• Operating System: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • System on Chip: Snapdragon 430
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB, expandable with microSD
  • Display: 5.7-inch 720 x 1440 IPS
  • Camera: 16MP (rear), 20+8MP (front)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 + A2DP + LE, 802.11n, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Dimensions: 152.3 x 72.8 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 162g
  • Pros:
  • Dual selfie cam
  • Good build
  • Cons:
  • Performance

Double The Selfie Goodness

The dust seems to have settled and Wiko has become one of the more commonly seen brands around, catering mostly to the midrange segment for smartphones. This time around, we get to test the Wiko View Prime.

At first glance, it’s hard to tell that the Wiko View Prime is only a midrange device. It’s comes with a fairly large 5.7-inch display based on the 18:9 aspect ratio, which keeps the device from feeling wide but does make it taller. Available in several colours, the one we have is called Deep Bleen, a mix of dark blue and green that not only looks good but also unique. The aluminium alloy body is quite thin but feels well built, so it maintains a very light weight without being flimsy.

What stands out on the View Prime is definitely its dual front facing cameras, consisting of a 20-megapixel and 8-megapixel pair. At the back is a more orthodox single 16-megapixel camera with LED flash, as well as a fingerprint sensor below. Other than that, the other components are quite standard, with the buttons on the right, SIM tray on the left and headphone jack on the top.

Considering that Wiko likely made this phone for social media users, performance was just average. Although the Snapdragon 430 chipset can adequately handle any regular task, it shows visible lag while running high-requirement programmes, such as when we did our benchmarks. It does have 4GB of RAM, so checking out your social media feed and watching a YouTube video at the same time using the split screen function is possible. But run too many apps and Android automatically starts closing less active ones.

With the new 18:9 aspect ratio, 1440×720 resolution screens like the one here is becoming the next 720p. It offers a wider screen, which can be great for taking pictures or even for certain types of games like racing games. However, the screen itself isn’t that good for videos, since it lacks sharpness. This is not always apparent, but becomes noticeable when viewing videos or movies with fast visual transitions, such as action movies.

What’s great for this device though, is its dual front facing cameras. The 20-megapixel lens is f/2.0 aperture and comes paired with a soft light flash for more natural shots, without the harsh light that comes with flashes. There’s also a portrait mode, beautification feature, and even HDR to make your selfies look better.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Although it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, the good build and two front facing cameras are compelling reasons to consider this smartphone.wiko-view-prime-600x500

(previously published in issue February)