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Wiko Lenny 3 Smartphone Review

Florian Wimmer (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 07/20/2016

The 3rd Generation. The Wiko Lenny 3 applies a fresh coat of paint to the budget smartphone series. Wiko hopes the improved screen and cameras will receive good customer reviews. We reviewed the smartphone and here are our findings.

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For the original German review, see here.

Wiko claims that their French budget smartphone line, Wiko Lenny, is a success. The test model is the third iteration of this series and costs around 120 Euros (~$132). It has better hardware than its predecessors and a removable metal back cover. The model is available in various appealing colors.

The test model has some stiff competition, such as, the Microsoft Lumia 550, the exotic UHANS S1 and the Xiaomi Redmi 3.

Wiko Lenny 3 (Lenny Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280x720 pixel 294 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 8.48 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio combo port, Card Reader: microSD up to 64 GB, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Compass
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, H+/3G+/3G WDCMA 900/1900/2100 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; Bandwidth (Download/​Upload): 21Mbps/​5.76Mbps (UMTS); SAR Value: 0.358W/​kg (Head), 0.295W/​kg (Body), Dual SIM, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.9 x 145 x 73.1 ( = 0.39 x 5.71 x 2.88 in)
Battery
7.4 Wh, 2000 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix AF, LED flash, Videos @1080p
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Rear speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Power adapter, USB cable, Headset, My Launcher, Phone Assist, My Music, Weather, Battery Tips & Widget, Calculator, Torch, Clock, Sound Recorder, Calendar, Videos, FM Radio, Downloads, Clean Master, SIM Toolkit, One Clean, My Apps, 24 Months Warranty, UKW-Radio, USB OTG, fanless
Weight
177 g ( = 6.24 oz / 0.39 pounds), Power Supply: 47 g ( = 1.66 oz / 0.1 pounds)
Price
129 Euro

 

Case

The Wiko Lenny 3 is a heavy 5-inch device. The smartphone has grown bigger. The device is about half a centimeter longer and much wider than its competition. Furthermore, at 9.9 mm (~0.4 in), its thickness is also greater than the comparison models, which have the same screen size. The Lenny weighs in at 177 grams (~0.4 lb).

If you are looking for a feather-light phone, you are going to be disappointed. Despite all this, the Wiko Lenny 3 feels good in the hand, thanks to the rounded corners. According to the manufacturer, the back cover is made of metal. It is quite thin and light and feels cool to the touch. A synthetic material would not have reduced the appeal of the back cover.

The sturdiness is decent for this price tag. Deformations are visible on the screen when a little pressure is applied and the colors change when the case is bent.

Connectivity

The removal of the back cover is no simple operation. Once it is removed, the user has access to two SIM slots (a microSIM and a NanoSIM). Furthermore, there is a microSD card slot, which can support cards up to 64 GB. Apps cannot be put on the card, but it can be used as internal memory once it has been formatted on the smartphone. The files on the card can then be read on the device.

USB OTG is supported and the user can receive UKW radio transmissions.

Software

Wiko has made some cosmetic changes to the standard Android UI (User Interface). Furthermore, the manufacturer has installed a variety of Apps, which limits the free storage space for the user. Thankfully, the phone uses the latest Android version, 6.0, with the security patches from the 1st of May 2016.

Some of the preinstalled Apps are just there for advertisement purposes (DropBox). Others work as system cleaning tools, which can be quite helpful. At the end of the day, most users want to decide for themselves what they want on their device.

Communication & GPS

The Wiko Lenny 3 has no LTE, but it does offer 4 GSM and 3 UMTS frequencies. This means that the user cannot use this device everywhere in the world. In comparison, we see that the competitors offer LTE and offer support for more frequencies.

The WLAN can use the 802.11 b/g/n standards, which means that the 5 GHz bandwidth is not available. The reception is decent. While we were near the router (FritzBox 6490), we had full bars and websites loaded quickly. At a distance of 10 meters (~33 ft), with 3 walls between us and the router, we had half bars and websites loaded noticeably slower.

The Lenny 3 does not perform well in the standardized Wi-Fi test (1 meter distance (~3 ft) from the Linksys EA 8500 router). The Honor 5C reaches higher speeds in this test. High-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the Huawei P9 perform even better.

