Over the past few years, Wiko, a French company that China’s Tinno Mobile is a major shareholder, has grown into a serious smartphone seller not just in the Kenyan market, but also in other parts of the globe.
Although based in France, the Wiko Fever 4G and other Wiko phones are manufactured in China and like many other China-made phones, the Fever 4G is one of those that gives you the best price-specs combinations. Whether you are looking at the design language, the features on board, the specs under the hood or the extras, the Wiko Fever 4G shines in almost every angle, but of course, there’s always room for improvement.
Released in November 2015, the Wiko Fever 4G has been around for quite some time now. So, where does it stand one year after its official release? Keep reading!
Design and display
One area that the Wiko Fever 4G is hard to beat is the design language. The phone has an excellent build quality that includes relatively thin side bezels, but the top and bottom bezels are quite huge. Unlike most budget phones of today, you don’t get a chance to switch batteries thanks to its non-removable back, but this means you get a sleek design we see on a number of high-end phones in the market today.
Joining the back and front panels together is a premium-looking metallic frame. While this frame gives the Wiko Fever 4G a nice touch, it gets even better when night falls – the sides glow in the dark, hence the title “the glow-in-the-dark smartphone.” Overall, the Fever 4G is a nicely built phone and feels great in one’s hand, especially when its form factor is also put into consideration (unless you like bigger).
Coming to the display, the Fever 4G packs an impressive 5.2-inch LCD screen that promises a brighter, sharper display thanks to the 1080p resolution that delivers an impressive pixel density of 424ppi. To ensure that the screen doesn’t catch scratches or cracks easily, the OEM went for a slightly curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which adds even more class to this budget phone. This is much better from Wiko, especially since this handset is from over a year ago, yet there are quite a good number of budget phones that are still coming in with 720p (HD) resolutions and no Gorilla Glass protection.
Processor and software
Two things that make the Wiko Fever 4G such an affordable phone yet it has one of the best designs out there are probably the low-end processor and older software. Don’t get us wrong – that the Fever 4G isn’t a top performer. The MediaTek MT6753 is still a great chipset and in fact, it is the same chipset that could feature on the incoming Infinix S2 and Infinix S2 Pro, phones that are to be unveiled this coming week.
The processor has a clock speed of 1.3GHz and is paired with a Mali-T720MP3 GPU for better gaming and general graphics handling. You get two options of either 2GB or 3GB RAM and the storage is quite small at 16GB, although you still get a microSD card slot that can house up to 64GB. This is not bad for a budget phone’s specs sheet, but today, more effort is being directed towards perfecting the software experience as opposed to raw power.
Which brings us to the software aspect of the Wiko Fever 4G. There’s Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box and still no sign of Android Marshmallow, don’t even think about Android Nougat. This OS was launched in 2014 and considering the significant upgrades and new features that have come in via Marshmallow and Nougat, users of this phone are for sure missing a lot. It doesn’t look like Wiko has plans to roll out a software update, which makes the handset a little more outdated.
Since the OS running the show is heavily customized, you don’t get a chance to enjoy the stock Android experience. If not done well, like in Fever 4G’s case, you don’t get the best, smooth experience as well, which adds more mystery to this otherwise great phone.
Camera and battery capacity
As far as cameras are concerned, the Wiko Fever 4G is not a bad choice at all. The phone packs a 13MP lens on the back that brings a myriad of features with it, be it ultra-fast 0.2-seconds autofocus, HDR, ISO, LED flash as well as software-related features such as Night, Sport and Professional Modes. The phone also comes in with a nifty Dual View mode where you can use the main camera to capture moments (photo or video) while the selfie camera is recording you at the same time.
Speaking of the selfie camera, it has a 5MP lens that comes with a LED flash and supports wide-angle shots. This means that you can capture impressive and more detailed group selfies without leaving anyone out. The Camera app also has more features such as Face Beauty, Sound shot, Touch shot as well as Smile Shot. It is also possible to achieve up to 4x the normal zoom levels as well as record videos of up to 1080p, but this is only true for the main camera.
The battery capacity is great at 2900mAh and is charged via a microUSB port. This should be enough to take you through the entire day with moderate usage, but after repeated charging, you might be left with an underperforming unit, if comments from year-long users of the Fever 4G are anything to go by. The battery could also drown faster due to more whites that characterize LCD panels, which is why most OEMs are going OLED these days – the latter is a battery saver.
The Wiko Fever 4G, as the name suggests, is equipped with support for 4G connectivity. This gives you the fastest browsing speeds available so far. In addition, you’ll definitely love some of the quick access actions the phone supports, for instance, you just need to double-tap on the screen to turn on the display, unlike other devices that require one to press the power or home button, for instance. Double-tapping the Home button will also turn off the display while drawing certain letters on the lock screen will open apps or turn on certain features.
The Wiko Fever 4G is without a doubt a great phone – great build, sharp display, a feature-packed camera and not-so-bad processing power. For a 2015 budget phone, it is up there, but you can definitely do better in 2017 at the same price or maybe even cheaper.
So, what do you think about the sub-$200 Wiko Fever 4G – after one year in the market? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.