Some of you might be aware of OnePlus and how they came out of nowhere with their phones. However, it seems like there is now another company trying to get into the mobile phone space called Wileyfox. They are launching their brand of smartphones with two new handsets called the Swift and the Storm.
With the swift, you get the following:
- 5″ HD Screen (1280×720)
- 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5 megapixel front facing camera
- 4G LTE
- 1.2GHz quad-core processor/CPU
- MicroSD card slot (which supports an SD card with a capacity of up to 32GB)
- 16GB of internal storage
- 2GB of RAM
- Cyanogen OS 12.1
What about the Storm smartphone? Well, here’s what you get:
- 5.5″ Full HD screen (1920×1080)
- 20 megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8 megapixel front facing camera
- 4G LTE
- 1.5GHz 8-core processor/CPU
- MicroSD card slot (which supports an SD card with a capacity of up to 128GB)
- 32GB of internal storage
- 3GB of RAM
- Cyanogen OS 12.1
So what do these phones bring to the table? Well, they run Wileyfox’s own custom version of Cyanogen OS. A lot of you might recognise that name because Cyanogen OS is made by the same people that make CyanogenMOD(a super-lightweight, custom version of Android).
Unlike most other manufacturers’s versions on Android you will be allowed to uninstall the apps that come pre-loaded with it. On top of that it comes with the Trucaller software (so that you can block unwanted calls) and an EQ (to change the sound of the built-in speaker).
Additionally you also have the capability to choose what data apps can share.
So when will you be able to get these handsets? Well the swift will set you back £129 and will be available to buy in September and the Storm will be priced at £199 when that goes on sale in October. If you are reading this in the USA in then it looks like you won’t be able to get your hands on either of these smartphones any time soon. However, it will be available in the UK around the above time frames but there was no mention of pricing or release date for Europe or other countries.
Right now, the smartphone space is quite crowded as it is with Samsung, Apple, OnePlus and HTC being the only real players in the mix right now.
With that being said, the ability to uninstall pretty much any pre-loaded softare from these smartphones, as well as block unwanted calls makes these Wileyfox smartphones very interesting. On top of that the likes of Samsung have decided not to include an SD card slot, so it would be good to see if Wileyfox can make a splash in the smartphone space like OnePlus did.
Would you buy a Wileyfox smartphone? Let me know in the comments.