Wiko Harry, the Value-for-Money 4G Smartphone with Android Nougat

Wiko Harry




Wiko Harry

Wiko Harry, part of the French brand’s Y-Range series, is a value-for-money 4G phone with 5-inch HD IPS display, 13MP rear camera, and 3GB RAM.

Read on for my review of Wiko Harry with Android 7.0 Nougat (Yup, the same latest Android version you found in premium flagship phones).

Wiko Harry Design

Wiko Harry package box

You can not missed the signature square design Wiko phone package with a big W. My review unit is Anthracite colour, the Gold colour is also available in Malaysia.

Unboxing Wiko Harry

Inside the box, you get a pair of in-ear headphones, a 2-pin USB power adapter, a micro-USB cable.

Taking out the black case, you get a pack of SIM card adapters, user guide, warranty card.

Protective case and screen protector are also included to give Harry a 360° protection.

Phone design

Wiko Harry phone design

Harry has a brushed metal design for the back cover and smooth rounded edges. The 13MP rear camera, LED flash, Wiko logo, and speaker grills are all center aligned.

Underneath the back cover is the removable battery, two SIM slots and micro-SD memory card slot.

3 same size buttons for volume and power are at the right hand side. The engraved power button is easily identified without looking at the phone.

Interestingly, the micro-USB 2.0 port is at the top center with 3.5mm stereo audio jack beside it. With the design, all wires will be aligned at the top. Less wire mess, maybe?

Wiko Harry microUSB port and 3.5mm stereo audio jack

Unlike other phones, Wiko Harry does not indicate the Recent and Back keys for the screen keys – they are only two dots.

The reason behind this is that you can switch the layout that suit your habit in the phone settings – Layout One (Back, Home, Recents) or Layout Two (Recents, Home, Back). The universal dot keys design works for either layout without confusing you. Personally, I prefer Recents, Home, Back.

Performance

Wiko Harry has bright 5-inch HD IPS display. It is powered by Quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage and running the new Android 7.0 (Nougat) operating system. The phone supports Dual SIM and micro-SD memory card up to 128GB.

The DuraSpeed setting will boost foreground app performance by restricting the background apps. The strong hardware and software of Harry assures all your apps run smoothly.

Benchmark test results

Wiko Harry benchmark test results
Wiko Harry benchmark test results

Here are the benchmark results:

  • Antutu 6.2.7: 27808
  • Geekbench 4: 514 (single core), 1368 (multi-core), 880 (compute)
  • PC Mark 2.0: 2621

Battery life

Thanks to Android 7.0 Nougat Doze 2.0 feature, the 2,500 mAh battery could last 5 hours in PCMark battery test before enter Eco. power mode, which will last even more hours.

Android 7.0 Nougat

Wiko Harry runs Android 7.0 Nougat
Wiko Harry runs Android 7.0 Nougat

New Android version is normally only found in expensive flahship smartphones. I am impressed that a mid-range phone is running Nougat.

Wiko Harry with Android 7.0 Nougat has some useful features, such as:

  • Double tap Recent key to quickly switch to the last app
  • Better notification area with bundled notifications, quick reply, and quick settings right in the notification area
  • Navigating around Settings is now easier with “Burger” menu to call out left sidebar menu.
  • Data Saver will reduce your Internet data usage
  • New emoji!
  • Now you can cancel app downloads

You can visit Android website for more Nougat features.

Camera

Wiko Harry has a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. The camera app is easy to use:

  • swipe to right for camera settings
  • swipe to left for camera modes
  • swipe up/down to switch between rear and front camera

The camera app also support multiple shooting modes, such as FaceBeauty, Panorama, HDR, Night, Professional, and more, to take the best pictures.

Sample photos

Here are some photos taken with Wiko Harry camera. (Click for full-size original images)

Wiko Harry Specs

  • Operating system: Android 7.0 (Nougat) with Wiko UI
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.3GHz
  • Network: 4G LTE (Category 4)
  • Weight: 160g
  • Display: 5-inch HD
  • Main Camera: 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Storage: 16GB
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Expandable memory: micro SD up to 128GB
  • Battery: 2500 mAh Li-Po
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0 port, 3.5mm stereo audio jack

Wiko Harry retail price in Malaysia is RM 599, available in Anthracite & Gold. For more information, please visit http://en.wikomobile.com/ or Wiko Malaysia facebook page

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Conclusion

For below RM600, you get a 4G phone with 5-inch large display, latest Android Nougat, 13MP main camera, 3GB RAM… I would recommend Wiko Harry as a value-for-money 4G smartphone with decent performance.

Neffos X Series (X1 and X1 Max) in Malaysia

Neffos X1 (right) and Nefos X1 Max back view
Neffos X Series launch in Malaysia
Neffos X Series launch in Malaysia

New Neffos X series launched in Malaysia with the announcement of Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Max. TP-Link revealed the new series at IFA in September 2016. Check specs and prices here.

