Test Wiko View 2 Pro: a smartphone to keep an eye

Test Wiko View 2 Pro: a smartphone to keep an eye

Introduction
The Wiko View 2 Pro uses its design and camera to seduce, even daring a high launch price. Unfortunately, the brand must count with the arrival of a new competitor.

Technical sheet
Model
Wiko View 2 Pro

Version of the OS
Android 8.0
Interface
Wiko UI
Screen size
6 inches
Definition
1528 x 720 pixels
Pixel density
282 dpi
SoC
Snapdragon 450 at 1.8GHz
Processor (CPU)
ARMv8
Graphics Chip (GPU)
Adreno 506
RAM memory
4GB
Internal memory (flash)
32GB
MicroSD
Yes
Camera (backpack)
Double 16 Megapixel sensor
Camera (front)
16 megapixels
Video recording
1080p
Wireless
Yes
Bluetooth
4.2
networks
LTE, HSPA, GSM
Supported bands
2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7)
SIM
2x nano SIM
NFC
Yes
Ports (Inputs / Outputs)
microUSB
Geolocation
Yes
Drums
3000 mAh
Dimensions
153 x 72.6 x 8.3 mm
Weight
164 grams
Colors
Black, Gold
Price

299 €

Product sheet

This test was made from a smartphone given by the brand.
Design
Fashion in 2018 is notch screens and the Wiko View 2 Pro will take care to remind you every use, Cyclops way. Between the iPhone X and the Essential Phone, Wiko has obviously chosen to learn from the second. The smartphone has a slot not large but prominent in height which focuses on the size of the photo sensor on the front.

For the rest, Wiko offers a classic design, but proven, with a rounded plastic back imitating glass and an aluminum frame cut by two plastic strips for antennas. This plastic back is not perfectly integrated with the frame, we clearly feel the transition between the two parts under the finger. So that dust is very easily lodged in the gap.

The volume and lock buttons are on the right. They stand out well and require a little more force than normal to be driven, which did not really bother me to use, quite the contrary. On the left, the phone offers a dual SIM slot (or SIM + micro SD).

On the back and center, there is a fingerprint reader that falls well under the finger once in hand. The micro-USB port (in 2018!) At the bottom of the device, surrounded by the speaker, and the jack at the top end complete the table.
Screen
Under its notch, the Wiko View 2 Pro incorporates a 6-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1528 x 720 pixels. To the eye, it is rather pleasant to use, with a good brightness, but once passed under the colorimetric probe, it is another story.

With an average color temperature of 9600 K, the screen is far too cold and a check of the color levels confirms this first point, the blue level exceeds by 40% its ideal value when the red and the green are very well calibrated. It is also impossible to adjust this manually and the viewing angles also have a significant impact at this level, even if the screen remains perfectly legible.
The sRGB spectrum is easily covered
The screen is doing better on other points. At first, it goes far beyond the sRGB spectrum, which is still appreciable. Above all, the good brightness noted at the beginning of this part is confirmed by the probe which displays 537 cd / m², an excellent score which allows to have a very readable screen, even in the sun. LCD requires, the contrast is not as good as what can be found with the AMOLED, but at 1223: 1, the screen remains in the right average on this range of smartphones.
Software
The Wiko View 2 Pro runs Android 8.0 Oreo by default with the May 2018 security updates ( checked with the help of SnoopSnitch ). No updates for the device are available at the time this test is written. Wiko has continued its efforts to simplify its interface and the View 2 Pro is, so to speak, a smartphone under the “bare” version of Android. The only application installed by Wiko is “WiLine” which allows to manage the optional folio shell. The brand also offers its “Smart Actions”: turn off the ringtone by flipping the phone and double tap to unlock the screen.

So we have a simple interface, no superfluous or redundant applications, and some practical features, the ideal recipe for a successful software and ready to receive updates (especially as the presence of Android 8.0 Oreo guarantees compatibility with Treble ). Too bad that taking care of the notch comes to darken the table.
Android P is the first version of the system to natively support the notch, it is up to manufacturers to handle this change of design on previous versions. Wiko does not propose to hide the notch as we have seen elsewhere, but adds a button to the navigation bar that changes the appearance of applications. By default, the application interface occupies the entire space, pressing the button and the application returns to its more traditional 16: 9 format, to the point of revealing a wide black band surrounding the notch.

To stand out, Wiko added another feature. The Music Apps widget, usually accessible from notifications, will be displayed instead of the status bar. Result, as soon as you listen to music or podcast (as Hi Techie ), can not see the time, battery status, network, or notifications. The only solution is to disable the permanent notification of the application, which removes at the same time this widget notifications.

