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Wiko U Feel Smartphone Review

The finger makes the difference. The U Feel is a new mainstream smartphone from the French manufacturer Wiko. Two highlights are the design and the fingerprint scanner, which can trigger different actions depending on the finger. Read our review to see what the smartphone is capable of.

For the original German review, see here.

The Wiko U Feel belongs to the category “Useful and Trendy” from the French manufacturer and comes with solid features for a retail price of 200 Euros (~$223): 5-inch HD IPS display, quad-core SoC, 3 GB RAM, dual-SIM, 16 GB storage and extension via microSD-card. Pictures can be taken with a 13 MP camera at the back and a 5 MP sensor at the front. The operating system is Android 6.0 Marshmallow and fast LTE connections are supported as well.

Another aspect of the U Feel is the fingerprint scanner, which is not just for unlocking the device. You can assign different actions for up to five fingers, which is already familiar from some other models. It is also possible to select apps and documents, which can be accessed via fingerprint.

There is no shortage of rivals in this price range. We selected the following devices for this comparison: Honor 5CSamsung Galaxy J5 (2016)HTC Desire 530LG X Screen and ZTE Blade V7.

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Wiko U Feel (U Feel Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 294 PPI, capacitive, 5 touch points, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 10.5 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Audio, Card Reader: microSD up to 64 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, Position, USB-OTG, SAR Head: 0.287 W/kg, Body SAR: 0.829 W/kg
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, 2G GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), 3G UMTS (900/1900/2100 MHz), 4G LTE Cat.4 (DL 150 Mbps, UL 50 Mbps, 800/1800/2100/2600 MHz), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.55 x 143 x 70.7 ( = 0.34 x 5.63 x 2.78 in)
Battery
9.25 Wh, 2500 mAh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 212 h, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 13 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 25 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix (LED flash, Dual-View)
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix (LED flash)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, Headset, Quick-start guide, Micro-USB cable, Power adapter (5 Watts), SIM-card adapters, Google-Apps, Wiko-Tools, My Launcher, Phone Assist, My Music, Apps Lock, Files Lock, Camera, Calculator, Torch, Clock, Sound Recorder, Calendar, Videos, FM Radio, Downloads, Clean Master, SIM Toolkit, Gallery, One Clean, Fingerprint, Smart Gesture, Smart , 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
145 g ( = 5.11 oz / 0.32 pounds), Power Supply: 56 g ( = 1.98 oz / 0.12 pounds)
Price
200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The manufacturer uses a combination of plastic, metal and glass for the chassis of the U Feel. All the edges are slightly rounded, so the handling of the smartphone is very comfortable. You can get a total of three colors, which will affect the metal frame (gray or lemon) or the rear cover (gray or creamy). The rear will feel a bit strange at first. Wiko talks about a sandstone surface and it reminds us of fine sandpaper. We got used to the surface after a couple of days though, and it provides good grip and is not susceptible to dirt or fingerprints.

Build quality and stability of the mainstream device can convince us for the most part. Pressure is no problem at all and we can just hear minor creaking when we try to twist the device. The thin rear cover can be removed and grants access to the three slots (1x microSD, 2x Micro-SIM), but the battery is unfortunately integrated and cannot be replaced.

The dimensions and the weight of the test model are average within the comparison group. The 5-inch smartphone is, however, not that much smaller than the rivals with a slightly bigger 5.2-inch screen, which is also a result of the pretty big frame above and below the display. The camera lens on the back is also slightly protruding, so the smartphone can wobble a bit when it is lying on the rear.

Size Comparison

147.1 mm / 5.79 inch 73.8 mm / 2.91 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 156 g0.3439 lbs146.9 mm / 5.78 inch 70.9 mm / 2.79 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 140 g0.3086 lbs146 mm / 5.75 inch 72.5 mm / 2.85 inch 7.95 mm / 0.313 inch 136 g0.2998 lbs145.8 mm / 5.74 inch 72.3 mm / 2.85 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 159 g0.3505 lbs143 mm / 5.63 inch 70.7 mm / 2.78 inch 8.55 mm / 0.3366 inch 145 g0.3197 lbs142.6 mm / 5.61 inch 71.8 mm / 2.83 inch 7.1 mm / 0.2795 inch 120 g0.2646 lbs

Connectivity

Settings for the SD card
Settings for the SD card

Quad-core SoC, 3 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage + microSD, dual-SIM, fingerprint scanner, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow: The Wiko U Feel comes with all the important features we expect from a mainstream device at a first look. Only the wireless capabilities are a bit limited. You can use around 10.5 GB from the 16 GB internal storage after the initial setup, but the updates for all the preloaded apps will need another gigabyte. It is possible to expand the storage by up to 64 GB via microSD-card and you can choose if you want to format the card as mobile (for pictures and media) or internal storage, which is an inexpensive method to expand the built-in storage.