Premium Design

Neffos X1 (right) and Nefos X1 Max back view
Neffos X1 (right) and Neffos X1 Max back view

The Neffos X1 and X1 Max features a metallic body exterior. The dual-curved back gives a more ergonomic fit.

Neffos X1 is 5-inch HD screen and Neffos X1 Max is 5.5-inch Full HD screen. Both are full in-cell screen with 2.5D glass. The screen-to-body ratio is 76%.

Neffos X series with a mute switch
Neffos X series with a mute switch

Interestingly, Neffos X series has a Mute switch at the left side of the phone. It allows you quickly mute/unmute phone audio without unlocking the phone.

Photo gallery: Neffos X series

13MP Camera with PDAF

The Neffos X series’s back camera is 13-MegaPixel Sony IMX258 sensor, 5P F/2.0 lens and dual-tone flash.

It has PDAF (Phase-Detection Auto-Focus) technology for fast object focusing in 0.2 seconds.

The camera app includes unique shooting mode, such as live-shooting mode crosses over to the 5-megapixel front camera, real-time beautify mode, and perfect selfie.

0.2s Fingerprint Unlock

Neffos X series has a fingerprint sensor located on the back cover right beneath the camera.

“The fingerprint sensor is placed in the perfect position where your forefinger naturally rests every time you hold the smartphone”, according to Neffos.

The fingerprint sensor is capable of scanning and unlocking the phone in 0.2 seconds. With smart algorithms, the more you unlocks the phone using fingerprint sensor, the faster and more accurate it is.

Helio P10 octa-core processor

Both Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Mas are powered by MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core processor with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card up to 128GB.

For connectivity, Neffos X1 and X1 Max supports dual Nano SIM cards (Dual SIM Dual Standby) with both SIM slots supporting 4G LTE networks (Band 1/3/5/7/8/20). The phones also support dual-band WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n, 2.4GHz, 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.1.

The smaller size Neffos X1 uses a 2,250 mAh battery while the X1 Max has a 3,000 mAh battery. X1 Max also supports fast charging with 50% charging in 30 minutes.

Compare: Neffos X1 vs. X1 Max

Here is the comparison table of Neffos X1 vs. Neffos X1 Max.

Neffos X1 vs X1 Max
Table: Neffos X1 vs X1 Max

Neffos X1 Price in Malaysia

The Neffos X1 and X1 Mas are available in Cloudy Grey and Sunrise Gold. Below is the official retail prices in Malaysia:

Neffos X Series price
Neffos X Series price

Neffos X1 price

  • 2GB RAM + 16GB storage – RM 769
  • 3GB RAM + 32GB storage – RM 849

Neffos X1 Max price

  • 3GB RAM + 32GB storage – RM 999
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB storage – RM 1199

Neffos X1 is now available nationwide while Neffos X1 Max will start selling in March 2017.

“The launch of the new Neffos X1 and X1 Max is not our only hurrah, as 2017 is going to be an exciting and challenging year for Neffos, and we have a lot in store which we can’t wait to unveil to this market.” said Hugo Cai, Director of TP-link Distribution Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

More information: Neffos Malaysia and Neffos Malaysia FB Page

Samsung Galaxy A series (2017) with IP68 Dust and Water Resistant

Samsung Galaxy A series (2017) dust and water resistance

Samsung Galaxy A series (2017) is the company’s first mid-range smartphones carry an IP68 dust and water resistance rating.

Samsung Malaysia launches the new Galaxy A series (2017)
Samsung Malaysia launches the new Galaxy A series (2017)

In the first week of 2017, Samsung Malaysia launches the new Galaxy A series (2017) with IP68 dust and water resistance rating.

The target market of the new Galaxy A series (2017) is the millennial consumers who are socially active, fun-seeking individuals who live in the moment.

New Samsung Galaxy A series (2017) targeting millennial consumers
New Samsung Galaxy A series (2017) targeting millennial consumers

“For the first time ever in the Galaxy A series, we made the 2017 variant to be dust and water resistant – youthful, trendy and cool as the right companion for millennials!” said Mr Lee Jui Siang, Vice President, IT & Mobile Business Unit, Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

IP68 Dust and Water resistance

Samsung Galaxy A series (2017) dust and water resistance
Samsung Galaxy A series (2017) dust and water resistance

For the first time, Samsung’s mid-range smartphones get IP68 dust and water resistance rating.

Meaning, the Galaxy A5(2017) and Galaxy A7(2017)phones can stay in 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes and protected against dust ingress.

IP stands for “Ingress Protection”. The first digit is for solids protection rate. The second digit is for liquids protection. 6 is the highest rate for solids protection. The highest rate for liquid protection is 9K, a level above IPx8.

Camera

Both front and rear camera of Galaxy A5(2017) and Galaxy A7(2017) are 16MP resolution with F1.9 big aperture lens.

With Light+ Camera feature, the phone camera would take sharper and brighter photos in low light or at night.

