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: 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.
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.