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Mobile World Congress 2014: Kazam takes on Samsung with octa-core Tornado 2 5.0

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Mobile World Congress 2014: Kazam takes on Samsung with octa-core Tornado 2 5.0

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This eight-core mobile from UK-based underdog Kazam also offers a 720p resolution and an 8-megapixel camera. We go hands-on

Hello. I'm Luke Westaway here at the CNET booth in Mobile World Congress 2014. We're taking a look at this. This is the Kazam Tornado 2 5.0, an octa-core smartphone from a small UK-based company that wants to take on the likes of Samsung. Let's take a look. So let's talk a little bit about the hardware that you get with this phone. The Tornado 2 5.0 has a 5-inch display with a 720p resolution. It looks quite sharp to me. It also packs a gigabyte of RAM and 8 gigabytes of storage. If I flip it around that's an 8-megapixel camera. On the front there's a 2-megapixel camera. Now I mentioned that octa-core chip. It's a 1.7 gigahertz MediaTek processor. I think you'll probably be hardpushed to really exploit all those cores and use that processor to its full capacity but it certainly feels very slick to use, so I'm excited about its performance potential. This isn't the fanciest version of the Tornado 2. There's also a 5.5-inch version that has a higher resolution screen, more RAM, and 13 and 5-megapixel cameras. Kazam's phones are mostly in sale around Europe. They're not in the US yet. The company knows it's an underdog though so it has some cool customer service policies to try and tempt you. For example if you break the phone's screen in the first year, you can get it replaced for free the first time it happens. You can also have a rep remotely access your phone to do any trouble shooting. There's no fixed price yet but I don't think that this phone is gonna be too expensive. We're expecting to see it somewhere around the 300 euro mark. It's interesting to see what these underdog companies are coming up with and I think Kazam is definitely want to keep an eye on. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET here at Mobile World Congress 2014. Check out CNET.com for loads more from this show.

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