performances
Wiko chose to associate a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 with 4GB of RAM for the View 2 Pro. With a fairly light use of the smartphone (web, social networks and some applications), I have not really managed to fault the processor despite its low velocity. I still noticed latency trigger applications that can be quite frustrating, but I suspect the 64 GB of flash memory to not be sufficiently powerful.
Wiko View 2 Pro Honor 7C Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
SoC Snapdragon 450 Snapdragon 450 Snapdragon 636
AnTuTu 7.x 69,321 points 71 888 points 116,098 points
The problem of Wiko View 2 Pro comes mainly from its competitiveness. The competition offers the same SoC on cheaper smartphones, or better integrates the price of View 2 Pro. The best example is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 equipped with Snapdragon 636 which is much more powerful than the device Wiko, for a much lower selling price! However, we remain on performances that allow to play properly. An Arena of Valor for example oscillates between 28 and 30 FPS in medium display quality, even with on-screen lighting effects.
SoC is not that a processor, it is also very important ancillary components like the Wi-Fi modem. In this case, the Snapdragon 450 offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n limited to 2.4 GHz, a frequency saturated in the city. Result, even a few inches from my box, downloading applications or videos on a fiber connection was very slow. A Wi-Fi test with nPerf gave an average speed of 5.11 Mb / s with a maximum of 16.76 Mb / s. A problem that Snapdragon 636 does not know.
Camera
The Wiko View 2 Pro incorporates two cameras on the back, a 16-megapixel sensor with a f / 1.75 lens and a second 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor at 120 degrees (f / 2.2 lens).
A photo taken with the main sensor
The same scene with the wide-angle
In good light conditions, the camera makes a photograph with a burnt sky. This point is quite disappointing and can be seen at the level of the white sidewalk. The image also lacks details. However, we can note the advantage of the 120 ° wide-angle sensor that provides a more complete view of the scene. Too bad that in this case the image is so distorted.

Indoors, the wide-angle sensor is doing better and allows a better colorimetry in this picture with a strong contrast between the golden seat and the white environment. The main camera does not succeed in this result and yellows the whole shot. Too bad the data from the wide-angle sensor is not used in conjunction with the main camera to adjust the white on this kind of photos.

Apart from the sky once again burned, especially on the first picture, the Wiko View 2 Pro is doing better in good outdoor conditions. This time the details on all aspects of the photo are respected and we can even note a better white balance on the second picture.

In indoor situations and in low light, the automatic treatment smooths the image too much to the point of losing a lot of details, resulting from a sensitivity may be a little too much to gain in brightness. We see it especially on foods that lose their textures with colors that drool a little. In this price range, it remains nevertheless suitable.

At night and outdoors, the expected noise in these conditions appears and we find again overlapping pixels. The result remains well colored and well lit, which is a very good thing in this segment.

The front camera with a 16 megapixel sensor is doing very well, especially with regard to the sharpness of the image. This is one of the strong points of the smartphone, which justifies the size of the camera at the front and the notch that cuts the screen.
Autonomy
A 3000 mAh battery with a Snapdragon 450 and a 6 inch HD screen. This recipe should give the Wiko View 2 Pro an average autonomy. The practice confirms this intuition, the phone has held 8 hours and 55 minutes on our SmartViser test, which places it in the average of smartphones that we tested.
Autonomy test Viser

View 2 Pro : 535

Nokia 6 (2018) : 525

Redmi Note 5 : 767

In everyday life, the autonomy of the View 2 Pro is sufficient to hold the day, but not more. The room for maneuver is therefore quite low and it will not count on a one-day autonomy in case of intensive use.
Unfortunately, the smartphone does not offer fast charging on his phone. Result, in 30 minutes of recharge, the phone passes only 11 to 42% of battery.
Price, release date and alternatives
The Wiko View 2 Pro is available from 299 euros. We find the Nokia 6 (2018) and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, better equipped and marketed at much lower prices.

Price comparison for Wiko View 2 Pro

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Wiko View 2 Pro test The verdict

The Wiko View 2 Pro is a smartphone of good quality, rather well built with nice design choices and an edge-to-edge screen in tune with the times. Too bad the back is poorly integrated and therefore condemned to become a dust catcher.

If we skip the colors that pull far too blue and the definition a bit low, the screen of the Wiko View 2 Pro is doing pretty well. Special mention for the maximum brightness of the IPS screen, plus a contrast ratio in the average.

Android 8.0 Oreo with security updates and an interface close to that of Google, all it takes to fill me. The faultless is almost there, but the display of the music player in place of the status bar is a real problem in everyday life. See if Wiko ensures a good follow up at the level of the updates with this new policy.

The Snapdragon 450 is not suitable for a smartphone sold at this price. This results in performance below the competition, even when the latter is much cheaper, a shame. Added to this is the sluggishness of some components, including Wi-Fi limited to 802.11 g / n at 2.4 GHz.

The 3,000 mAh battery of the View 2 Pro gives it an average battery life. The smartphone will be able to hold until the end of the day, but it will not ask him more. Too bad not to offer fast charge or USB-C at this price.

Medium or good enough, the camera Wiko View 2 Pro would certainly have benefited from better software treatment by combining the information of the two cameras, but it would have probably required a better processing chip. It remains pretty good at this level for its price.

At first glance, the Wiko View 2 Pro has all of a 2018 smartphone, including its plastic back “glass effect”, its notch screen and Android 8.0 Oreo. The quasi-“pure Google” interface, without redundancy of the manufacturer, is also a choice to salute. Unfortunately scratching the surface, we discover a smartphone that should have been released in 2017. The chip Snapdragon 450 is the real Achilles heel of this device. Above all, the Wiko View 2 Pro is launched at a price too high. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is better in almost all categories with a much lower price. This smartphone illustrates in fact all the difficulties that could meet Wiko with the arrival of Xiaomi in France. We just do not know who to recommend it to.

Good points
Android 8.0 Oreo in a pure version
Bright edge-to-edge screen
Rather sober and pretty design
Good pictures for its price

Negative points
The price
Competition
The Snapdragon 450 at this price
Wi-Fi
Neither fast charge nor USB-C

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