There are several smartphone that we have tried in the last period, but we were missing something. On closer inspection, in fact, some new products have been launched more or less always by the same companies, giving the idea of an increasingly narrow market. This is absolutely not the case, however, because there are many brands out there trying to win a good slice of the market in this sector. Among these, therefore, we certainly also find W, which has been launching the new one for some time Wiko View5. It is, therefore, a mid-range that promises to offer an excellent ratio between performance and autonomy. Will he really succeed? Find out with us, inside this Full review.
Wiko View5 review
Going to look inside the package we find several accessories, but nothing so shocking compared to normal. Inside the sales box, therefore, we find:
- Wiko View5;
- USB / USB Type-C cable for charging;
- wall power supply, with European socket;
- brief instruction manual;
- wired earphones, with 3,5mm audio jack.
Design & Materials
Wiko View5 is definitely not one of the most comfortable devices to hold, however, showing rather generous dimensions. This smartphone, in fact, measures 165,95 x 76,84 x 9,3 mm, With a weight of 201 grams. You understand well, therefore, how in daily use its presence makes itself felt anyway and that it is impossible, then, to be used with one hand. Beyond this, however, its surface is not too slippery, also because the rear body tends to retain several fingerprints, getting dirty very quickly. Not that the situation improves with the front glass, which shows a very mild oleophobic treatment. Thanks to curvature along the side edges, right at the back, it is possible to grip the product slightly better, without the risk of it falling continuously on the ground.
All the side frame it is made of metal, with a blue satin finish that reflects the color of the smartphone. Taking a look at all the inputs, keys, and ports present, we find a rather complete equipment. In fact, there is no lack of volume balance and the On / off button, as well as an additional key that in our case automatically activates Google Assistant. Beyond this, then, at the bottom we have the main microphone, the system speaker and admission USB Type-C. On the left, however, there is SIM slot, while at the top there is only the hole mini jack 3,5mm for headphones.
At the rear we have the fingerprint sensor and a photographic module consisting of one Quad Room da 48MP, which we will talk about later. This component, however, protrudes a good millimeter from the profile of the device, making it necessary in my opinion to use a protective cover. Furthermore, no certification against water and dust is mentioned. But I must still point out the presence of a thin strip of plastic to divide the display from the body.
Wiko has decided to include a IPS LCD display da 6,55 " with resolution HD + (720 x 1.600 pixels) from 450 nits and density of PPI 267. Not one of the best units, to be honest, that I have been able to test in the last period. Not so much for the color rendering of the panel, which all in all is satisfactory, but more precisely for the definition of the images which are not exactly the best. Let's say, therefore, that this figure can be found better, also in other respects, Here, in fact, we find a fixed refresh rate at 60Hz.
Although I was not impressed, I believe that for this product the display is good enough, with colors just too much poco turned on. Probably also thanks to a sensor brightness rather lazy, which even when needed does not calibrate the display lighting in the right way, keeping it either too high or too low. Therefore, it is not so easy to manage the situation outdoors, even if in this case even at maximum brightness it is a bit difficult to see all the contents on the screen.
I was not convinced, then, even the touchscreen panel which, as far as I'm concerned, is not up to the situation. I believe that part of the demerits are also to be attributed to the software but, beyond this, everything moves in a rather cumbersome way. During the most excited writing phases the smartphone loses a few touches and it is very easy, therefore, to miss whole words. Certainly more could have been done.
Although there are two unlocking systems, I find it useful to talk mainly about the first, that is fingerprint sensor. Analyzing its performance, therefore, our footprint is recognized 7/8 times out of 10, having to position our finger on this surface quite precisely. Therefore, it is not a fast and reliable method as on other competing devices, which often manage to do better.
Obviously there is also the face unlock, which mainly uses the front camera. With this method, therefore, we will almost always be able, under optimal conditions, to unlock the device during the day. The same is not true, however, when night falls, since this lens needs a little light to be able to recognize the face. On some occasions, therefore, it is totally ineffective.
Hardware & Performance
Under the shell there is a SoC MediaTek Helio A25, therefore an octa-core solution with a maximum clock frequency of 1.8GHz. All this is accompanied by one RAM from 3GB, with 64GB of internal memory. These, however, are still expandable via microSD, being able to reach up to 256GB. All the graphics, on the other hand, are managed by one IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU, which has a maximum frequency of 600MHz. Nothing so overwhelming, therefore, and that certainly does not refer to a high-end device.
Despite everything, however, I would have expected performance better in everyday use, making it difficult for me to promote it in this respect. As mentioned above, the system is a bit cumbersome, slow. This feature, however, permeates every compartment of the device, carrying out practically any operation. Therefore, the opening of the apps is not very fast and the RAM in this does not help at all. For its part, in fact, little aggression is shown and sometimes there are too many applications that occupy the space, straining the system excessively. Therefore, micro-lag and small bugs are continually noticed, which perhaps indicate poor software optimization.
