• Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • System on Chip: Mediatek MT6739WA
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable with microSD
  • Display: 5.99-inch 720 x 1440 IPS
  • Camera: 16MP (rear), 20+8MP (front)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 + A2DP + LE, 802.11n, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Dimensions: 157.8 x 75.8 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 162g
  • Pros:
  • Display
  • Big battery
  • Cons:
  • Fingerprint magnet

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With all the smartphone brands out there competing for the premium and midrange market, you sometimes wonder if they’ve forgotten the existence of the low income group. But Wiko has them covered, because it is a company that aims to offer affordable options. In this issue, we’ll be taking a look at the Wiko View Max.

As the name implies, the View Max’s intends to give you the maximum view possible with its relatively large 5.99-inch screen and FullView Display (720×1440 resolution) tech. This device has a slightly curving back and rounded sides, making it easier to hold despite being a rather large phone. Thin aluminium is used for the body to keep it lightweight, without compromising on the build quality. However, one of our peeves with the choice of design is the metallic back, which is highly reflective and is a fingerprint magnet.

In terms of buttons and ports, the Wiko View Max comes with the standard package. Wiko also opted for the older micro USB port and a single camera at the back to reduce cost. A larger than normal LED flash is placed right below the rear camera, a weird choice as it could mislead users to think it’s a second camera. The speaker and fingerprint sensor are also at the back, SIM tray on the left, power and volume buttons on the right, and the audio jack is on top.

When it comes to processing power, the View Max can only deliver a modest performance. Along with the 3GB-only RAM, this device will struggle with intensive apps. Instead, it’s more suited for use as a daily driver for normal usage like calls, web browsing, or social media. It can stream YouTube videos and browse Facebook just fine, but don’t try to do things like mobile gaming or opening 20 Google Chrome tabs, or it’ll likely choke and slow down.

Speaking of videos, the display for the View Max is not just large, but the colour and brightness are also quite impressive for a phone at this price range. The audio doesn’t match up, however, with voice audio from the rear speaker sounding slightly muffled, even when not placed flat on its back.
Another nice thing about this phone is the large 4,000 mAh battery. It gives users enjoy a longer runtime without having to worry about charging it, highly useful for people who are always out.

CHIP CONCLUDE: It’s not going to break any benchmark records, but if you need an Android Oreo device and don’t have a big budget, this is an option to consider.

(previously published in issue August 2018)