The Micro-USB 2.0 port is located at the bottom and supports USB-OTG for the fast connection of USB flash drives or peripherals. MHL and NFC on the other hand are not supported, so connections to other devices are limited to Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth 4.0. The integrated FM radio works with an attached headset.

SD Card Reader

We use our reference card Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 64 GB (up to 95/80 MB/s read/write) to evaluate the performance of the integrated card reader. The Androbench benchmark only determined about 30 and 16 MB/s (read/write) for the test model, which means it can take longer than necessary when you save images or videos.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
maximum SDCardreader Maximum Transfer Rate
average SDCardreader Average Transfer Rate
1280x800 Lightsmark - 1280x800
1280x800 Lightsmark - 1280x800
1280x720 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x720
1280x768 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768
1366x768 3DMark 06 - Standard 1366x768
1600x900 Crysis CPU - 1600x900 High
1600x900 Crysis CPU - 1600x900 Med
1600x900 Crysis CPU - 1600x900 Low
1600x900 Crysis GPU - 1600x900 High
1600x900 Crysis GPU - 1600x900 Med
1600x900 Crysis GPU - 1600x900 Low

Software

Similar to its other models, Wiko also ships the U Feel with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a modified user interface. The changes are mainly focused on the design of the home screen. All the apps are shown side by side on the home screens, but there is also an alphabetical overview. So-called Smart Actions are supported as well. They include, among others, the activation of the smartphone via double tap on the touchscreen, or muting the smartphone by turning it around.

In addition to some tools from the manufacturer to optimize the system, there are two apps with the designation "File Lock" and "Apps Lock", which can also be used in combination with the fingerprint scanner. They can be used to protect certain apps and files against unwanted access. The scanner itself (touch sensor) leaves a good impression and is very fast. You can save up to five different fingerprints, which can be assigned with different actions. It is, for example, possible to launch certain apps or call contacts. 

There is currently no information about an update to Android 7 Nougat.

Home screen 1/3
Home screen 1/3
Home screen 2/3
Home screen 2/3
Home screen 3/3
Home screen 3/3
Software information
Software information
Stagefright Detector
Stagefright Detector
Smart Gesture
Smart Gesture
Smart Action 1/2
Smart Action 1/2
Smart Action 2/2
Smart Action 2/2
Phone Assistant
Phone Assistant
Apps Lock
Apps Lock

Communication and GPS

The two Micro-SIM slots of the Wiko U Feel support LTE Cat.4 with maximum transfer rates of 150 Mbps (downstream) and 50 Mbps (upstream), respectively. The device is shipped with a three-part adapter set for SIM cards, but only one adapter can be used for the Micro-SIM slot. The signal quality was just average in the metropolitan T-Mobile network. The faster network was often only used after we selected it manually and the smartphone was often using the Edge network, while a simultaneously used smartphone from Acer had a 4G network.

The WLAN module is also limited to the essentials, because you only get the standards 802.11 b/g/n in 2.4 GHz networks. We measured transfer rates of around 50 Mbps in our standardized WLAN test at a close distance to the router (Linksys EA8500). These results are not uncommon in this price range. Subjectively, the signal quality was once again not that good, because the download speeds were noticeably slower with an increasing distance (~3 meters, 2 walls).

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Honor 5C
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 650, 16 GB eMMC Flash
49.8 MBit/s ∼100% +4%
Wiko U Feel
Mali-T720, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
47.8 MBit/s ∼96%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Honor 5C
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 650, 16 GB eMMC Flash
58.3 MBit/s ∼100% +12%
Wiko U Feel
Mali-T720, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
52 MBit/s ∼89%
GPS Test: outdoors
GPS Test: outdoors
GPS Test: indoors
GPS Test: indoors

The position of the smartphone can be located via GPS, but it will only work outdoors. We did not get a signal indoors. The app GPS Test determines a good accuracy of 4 meters outdoors, but we also check the performance on a bicycle ride and compare the results with the professional navigation device Garmin Edge 500. The smartphone does not locate the position as often as the Garmin and we can also see a slight deviation in some sections, so the overall track length is about 250 meters shorter. Still, there should not be any problems when you navigate in a car.

