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Wileyfox Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus in a nutshell: Specs, features, UK price and release date

British mobile manufacturer Wileyfox has just launched the Wileyfox Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus, the 2016 follow-ups to last year’s rather good – and pleasingly affordable – Wileyfox Swift phone. Here’s all you need to know about the Wileyfox Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus, including full specs, the best features, how it compares to the first Wileyfox Swift, and the UK price and release date.

What is the Wileyfox Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus?

Last year, new British mobile brand Wileyfox leapt onto the scene with two affordable mobiles – the Wileyfox Swift and the Wileyfox Storm. The Swift was the cheaper of the two at just £125 SIM-free here in the UK. Despite that it crammed in plenty of great features, including a crisp 720p display and the brilliant Cyanogen OS.

Just over a year later, the UK mobile firm has just launched the Wileyfox Swift 2 and a model with boosted specs known as the Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus. Besides the rather disappointing Wileyfox Spark, this is the only major phone launch that Wileyfox has made in 2016 – and so far the Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus have serious promise, building on the solid foundations of the existing Swift while keeping that low price point.

Here’s the full Wileyfox Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus specs, what the difference is between them, how they compare with the original Swift and how you can get your hands on them here in the UK.

Wileyfox Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus specs: What’s the difference?

As you can see below, the only difference between the Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus is with the memory and storage on-board, plus the rear camera megapixel count. Both phones are the same size, like the Moto G4 and G4 Plus, with 5-inch 720p screens, fingerprint sensors and metallic design.

Phone Wileyfox Swift 2 Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus
Screen size and type 5-inches IPS 5-inches IPS
Screen resolution 720p 720p
Fingerprint sensor? Yes Yes
Water resistant? No No
Processor 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430
Memory 2GB 3GB
Storage 16GB 32GB
MicroSD? Yes Yes
Battery 2700mAh (supports Quick Charge 3.0) 2700mAh (supports Quick Charge 3.0)
Rear camera 13MP 16MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP

Wileyfox Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus vs Wileyfox Swift: What’s the difference?

So, how do the two new Swift 2 phones compare with the original Swift handset from 2015?

For a start, the Swift 2 models are made of metal, with a sleek aluminium frame instead of the soft-touch plastic body of the original Swift. You now get a fingerprint sensor to unlock both the Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus, something missing from the original Swift.

Performance has been updated, with the Snapdragon 410 of last year’s Swift replaced with a Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor. The first phone was a bit laggy and we’re really hoping that the Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus can run Cyanogen without any stutter.

Screen size and resolution hasn’t changed, but you now get a choice of 13-megapixel or 16-megapixel cameras, while last year’s Swift came with a 13-megapixel lens.

The Wileyfox Swift 2 also updates the USB connection to Type-C, and the battery charges with Quick Charge 3.0. So you can expect it to fill up in just over an hour.

Wileyfox Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus UK price and release date

The Wileyfox Swift 2 will cost you £159 here in the UK, or €189 in Europe.

The Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus will cost you £189 here in the UK.

You can pre-order both phones today on Amazon, and you should receive your new Wileyfox phone next week.

Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus unboxing and hands-on review

We already have our review sample of the Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus, and here’s our full Swift 2 Plus unboxing and hands-on review video. Enjoy!

 

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