Wiko Lenny 3Honor 5CSamsung Galaxy S7 EdgeHuawei P9
Networking
15%
533%
387%
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
44.8
49.8
11%
303
576%
249
456%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
49.2
58.3
18%
290
489%
205
317%
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors

The GPS module of our device is not able to locate said device indoors. Thankfully, it can quickly locate the phone outdoors (accuracy of up to 4 meters/~13 ft).

In the practical test, we took the smartphone for a bike ride. The GPS provided reliable results and navigation instructions. We used the professional navigation device, Garmin Edge 500, for comparison and found that the Garmin navigator picked an almost identical route to the Lenny 3. The difference in navigation paths was a mere 10 meters (~33 ft). When riding over the bridge, the GPS had problems accurately calculating the path and simply provided a straight line for navigation. Overall, the GPS module is comfortable and reliable for private use.

GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Overview
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Overview
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Crossing
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Crossing
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Riverbank
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – Riverbank
GPS Wiko Lenny 3 – Overview
GPS Wiko Lenny 3 – Overview
GPS Wiko Lenny 3 – Crossing
GPS Wiko Lenny 3 – Crossing
GPS Wiko Lenny 3 – Riverbank
GPS Wiko Lenny 3 – Riverbank

Telephone & Speech Quality

Wiko uses the original Google telephone app. The speech quality is fine for this price class, but there are definitely better phones available. The sound is quite dull in the speaker and the microphone cannot filter out the background noises well. If you call a lot, you might want to consider other devices, as they use better components.

Cameras

Front camera recording
Front camera recording

The back of the Wiko Lenny 3 has an 8 MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash on the back. The camera takes some decent photos. However, large parts of the picture can appear blurry. In weak lighting, the camera needs to use flash to produce good pictures. Videos can be recorded in 1080p. The video quality is good in bright lighting.

The front camera is a 5 MP module, which can take selfies with obvious blurring. The captured colors look good and the details are somewhat clear.

Overall, the cameras of the device are decent in comparison to the competitors: the UHANS S1 or the Xiaomi Redmi 3 have better cameras, while the Microsoft Lumia 550 has lower MPs on its cameras and worse picture quality.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3

The details and colors of the rear camera were checked against a reference card, which we captured in standard lighting. There are some issues with black text on a red background: the contrast is too low for clear legibility. Slight blurring is visible on the edges of pictures, but clarity is otherwise good.

The colors are over-saturated, but there is no color tinge. White is almost identical to the reference color.

Photo of reference card.
Photo of reference card.
Reference card (detailed).
Reference card (detailed).
Photo of ColorCheck colors. In the lower half, the reference colors are shown.
Photo of ColorCheck colors. In the lower half, the reference colors are shown.

Accessories & Warranty

Wiko has provided an in-ear headset that looks and sounds good. There are no other special accessories. The Lenny 3 has a special "WiCube" cover, which allows users to display data in cubes in a pyramid form. It is a funny idea that costs 20 Euros (~$22).

Wiko offers a 24-month warranty on their devices.

Input Devices & Interface

Wiko uses the standard Google keyboard, which is a good option. This is a reliable input method and can be used to type quickly and accurately.

The touchscreen is dependable in all areas.

Keyboard portrait
Keyboard portrait
Keyboard landscape
Keyboard landscape

Display

The 5-inch display of the Lenny 3 is exceptional. The resolution is 1280x720 pixels. The predecessor had a lower resolution of 854x480 pixels. The max brightness will not win any prizes: at its best it reaches 380 cd/m² (361 cd/m² in the APL50 test), which can be surpassed by all competitors. With the sensor turned on, the maximum brightness is far lower.

The illumination is not great at 85% and the brightness differences are clearly visible on large white spaces.

