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The force is strong with these new Obi smartphones

Obi Worldphone, an American mobile manufacturer led by ex-Apple CEO John Sculley, has launched two new smartphones in San Francisco: the Obi Worldphone SF1 and the Obi Worldphone SJ1.5.

Obi Worldphone SF1: Specs and features

The Obi Worldphone SF1 is the more premium of the two phones, although it still packs mid-range specs, similar to the Moto X Play. The inner Star Wars geek in us wishes that this phone was called the ‘Obi One’, but you can’t have everything.

The Obi Worldphone SF1 is a good-looking handset, with straight edges tapering into curvy, rounded ends and a sticky-out screen. If the Nokia Lumia 800 and the iPhone 6 made sweet smartphone love and produced a child, this would be it.

That stand-out display is a 5-inch Full HD panel, packing in 443 pixels-per-inch. Performance is provided by a Snapdragon 615 processor and there are two variants of the Worldphone SF1: a 16GB model with 2GB of RAM and a 32GB model with 3GB of RAM, both with a microSD memory card slot for expansion.

We don’t know how long the Worldphone SF1 lasts between charges, but the 3,000mAh battery supports Quick Charge, so you should be able to get a couple of hours of use from just a few minutes of last-minute panic charging.

Android Lollipop 5.0.2 has been overhauled with a fresh in-house interface known as Obi Lifespeed, notable for its circular design and funky app icons.

Most low-cost phones these days come packing decent optics – take for instance the new Moto G‘s excellent 13-megapixel snapper, the same camera found on the Nexus 6. The Obi Worldphone SF! also crams in a 13-megapixel camera, using Sony’s Exmor IMX214 Sensor – so we’re hopeful that your photos will come out looking sharp.

The Worldphone SF1’s 5-megapixel front-facing camera also sports a flash, so you can take glamorous selfies in the darkest of clubs.

Obi Worldphone SJ1.5 specs and features

The Obi Worldphone SJ1.5 is a more stripped-back version of the SF1. So the 5-inch screen is scaled back to a 720p resolution, while the processor has been swapped out for a Mediatek MT6580 chipset. There’s just 1GB of RAM and only a 16GB model, although you once again get a microSD memory card slot.

Meanwhile, the Sony Exmor camera sensor has been replaced with a more budget-friendly 8-megapixel lens and the front-facing camera doesn’t have a flash.

The Obi Worldphone SJ1.5 does make up for the basic specs with a range of funky designs, at least. We particularly like the black model with red trim.

Obi Worldphone SF1 and SJ1.5 UK price and release date

So far there’s no word on a UK release for the Worldphone handsets, but the Obi Worldphone website allows users from Britain to sign up for updates, so we’re hopeful that the phones will cross the Atlantic soon.

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