Wiko U Feel: overview
Wiko U Feel: overview
Wiko U Feel: crossing
Wiko U Feel: crossing
Wiko U Feel: turning point
Wiko U Feel: turning point
Garmin Edge 500: overview
Garmin Edge 500: overview
Garmin Edge 500: crossing
Garmin Edge 500: crossing
Garmin Edge 500: turning point
Garmin Edge 500: turning point

Telephone and Voice Quality

Phone app
Phone app

The phone app is simply designed and the handling should not be a problem for anyone. Besides access to contacts, there is also a history and favorites. The test model was inconspicuous during our test calls. There were sometimes minor background noises, but communication was not affected by this. The provided headset could record voices a bit louder. It is equipped with a cable remote to accept calls, and it does its job. You have to pay attention to the position of the speaker at the back when you use the hands-free feature, because it is quickly covered on softer materials in particular.

Cameras

Picture with the front camera
Picture with the front camera

Wiko equips the U Feel with a 13 MP camera at the back as well as a 5 MP camera at the front, and both modules are supported by an LED flash. You get familiar options in the camera app like the Beauty Mode, which uses a soft focus. There are also different picture modes including a professional mode, where you can adjust many parameters manually. Another nice gimmick is the dual-view mode, where the picture of the front camera is integrated into the picture. Videos can be recorded at up to 1920x1080 pixels (30 fps), but the sensor has problems with fast movements.

The front camera has a special wide-angle mode for selfies, where you have to pan the smartphone in two directions similar to a panorama. The picture is, however, much darker compared to the other modes. All in all, the quality of the front camera is certainly sufficient for its purpose.

Picture modes front camera
Picture modes front camera
Settings front camera
Settings front camera
Picture modes main camera
Picture modes main camera
Settings main camera
Settings main camera

We are a bit disappointed by the main camera though. Despite the comparatively high resolution of 13 MP, the pictures are anything but sharp and you cannot see many details. This is particularly evident in scene 2, where the green bushes look like a blurred area. There are almost no details in dark environments, either; the sign on the right side of the picture (scene 3), for example, is hard to see at all and there is blooming around the light source. This is another example of the fact that a good camera is not only defined by its resolution.

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
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ColorChecker PassPort: The actual colors are displayed in the lower half of each patch.
ColorChecker PassPort: The actual colors are displayed in the lower half of each patch.

We also take pictures of the ColorChecker Passport and the test chart under controlled lighting conditions to get a better idea about the colors and the sharpness. The results are not edited afterwards. The colors of the camera are too pale and the sharpness cannot convince, despite the high resolution. The section from the center does not have really sharp edges and the situation is even worse towards the peripheral areas.

Accessories and Warranty

Besides the usual accessories like the modular 5-Watt power adapter (5V, 1A), a USB cable, a headset, and some service brochures, Wiko also ships the smartphone with a couple of SIM adapters. It should therefore not be a problem to use at least one of the Micro-SIM slots.

The warranty period is 24 months for the smartphone, but the accessories are only covered for 6 months.

Input Devices and Handling

You can use the standard Google keyboard for inputs. It supports all common features and works well. The capacitive touchscreen recognizes up to 5 inputs simultaneously and provides good gliding capabilities. The general handling is very smooth and there will only be some stutters or delays when you really stress the device.

Even though there is sufficient space underneath the display and the fingerprint scanner can also be used as a home button, Wiko waives sensor buttons and implements on-screen controls instead. The physical buttons are well integrated into the chassis and do not wobble. The pressure point is conveniently rich as well; only the clicking sound of the home button could be a bit quieter.

Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard landscape mode

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The 5-inch LC display is based on IPS technology and has a native resolution of 1280x720 pixels. The resulting pixel density (294 PPI) enables sharp pictures and texts, but there are already devices with the Full HD resolution (like the Honor 5C or ZTE Blade V7) in this price range.

We determine a good average luminance of 485 cd/m² on a pure white picture, but the brightness distribution is just average at 83%. The luminance drops a bit to 414 cd/m² with an even distribution of bright and dark picture content (APL50). The very low black value of just 0.22 cd/m² (APL50: 0.2 cd/m²) results in a maximum contrast ratio of more than 2200:1, which easily beats all LCD-based rivals. Only an AMOLED, which is used for the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016), for example, can keep up with these values. We did not detect PWM flickering at any brightness level.

