Over the last few days, I have we at Mobile Choice have seen more handsets than we thought possible from some of the greatest and best manufacturers in the World. We have also seen some game changing manufacturers that are currently not available in the UK and one of those was Wiko and their handset Fever...
Wiko Fever: Look and feel
Almost all smartphones look the same these days, but our eye was drawn to the use of 'noble materials', their words, not ours; on the back of the Wiko Fever. In other words, they have a brushed metallic back on the phones as well as a choice of either wood or fabric in several colours and finishes available.
The phone has a metal rim around it and is embedded with tech so that it absorbs light during the day to make it the first smartphone in the world to actually be able to glow in the dark. During the time we had it with us, we tried to see if this was true and it actually was!
A slim phosphorescent edge on the phone was very clearly visible when we looked at it in the dark, supremely handy when you are fumbling for your phone on the bedside table!
Furthermore, the phone has very slim bezels and wide bands at the top and bottom without any physical buttons. The glass on the display has a 2.5D curve on it where it meets the metal edge and the phone charges via microUSB.
Wiko Fever: Display and camera
The display is Full HD and comes sheathed in Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is obviously no match to the Samsung Galaxy S7 but it has good viewing angles and has a 424ppi which makes it one of the higher-resolution options out there.
The primary camera has 13-MP and the front-facing one is 8-MP one. The front facing camera has a flash so no more dark selfies in the nightclub for you. The primary camera has a tonne of features available including a sports mode and panorama.
Wiko Fever: Processor, software and memory
The phone has a feature that is very reminiscent of the Blinkfeed option that HTC phones come with. Called My Left Screen, you only need to swipe to the left once for all your app information, interactions and upcoming appointments to be displayed on one screen.
it also has a very handy little feature where it lists your favourite contacts with options on best getting in touch with them. So, whatsapp for a colleague, text for your mum, phonecall with your son etc. I thought it was a great little add-on.
Wiko Fever has 3GB Ram, 32GB onboard storage and expandable memory upto 64GB. The phone is 4G enabled and has a 2900mAH battery making it a very good option for those who need a phone that lasts all day long.
Wiko Fever: Pricing and availability
The Wiko Fever in the brushed metallic effect is priced at €199 (£170) and the Wiko Fever Special edition with the fabric and wood finish alternatives will be aailable for around €250 (£220) from the Summer.
Wiko Fever: Early Verdict
The specs look top notch on the Wiko Fever, however, it is difficult to say what it will be like to use... Mobile World Congress was all about challenger brands this year and we are glad to see that handsets like these will be available at such a fantastic pricepoint, further reducing our dependence on established manufacturers who have in the past charged the earth for mediocre handsets just because it has their branding on it...