UK smartphone firm Wileyfox has unveiled its first two handsets, the Wileyfox Swift and Wileyfox Storm.
Both are budget Android 5.1 Lollipop devices that use the Cyanogen OS 12.1 custom skin to provide additional software functionality and security features.
These include Privacy Guard, which enables users to control the permissions granted to specific apps, Pin Scramble, which randomises number key placement on the PIN entry screen, and Protected Apps, a password-protected folder in which users can hide sensitive apps. Cyanogen OS 12.1 also includes various UI customisation options and the ability to jump straight to certain apps from the lock screen.
In terms of hardware, the £129 Wileyfox Swift (above left) features a 5in display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity, dual SIM support, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera and 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD.
The Wileyfox Storm (above right), which will cost £199, includes a larger 5.5in display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with 3GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity, dual SIM support, 20MP rear camera, 8MP front camera and 32GB of internal storage. Again, this can be expanded with a microSD card.
Wileyfox is primarily relying on the Cyanogen OS 12.1 skin to differentiate the Swift and Storm from existing budget smartphones, but both seem to be quite highly specced for their respective price points.
The Storm in particular can claim to have one of the biggest internal storage capacities and highest megapixel rear cameras in the sub-£200 market, potentially making it a viable competitor to the outstanding Motorola Moto G.
Specific release dates are to be confirmed, but Wileyfox told V3 that the Swift will launch in Europe during the last week of September, while the Storm will arrive a few weeks later in October. Both will be available online only.
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