Kazam Tornado 348 Review

on Sunday, December 14, 2014
BRITISH PHONE MAKER Kazam unveiled the Tornado 348 this week, a £250 octa-core smartphone that claims the title of the world's thinnest.
While the name sounds more like a vacuum cleaner, Kazam's Tornado 348 measures just 5.15mm thick and is crafted from aluminium-magnesium, making it lighter, skinnier and as high end as the iPhone 6, but with a £300 cheaper price tag.

We got some hands-on time with the device in a rather glamorous setting - at the top of The Shard in London - when the firm's CEO showed it off at a Mediatek launch, which is the manufacturer that makes the MT6592 True octa-core chip that features in the smartphone.
The main talking point of the Kazam Tornado 348 is, of course, its super slim design.
We were immediately impressed by the feel of the device and, while its sleek frame sits brilliantly in the hand, it also argues against the idea that this is supposed to be a 'budget' device, as its aluminium frame feels strong and high quality.

The Tornado 348 is also very light at just 95.5g. However, it could be said it's a little too light, as its low weight makes it feel a bit like a toy, and a little hollow. We think sometimes heavier phones can have a more substantial feel in the hand.
The Tornado 348 boasts a 4.8in 1280x780 Amoled screen which appeared bright and vibrant in our hands-on tests. Better still, if you are silly enough to drop your phone in the first 12 months of owning it, Kazam will replace it for free.

However, as with most smartphones, we found the display quite reflective, and it struggled under bright fluorescent lighting. Nevertheless, touch commands on the display were responsive and it felt smooth and comfortable to use at all times.
Performance and OS
Under the hood, the Tornado 348 packs MediaTek's octa-core MT6592 processor, paired with 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It arrives running Google's Android 4.4.2 Kitkat operating system but there's no word as to whether it can be updated to the newly announced Android 5.0 Lollipop.


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