• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Operating System: Android 8.1
  • System on Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB (microSD up to 256GB)
  • Display: 5.93-inch HD+ IPS
  • Camera: Dual 12-megapixel (Rear) + 8-megapixel (Front)
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh
  • Dimensions: 153.4 x 73.2 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 166 g
  • Pros:
  • Price
  • The colour is gorgeous
  • Cons:
  • Has a big chin at the bottom

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This month, Wiko’s latest midrange smartphone – the View2 Plus – landed on our desks. We we unboxed it, one thing caught our eye, and it is the back of the device. With phones in 2018, we’ve seen an explosion of colours, with more and more brands opting for gradient colours. A few particular colours have become more prominent than others and that’s the combination of blue, purple and green, such as the Aurora Borealis. The View2 Plus here is no different, but Wiko’s version of this colour is much more brighter compared to others.

The back of the phone, oh so bright and colourful

The back of the phone, oh so bright and colourful

Just like other 2018 devices, the phone does come with a notch, but also has a massive chin at the bottom. The notch is originally intended to increase screen size while reducing bezels, just like the View2 did, so it’s weird to see the Plus version with a large chin. Nevertheless, the phone does look nice and does not reduce the user experience. Of course, it would have been a better fit if Wiko opted for capacitive buttons on the chin. Even with the inclusion of the chin at the bottom of the phone, you still have a pretty large screen to play around with. YouTube videos and even browsing the net was pretty well done on the phone.

Looks aside, the phone comes with a dual rear camera setup on the back and Wiko’s camera app is pretty easy to use. You have your buttons on the screen that swaps to front camera, adds beautification, stickers, background blur to images and so on. Even the brightness slider is easy to use on the app. Being an affordable device, the phone is not aimed for pure mobile gamers. While you’ll still be able to play the latest games, you’ll just need to tune down the settings.

microUSB port located in an unusual location

microUSB port located in an unusual location

In the package, you’ll find a plastic case along with a screen protector for the phone, a good bundle for someone that tries to keep their phone pristine for as long as possible. You can also enjoy your music wired with the 3.5mm audio jack on top of the phone. The phone also comes with face unlock and a fingerprint sensor, allowing you to unlock it even with greasy fingers. Right out of the box, the phone runs on Android Oreo, so multitasking and the like will be seamless. You can also utilise the NFC capabilities of the phone to pay for your purchases with the right applications.
The View2 Pro is an affordable device with some features that allow you to live your life easier, especially with the addition of face unlock and NFC. Photos taken using the phone are pretty good and its 4,000 mAh battery is nothing to scoff at either.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A very affordable phone that comes with helpful features and has design-sense that screams 2018.

(to be published in issue December 2018)

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