British manufacturer Wileyfox are a newcomer to the smartphone industry and earlier this year, released two Android devices, the Wileyfox Swift and the Wileyfox Storm. Of the two models, the Storm is the later and more powerful device, with the Swift being the first Wileyfox product to launch. Neither device is the most powerful in its class, or has the best specification, but the devices have a number of definite charms. Today, we are writing about the Wileyfox Swift, which was launched at a price of £129. For the money, the Swift comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 System-on-Chip, which is a relatively modern chipset based around the 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 application core. The Snapdragon 410 is backed up by 2 GB of RAM plus 16 GB of internal memory, marking the device out to be a lower level handset. Wileyfox have wisely given the Swift a MicroSD card slot and because it has 2 GB of RAM, it should perform better compared with many similar entry level devices that have 1 GB of RAM. The Swift has a 5.0-inch, 720p resolution display, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front facing camera and a 2,500 mAh, removable, battery. Furthermore, the Swift is a dual SIM device with LTE support.
One of the Swift’s best features is that the manufacturer has arranged for the software to be maintained and updated by Cyanogen and fresh from the factory, the smartphone runs Cyanogen OS 12.1, which is based around Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Cyanogen OS is similar to stock Android but features many additional features and customizable options over and above the stock installation, whilst being designed to be smooth, fluid and high performance. Android 5.1.1, and of course Cyanogen OS 12.1, is able to take full advantage of the Swift’s dual SIM arrangement – the Swift should be a good device for the international traveller.
Another good feature of the Swift is the price, which at just £129, undercuts many single-SIM devices such as the Motorola Moto G and outpoints them when it comes to specification. However, for today, the Wileyfox Swift sees a price reduction on Amazon down to £99. This new lower price gives the customer a lot of hardware, which should be kept up to date with modern version of Android, for not a lot of money. If you had read our Wileyfox Swift review and were undecided if it was worth picking up, at the new lower price, it looks a more tempting device.