Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

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New British mobe maker Wileyfox has launched a pair of Cyanogen smartphones.

The £199 SIM-free Storm has an eight-core 64-bit ARMv8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 system-on-chip running at up to 1.5GHz, 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM, a 20Mp Sony EXMOR main camera and an 8Mp front-facing cam, 1920 x 1080 5.5” touchscreen display, and a 128GB microSD card slot.

The Swift costs £129, and has a quad-core 64-bit ARMv8 Snapdragon 410 system-on-chip running at up to 1.2GHz, 16GB of storage and 2GB RAM, 13Mp camera, a 1280 x 720 5” display, and a 32GB microSD card slot.

Both devices can do 4G, and have dual SIM slots, and run Cyanogen 12.1 – a customized Android build. Each phone has a 2500mAh battery, which is removable in the Swift and not in the Storm.

The company has used Cyanogen to replace the default dialer app with the Truecaller app, which has a crowdsourced 1.7 billion contacts.

If you use the Truecaller integrated dialer, and receive an incoming call, a heads-up notification appears that identifies the number and how many people have marked as spam. You can choose to block spam callers, or phone numbers you choose not to receive calls from.

“Cyanogen OS is known in the industry as delivering a better Android experience," a Wileyfox spokesperson told The Register. "An OS innovator, it does not fork Android. It delivers an Android experience above and beyond stock Android, especially in the areas of customisation, security and privacy, and enhanced app experiences.”

The phones will be available shortly from the company website. ®

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