Wiko has an array of smartphones that are meant to be accessible, usable, and cheap. They are honestly quite value-for-money smartphones, and this time around they’ve made one of their phones even cheaper. The Wiko View 4 Lite is like the View 4, but Lite. Okay fine, it’s got a few more nuances to it that makes it stand out from the original View 4, so let’s get straight into the review!
Design & Aesthetics
The Wiko View 4 Lite in a single word is ‘simple’. It doesn’t do anything too fancy, other than what you need to. It comes with a fully immersive V-shape 6.52’’ultra-large full-screen (20:9) HD+ display, which is actually better than I expected it to be. For the price, I couldn’t complain about the display much. It was bright, colourful, though a bit dull but for RM399, I couldn’t be happier. It does have a pretty noticeable chin at the bottom, and a less intrusive V-shape notch on top.
The overall build and body of the device though, is where you’ll really feel the RM399 price point. The body of the View 4 Lite seems to be made of some sort of plastic polycarbonate material, which was fine, but not preferable. The phone fits in hand well, it’s light (weighing in at just 174g), but that’s mainly because the phone is made of a polycarbonate material as I mentioned above. Using the phone, you’ll notice it’s light (in a bad way), and that the rear plastic finish doesn’t feel that great. I
What I mean to say is, usually premium flagships are made of glass, aluminium, and metal composites. So if you’re used to that, you’re going to feel a stark difference in material quality. But arguably for the price point, you can’t get much better considering the phones other features.
The Wiko View 4 Lite comes in three colour variants: Deep Blue, Deep Green, Deep Gold.
Performance & Battery Life
Speaking of missing flagships, here’s where you’ll really feel the missing components that made this phone so cheap. Wiko’s View 4 Lite comes with a Mediatek A25 Octa-core processor and a measly 2GB of RAM. Trust me, this was very apparent when I was using the phone. Normally, it would function fine, get me through some scrolling on Reddit, replying to messages on WhatsApp, and tweeting. But overtime, the more you use the device, the laggier it gets.
Multi-tasking was hard for me solely because the phone would need a second to get to the other app. I often noticed stuttering between apps, going to the home page, or when I was typing. It wasn’t great, and for me, a power-user, it was tough. I wouldn’t recommend this phone for somebody who needs their device to go the extra mile.
In terms of media consumption, it was alright. For the screen it has, watching videos and playing (not intensive) games was decent. But the sound is pretty shrill, even if they are loud speakers. All treble and no bass here.
Even with all these misses, the two things that help to redeem the View 4 Lite’s value is the great battery performance and Android 10. Yes, that’s right, this baby comes packed with Android 10 right out the box. And well, it wasn’t bad, it was impressive that it has Android 10, but I didn’t notice anything to make it stand out. Though I will say, Wiko phones UI is pretty nice. It’s simple, close to stock Android, and there’s not much bloatware, which is a very big plus.
The 4,000mAh battery is pretty great, and it lasted all day, and them some the next. The charge was pretty decent as well, can’t complain about how long it took even it was using a microUSB.
The View 4 Lite also has 64GB of storage, which is great for the price, but thankfully, there is room for a microSD, and two NANO SIM slots.
Considering I’m working at home right now because of the extended movement control order til April 14, I couldn’t get great shots. I was able to take some pics from my balcony, so you at least see how the camera performs. But before that, let’s talk about the camera hardware the Wiko View 4 Lite is packing. On the rear, there’s a dual-camera setup with a 13MP + 2MP with AI smart features. On the front, there’s a 5MP selfie camera.
Look I’m going to be frank, you’re not buying the device for the cameras. But for the price, it performed well enough. Pictures with the phone looked, well, detailed enough? But don’t expect the level of detail you’d see on any number of mid-rangers or flagships out there. This phone is made to take a quick picture of your kids walking around, or of your food, but nothing too extravagant.
Colours are washed out and it’s kind of hard to take a picture. When you click the shooter, you’ll notice the phone ‘processing’ the image often, meaning you’ll have to wait till you’re able to take your next shot. That is not great for a smartphone camera, but if your subjects were staying still, it should do the trick.
Overall, I’d say the Wiko View 4 Lite is, well, Lite. It really is, and not just by its weight too. For the RM399 price point, I can’t tell you to expect much better. It doesn’t have that premium build quality, the design isn’t anything to look at, and well, it didn’t perform as well for me, considering I am a very heavy power user.
But where the device does shine is with Android 10, and that long lasting 4,000mAh battery. If you were buying a device for your grandparents, or a 10-13 year old, this device would be great. It’s simple to use, the UI is clean, and it’s not cluttered with things you don’t need.
It does everything that you need it to. But it doesn’t do it just as well as a device that would cost you a few hundred Ringgit more. Like their Wiko View 3, which will cost you just RM200 more, but the build quality of that phone is top notch, and hard to differentiate from higher priced devices. I just expected more out of the View 4 Lite, and sadly, it hadn’t met those expectations.
Wiko View 4 Lite
It does everything that you need it to. But it doesn't do it just as well as a device that would cost you a few hundred Ringgit more.