At the beginning of August 2022, WIKO Malaysia launched two new smartphones. one model is Wiko T50It has very thin wheels on the front. We haven’t heard much about Wiko in a while, so it will be interesting to see how this works. Does this device offer anything special as a low-end mid-range smartphone? Read on Our impressions and reviews From the phone below!
Design – Shinier than previous models
Like many smartphones in this category, WIKO T50 has a glossy back. As you can see from the pictures, its reflective surface makes it look very shiny. On the flip side, we love this Aqua Green. If that’s not your cup of tea, there’s midnight black, too.
In terms of grip, the shiny back does not prevent the phone from feeling comfortable to hold. But it collects fingerprints easily. The oval-shaped camera module at the top left consists of three slightly protruding cameras, which results in a noticeable camera bump. As such, a phone case is best used with this device.
Front camera hole
3.5 mm audio jack on top
Let’s take a look at the sides. On the right, you will find the usual volume and power buttons. The latter has a fingerprint scanner built into the interior as well. Next, there’s a single speaker, a USB-C port, and a dual SIM slot on the bottom.
On the front, the WIKO T50 has a 6.6-inch screen. What sets this screen apart are the thin bezels, measuring just 1.1mm and 3.5mm. The entire screen is almost unobstructed or would have been without the punch-hole front camera. However, it is an excellent screen for watching videos.
Speaker and SIM card tray at the bottom
Volume and power buttons (with built-in fingerprint sensor)
Although this phone uses an IPS LCD panel, it offers intense colors for mobile videos and games. Scrolling and swiping on the screen feels smooth enough for everyday use, including social media viewing and gaming. But it’s nothing special, especially if you’ve encountered 120Hz screens.
Inside the box, the WIKO T50 comes with a screen protector, a silicone case, a SIM pin, a 40W charger, and a USB-C charging cable. We found a screen protector to be an interesting option, as it’s not something that most brands (these days) include. Of course, this means that you will have to install it yourself.
very shiny back
Triple rear camera: 64MP main camera + 8MP wide camera + 2MP macro
Technical Specifications and Features – A simple and mid-range smartphone
Here are the full specifications of this entry-level phone:
- MediaTek Helio G35 chipset
- 8 GB RAM + 128 GB Storage
- 6.6 inch IPS LCD screen, 20:9 aspect ratio and 60Hz refresh rate
- 64MP Main Camera + 8MP Ultra-Fast Sensor + 2MP Macro
- 16MP Selfie Camera
- 4000mAh battery (can last up to 2 days)
- 40 watt charging
- Android 11
In terms of hardware, it is powered by MediaTek Helio G35 chipset with solid performance for everyday tasks. This means you can safely surf the internet, send text messages, and check social media without worrying about apps crashing. However, we noticed that some apps were slow to open.
The phone also has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Unlike many mid-range smartphones, there is no microSD memory card slot here. It’s a pity, but 128GB should be enough unless you plan to load it with videos. As for the software, the phone runs on Android 11 which is now two years old.
The WIKO T50 camera module features a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP macro sensor. It also has a 16MP front camera. In general, there is not much to talk about here. The phone has a camera app with standard HDR, time-lapse, and Bokeh modes. Those who love wide and macro photography will get some benefit from the cameras but don’t expect the image quality to be as good as the flagship device.
As for the battery, the phone’s 4,000mAh battery isn’t the biggest we’ve seen, but it should be enough for most people. The phone also supports 40W fast charging, which is faster than some mid-range smartphones. For example, the highly rated Samsung Galaxy A73 5G only supports 25W fast charging but it costs a lot more.
Performance – Not suitable for gaming
Next, let’s talk about performance. Before we continue, below are screenshots of the Geekbench and 3DMark benchmarks we ran on this phone.
With the MediaTek Helio G35 chipset, you can’t expect fast performance for heavy tasks like gaming. But it is more than capable of being a powerful everyday companion if you only use it for casual tasks like browsing the web.
While testing it, we found that the phone can still handle certain games like Mobile Legends. We experienced slight lags when opening games but we got decent performance while playing. Of course, don’t bother with the Genshin Impact or the popular fantasy tower on this phone. Trust us, it won’t be a smooth experience.
Mobile Legends does well enough, but don’t expect too much
As for the audio, the stereo speakers on this phone were of poor quality, even after turning up the volume. There is a 3.5mm audio jack on the top of the phone for those who want to use headphones. But its location makes the cable stand out when watching videos vertically, so it may bother some people but different people have different tastes.
In terms of battery life, this phone can last more than two days with standard use. We were also able to watch videos for five hours with a full battery. Like all modern smartphones, there is a power saving mode that can increase battery life for up to three days.
Turning to the camera, we were satisfied enough with the image quality produced by the WIKO T50 main camera. If you take photos in bright conditions, you will get beautiful photos with clear details and vibrant colors. It also has an elegant but not perfect bokeh effect.
Night mode – a lot of noise here…
Low-light selfie with flash
Low-light selfie without flash
Beauty mode for selfies
However, the quality begins to drop when you try to take pictures inside a building or in dimly lit areas. Colors get a little faded and details are a bit blurry. However, this is to be expected for a phone of this class.
Conclusion – Suitable for everyday use
In our opinion, WIKO T50 is a regular smartphone aimed at the masses. It’s for people who just want something that works, and maybe has a nice color to go with it. It’s easy to use, has decent performance, and doesn’t have any major flaws.
But for RM899, you can get other smartphones like HONOR X8 5G. By adding another RM100, you get a device with a 5000mAh battery that can last much longer. You can also go for the POCO M4 5G, which offers a 90Hz refresh rate display and 5,000mAh battery for just RM699.
But what do you say, are there better options that you recommend or is the WIKO T50 the right one for you? Let us know in the comments below, and keep in touch with TechNave.com for more feedback like this one.