Meet Wileyfox - the UK equivalent of OnePlus. Well, sort of


Last year, OnePlus became quite famous with its first-ever handset – the "flagship killer" OnePlus One. Jam-packed with powerful hardware and running on Cyanogen OS, the handset was very aggressively priced, at $300-$350, which, naturally, drew quite a lot of attention.

Well, it seems that OnePlus may have paved the way for similar "killer smartphones" to try and take a bite from the market. British-based company Wileyfox has just announced that it will be releasing two new smartphone models, powered by the Cyanogen OS system. While in no way contending for the flagship scene, the two phones still pack some pretty interesting specs at an aggressive price point. And if you think that a “bang for the buck” deal is just not enough to draw parallels between Wileyfox and OnePlus – sure, its not, but seeing as both of the newly announced phones are offered in a “Sandstone Black” finish, which has been an OnePlus signature so far, we just couldn't help it.

The Wileyfox Swift is a dual-SIM entry-level class handset, sporting a 5”, 720 x 1280 display, a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, expandable via microSD of up to 32 GB, and a formidable camera combo of 13 MP for the back and 5 MP for the front snappers. All of this is priced at around $200 (£129).



The Wileyfox Storm is a midranger, which can still hold two SIM cards. It comes with a larger 5.5", 1080 x 1920 screen, a Snapdragon 615 SoC, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, expandable via microSD of up to 128 GB. Its cameras also have the better resolutions – 20 MP for the main snapper, and 8 MP for the selfie cam. The price-tag that will be stickied on the Storm is around $315 (£199).

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22 Comments

1. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Why 615? 800 would suit the "flagship killer" better.

14. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

615 is octa-core and has 64-bit architecture, it's more future-proof than the 2 years old 800

19. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

How? The 32bit 800 runs circles past the 615. And the GPU is nearly 4 times as capable

17. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

If it had a 808 or 805, it will sell way way better than the oneplus two

2. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

zenfone2 the best phone for 300$ with 64 gb int storage

3. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I sincerely hope the SD800 is more expensive than the SD615. If it is not, then phone manufacturers have to be pretty dumb choosing SD615 over SD800. SD800 performance including battery perfomance wipes the floor with SD615. All the hype about 64bit processors so far has been nonsense. SD80x are better that SD6xx and even SD 808 seems better than SD810.

8. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

sd615 likely costs around the same as the sd800. the main reason they put sd615 instead of the more powerful 800 is simply marketing. 95% of people haven't even heard about cpu architecture. they simply know that the more cores, the better. quite a lot of them also keep in their mind that 64bit is so much better than 32bit. so s165 is 8core and 64bit and in most people's mind, better. another reason is simply, qualcomm wants to push its new product.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

OP one still better than both

5. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

More like moto g equivalent... Weird article PA... Quality is going down. Big time.

6. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Looks great. More OEM's should opt for sandstone rather than glossy fake metal plastics. YUCK!

7. Shocky unregistered

Nope, the sandstone is a dirt magnet, gets in all the gaps and needs a lot of cleaning, used a friends recently and the back looked disgusting. Also it degrades over time, on some cases the back of the OnePlus would rub against the back and leave black marks, repeated cleaning has a similar result. So to answer you question, no they shouldn't use sandstone, it's similar to the surface you get in kids playgrounds but a lot smaller.

10. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

My 1+1 black sandstone back after 2 weeks of use and couple of time gentle wash looked exactly like you say. It showed signs of wear straight away. Nice effect by looks not practical at all.

12. Limbopope

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Totally agree. Took the chance with the bamboo back and never looked at the balding sandstone back again.

9. surethom

Posts: 1719; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

The most important spec is missing, What is the battery??

11. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

13. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I liked the logo.

15. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

ikr it really cool

16. MrTambourineMan

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 25, 2015

Wileyfox Swift looks exactly like "General Mobile 4G" the android one phone we have in Turkey. Same specs same looks.

18. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

That's SUCH A COOL LOGO!

21. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

first thing i thought too! puts all others to shame!

20. Mizraab

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I like the logo.

22. Shocky unregistered

The Storm actually looks quite good, yes it's a shame they're using SN615 but otherwise it's pretty good, the pricing puts it right between the two OnePlus One devices but you have expandable storage which many will appreciate, in addition there is a 20MP rear camera and a 8MP front camera. Looking forward to somebody testing this.

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