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: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9352 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

445
cd/m²
499
cd/m²
515
cd/m²
455
cd/m²
500
cd/m²
521
cd/m²
435
cd/m²
485
cd/m²
513
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 521 cd/m² Average: 485.3 cd/m² Minimum: 20.88 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 500 cd/m²
Contrast: 2273:1 (Black: 0.22 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.3 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 5.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.17
Wiko U Feel
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Honor 5C
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
AMOLED, 1280x720, 5.2
HTC Desire 530
IPS, 1280x720, 5
LG X Screen
IPS, 1280x720, 5
ZTE Blade V7
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
Screen
-22%
8%
-10%
-24%
-42%
Brightness middle
500
515
3%
289
-42%
375
-25%
392
-22%
409
-18%
Brightness
485
498
3%
291
-40%
376
-22%
376
-22%
411
-15%
Brightness Distribution
83
93
12%
96
16%
91
10%
90
8%
96
16%
Black Level *
0.22
0.49
-123%
0.32
-45%
0.27
-23%
0.38
-73%
Contrast
2273
1051
-54%
1172
-48%
1452
-36%
1076
-53%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.3
6.2
2%
4.7
25%
6
5%
7.5
-19%
9.4
-49%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
14.4
11.4
21%
7.3
49%
9.5
34%
13.1
9%
17.6
-22%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.2
7.4
-42%
3
42%
4.5
13%
9.9
-90%
11.6
-123%
Gamma
2.17 101%
2.28 96%
2.03 108%
2.26 97%
2.07 106%
2.25 98%
CCT
7536 86%
8664 75%
6291 103%
6975 93%
9704 67%
9597 68%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN Colorspace
CalMAN Colorspace
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps

We can measure average DeltaE-2000 deviations of 6.3 (ColorChecker) and 5.2 (grayscale) ex-works, while the target values are smaller than 3 in each case. There is also a slight blue cast, but it can be compensated for thanks to some additional settings. Besides the normal and vivid mode, the U Feel also offers a manual mode where you can adjust several aspects like the sharpness or the color temperature.

Picture Modes
Picture Modes
Settings
Settings
Sharpness
Sharpness

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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 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. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
58 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 ms rise
↘ 33 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. » 93 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.7 ms).

The maximum luminance is not further increased with the activated brightness sensor, but this is not really necessary, either. You can still see the display content comfortably even in bright environments as long as you can avoid reflections on the glossy screen surface.

IPS displays generally provide wide viewing angles, but the test model is only average in this respect. There are no color deviations, but the contrast will drop pretty quickly even with small shifts. This is still moaning on a pretty high level, and there should not be any limitations in practice.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The SoC is provided by MediaTek and has the designation MT6735. It consists of four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 1.3 GHz, which is 200 MHz lower than the reference design at 1.5 GHz. The mainstream SoC is also equipped with the graphics unit ARM Mali-T720 as well as 3 GB RAM. The performance of the smartphone is therefore solid.

