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Emphasis is placed on autonomy

As you may have noticed from the title of this article, today’s topic is the review of View5, an Android smartphone from European manufacturer Wiko, which was announced last September.

Before I start talking about the different features of this new smartphone, I would like to take a look at its technical specifications:

6.5: 20: 9 IPS LCD display with HD + resolution with 720 x 1600 pixels Mediatek Helio P22 with Octa-Core processor which runs at maximum 2 GHz GPU PowerVR GE8320 3 GB RAM 64 GB internal storage 48MP + Quad rear camera 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 8MP front camera 5000mAh battery Android 10

Wiko View5 review: Design and screen

Wiko View5 has a full plastic body and a fingerprint scanner on the back. The front face is composed almost entirely by its screen, in which the front camera is positioned inside a small “hole” in the upper left corner of it. Their margins aren’t that tight, but they still follow what’s offered with phones in this price range. However, I cannot fail to refer to the lower margin, which we usually call the chin, which has a large volume.

On the right side of this equipment we have the volume buttons, Power and a button dedicated to the virtual assistant, which in this case is Google Assistant. On the left side we only have the SIM and MicroSD card slot. At the top we have the 3.5mm port for headphones, while at the bottom we have a USB Type-C port, a microphone, and the speaker grille.

To unlock this device, you can use biometric identification, via its fingerprint sensor or use facial recognition. The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, while not very fast, works quite well with dry fingers. The same thing happens with the face unlock feature, because although it is not very fast, it works without any issues even in low light conditions.

Its screen consists of a 6.55-inch IPS panel in 20: 9 format and has a resolution of 1600×720 pixels. As a result, the View5’s pixel density remains well below 300 PPI, which I consider the minimum value for a screen used for several hours a day, sometimes more than a computer monitor, or a television. There are 267 PPIs which in daily operation are negatively noticeable, especially when we read documents.

In fine weather, the screen provides enough brightness to read the content on it, however, in direct sunlight, the reflective screen makes it difficult to read what is happening there, and to read a document in these conditions is impossible, just like doing a browser search, or using a social network.

As is usually the case with IPS displays, viewing angle stability is good and there is only a small reduction in brightness at extreme viewing angles.

Cameras

As I have already reported above, Wiko View5 has a quad camera system on the back, which includes a 48MP wide-angle lens, a slow 120 ° ultra-wide lens and a depth lens of 2 MP, and a Marco lens with the same resolution.

The image quality of the main module has autofocus with phase detection, and is at a fairly decent level – at least in good lighting conditions. Compared to phones in the same price range, the View5 doesn’t have to be ashamed. However, variable depth sharpening does not work very well in all situations, and the bokeh effect sometimes fails. The wide-angle lens provides some interesting results, but it usually shows excessive saturation, especially in nature scene reproductions.

Up front we have an 8MP sensor that has an f / 2.0 aperture, and its quality is good, and more than enough for the content to be used on social media.

Your image sensor can record videos with a maximum Full HD resolution at 30 FPS. If you use the 8 MP front lens, you can also record motion pictures in 1080p resolution.

In low light conditions the photos are “a bit” far from what is nice, typical of equipment in this price range.

Performance

We are facing a phone with a MediaTek MT6762 processor, best known for the Helio P22, which has an eight-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor in two clusters. The performance cluster’s four cores deliver clock speeds of up to 2 GHz, while the energy-efficient View 3 cluster operates at maximum 1.5 GHz. Thanks to its big.LITTLE configuration, all cores can be used simultaneously. The graphics are the responsibility of the PowerVR GE8320k, which has a clock speed of 650 MHz.

In benchmarks MediaTek’s CPU even made a good impression in 2019, in the second half of 2020 launching a device with this processor doesn’t seem to make sense. As an example, this is the same one used by Wiko on the View3 Pro, a smartphone that launched in February 2019. Its performance is a shame, even with a low-res display. And that is reflected in everything we do, even in navigation, for example in Google Chrome, I notice some lags and scrolling in the browser generally seems to stutter.