329
cd/m²
380
cd/m²
337
cd/m²
336
cd/m²
374
cd/m²
322
cd/m²
329
cd/m²
357
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 380 cd/m² Average: 343.4 cd/m² Minimum: 13.47 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 374 cd/m²
Contrast: 796:1 (Black: 0.47 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 6.7 | - Ø
Gamma: 2.19
Wiko Lenny 3
IPS, 1280x720, 5
UHANS S1
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Microsoft Lumia 550
IPS, 1280x720, 4.7
Xiaomi Redmi 3
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Screen
-32%
6%
10%
Brightness
343
471
37%
535
56%
484
41%
Brightness Distribution
85
82
-4%
95
12%
89
5%
Black Level *
0.47
0.92
-96%
0.62
-32%
0.551
-17%
Contrast
796
571
-28%
865
9%
887
11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6
8.6
-43%
5.81
3%
6.5
-8%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.7
10.6
-58%
7.72
-15%
5
25%
Gamma
2.19 110%
2.34 103%
2.18 110%
2.36 102%
CCT
8073 81%
9487 69%
8701 75%
7677 85%

* ... smaller is better

At 0.47 cd/m², the black value is very good (same value in the APL50 test). The contrast is also good at 796:1. Overall, the display looks good.

For exact values, we use a spectrometer and the CalMAN tool. We tested the "Standard" and "Lively" settings, which the device offers in its settings. With the "Standard" setting, the colors are not very far from the ideal values from the reference color space. The device has a clear blue tinge, which gets even worse with the "Lively" setting.

The competitors show even greater deviations from the RGB color space, so we have to praise the Lenny 3.

CalMAN Color Accuracy "Standard"
CalMAN Color Accuracy "Standard"
CalMAN Gray Levels "Standard"
CalMAN Gray Levels "Standard"
CalMAN Color Spectrum "Standard"
CalMAN Color Spectrum "Standard"
CalMAN Saturation"Standard"
CalMAN Saturation"Standard"
CalMAN Color Accuracy"Lively"
CalMAN Color Accuracy"Lively"
CalMAN Gray Levels "Lively"
CalMAN Gray Levels "Lively"
CalMAN Color Spectrum "Lively"
CalMAN Color Spectrum "Lively"
CalMAN Saturation "Lively"
CalMAN Saturation "Lively"

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
33 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 84 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
54 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 32 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 87 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (42.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 57 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 6272 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Due to the low brightness, outdoor use is hard: even at maximum settings, the display content is hard to read. The viewing angles are good thanks to the IPS technology.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing Angles
Viewing Angles

Performance

The device uses the Mediatek MT6580M SoC (System-on-Chip). This is a relatively new chip for cheap smartphones, which offers 4 cores with a clock speed of up to 1.3 GHz. In practical use, we found the chip to provide sufficient performance for navigating the device and surfing the web. Occasional stutters were part of the package. The Lenny 3 is clearly at the bottom end of the performance scale, as shown in the synthetic benchmarks: the Lumia 550 is around the same level (at times ahead and at times behind), while the Xiaomi Redmi 3 and the UHANS S1 are plainly in the lead.

Furthermore, the test model will not be winning any awards for its graphics performance: the Mali-400 MP2 has two processing cores, but does not support modern standards, such as, OpenGL ES 3.0 or 3.1, which means that some tests do not work at all. If the tests do run, the chip cannot offer great performance. Once again, the Lumia 550 can fall behind our test model in terms of graphics performance. However, the other competitors have a lot more to offer.

While surfing the web, the device performs at a similar level: the Lenny 3 can surpass the Microsoft smartphone while loading new websites, but the other competitors can do everything it does and more.

The 16 GB of storage has a slow interface, which reduces the overall score of the Lenny 3 further. In fact, the writing speeds are very low while transferring data. We tested the microSD access with a reference card, the Toshiba Exceria Pro M401, and once again the Lenny 3 falls far behind the speeds available to the microSD card.

