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Wileyfox Swift 2 swoops in with affordable smartphone performance

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Wileyfox has officially announced its latest low-cost smartphones, the Wileyfox Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus, which bring a solid lineup of specs at an affordable price.  

This just-in-time-for-Christmas launch positions the Swift 2 perfectly for inclusion in your letter to Santa. It replaces the original Wileyfox Swift, which impressed us with its strong spec sheet and low price back in 2015.

The Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus add a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and NFC – things the original Swift lacked – allowing them to support Android Pay. 

There’s a faster Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, Quick Charge 3.0 technology allowing you to regain 50% of battery life in just 30 minutes, and a USB-C port on the base of the handsets.  

The differences between the two variants are storage and camera. The WileyFox Swift 2 has 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP rear camera. Meanwhile the Swift 2 Plus has 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and a 16MP rear snapper.  

A lot, for not a lot

Both phones have the same aluminium form-factor, Android 6.0.1 operating system and 5-inch, 720p display.

The Swift 2 price has been confirmed as just £159, while the Swift 2 Plus will set you back £189.

The Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus are available today, with next day delivery from the Wileyfox site, while pre-orders are currently live on Amazon. 

Looking for an even cheaper smartphone? Then you’ll want to take a gander at the Wileyfox Spark

John joined TechRadar over a decade ago as Staff Writer for Phones, and over the years has built up a vast knowledge of the tech industry. He's interviewed CEOs from some of the world's biggest tech firms, visited their HQs and has appeared on live TV and radio, including Sky News, BBC News, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, LBC and BBC Radio 4. Originally specializing in phones, tablets and wearables, John is now TechRadar's resident automotive expert, reviewing the latest and greatest EVs and PHEVs on the market. John also looks after the day-to-day running of the site.