This is also supported by the benchmarks, where both the processor and the graphics performance are usually only beaten by the Honor 5C and the ZTE Blade V7. Other rivals, including the popular Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016), are beaten by the test model in many benchmarks. We already mentioned that the handling is smooth in general, and you will only notice some stutters or delays in more complex situations.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
Honor 5C
53143 Points ∼100% +89%
ZTE Blade V7
37070 Points ∼70% +32%
Wiko U Feel
28175 Points ∼53%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
27232 Points ∼51% -3%
HTC Desire 530
23561 Points ∼44% -16%
LG X Screen
22955 Points ∼43% -19%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Wiko U Feel
1541 Points ∼100%
HTC Desire 530
1007 Points ∼65% -35%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Wiko U Feel
530 Points ∼100%
HTC Desire 530
298 Points ∼56% -44%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Honor 5C
3914 Points ∼100%
ZTE Blade V7
2669 Points ∼68%
LG X Screen
1436 Points ∼37%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
1425 Points ∼36%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Honor 5C
906 Points ∼100%
ZTE Blade V7
614 Points ∼68%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
473 Points ∼52%
LG X Screen
473 Points ∼52%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Honor 5C
1418 Points ∼100% +65%
ZTE Blade V7
944 Points ∼67% +10%
Wiko U Feel
860 Points ∼61%
LG X Screen
716 Points ∼50% -17%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
709 Points ∼50% -18%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Honor 5C
480 Points ∼100% +189%
ZTE Blade V7
245 Points ∼51% +48%
Wiko U Feel
166 Points ∼35%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
42 Points ∼9% -75%
LG X Screen
42 Points ∼9% -75%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Honor 5C
563 Points ∼100% +179%
ZTE Blade V7
293 Points ∼52% +45%
Wiko U Feel
202 Points ∼36%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
53 Points ∼9% -74%
LG X Screen
53 Points ∼9% -74%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Honor 5C
13588 Points ∼100% +39%
ZTE Blade V7
10430 Points ∼77% +6%
Wiko U Feel
9801 Points ∼72%
LG X Screen
9033 Points ∼66% -8%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
9022 Points ∼66% -8%
HTC Desire 530
6583 Points ∼48% -33%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Honor 5C
11319 Points ∼100% +160%
ZTE Blade V7
6170 Points ∼55% +42%
Wiko U Feel
4355 Points ∼38%
HTC Desire 530
3871 Points ∼34% -11%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
3838 Points ∼34% -12%
LG X Screen
3791 Points ∼33% -13%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Honor 5C
11755 Points ∼100% +137%
ZTE Blade V7
6786 Points ∼58% +37%
Wiko U Feel
4969 Points ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
4400 Points ∼37% -11%
LG X Screen
4352 Points ∼37% -12%
HTC Desire 530
4261 Points ∼36% -14%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Honor 5C
19 fps ∼100% +126%
ZTE Blade V7
12 fps ∼63% +43%
Wiko U Feel
8.4 fps ∼44%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
5.2 fps ∼27% -38%
LG X Screen
5.1 fps ∼27% -39%
HTC Desire 530
4.8 fps ∼25% -43%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Honor 5C
20 fps ∼100% +43%
Wiko U Feel
14 fps ∼70%
ZTE Blade V7
12 fps ∼60% -14%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
9.7 fps ∼49% -31%
LG X Screen
9.6 fps ∼48% -31%
HTC Desire 530
8.9 fps ∼45% -36%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Honor 5C
7.9 fps ∼100% +163%
ZTE Blade V7
4.5 fps ∼57% +50%
Wiko U Feel
3 fps ∼38%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
1.8 fps ∼23% -40%
LG X Screen
1.8 fps ∼23% -40%
HTC Desire 530
1.7 fps ∼22% -43%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Honor 5C
8.4 fps ∼100% +42%
Wiko U Feel
5.9 fps ∼70%
ZTE Blade V7
4.5 fps ∼54% -24%
HTC Desire 530
4 fps ∼48% -32%
LG X Screen
4 fps ∼48% -32%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
3.8 fps ∼45% -36%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Honor 5C
4.5 fps ∼100% +137%
ZTE Blade V7
2.9 fps ∼64% +53%
Wiko U Feel
1.9 fps ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
fps ∼0% -100%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Honor 5C
4.9 fps ∼100% +11%
Wiko U Feel
4.4 fps ∼90%
ZTE Blade V7
2.9 fps ∼59% -34%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
fps ∼0% -100%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
Honor 5C
5120 Points ∼100% +33%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
4126 Points ∼81% +7%
LG X Screen
4031 Points ∼79% +5%
ZTE Blade V7
3947 Points ∼77% +2%
Wiko U Feel
3856 Points ∼75%
HTC Desire 530
2922 Points ∼57% -24%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Honor 5C
707 Points ∼100% +19%
Wiko U Feel
595 Points ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
551 Points ∼78% -7%
LG X Screen
491 Points ∼69% -17%
HTC Desire 530
10 Points ∼1% -98%
ZTE Blade V7
10 Points ∼1% -98%
Graphics
Honor 5C
814 Points ∼100% +183%
ZTE Blade V7
430 Points ∼53% +49%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
312 Points ∼38% +8%
LG X Screen
302 Points ∼37% +5%
Wiko U Feel
288 Points ∼35%
HTC Desire 530
231 Points ∼28% -20%
Memory
Honor 5C
1504 Points ∼100% +231%
ZTE Blade V7
790 Points ∼53% +74%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
643 Points ∼43% +41%
LG X Screen
491 Points ∼33% +8%
Wiko U Feel
455 Points ∼30%
HTC Desire 530
300 Points ∼20% -34%
System
Honor 5C
2600 Points ∼100% +132%
ZTE Blade V7
1188 Points ∼46% +6%
Wiko U Feel
1121 Points ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
1060 Points ∼41% -5%
LG X Screen
1011 Points ∼39% -10%
HTC Desire 530
742 Points ∼29% -34%
Overall
Honor 5C
1225 Points ∼100% +125%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
585 Points ∼48% +8%
Wiko U Feel
544 Points ∼44%
LG X Screen
521 Points ∼43% -4%
ZTE Blade V7
249 Points ∼20% -54%
HTC Desire 530
149 Points ∼12% -73%

