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lifestyle June 02, 2018 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation

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Wiko Mobile launches it reasonably priced View2 Pro on the Thai market



A new top-of-the line smartphone from French firm Wiko Mobile, the View2 Pro could be an excellent choice for those who cannot afford an upmarket phone but still want a good looking device with quality cameras.

Priced at less than Bt8,000, View2 Pro boasts a dual camera setup that allows you to capture beautiful portraits with bokeh effect and a robust, sleek, ergonomic CNC metal housing in two colours – Gold and Anthracite. The back cover has an elegant chrome finish that gives a premium glass feel.

The View2 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octacore processor running at 1.8 GHz. It is equipped with 4 gigabytes of working memory or RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, which is expandable with a microSD card up to 256 GB. The smartphone runs on Google Android 8.0 operating system and has a large six-inch 19:9 Full Screen IPS display with 1528x720 pixels.

Although View2 Pro doesn’t use the flagship Qualcomm processor, I found it surprisingly fast during my test. The touchscreen and menus were responsive at all times and I had no problem using it with TrueMove H’s LTE network. Connection was fast, apps were downloaded in no time and my snapshots were backed up to my Google Photos cloud storage quickly and efficiently.

I used the Ookla Speedtest app to measure the connection speeds and found that the View2 Pro scored a download speed of 66.1 Mbps and an upload speed of 30.0 Mbps.

The View2 Pro has dual nano SIM slots that support 3G and 4G connection at the same time.

For security, the View2 Pro has a finger print reader and Face Unlock technologies. The phone scans your face and allows you to unlock the phone in less than a second. The phone's gesture detection function automatically launches Face Unlock to scan your face and unlock the phone. Again, I had no problems, with the phone unlocking very fast once I lifted it up to my face.

The View2 Pro has a dual camera setup that you can use to shoot portraits with a blurred background. The main camera uses a Sony IMX499 image sensor with 16-megapixel resolution and it has an aperture of f/1.75 for brighter shots in low light conditions. It also comes with Super PDAF fast auto focus.

The secondary camera is a 120-degree wide-angle camera with 8-megapixel resolution.

An icon above the shutter button guides you to switch between the 16MP and wide-angle 8 MP. 

When you use the Artistic Blur mode, you will see a slide bar for adjusting the degree of blurred background. I found during the test that the camera captured beautiful photos with a blurred background.

The 120-degree wide-angle lens allows you to easily capture group shots and panoramas.

Other shooting modes include Professional, Panorama, Night, and Face Beauty. The Professional mode lets you adjust various shooting parameters, including exposure level, colour saturation level, white balance, ISO and focus.

The Beauty Face mode allows you adjust the smooth level of your skin and shape of your eyes and your face.

The View2 Pro has a 16MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture with Big Pixel technology, which together work to allow the front camera to capture beautiful selfie shots even in low light conditions. The Big Pixel works by rearranging the pixels and giving greater photo-sensitivity.

The front camera also has a portrait blur mode for you to adjust the level of blurred background to make your selfie shots look outstanding.

The View2 Pro has a good battery life with 3,000 mAH battery. With one charge, you can easily survive a whole day.

Wiko View2 Pro has a suggested retail price of only Bt7,990. Wiko Mobile Thailand says the smartphone is now available through more than 4,000 outlets within Wiko’s national distribution network.

Key Specs

- Networks: LTE Cat 6

- OS: Android 8.0

- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, OctaCore 1.8 GHz, CortexA53

- Memory: 4GB RAM

- Storage: 64GB, expandable with microSD by up to 256GB

- SIM: Dual nano SIM slots, one shared with micro SD

- Display: 6-inch 19:9 IPS display with 1528x720 pixels resolution

- Main cameras: 16 MP for main camera with /1.75 aperture lens, 8 MP for 120-degree wide-angle lens

- Front camera: 16 MP with f/2.0 aperture lens

- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n / Bluetooth 4.2/ Access point Wi-Fi / USB OTG

- Battery: 3,000 mAh LiPo

- Dimensions: 153 x 72.6 x 8.3 mm

- Weight: 164 g