Nicole Scott has been using the Wiko Darknight Smartphone on her travels for several weeks, which means it’s fair to say the device has seen plenty of action. Watch Nicole lead us through a video review of the Darknight, chewing over whether we are looking at the best Dual SIM 5″smartphone on the market at the moment:

Wiko Darknight Review: Best budget dual SIM Smartphone?

Wiko Darknight: Specifications
•    5″ IPS TFT Multi-touch Display (Gorilla Glass)
•    1280 x 720 Resolution
•    MediaTek Quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex A7
•    1GB RAM
•    8GB of Internal Storage (microSD up to 32GB)
•    Dual SIM
•    8MP Rear Camera with LED Flash and BSI Sensor
•    2MP Front Camera
•    GPS, A-GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi g/n
•    144mm x 74mm x 9mm
•    570 grams
•    2,000mAh Battery
•    Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean

Wiko are a French-based company founded in 2011 in Marseille in partnership with Tinno Mobile Technology in Shenzhen China. Wiko focuses on sales, marketing and after-sales with a small team of around 60 employees, while Tinno,  the parent company with a 95% share in Wiko, develop and manufacture the handsets in China.

Wiko have in a very short space of time established themselves as one of the leading non-operator mobile device retailers, due in part to the arrival in the French telecommunications market of Free Mobile, a fourth player in the French telco market that offers 3G and 4G subscriptions without bundled devices. Wiko now claims to command 30% of all Internet Smartphone sales, and more than 10% of all non-carrier sales.

Wiko currently offer three Smartphone product lines; Cink, Hell and Heaven. The Cink range focuses on mostly entry-level 3.5″ to 5″  devices, while the Hell series are features an a aluminum chassis design and better quality Gorrila Glass displays. The new Heaven series includes the Wiko Stairway,  which was unveiled only a month or two ago and will feature Full HD 5″ inch display.

Wiko-Darknight Smartphone

The Hell series currently has three offerings, the Wiko Darkside – a 5.7″ Phablet, the Wiko Darkmoon which is a 4.7″ Smartphone, and finally the Darknight which  sits in the middle ground between its two siblings with a 5″, 720p display. As Nicole highlights in the video, the Gorilla Glass display really is one area where the Wiko Darknight excels.

The IPS screen is vibrant and crisp, with a really good multi-touch experience, but in order to be competitive, Wiko have opted for the more affordable MediaTek processor platform coupled with a relatively paltry 1GB of RAM. Nevertheless, the overall feeling is that the Wiko Darknight punches well above its weight. The Dual SIM feature is also something we’re really happy to see and makes it a great option when traveling, plus the overall build quality is solid due to the aluminum housing design.

The Wiko Darknight might not win too many benchmark competitions, but it boasts a really balanced spec that puts it in pole position in its class.

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  • UserUser

    Thanks for the review of this unknown brand :-) Do you have any experience or information about root and custom roms on this device?

    • Boris

      There will be none. What do you expect when dual-sims from brands like Samsung have no support from custom roms developers?

  • http://www.softphonetech.com/ Mahendra

    Wiko Darknight seems a nice product . screen size is great . 5 inch display is awesome.

  • William Thiers

    Try The Alcatel One Touch Idol X or X+ Dual Sim, 16Gb, 2Gb ram, 1920*1080, BT 40, only 6.9mm thick and weight 120 grams (even though it says 130g in the specs for the idol x)

    both are significantly better hardware, with amazing tech on board and 5″ full HD screens that are magnificent.

    I find it hard to look at any of these Wiko phones, when you see how good the Alcatel devices are especially for the price.

  • Regilio Bouma

    570grames? what???

  • Sandra Parker

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