Legend

 
Wiko U Feel Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 5C HiSilicon Kirin 650, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC Desire 530 Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909, Qualcomm Adreno 304, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG X Screen Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
ZTE Blade V7 Mediatek MT6753, ARM Mali-T720 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash

We performed the web benchmarks with the preloaded Chrome browser in version 52 since Wiko does not install its own browser. The test model is once again average and only the Honor 5C performs much better. Subjectively, web browsing is sufficiently quick, although there can be delays on longer or very complex websites.

The 16 GB internal storage leaves mixed impressions. While it is among the fastest in terms of sequential reads (234 MB/s), it clearly falls behind many rivals in terms of sequential write operations (20 MB/s). The 4K results are not that good, either, but still average within our comparison group.

Octane V2 - Total Score
Honor 5C
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 650, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4188 Points ∼100% +54%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2730 Points ∼65% 0%
Wiko U Feel
Mali-T720, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2723 Points ∼65%
ZTE Blade V7
Mali-T720 MP4, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2689 Points ∼64% -1%
LG X Screen
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2650 Points ∼63% -3%
HTC Desire 530
Adreno 304, 210 MSM8909, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1796 Points ∼43% -34%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
HTC Desire 530
Adreno 304, 210 MSM8909, 16 GB eMMC Flash
17470.6 ms * ∼100% -28%
ZTE Blade V7
Mali-T720 MP4, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13761.1 ms * ∼79% -1%
Wiko U Feel
Mali-T720, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13598.8 ms * ∼78%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13046 ms * ∼75% +4%
LG X Screen
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12879.8 ms * ∼74% +5%
Honor 5C
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 650, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9111.2 ms * ∼52% +33%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Honor 5C
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 650, 16 GB eMMC Flash
27.934 Points ∼100% +55%
ZTE Blade V7
Mali-T720 MP4, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
18.19 Points ∼65% +1%
Wiko U Feel
Mali-T720, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
18 Points ∼64%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
16.8 Points ∼60% -7%
LG X Screen
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15.666 Points ∼56% -13%
HTC Desire 530
Adreno 304, 210 MSM8909, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12.1 Points ∼43% -33%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB
Honor 5C
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 650, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15.7 MB/s ∼100% +78%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11.6 MB/s ∼74% +31%
HTC Desire 530
Adreno 304, 210 MSM8909, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8.96 MB/s ∼57% +1%
Wiko U Feel
Mali-T720, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8.83 MB/s ∼56%
LG X Screen
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8 MB/s ∼51% -9%
ZTE Blade V7
Mali-T720 MP4, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7.58 MB/s ∼48% -14%
Random Read 4KB
Honor 5C
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 650, 16 GB eMMC Flash
61.7 MB/s ∼100% +165%
ZTE Blade V7
Mali-T720 MP4, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
28.07 MB/s ∼45% +21%
Wiko U Feel
Mali-T720, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
23.24 MB/s ∼38%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
21 MB/s ∼34% -10%
HTC Desire 530
Adreno 304, 210 MSM8909, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11.82 MB/s ∼19% -49%
LG X Screen
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10 MB/s ∼16% -57%
Sequential Write 256KB
Honor 5C
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 650, 16 GB eMMC Flash
75.5 MB/s ∼100% +89%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
72 MB/s ∼95% +80%
LG X Screen
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
72 MB/s ∼95% +80%
HTC Desire 530
Adreno 304, 210 MSM8909, 16 GB eMMC Flash
55.76 MB/s ∼74% +40%
Wiko U Feel
Mali-T720, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
39.94 MB/s ∼53%
ZTE Blade V7
Mali-T720 MP4, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
39.45 MB/s ∼52% -1%
Sequential Read 256KB
Honor 5C
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 650, 16 GB eMMC Flash
263 MB/s ∼100% +12%
Wiko U Feel
Mali-T720, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
234.83 MB/s ∼89%
ZTE Blade V7
Mali-T720 MP4, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
196.76 MB/s ∼75% -16%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
147 MB/s ∼56% -37%
LG X Screen
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
131 MB/s ∼50% -44%
HTC Desire 530
Adreno 304, 210 MSM8909, 16 GB eMMC Flash
126.99 MB/s ∼48% -46%

