During the Mobile World Congress different companies, big or small, well-known or start ups, from all over the world gather to showcase the latest product and/or services they have to offer. One of these year’s attendees is a start up that started five years ago and has shown other participants their aptly named Wiko phones.
Wiko is a French start up company known for selling affordable devices to consumers located in their homeland France, Spain and other emerging markets such as Africa. Although their offerings are not exactly flagship material, it does offer features that are worth a second glance. Two of their eye-catching offering includes a glow in the dark body and a smart fingerprint sensor.
The glowing phone: Wiko’s flagship smartphone is the Fever Special Edition. The company features something that is one of a kind and never before seen in a mobile phone – a glow in the dark front and back frame. How does this work? Well it works like your usual glow in the dark decals – absorbing light during the day and storing it for it to glow in the dark.
Though this is one feature that is not that useful, one can argue that it is interesting enough to keep. This smartphone’s back cover can be swap out and users can choose from which finish they would like to have on their device. They can select from three options which are fabric, wood, or brushed metallic finish reports Digital Trends.
Wiko Fever Special Edition has a 5.2-inch IPS LCD Full HD screen. It runs on an octa core processor and comes with a 3GB RAM. The phone has an internal storage of 32GB which is expandable via a microSD card. It sports a 13 megapixel rear shooter and a 5 megapixel front shooter. It is slated to be sold at €250 EUR.
The smart and customizable fingerprint sensor is another phone from the start up company called the Wiko uFeel phone, which features a fingerprint sensor that not only unlocks the phone and makes payments thru Android Pay, but does more. The said sensor is located at the bottom of the handset but it doesn’t act as a button like it does for other smartphone devices.
A user can set up to five different fingerprints to perform actions. For example a user can set using his index finger to go directly to the camera app. It can do that even if the device is turned off. The user can also set apps to lock themselves thru the use of the fingerprint sensor.
This might come handy if one is a bit fearful when someone borrows their phone, they can just lock it by simply using the sensor and the app won’t open for anyone else unless the owner decides to unlock it. This way, people can still borrow the user’s phone without having the means to open an app that the owner wanted to hide from the borrower.
It also has an app called the “Encrypt Box” where the user can store photos, files, videos, and music that he doesn’t want other people to see. Example, the user moved a picture to the said app, the picture will disappear from the gallery and can’t be accessed by anyone. It can only be seen by the user using his fingerprint to access it. The owner can also navigate their uFeel device using only the fingerprint scanner.
Wiko uFeel has a 5-inch HD IPS LCD screen with a 3GB RAM and an internal storage of 16GB which is expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card. It runs on a quad core processor and is dual-SIM enabled. It has soft sandstone back and comes in several colors. It has a “Lite” variant which comes with a lesser RAM and rear camera pixel. uFeel will cost around €200 EUR and its Lite version costs around €170 EUR.
So far all devices from the French start up firm have run on Android. It is expected that the latest offerings will also run Android but the latest version of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. They offer a customized user interface with a few in-house apps and services. The other new devices that are also shown during the MWC 2016 event that is added to Wiko’s offering this year are “Tommy,” “Lenny,” “K-Kool,” “S-Kool” and “B-Kool.” All of which will be available by April or May.
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