Newcomer Wileyfox announces a pair of Cyanogen-powered smartphones

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There’s a new smartphone brand in town and it’s brought two devices to the battlefield. Privately-held UK-based Wileyfox on Tuesday revealed the Storm and Swift, both of which will arrive pre-loaded with Cyanogen OS 12.1

The Wileyfox Storm features a 5.5-inch full HD display that is powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 615 chip alongside 3GB of RAM. Around back is a 20-megapixel camera opposite of an 8-megapixel unit up front as well as 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and 32GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card.

The Swift, meanwhile, packs a slightly smaller 5-inch HD display. Under the hood is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC with 2GB of RAM on tap. A 13-megapixel camera graces the back of the handset while a 5-megapixel camera up front handles video calls and selfies. It, too, features 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE support but comes with half the local storage at 16GB (also expandable).

Both smartphones are powered by a 2,500mAh battery but curiously enough, they don’t ship with a charger in the box.

The Wileyfox Storm is priced at £199 (roughly $315) and will be available sometime in October while the £129 (about $204) Swift launches a month earlier in September. Both devices will be sold exclusively online in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. No word yet on when or if they’ll be sold in other regions.

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Seems like a decent product:

CONS: It's an Android product. Every microSD card I have ever had in an Android products has died.

PROS: Whatever pros it has are outweighed by the fact it is an Android product.

P.S. I am not an 'Apple fanboy'


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No power adapter? Seriously, they cost a buck to manufacture in China, the least you could do is throw one in, these phones are not ridiculously cheap products. Heck even those available online for sub $100 come with chargers and cables...

CONS: It's an Android product. Every microSD card I have ever had in an Android products has died.

You mean every microSD card you have ever had has died, period. In my experience they all die regardless of what device they are used in, usb adapters kill them, cameras kill them, none android phones kill them. MicroSD cards are the disposable medium of this generation, funny though, I've had standard SD cards survive water, fire, severe drops even had one run over by a car, well that one broke and was not recoverable, but still the first three hazards didn't kill it.


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It comes with "USB data and charging cable" what more do you want?
For the money it's a decent phone.