* ... smaller is better

Games

The U Feel can benefit from its lower HD resolution in our gaming benchmarks. Since the GPU has to calculate fewer pixels, the frame rates will rise and even modern titles like the racing game Asphalt 8: Airborne can be played well at medium details. The sensors work reliably and the speaker at the back is pretty close to the lower edge, so it is not easily covered by the hand when you play in landscape mode.

Simple games like Angry Birds are no problem...
Simple games like Angry Birds are no problem...
... and even more demanding titles like Asphalt 8: Airborne run well in medium details.
... and even more demanding titles like Asphalt 8: Airborne run well in medium details.

Emissions

Temperature

The Wiko U Feel is a pretty warm smartphone and even reaches average surface temperatures around 35 °C under light workloads. The upper part in particular warms up under load, where we can measure up to 46 °C. This means one side of the case will be much warmer than the other when you play games in landscape mode. Considering the performance, the surface temperatures are pretty high and could become a bit uncomfortable for longer periods.

Heat distribution front
Heat distribution front
Heat distribution rear
Heat distribution rear
Max. Load
 44.6 °C
112 F
43.4 °C
110 F
38.9 °C
102 F
 
 45.4 °C
114 F
44.7 °C
112 F
39.5 °C
103 F
 
 44.6 °C
112 F
45.1 °C
113 F
39.2 °C
103 F
 
Maximum: 45.4 °C = 114 F
Average: 42.8 °C = 109 F
38.5 °C
101 F
43.1 °C
110 F
45.5 °C
114 F
39.9 °C
104 F
43.5 °C
110 F
46.1 °C
115 F
38.3 °C
101 F
43.6 °C
110 F
47.4 °C
117 F
Maximum: 47.4 °C = 117 F
Average: 42.9 °C = 109 F
Power Supply (max.)  44.1 °C = 111 F | Room Temperature 21.9 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 42.8 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 45.4 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 47.4 °C / 117 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 34.9 °C / 95 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

Speaker measurements: Pink Noise
Speaker measurements: Pink Noise

Wiko located the mono speaker at the rear and it can be pretty loud at around 85 dB(A). There is a bit too much emphasis on the high tones and there is – as expected – not much in terms of bass reproduction, but the result is still pretty balanced in general. 

Within the Music app, you can find additional settings (equalizer, hall) as well as the two options Bass Boost and Surround Sound, but they can only be used in combination with headphones. The overall sound does not really change though.

The sound is sufficient for occasional YouTube videos, games or some background music, but we would recommend good headphones or external speakers for better quality. They can either be attached via 3.5 mm stereo jack or Bluetooth. The test model was inconspicuous in this regard (low noise, no connection issues).

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.932.433.92531.831.331.83133.731.733.74030.92630.95030.639.430.66325.836.225.88026.428.626.410024.325.424.312524.821.324.816026.323.326.320030.122.530.12503922.43931544.721.344.740050.718.450.750058.817.558.863063.317.563.380070.917.270.9100075.616.875.6125076.317.376.3160074.317.474.3200074.816.674.8250074.417.374.4315072.517.672.5400070.617.670.6500071.117.771.1630073.917.473.9800075.217.775.21000072.817.972.8125007118.1711600060.418.160.4SPL85.429.885.4N60.41.360.4median 70.9median 17.7median 70.9Delta14.31.614.332.537.232.432.532.733.631.332.723.531.231.723.530.833.52630.841.139.139.441.132.933.436.232.928.930.728.628.926.425.825.426.427.324.821.327.328.325.823.328.332.62422.532.638.624.722.438.646.432.421.346.454.537.518.454.55942.917.55959.549.517.559.562.750.117.262.766.952.516.866.971.155.517.371.175.358.217.475.379.162.916.679.180.463.817.380.479.162.217.679.177.660.117.677.675.357.417.775.374.657.417.474.674.356.517.774.372.354.517.972.364.145.818.164.146.227.918.146.287.971.229.887.964.123.81.364.1median 64.1median 50.1median 17.7median 64.114.612.21.614.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseWiko U FeelHonor 5C
Wiko U Feel audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.39 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 39.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 7.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 62% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 29% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 77% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Honor 5C audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 12.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (32.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 90% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 6% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 93% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkboxes select/deselectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Our idle measurements are inconspicuous within the comparison group at 0.82-1.8 Watts. However, the test model is not very efficient under load, where it consumes much more power than the rivals at 5.99-6.7 Watts. A small problem is also the 5-Watt power adapter, which can hardly cover the consumption under high loads.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.05 / 0.03 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.82 / 1.61 / 1.8 Watt
Load midlight 5.99 / 6.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Gossen Metrahit Energy
Wiko U Feel
2500 mAh
Honor 5C
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
3100 mAh
HTC Desire 530
2200 mAh
ZTE Blade V7
2540 mAh
Power Consumption
2%
33%
-35%
28%
Idle Minimum *
0.82
0.89
-9%
0.61
26%
1.58
-93%
0.73
11%
Idle Average *
1.61
2.07
-29%
1.41
12%
2.59
-61%
0.92
43%
Idle Maximum *
1.8
2.15
-19%
1.51
16%
2.66
-48%
0.93
48%
Load Average *
5.99
3.46
42%
2.56
57%
5.22
13%
4.47
25%
Load Maximum *
6.7
5.18
23%
3.1
54%
5.67
15%
5.96
11%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Super Power Saver
Super Power Saver

