got my attention is that they both run CyanogenMod 12.2 (Android 5.1.1 Lollipop), and myself being a very old fan and user of CM I had to check them out!
Storm is the premium device in Wileyfox’s collection, housing some great specs with quite a budget friendly price tag. The Storm comes with a FHD LG 1080p 5.5 inch IPS display with 400 ppi. Under the hood you will find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (64-bit 1.5 Ghz Octa-core) processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The device also supports dual sims and a micro SD card upto 128GB. On the camera front the Storm does not disappoint either, housing a 20MP Sony EXMOR IMX220 CMOS Rear Camera and an 8MP selfie camera with flash. Lastly the device runs on a 2500mAh non-removable battery, which will more or less last you a day for sure. The device is available in Sandstone Black for £199.
The Wileyfox Swift is a much more budget friendlier option than the Storm, so obviously the specs have been dialed down a bit as well. The Swift houses a 5 inch IPS 720p HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 for extra protection. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (64-bit Quad-core 1.2GHz) processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage with the option of expanding the memory via a microSD card (upto 32GB). The Swift is equipped with a 13MP Samsung rear camera with dual LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera in the front. The great thing about this device is that, the 2500 mAh battery is removable, so you can easily swap in a new battery when the old one dies. It will be available for only £129.
Both devices are 4G compatible and will be available only online in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Swift will be available as early as September while the Storm will be available from October. So, what do you guys think about these devices? Do they have enough to carve their way in the Android smartphone market?