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Wiko enters the Philippine market

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A new player has joined the game. French smartphone brand Wiko has officially entered the Philippines, diving in a competitive smartphone market.

Wiko said they are extending their remarkable success from France by bringing together best-in-class performance coupled with chic style to the Philippines. As a starter, Wiko has already released its first line-up of smartphones, the Wiko T3, T10, and T50.

Wiko T Series

Wiko T Series

Wiko T10 is the least expensive in the T series. Priced at PhP 4,990, Wiko T10 offers lots of features such as its 6.5-inch “edgeless dewdrop” HD+ display, 13MP rear camera, 5MP selfie shooter, 64gb of storage, and 5,000mAh of battery that supports fast charging via USB-C. Powered by MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, Wiko T10 is definitely a worth-it phone to buy if you’re on a tight budget.

Flipping the coin aside, the Wiko T50 is the most expensive smartphone Wiko has released yet. Under the hood, you’ll get  a 6.6-inch FHD+ display, 64MP (Main Shooter) + 8MP (Ultrawide) + 2MP (Depth Sensor) triple rear camera set-up, and a 16 Megapixel selfie camera. Equipped with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable memory. The Wiko T50 is also powered by MediaTek Helio G85 and Android 11 operating system out of the box. It packs a 4000mAh battery that supports 40W fast charging. You will be able to enjoy the Wiko T50 for only PhP 11,990.

Wiko T3 sits in between the above-mentioned smartphones in terms of price. Tagged at PhP 7,490, this phone offers a 6.6-inch HD+ display, 48MP (Main) + 5MP (Ultrawide) + 2MP (Depth sensor) rear cameras, and an 8 Megapixel selfie shooter. It runs on a MediaTek Helio P35 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. To top that off, the Wiko T3 iis powered by a large 5000mAh battery that supports 10W charging via USB Type-C.

These smartphones can be purchased on their physical kiosks, authorized dealers, and online shops.

Wiko who?

Wiko traces its roots 11 years ago in Marseille, France. Two long-time friends James Lin, CEO of Tinno group, a Chinese innovative industrial, and Laurent Dahan, a French visionary entrepreneur, decided to join forces with one common goal: Make Smartphone Technology Accessible to All.

Since then, Wiko has been offering affordable elegance in the smartphone industry, taking pride in their products’ strengths including all screen premium design, long battery life, and competitive storage.

Wiko smartphones have garnered popularity in Europe, Asia, Latin America, etc. for their minimalist approach and user-friendly experience. As of typing, Wiko is a global mobile brand operating in more than 30 countries. 

The Future of Wiko in the Philippines

Wiko Philippines

Wiko aims to penetrate the Philippine Market by targeting people who pursue stability but are fun and relaxed, spontaneous, multitaskers, and the trendy ones when it comes to fashion.

Last August 20, the company opened its first kiosk in SM City Grand Central, Caloocan, Metro Manila. Two weeks later Wiko opened four more Kiosks in SM Marikina, SM San Lazaro, Pacific Mall Lucena, and SM Taytay.  

In addition, Wiko intends to cater to younger Filipinos (Gen Z) who are looking for affordable smartphones that pack heavy features such as fast charging, long lasting battery life, decent camera performance, and stylish appearance. Simply put, Wiko smartphones are for users who are in search of holistic smartphone experience.

Now that Wiko has started venturing into the Philippine market, what can we expect? Well, for starters, Wiko is targeting to open 100 kiosks by the end of 2022 and a flagship store in the first quarter of 2023.

Furthermore, Wiko stated that since they thrive on customers’ feedback next to innovation, they are not limiting the possibilities of releasing gadgets other than smartphones. And oh, by the way, Wiko said that the fourth quarter of 2022 will be full of surprises, so watch out.


This feature was produced and written by GadgetMatch intern Tom Alulod.

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vivo V25

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vivo V25

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vivo V25 vivo V23 5G
Wide 64MP f/1.79
PDAF, OIS + EIS
64MP f/1.89
PDAF, EIS
Ultra-WIde 8MP 120º f/2.2
Macro 2MP f/2.4
Selfie 50MP f/2.0 wide

 

50MP f/2.0 wide
8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide
+ Dual-tone Spotlight

The sad news though is that, vivo has decided to remove the extra ultra-wide selfie camera and dual flash system on the new V25.

vivo V23 with the Dual-tone Spotlight Flash feature

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Daylight

In any given circumstance, a valuable Android midranger should take at least a decent photo with natural light around — thus me taking lesser photos to compare.
Still, your judgment matters.

#1A (Ultra-wide)

vivo V25

#1B (Wide)

vivo V25

#2

#3A (Wide)

#3B (Zoom)

Food

Taking food shots (mostly with indoor lighting) is a better way to test which phone camera is capable of producing the better image output with the right amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness, temperature, as well as Dynamic Range.

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9

#10

#11

*Left photo was taken multiple times with the focus tapped on the baked roll. Lens coating was also cleaned several times but still resulted to the same output.

#12

Night Mode

Low-light photos can either make or break the capabilities of a smartphone’s camera.
While it’s a mixed bag of outputs, it still depends on the user if Night Mode photos are important in a midranger or not.

#13A (Wide)

#13B (Ultra-wide)

#14

#15

#16

#17

#18

vivo V25

#19

vivo V25

#20

vivo V25

BONUS: Low-Light Selfie

For users who love taking selfies even in the dark, both phones can take fill-in flash (using the display) to brighten up your faces.

Without Flash

vivo V25

However, the ultra-wide selfie and Dual-tone Spotlight feature were removed completely from the vivo V25. You just have to guess and pick which is which.

With Flash (Aura Fill, Dual-Tone Dual Spotlight Flash)

vivo V25

Results

No more confusions, the results are consistent all throughout the board:

Photo A — vivo V23 5G

Photo B — vivo V25

Conclusion

vivo V25

While it’s barely a big camera quality improvement, the vivo V25 has rendered some of the scenes quite well such as in Photos 1A, 11, and 12 which the V23 5G failed to display at least an acceptable output. Other times, the vivo V23 5G delivered better results like in Photos 1B, 2, 3A, 4, and 13A. Those images delivered overall better photos with a sufficient amount of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and AWB (Auto White Balance).

Overall, the V25 produced better images with decent amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness. The newer model also has some slight edge on focusing and making shots brighter and more stable at night.

vivo V25

While only two selfies were provided, the V23 5G obviously has the edge — especially with its extra selfie lens and dual-flash feature.

vivo V25

If you’re coming from the V23 5G, you don’t need to upgrade to the vivo V25. Period. But, if you’re looking for a phone to replace your old vivo smartphone (or pretty much any old budget phone or midranger for that matter), buying the V25 won’t hurt.

vivo V25

Unless you’re looking for a used unit, a brand new vivo V23 5G is being sold at PhP 27,999. Whereas, a brand new V25 retails at a cheaper PhP 23,999 price tag.

vivo V25

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vivo V25

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