Feel­ing fab­u­lous

Wiko Ufeel Fab

HWM (Malaysia) - - UNLOCKED - by Peter Chu

Not ev­ery­one is will­ing to spend their en­tire monthly in­come (and per­haps even more) on a fancy flag­ship smart­phone, es­pe­cially in such try­ing and un­pre­dictable eco­nomic con­di­tions. But in­stead of opt­ing for a midrange smart­phone as you in­stinc­tively would, why not tighten your belt a lit­tle fur­ther and set­tle for a bud­get-friendly smart­phone like the Wiko Ufeel Fab?

Priced at RM799, the Ufeel Fab is with­out a doubt an af­ford­able smart­phone. It of­fers fairly de­cent hard­ware for the money, too, in­clud­ing a 5.5-inch HD (1,280 x 720) IPS dis­play, a 1.25GHz Me­di­aTek MT6735 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of in­ter­nal stor­age (ex­pand­able up to 64GB via mi­croSD), and a 4,000mAh bat­tery.

On pa­per, all that hard­ware sounds pretty con­vinc­ing. But in re­al­ity, the over­all per­for­mance of the Ufeel Fab leaves much to be de­sired. While you should have ab­so­lutely no trou­ble end­lessly scrolling through your Face­book news feed or brows­ing the web on Chrome, you def­i­nitely will, how­ever, no­tice the Ufeel Fab hav­ing a tough time run­ning graph­i­cally-de­mand­ing games like Real Rac­ing 3 and As­phalt 8 smoothly.

It should there­fore be no sur­prise, then, that the Ufeel Fab stum­bled with our usual suite of bench­marks as well. It scored 2,341 for PCMark’s Work 2.0 bench­mark, and 27,918 for AnTuTu. It only man­aged to scrape through Epic Ci­tadel on Ul­tra High Qual­ity with an av­er­age frame rate of 26.4 fps, and com­plete 3DMark’s Ice Storm Ex­treme bench­mark with a score of 2,280.

You should be plenty pleased with the im­age qual­ity of the Ufeel Fab’s 13MP rear cam­era, provided there’s suf­fi­cient enough nat­u­ral light­ing to help things along. Un­der broad day­light, the Ufeel Fab is well ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing photos that are sharp and de­tailed with pleas­antly vi­brant col­ors. But as ex­pected, its photos have a ten­dency to ap­pear noisy and grainy when they are shot in a low-light en­vi­ron­ment.

What we par­tic­u­larly liked about the Ufeel Fab is its gen­er­ously sized 4,000mAh bat­tery, which, with mod­er­ate use, should be able to keep the lights on for a day and a half, at the very least. An im­pres­sive feat, no doubt, con­sid­er­ing that most smart­phones would strug­gle to even get through a single day with­out hav­ing you clamor des­per­ately for a power socket.

CON­CLU­SION The Wiko Ufeel Fab is af­ford­able, but there are sim­i­larly priced al­ter­na­tives with a more com­plete pack­age.

The fin­ger­print sen­sor of the Wiko Ufeel Fab is mostly a hit-or-miss affair.

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