Wileyfox Swift 2 and 2 Plus blend respectable specs, premium design and aggressive pricing

What does the (Wiley) fox say? Nothing worth writing home about just a few months ago, when this British smartphone-manufacturing startup followed last year’s warmly received first-generation Swift and Storm with a far too humble Spark trio, but a “fresh look and impressive tech upgrade” now brings the Swift 2 in the limelight for all the right reasons.

Well, most of the right reasons anyway, as we can’t really act impressed by a 5-inch 720 display or Snapdragon 430 processor. On the decidedly bright side, both the Wileyfox Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus “make sophisticated statements” with “delicate curves”, aviation-grade aluminum metal housing, and diamond cut “iconic” fox logos.

Priced at £189 ($230) on British shores, compared to £159 ($195) for the standard configuration, the Plus version stands out thanks primarily to an awesome-sounding 16MP rear-facing Samsung 3P3 camera sensor with ISOCELL technology and f2.0 aperture.

The higher-end model also packs 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage space, while the non-Plus second-gen Swift settles for 2 and 16 gigs respectively, as well as a 13MP main Samsung shooter. Everything else is the same, including 8MP selfie cams, fingerprint recognition, NFC support, microSD capabilities, USB Type-C connectivity, 2,700 mAh battery capacity, 8.64 mm profiles, “big box speaker set-up”, and of course, pre-loaded Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 software “powered” by Cyanogen 13.1.

For a post-Brexit upper mid-range smartphone duo, the bang for buck pound feels quite competitive, don’t you think?

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