Wiko has released a new entry-level smartphone. The Wiko View 4 Lite wants to conquer the entry-level segment. Can smartphones do this? We tested it!
The scope of delivery of the smartphone includes the micro-USB cable, headphones, and the SIM opener.
Like every entry-level smartphone, the Wiko View 4 Lite has a relatively cheap finish but is very good for its price range. Glass and metal are used here instead of plastic like many other entry-level smartphones. The design has also been set to standard, and it’s pretty simple and modern. The waterdrop notch and the upright camera layout have established themselves on many smartphones.
The display is a 6.52-inch IPS HD+ display. It’s not high resolution, of course, and you can see the individual pixels, but it’s sufficient for the average user. You can’t expect a “crass display” from a cheap smartphone, let alone 90Hz.
The hardware is impressive for an entry-level smartphone. The media library Helio A25 is a very “power-saving” processor, which was still able to do everyday tasks. The 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage are okay, given the competition, e.g., B. Xiaomi (Redmi 8), but you get twice as much for the same money (4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage).
“Starter standards” were also installed for the sensors. Bluetooth 4.3, WLAN 4, and GPS are sufficient but not suitable. Unfortunately, micro-USB was also established; too bad! Here I would have wished for USB-C. The speaker (mono) is okay but tinny at total volume.
Here I have to praise Wiko, and they have installed a total of three suitable camera sensors.
A 13-megapixel primary sensor, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2MP ultra-wide-angle camera. With these, you can shoot good pictures for the price, and the ultra-wide-angle, in particular, is a rarity in this price category.
The battery of the Wiko View 4 Lite has a capacity of 4000mAh. These are not as many as the Redmi 8, but I still got through the day for two days. It is mainly due to the energy-efficient processor. There is no fast charging. Unfortunately, savings were made there.
The software gets a huge plus! Here Android 10 was installed in (almost) stock. (Without significant adjustments). Unfortunately, bloatware is pre-installed, but you can uninstall it. Additional modes such as a “simple mode” for beginners or seniors have been installed, which works very well. Wiko also promises two years of security updates. Unfortunately, there is no upgrade guarantee on Android 11 or even 12. Other manufacturers like Nokia do it better. Wiko works with Google, so there is also a “Google Assistant” button on the left side of the device. I’ve used this very often; if you don’t need it, you might be able to toggle this button via the app.
The Wiko View 4 is a successful entry-level smartphone. However, its hardware does not set it apart from other smartphones such as the Redmi 8 or the competition from Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei. But this can be done with software. Android 10 in (almost) its purest form is perfect and not to be taken for granted. For me, the Wiko View 4 Lite gets a 4/5. You can’t go wrong with the purchase, but you shouldn’t expect a “miracle.”