We managed to get get hold of a prototype device of the new flagship smartphone from the UK’s Kazam. A 5 inch Android handset running MediaTeks’ octa-core processor, the Tornado 2 5.0 joins the fray in an increasingly competitive budget smartphone segment. Watch Roland get hands on with the Kazam Tornado 2 5.0.
The battle in the entry-level smartphone space has never been fiercer with aggressively priced Android handsets arriving in their droves this year. While major established players are trying to get a foothold in the affordable smartphone space – Nokia have their X series, and Asus the recently launched ZenFone series to mention just two – we are also seeing smaller, lesser known players like the UK’s Kazam scrap it out for their place in the market.
The Tornado 2, is a 5 inch smartphone that runs Android 4.2.2 on the MediaTek octa-core MT6592 processor. As well as the low cost MediaTek chip, I think it’s fair to say that generally, the spec sheet below reflects the relative budget focus of the device. Let’s take a look in more detail:
Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 Specifications
• 5 Inch 720p IPS LCD Display
• MediaTek Octa-Core (MT6592) Processor @1.7Ghz
• 1GB RAM
• 4GB Internal Memory
• microSD Slot Up to 64GB
• 8MP Rear Camera (1080p video @ 30FPS)
• 2MP Front Camera
• Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS
• Dual SIM
• 142mm x 73mm x 9.5mm
• 121 grams
• 1,800 mAh Battery
• Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
The Tornado 2 features a plastic back supported by what feels like an aluminum frame. Behind the back cover we have a removable 1,800mAh battery, microSD card slot and dual SIM slots. As Roland notes in the video below, the relatively small capacity battery may well struggle to deliver a full day’s usage, especially packing MediaTek’s 8 core SoC.
Due for release in July, the Kazam Tornado will be the new flagship for the company which currently offer several smartphone products that use the marketing names Trooper and Thunder. The Tornado is expected to arrive in Europe for around 270 Euros or less including tax, which means it will compete in the increasingly packed budget space.
We are happy to see that Kazam have opted for what seems to be a very vanilla flavored implementation of Android, similar to what we have seen on many MediaTek based devices. However the Tornado 2 also suffers from the ignominy that plagues many MediaTek handsets, running the now outdated Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It remains to be seen if they can support Kit Kat at launch.
Being from the UK, Kazam are very much focused on the European markets and have plans to retail in the UK, Francs, Germany, Spain and Poland.