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Wileyfox Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus budget phones unveiled

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Wileyfox has unveiled two successors to 2015’s budget-priced Swift smartphone, teaming improved camera capabilities and five-inch screens with a fast charge mode.

In keeping with earlier Wileyfox phones, the Swift 2 (priced £159) and Swift 2 Plus (priced £189) are powered by Cyanogen – a version of Google’s Android operating system that affords users much more scope for customising the look and feel of their handset.

Both phones are equipped with five-inch HD screens with 720 resolution and a premium aluminium construction – a significant upgrade from the last-generation Swift that had a plastic backplate.


Other major additions from last year’s model include a more premium aluminium construction and Fast Charge 3.0. According to Wileyfox, users can expect a 15% charge from 15 minutes charge and 75% charge in 45 minutes.

The cameras have been improved too. The Swift 2 is home to a 13-megapixel rear camera and eight-megapixel front camera for selfies. The Plus iteration also features a 13-megapixel front camera, but upgrades the rear camera to 16 megapixels.

For the first time in Wileyfox handset, the Swift 2 phones support Android Pay. This means users can pay for low-ticket goods and services by swiping their phone over a reader in shops and restaurants.

To keep financial details secure, there’s a fingerprint reader secreted in the home button.

A Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor keeps everything ticking over. The Cyanogen software it runs is based on Android Marshmallow and Wileyfox has pledged it’ll be upgraded to the newer Nougat version ‘in some shape or form’.

The phones are available to order now directly from Wileyfox and are available to pre-order from Amazon, with delivery expected next week.

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