MWC 2014: Kazam Tornado2 8-core smartphone is a Samsung Galaxy S5 rival

At MWC 2014, Kazam has further added to its range of smartphones with high-end octo-core handsets.

The Tornado2 5.5 and Tornado2 5.0 are, as you might expect, a 5.5in phablet and 5in smartphone respectively, both of which are set to launch in the second quarter.

The Tornado2 5.5 will sport a 1.7GHz octo-core CPU, 13-megapixel camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It will support dual-sim cards, and the 5.5in display will be a full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS panel. The handset will boast 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage, with Android 4.2 on board (hopefully that will see a KitKat update pretty sharpish).

The 5in model will have the same 1.7GHz octo-core processor, and a 1280 x 720 display resolution, with 8-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras, alongside 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage. Both phones will have a microSD slot for memory expansion.

Strangely, though, there's no LTE support as you might expect on high-end models, although Kazam did introduce 4G with one of its other recently unveiled smartphones (the Thunder2 4.5L).

Michael Coombes, CEO of Kazam, enthused: “We are excited to launch the first Kazam octo-core phones at the world’s largest mobile trade show. The Kazam Tornado2 range delivers the ultimate mobile experience for those who demand a lot from their phone, it is a master of multi-tasking.”

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