I suspect it’s been rather a long time since you read the words British and manufacture in the same sentence and whether it makes you swell with patriotic pride or indifference, it’s an exciting development.
It’s all down to a British firm called Kazam, born from two former HTC-UK executives, Michael Coombes and James Atkins who promise “No gimmicks or corporate bullshit” (their words, not ours) They only announced their formation a mere six months ago back in June of this year.
Kazam has decided to split its devices across two different ranges that they’re calling “Trooper and Thunder”. The former according to the British firm will focus on five different entry-mid level smartphones, while the latter will feature one high-end device, designed to take on the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung.
Both the Trooper and Thunder devices come with a dual-sim tray, removable batteries and stock Jelly Bean 4.2.2. Unfortunately none of the devices will feature LTE. Kazam’s flagship device the Thunder Q4.5 as its namesake suggests comes from the Thunder range and will feature Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a 4.5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 480 X 854. Round the back of the device, you’ll find an 8 mega-pixel sensor with autofocus. The front-facing camera features a 2mega-pixel sensor and is capable of shooting video at 30FPS in 720p. Powering the device is a 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor backed up by 1GB of RAM, memory is expandable via SD up to 32GB. All of this is kept ticking over by a 1800 mAH removable battery. The new boys on the block are also offering free placement on the devices if you crack the screen, something a lot of people will find very useful. As well as this the devices also are compatible with remote access.
The five devices in the trooper range are named after their screen sizes. Trooper X3.5, Trooper X4.0, Trooper X4.5, Trooper X5.0, Trooper X5.5.
The smallest of the devices, the Trooper X3.5 comes with a 480 x 320 3.5 inch TFT display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and a 2 Mega-pixel rear facing camera. Next, the Trooper X4.0 is higher up the scale with a 4-inch 800 x 480 TFT screen, but carries the same 1GHz processor as the X3.5. The Trooper X4.5 speeds things up a bit with a 1.2GHZ Dual Core processor.
Processor speeds stay the same for the X5.0 and X5.5 the only difference being the rear-facing camera is bumped up to a 5 Mega-pixel sensor and the screen sizes increase to 5 and 5.5 inch respectively.
Chief executive Michael Coombes had this to say about his venture. ” “Six months ago Kazam was founded and to be announcing our first phones today is incredible.
“We are small and experienced, ensuring we are quick to adapt and react to the changing needs of our local markets. There is much more to come from our exciting brand.”
An exciting brand indeed, but does it offer enough to go toe to toe with the other well established Smartphone manufacturers, let’s hope so. We’re looking forward to testing these devices out in the wild and will be sure to let you know our verdict when we do.