The battery has a capacity of 9.25 Wh (2500 mAh) and is unfortunately integrated, despite the removable back cover. Our realistic WLAN test at an adjusted luminance of 150 cd/m² determines a very good runtime of 9 hours and 12 minutes, which is also competitive within the comparison group. We did not have any problems managing a full business day with one charge during our review period. 

If you still need more stamina, you can use the two familiar power-saving modes. The normal mode is indicated by orange bars and reduces the performance as well as the number of background services, while the functionality is limited to calls, messages and a clock in the Super Power Saver mode (only accessible via Phone Assistant). Contrary to some other rivals, the Super Power Saver mode is activated and deactivated very quickly. A full battery charge takes about 2:15 hours when the device is turned on.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
9h 12min
Wiko U Feel
2500 mAh
Honor 5C
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
3100 mAh
HTC Desire 530
2200 mAh
LG X Screen
2300 mAh
ZTE Blade V7
2540 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
552
584
6%
643
16%
425
-23%
553
0%
519
-6%

Pros

+ good case
+ bright IPS screen
+ Android 6.0
+ microSD & dual-SIM
+ fingerprint scanner
+ long battery runtime
+ decent performance

Cons

- battery not replaceable
- rear surface feels strange at first
- bad camera
- mediocre signal quality
- only 2.4 GHz WLAN
- high surface temperature under load (like gaming)

Verdict

In review: Wiko U Feel. Test model courtesy of Wiko Germany.
In review: Wiko U Feel. Test model courtesy of Wiko Germany.

The Wiko U Feel generally left a good impression in our review. We cannot find any significant flaws for the core features like the case, the performance, and the features of the mainstream device. It is therefore a good alternative in the very competitive price segment of around 200 Euros (~$223).

It was particularly enjoyable to use the smartphone in practice. The handling of Android 6.0 is usually smooth, there are no unnecessary customizations by the manufacturer and the fingerprint scanner was well integrated into the system. It can, for instance, be used to lock certain apps or files, although this is also possible via conventional methods (PIN, pattern).

The U Feel from the French manufacturer Wiko is a real alternative in the segment around 200 Euros (~$223), at least if you do not need a good camera. The quality of the pictures is hardly convincing, despite the high resolution.

Drawbacks of the U Feel definitely include the limited wireless capabilities (no ac or 5 GHz WLAN, no NFC) and the bad camera in particular. Despite the high resolution (13 MP), the picture quality cannot convince us. Honor's 5C offers a slightly better overall package with more performance and a better camera, but it has some problems of its own. If you can live with the mentioned drawbacks, there is no reason against the purchase of the Wiko U Feel.

Wiko U Feel - 09/03/2016 v5.1(old)
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
83%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
38 / 60 → 63%
Weight
93%
Battery
92%
Display
83%
Games Performance
10 / 63 → 15%
Application Performance
32 / 70 → 45%
Temperature
82%
Noise
100%
Audio
59 / 91 → 65%
Camera
50%
Average
67%
80%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Andreas Osthoff, 2016-09- 4 (Update: 2016-09- 4)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.