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MWC: Kazam takes on the Galaxy S5 with £200 octa-core smartphone

The Tornado 2 5.5 has an octa-core 1.7GHz processor with a 5.5in display
Thu Feb 27 2014, 17:20
Kazam Tornado2 5.5 smartphone

KAZAM WILL CHALLENGE Samsung's Galaxy S5 with the launch of two octa-core smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC) that are set to arrive in the UK in the coming months.

The highest specified of Kazam's new handsets is the Tornado 2 5.5, which should hit markets in the second quarter for €250, or around £200.

The Tornado 2 5.5 has an octa-core 1.7GHz processor and 2GB of RAM with a 5.5n full HD IPS display and a 13MP rear-facing snapper, pretty impressive specifications for a £200 device. However, although it's powered by a powerful processor, the Tornado 2 5.5 runs a slightly outdated version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

The good news is that Kazam doesn't skin Android in any way, meaning that the Tornado2 will ship with Google's stock user interface, which should make it a little nippier and easier to upgrade to more recent versions of Android.

The Tornado 2 5.5 has dual SIM slots, 16GB of internal storage expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card, a microUSB port and a 5MP front-facing camera. There's also Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi connectivity, a 2,500mAh battery for 7.5 hours of talk time and it measures 8.5mm thick.

The Kazam Tornado 2 5.5 will be joined by the Tornado 2 5.0 - a slightly smaller and less powerful version. The Tornado 2 5.0 has a 5in HD 720p display and the same octa-core 1.7GHz processor, but 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and 8MP rear-facing and 2MP front facing cameras. We're not sure about the price of this smaller handset yet.

Calling its handsets "master of multitasking", Kazam said that its new octo-core phones will come with Kazam Rescue and cracked screen replacement insurance.

The Tornado 2 range will be available across Europe sometime in the second quater with different launch dates in different countries, Kazam said. µ

 

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