The phone comes with 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, which in theory is more than enough for “normal” use. The truth is, the processor manages to render the 3GB of RAM really little, but in fact it’s not the memory’s fault, but Mediatek’s SOC. And since we are talking about internal storage, its speed is also not the fastest in the market, so apps and games need time to boot.

And speaking of games, the most demanding 3D games, like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Call of Duty Mobile, are to be forgotten. If you want to play lighter games, like Candy Crush, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem, but even there we feel a certain sluggishness.

Facebook, email, Instagram, and other applications widely used by users work without major issues. Every now and then you feel a bit of a delay in scrolling, but nothing that hinders the user experience. Below I leave the test performed in Antutu which shows that this View5 is really one of the worst performing phones we have tested here in Noticias e Tecnologia:

Software

This is one of the strengths of this Wiko phone. Unlike other eras, the French manufacturer uses a practically “clean” version of the Android operating system. In the case of View5, it’s Android 10, which currently has the Android security patch for last July. This is a point on which Wiko still has a lot to improve, as the support for the operating system is very weak. It’s late October, and the security patch is still the July patch, and I suspect you won’t get new fixes that quickly. The same goes for the OS version, as I have many doubts that the company will update this equipment to Android 11.

However, what you have, Android 10, works great, and compared to the “clean” version of Google’s operating system, the user interface appears with only a few tweaks. Likewise, there is hardly any third-party application preinstalled on this Wiko View5 … And this one is almost relative. Indeed, before the phones of this same brand were underloaded with several apps, and now they come with 2 or 3 apps which do little or nothing bother, but still those 2 or 3 couldn’t come from From the factory. So in terms of software, this device is served very well. It is not because of this that the user will have difficulty using it.

Sound

In daily use, the mono speaker which is positioned at the lower end of the phone distorts at low volume. As expected, the sound spectrum is dominated by sounds in the mid and high ranges which are not reproduced in a very linear fashion. Low frequencies aren’t audible, but it’s very common on smartphones, and not just this phone.

The View5 includes a 3.5mm audio port, so you can use headphones without any issues.
I think both the comprehension capacity and the maximum volume are satisfactory during our test calls using the NOS network. We also didn’t notice any obvious negative characteristics in terms of the quality of the built-in microphone. However, I couldn’t find any option for calls using WLAN or VoLTE in the settings menu, but that’s anything but worrying.

Drums

The View5’s energy consumption is discreet and seems to be the strong point of this equipment. Our tests revealed that the Wiko View5’s 5000 mAh battery lasts a long time and lives up to the importance the company wants to give to this equipment.

I managed to get two days of moderate power consumption on a single charge. This charge does not seem very fast, as from 10 to 100% it takes a little less than 2.5 hours to recharge, using the 10W charger supplied with the equipment.

However, it deserves a good mark in this area, as it’s not easy to find a smartphone that offers 2 days of use on a single charge, and with slightly less intense use, it probably has 3 days of use. autonomy. But smartphones are meant to be used, so we haven’t tested that possibility.

The company claims to achieve this with a 5000mAh battery thanks to its smart technology that it calls AI Battery Master, which optimizes power consumption.

Wiko View5 Review: Verdict

Wiko has done a lot of things well with this entry-level smartphone. Despite a price a bit steep considering what it offers, we are faced with a phone with a modern design, the bezels are large, but not that big compared to phones of previous generations, and its finish is satisfactory. In addition, it offers cameras that keep their promises. But, its strong point is the battery, its durability has managed to surprise me, and on the positive side.

On the other hand, Wiko View5 also fails in some areas which play an important role in daily operation. Although it can still live well with the very bad speaker and the low resolution of the IPS panel, the performance of the Helio P22 should, and should, be more efficient. A phone with View5 functionality needed to be smoother. We’re talking about a € 230 phone (for now), and performance is far from what it should have. And unfortunately I’m not exaggerating, since in March 2019 I tested the View2 Plus, which is a league away from the performance of this View5 … rather a phone over a year and a half, from the same brand .

With such a low resolution, this processor had no reason to be so “lazy”, and unfortunately it’s not just a matter of software, since Wiko did a great job there, and this poor performance is very common in smartphones equipped with this processor.

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