AnTuTu Benchmark v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
25237 Points ∼11%
UHANS S1
39029 Points ∼17% +55%
Microsoft Lumia 550
25825 Points ∼11% +2%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
34451 Points ∼15% +37%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
1184 Points ∼4%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
356 Points ∼8%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
7849 Points ∼11%
UHANS S1
10211 Points ∼14% +30%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
8764 Points ∼12% +12%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
2476 Points ∼1%
UHANS S1
6705 Points ∼1% +171%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
9272 Points ∼2% +274%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
2920 Points ∼1%
UHANS S1
7259 Points ∼4% +149%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
9154 Points ∼5% +213%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
4.4 fps ∼0%
Microsoft Lumia 550
3 fps ∼0% -32%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
8 fps ∼2%
Microsoft Lumia 550
5.24 fps ∼1% -34%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
2832 Points ∼34%
UHANS S1
4191 Points ∼51% +48%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
3570 Points ∼43% +26%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
632 Points ∼41%
UHANS S1
640 Points ∼42% +1%
Microsoft Lumia 550
72 Points ∼5% -89%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
1073 Points ∼70% +70%
Graphics (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
138 Points ∼2%
UHANS S1
431 Points ∼5% +212%
Microsoft Lumia 550
190 Points ∼2% +38%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
817 Points ∼9% +492%
Memory (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
293 Points ∼7%
UHANS S1
843 Points ∼19% +188%
Microsoft Lumia 550
685 Points ∼15% +134%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
969 Points ∼22% +231%
System (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
988 Points ∼15%
UHANS S1
1281 Points ∼19% +30%
Microsoft Lumia 550
529 Points ∼8% -46%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
1184 Points ∼18% +20%
Overall (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
399 Points ∼11%
UHANS S1
807 Points ∼21% +102%
Microsoft Lumia 550
265 Points ∼7% -34%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
1001 Points ∼26% +151%
AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
19.59 MB/s ∼22%
UHANS S1
20.71 MB/s ∼24% +6%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
40.59 MB/s ∼42%
UHANS S1
48.15 MB/s ∼50% +19%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
6.2 MB/s ∼4%
UHANS S1
12.95 MB/s ∼9% +109%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
9.19 MB/s ∼6% +48%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
15.1 MB/s ∼9%
UHANS S1
20.25 MB/s ∼12% +34%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
17.48 MB/s ∼10% +16%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
11.6 MB/s ∼6%
UHANS S1
74.4 MB/s ∼36% +541%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
26.6 MB/s ∼13% +129%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
132.5 MB/s ∼17%
UHANS S1
240.77 MB/s ∼30% +82%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
139.47 MB/s ∼18% +5%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
2133 Points ∼4%
UHANS S1
2972 Points ∼6% +39%
Microsoft Lumia 550
2170 Points ∼4% +2%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
3647 Points ∼7% +71%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
14862.9 ms * ∼25%
UHANS S1
12510.3 ms * ∼21% +16%
Microsoft Lumia 550
21884 ms * ∼37% -47%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
12194.1 ms * ∼21% +18%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Wiko Lenny 3
14.068 Points ∼4%
UHANS S1
18.415 Points ∼6% +31%
Microsoft Lumia 550
13.006 Points ∼4% -8%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
22.879 Points ∼7% +63%

Legend

 
Wiko Lenny 3 Mediatek MT6580M, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
UHANS S1 Mediatek MT6753, ARM Mali-T720 MP4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Microsoft Lumia 550 Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909, Qualcomm Adreno 304, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Redmi 3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v2, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

Games

The phone is known to stutter while running demanding games, such as, the racing game, "Asphalt 8: Airborne". At high settings, the user will also have to expect long load times. The game may run satisfactorily at low settings, but it is not as fun as it is on smartphones that are more powerful. Simpler games, like "Angry Birds", were run on the test model without issues. The touchscreen and position sensor worked flawlessly.

Asphalt 8: Airborne
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Angry Birds
Angry Birds

Emissions

Temperature

A maximum case temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius (~100 Fahrenheit) at load is not bad. The temperatures are tangible but not too high. The case heats up more on the front than on the back. This is ideal, as the user will be holding the phone from behind most of the time. Two spots share the highest temperature of the device: the front top-right and middle.

When idle, the temperatures in the bottom section of the front side are only a little lower. The rest of the device cools off to a greater degree, but the temperatures never drop under 29.8 degrees Celsius (~85 Fahrenheit).

Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Back
Heatmap Back
Max. Load
 37.5 °C36.3 °C36.9 °C 
 36.9 °C36 °C37.2 °C 
 35.4 °C34.6 °C36.9 °C 
Maximum: 37.5 °C
Average: 36.4 °C
33.6 °C34 °C35.6 °C
34.2 °C34.5 °C35.5 °C
34.1 °C34.5 °C35.4 °C
Maximum: 35.6 °C
Average: 34.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  31 °C | Room Temperature 21.5 °C | Voltcraft IR-260

Speakers

Speaker Test "Pink Noise"
Speaker Test "Pink Noise"

In the speaker test, "Pink Noise", a straight line wouldbe ideal. This would indicate that all frequencies are played equally strong by the speaker. However, it is unreasonable to expect this of an entry-level phone like the Wiko Lenny 3. The sound is clear, but the high notes are too stressed. Deep notes are barely noticeable. The smartphone is fine for the playback of the occasional song or YouTube video, as the rear speaker offers a max volume of 86 dB(A). Headphone and Bluetooth options will provide better sound.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption is average, compared to the competition. However, the UHANS S1 shows that it is possible to consume much less when idle. We like the low consumption of the Lenny 3 while off, which makes it unlikely that the phone will deplete unexpectedly. We found the high consumption of 2.35 W while idling much worse. At load, the device can need up to 5.35 W, which is a very high value.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.04 / 0.22 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.76 / 2.16 / 2.35 Watt
Load midlight 4.65 / 5.35 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Gossen Metrahit Energy
Wiko Lenny 3
2000 mAh
Microsoft Lumia 550
2100 mAh
UHANS S1
2200 mAh
Power Consumption
3%
22%
Idle Minimum *
0.76
0.55
28%
0.7
8%
Idle Average *
2.16
2.69
-25%
1.13
48%
Idle Maximum *
2.35
2.93
-25%
1.25
47%
Load Average *
4.65
3.94
15%
4.39
6%
Load Maximum *
5.35
4.24
21%
5.43
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Although, in comparison to the competitors, the Wiko Lenny 3 has a relatively low battery capacity of 2,000 mAh or 7.4 Wh, the device can last quite long. In the practical WLAN test, our test model could not match the Xiaomi Redmi 3, with its giant battery. However, it surpasses the Lumia 550 and the UHANS S1 by a clear margin.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
15h 44min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
9h 9min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 35min
Wiko Lenny 3
2000 mAh
Microsoft Lumia 550
2100 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 3
4100 mAh
UHANS S1
2200 mAh
Battery Runtime
-9%
99%
-44%
Reader / Idle
944
1024
8%
2483
163%
WiFi v1.3
549
445
-19%
781
42%
309
-44%
Load
155
129
-17%
298
92%
H.264
416

Pros

+ Decent IPS screen
+ Latest Android OS
+ Accurate GPS
+ Good battery life
+ Removable metal back cover
+ Various color schemes available
+ Dual SIM

Cons

- Heavy case
- No LTE
- Relatively low performance
- Dark screen
- Bad camera recordings in poor lighting conditions
- Muffled speech recordings

Verdict

In Review: Wiko Lenny 3. Test model provided by Wiko Germany.
In Review: Wiko Lenny 3. Test model provided by Wiko Germany.

How much should you expect from a smartphone that costs 129 Euros (~$142, even lower on the Internet)? Well the fact is the French manufacturer has produced a strong successor to the Lenny 2. However, this was a necessary step to remain competitive in this segment, as all other entry-level smartphones have upped their game as well.

The panel has good colors, but should be brighter. The weight and measurements are above average, despite the relatively small battery size. The metal rear cover offers more marketing value than practical benefits and the device does not support LTE.

The Wiko Lenny 3 can keep up with most of the competition. However, it is lacking in performance. Furthermore, the competition out of Asia is especially strong.

The Wiko Lenny 3 is a good entry-level smartphone that is appealing but with limitations. Buyers may find the various rear cover colors entertaining. At the same time, it is clear that the performance deficit can be a major factor for users. At the end of the day, the buyer will receive a device with a decent camera and good battery life.

Wiko Lenny 3 - 07/13/2016 v5.1
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
66%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
33 / 60 → 55%
Weight
90%
Battery
92%
Display
82%
Games Performance
5 / 63 → 7%
Application Performance
22 / 70 → 32%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
58 / 91 → 64%
Camera
56%
Average
65%
78%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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