During the various gaming sessions on Call of Duty Mobile I have not noticed excessive overheating of that unit. It is not that difficult to play, therefore, even in titles of this type, obviously with minimum details and frame-rate not exactly stable. With all the other less graphically demanding games, you won't have any problems.
On board this Wiko View5 we find Android 10 in stock version, without almost any kind of customization. From the graphic point of view, no changes have been made but only some items have been introduced in the Settings menu, such as the Wiko functions. Through these, therefore, it is possible to modify some parameters of the device, such as the internal screen display, the management of the navigation bar, two separate modes, the classic one and the one dedicated to the game, which slightly modify the phone interface and other parameters. , all the various gesture with the screen off and much more. Therefore, it is convenient to have an option of this type, because it allows you to control several things in a single solution, within a single menu. Here, then, the security patches go back to 5 September 2020, therefore they are quite recent.
As mentioned, this device is not exempt from bug and small problems, which in my opinion mostly depend on poor software optimization. I would have preferred, therefore, to have a little more customization and greater control of the system, without however adopting major changes.
I'll tell you right away about the camera application interface, which I found quite complete. Here, in fact, always reside the usual voices in the upper part, with the possibility of activating theAutomatic HDR, LED flash and much more. Then there are also the system settings, as well as the various shooting modes, thus also being able to count on Super Macro and Pro mode.
Taking a look at the photographic module, therefore, we find a 48MP main sensor, a wide-angle secondary lens from 8MP, with 120 ° FOV, a sensor from 5MP for the macro and one last camera from 2MP for the calculation of depth of field. We are therefore in the presence of a rather classic equipment, which offers discreet results. During daytime hoursin fact, the quality is sufficient, even in less than ideal lighting conditions. In fact, the main sensor hardly overexposes the brightest parts of the sky, showing a certain balance in colors and white balance. Also with the Macro mode, then, you can get good results, even if in this case the colors are always a little too dull, tending in many cases to warmer shades. Don't expect large numbers from the wide-angle sensor, which still boasts a decent definition.
With the arrival of the notte the situation changes considerably, noting much more photographic noise and a slightly problematic management of artificial lights. Beyond some overexposed parts, then, overall it's not that it behaves so badly. However, avoid using the wide-angle lens in this case, because it will be really difficult to obtain sufficient quality in such conditions. This sensor does not capture a lot of light, so images may sometimes come out too dark. I remind you, however, that here is not lacking Night Mode, although in my opinion, in this case, it does nothing but make the image even clearer without making any substantial changes to the photo, or some other particular balance.
We find one selfie camera da 8MP on the front, which again is without infamy and without praise. Good, therefore, the photos taken during the day, a little too noisy those obtained at night, where there is also a decrease in the quality of the details. Then there is not one bokeh mode in this case, even if at the software level they could have added it right away.
Audio & Connectivity
Not all modules are up-to-date, but the Wi-Fi ac Dual Band, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / A-GPS / Glonass / Beidou / Galileo and admission USB Type-C. By now you know me, however, and the lack of NFC has been rather painful these days, even if I have had less opportunity to move and use it for payments. Beyond this aspect, however, I must say that everything works very well, including the Wi-Fi connection which does not suffer too many problems even in the most critical points of the house. The same goes for LTE connectivity, which with Fastweb's 4G has always allowed me to surf the net throughout the city without any critical issues. It has never been possible for me, however, to take advantage of 4G +, which is not really supported here.
There is only one speaker, bottom right, therefore the quality returned by this component is not sufficient. At high volume, in addition to almost no bass, the bass drum crackles slightly, especially with some tracks. So if to a sound poco full-bodied we also add this component, we understand well how difficult it is to give it a full sufficiency.
View5 is equipped with a 5.000 mAh which, therefore, during a classic working day, allows you to arrive safely in the evening with a 50% remaining charge. This, at least, is what I managed to achieve in the space of 12 hours poco stressful, made of some communication on Whatsapp and Telegram, in addition to the always active synchronization of emails, a few tens of minutes on YouTube, a short game session on Call of Duty Mobile and poco other. Therefore, even using it with greater intensity, you will have no problems reaching more than 7 hours of active screen. Suffice it to say that with a single charge I was able to complete even two consecutive days without any problems.
With the 5V / 2A charger present in the package, it takes poco more than 3 hours to go from 10 to 100% battery.
Price & Conclusions
Wiko View5 is sold to 149,99 €, on the official Italian website. Obviously the figure is very low, but within this same market segment the competition is fierce. Just think that below 200 euros, at a figure comparable to this, we also find Redmi Note 9S, Realme 6S but, above all, Redmi Note 8T which among the many is still a smartphone even though it was released some time ago.
I consider the daily experience with a smartphone essential, and the fact of always having to deal with a certain slowness of the software, with a certain cumbersome in the writing phase, does not satisfy me. Especially if other brands, more or less at this figure, manage to do better. So I don't currently recommend buying it for those who are looking for something faster and smoother, perhaps even with a slightly less performing battery. Who does not have many pretensions and really uses poco the smartphone, on the other hand, could rely on this Wiko, because in the end in your case you will not need to spend more than what is required for this smartphone.