2018 will be the year of the notch. Little by little, all the manufacturers of the mobile world adopt this fashion popularized by the iPhone X. The latest one is Wiko, which made this detail a characteristic point of its View 2 series.
Presented at the Mobile World Congress 2018, the Wiko View 2 Pro has made a name for itself on the floor of Barcelona thanks to its elegant design and its screen slot like iPhone X. The View 2 family, which also contains the Wiko View 2 “standard “, aims to bring a picture a little more upscale Wiko name. However, the manufacturer keeps a reasonable tariff position, since the View 2 Pro sells for € 299.
This price puts him in front of products like the Motorola Moto G6, the Nokia 6 2018 or the Gigaset GS370 Plus. If this is not necessarily the market scrutinized with the most attention, it is still an important segment for people who do not want to swallow a half-SMIC in a smartphone.
But does View 2 Pro manage to deliver a convincing experience at this price? This is what we will see.
ERGONOMICS AND DESIGN
Except for the notch that may irritate some, Wiko has made some rather conventional aesthetic and ergonomic choices on this View 2 Pro. The slightly curved glass shell certainly attracts fingerprints, but lends an elegant and serious side to the mobile. From the back, the phone reminds a little the Huawei P20 (color effects in less), which, given the price, is pretty good.
From the front, the smartphone is pretty standard – with a screen that takes up 80% of the available space, difficult after all to do something very original. But anyway, Wiko has made a great effort on this screen 19: 9 almost without borders and manages to get closer to what can do Asus, especially with its Zenfone 5 sold € 100 more.
The volume and ignition buttons fall naturally under the fingers, whether you grab the phone with your right or left hand. The same goes for the impression sensor, which is actually quite effective although the complete unlocking of the device is a bit long because of the time it takes the screen to turn back on. Another small black dot, the notch is more marked than on the phones of the competition, which forces the View 2 Pro to have a bar of notifications a little thicker. We would have preferred that these few millimeters are nibbled to display content.
But except these few pinaillages, there is not much to blame this View 2 Pro, if not the lack of waterproof certification that costs him here his fifth star.
Having a screen 19: 9 notch, it’s fine, but still it is necessary that said screen is quality. And fortunately, the slab of this Wiko View 2 fate honorably under the intractable eye of our probe. Its only huge weak point is its color temperature, which stands at 9,262 K, very far from the norm at 6,500 K therefore. As a result, all whites have a strong tendency to shoot blue. On the other hand, colorimetry is rather good, since the average delta E is 2.7. Most colors are therefore faithful and it will be difficult to see a colorimetric drift with the naked eye, except on primary colors (blue, yellow, red) and bright green, which have a much higher delta E.
Side readability, it’s rather fun too. The maximum brightness reaches 515 cd / m², enough to ensure good readability even in direct sunlight. The minimum of 4cd / m² will spoil your eyes if you consult your phone in the dark. Finally, the reflectance is quite contained, with only 12% of the light reflected, while the contrast ratio is about 1400: 1. In short, this cocktail ensures that the View 2 Pro screen remains legible in all circumstances.
Finally, the remanence time and the tactile delay, respectively at 16 and 110 ms, ensure a correct fluidity in the image and during use. Where it sins a bit, it’s on the screen resolution side. Indeed, Wiko opted for a resolution of 1,528 x 720 px on a slab of 6 inches (15.2 cm), which does not display more than 282 dpi. The most attentive eyes may therefore notice a lack of sharpness in places.
Wiko did not focus on performance for its View 2 series. By shipping a chip Snapdragon 450, the manufacturer has sought more energy saving than anything else. That said, thanks to the absence of software overlay and the presence of 4 GB of RAM, the mobile offers good performance for everyday use. The apps launch quickly and we can juggle between different software without trouble. However, it will forget the ability to run demanding 3D games or apps a little greedy.
The advantage is that this entry-level chip limits the heating of the phone, which never exceeds 40 ° C surface and localized, either after long sessions of play or taking pictures. There is therefore no risk that it hinders the use.
Question game, the phone makes big sacrifices on the graphics to ensure an acceptable fluidity. We will therefore favor the solitaire rather than more demanding video game recreation.
If the Wiko View 2 Pro has a headphone output with a rather wide dynamic and distortion almost zero, it suffers however a lack of significant enough power and a separation of left and right channels a little messy. It will therefore be necessary to watch the listening material that you will pair on the phone, otherwise you will not hear anything.
The speaker renders meanwhile a signal hyper tight and singularly lacking bass. In short, we will avoid using it for anything other than calls.
While this was clearly not the strength of the Wiko View 2 “standard”, the photo component is here much more neat. It’s not a panacea yet, but it’s pretty good. Note: in addition to its standard sensor of 16 Mpx, the mobile benefits from a module “very wide angle” of 8 Mpx which we will discuss below.
The rendering of photos in broad daylight does not have much to reproach itself for, except for a small lack of contrast that “flattens” certain corners of the photo. Aside from that, the color reproduction is quite fair, the level of detail is good and the phone does not smooth to excess, unlike some. Result, we keep a good dive and a pleasant scene to watch. On the other hand, there is a slight loss of quality on the edges of the image, a sign of a slight optical defect.
At night, it’s a little less brilliant. Faced with what can do a Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, the View 2 Pro is pale. By opting for a fairly short exposure time (1/14 s) the mobile fails to capture enough light and pushes the ISO to compensate. So we end up with an extremely noisy image, marked by a lack of detail and noticeable sharpness. The white balance, however, remains correct and we can see the main lines of the image.
The 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor is the exact opposite of its 16 megapixel alter ego. Image processing is aggressive and tends to have heavy hand on smoothing. The colors are somewhat saturated and the lack of sharpness is screaming, resulting in a flat scene with a low level of detail. The distortion of the image is also quite pronounced. But despite all these defects, it is always nice to have the opportunity to switch to this module for all those moments where we do not have enough perspective to capture a scene in its entirety. While the quality is not at the top, but it’s still useful and friendly to have.
A word finally about the application. In addition to the default mode, it offers a “Pro” mode that takes control of ISOs, white balance, exposure and focus. In short, how to mold the photos according to the desires of each. A small software addition that is now expected to find on mobiles at this price, but which remains appreciable.
Without being a beast of autonomy, the Wiko View 2 Pro is still pretty good. In fact, he is as good as his little brother the View 2, which is not so surprising since they both have a battery of 3000 mAh. On our SmartViser home autonomy test, the mobile is 12 hours and 25 minutes before falling below the fate of 15%. In normal use this translates into a big day of use. If you use your mobile more intensively, it will be necessary to recharge it at night so you do not get dry the next morning.
We could have dreamed better in view of the technical sheet of the device, but it remains satisfactory. It will take about 2 hours to fully charge the unit with the supplied plug.
At the end of the day, this Wiko View 2 Pro goes a couple of inches from a fourth star. If only the manufacturer had opted for a chip a little more beefy and had looked after the photo at night, this smartphone could have emerged a little of the mass. But here, even with all its qualities, it will be difficult to recommend this mobile rather than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, 100 € cheaper and better in just about all categories.