The new phone series has a Floating Camera Button which can be moved freely anywhere on the screen. It is a convenient feature for selfies.

Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay works on terminal
Samsung Pay works on terminal

The new Galaxy A series (2017) is Samsung Pay ready. It allows you to make purchases using the phone where credit, debit, prepaid cards are accepted. It is compatible with NFC (Near Field Communication) and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) terminals.

Currently, Samsung Pay in Malaysia is beta testing for selected Maybank Visa cardholders. More Malaysia banks (CIMB, Citibank, Standard Chartered) will support Samsung Pay.

Other features

Other features of the new Samsung Galaxy A series (2017) include a bigger battery, fast-charging via USB Type-C port, “Always On” display feature, secure folder, and free Samsung Cloud storage.

Galaxy A5 (2017) vs Galaxy A (2017)

Compare Samsung Galaxy A series 2016 vs 2017
Compare Samsung Galaxy A series 2016 vs 2017

Besides the prices, Galaxy A7(2017) and Galaxy A5(2017) only have small differences:

  • Display: 5.7″ (A7) vs 5.2″ (A5)
  • Battery: 3,600 mAh (A7) vs 3,000 mAh (A5)

Compared to last year (2016) Galaxy A series, the 2017 models have higher resolution cameras, especially for the front-facing camera – a major upgrade from 5MP to 16MP (2017)!

Also, Galaxy A series (2017) have double phone storage space, larger battery capacity and, of course, IP68 dust and water resistance.

Samsung Galaxy A series (2017) Price and Availability

Samsung Galaxy A series (2017) price

The recommended retail price is RM1,899 for Galaxy A7(2017) and RM1,699 for Galaxy A5(2017) inclusive of GST.

The new Galaxy A series (2017) will be available at all Samsung brand stores in Malaysia from 25th January 2017 onwards (just before Chinese New Year).

New Galaxy A series (2017) available for pre-order
New Galaxy A series (2017) available for pre-order

Customers who make in-store pre-order at selected Samsung outlets start from 6th to 15th January 2017 will receive a free Samsung Level U Pro wireless headphones worth RM399.

Online-preorder is available on Samsung online stores at Lazada and 11street.

Neffos C5 Max (Specs and Price) in Malaysia from TP-Link

Models pose with Neffos C5 Max
Models pose with Neffos C5 Max
Models pose with Neffos C5 Max

Neffos C5 Max has been launched in Malaysia on 28 June 2016. The more powerful smartphone is the latest addition to Neffos C5 series (Neffos C5 and C5L).

“TP-LINK entered the smartphone market in March this year with the launch of the Neffos C5 and C5L. These models were well-received by consumers since its debut in Malaysia and we saw the opportunity to further expand the Neffos C5 series with the Neffos C5 Max, to cater the ever-evolving needs of consumers and their varied lifestyles,” said Hugo Cai, Country Manager, TP-LINK Distribution Sdn. Bhd.

In case you do not know yet, Neffos is the smartphone brand of TP-LINK, the largest global provider of Wi-Fi networking products.

Neffos C5 Max specs and price

Neffos C5 Max
Neffos C5 Max

All Neffos C5 phones are 4G LTE smartphones with Dual SIM Dual Standby feature, plus dual noise reduction MIC for clear calls.

But, Neffos C5 Max is significantly higher specifications than the other two siblings.

Neffos C5 Max features a 5.5-inch FullHD (1980×1080 pixels) IPS display. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Too bad that it is not Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is 40% more scratch-resistant than 2nd generation.

Neffos C5 Max
Neffos C5 Max

It is powered by MediaTek 8-core 1.3GHz processor (MT6753) with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage (support microSD memory card up to 32GB). The operating system is last year’s Android 5.1 Lollipop. The main camera is 13MP with F2.0 aperture and dual LED flash. The front camera is 5MP resolution. The rechargeable battery capacity is 3,045mAh.

Neffos C5 Max
Neffos C5 Max

Neffos C5 Max price in Malaysia is RM699. Available in two colours: Pearl White and Dark Grey.

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Buy first on 11street

TP-LINK is partnering exclusively with 11street in a 3-month long campaign starting from 28 June 2016. 11street is exclusively selling Neffos C5 Max first in Malaysia. The first 50 customers who purchase the Neffos C5 Max on 11street.my will receive a Free TP-LINK Groovi Ripple portable Bluetooth speaker worth RM159. The offer is valid until 11 July while stock last.

For more product information, please visit neffos.com

Wow! Didn’t know #TP-Link has Bluetooth speaker too! Thank you, #NeffosMY 😘

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Compare: Samsung Galaxy J1, J5, J7 (2016) with Free 30GB Yes 4G SIM Card

Samsung Galaxy J series with Free Yes 4G SIM card
Samsung Galaxy J series with Free Yes 4G SIM card
Samsung Galaxy J series with Free Yes 4G SIM card

Samsung Galaxy J series (2016) with data saving feature and better specs than last year has been launched in Malaysia on 15th June 2016. The promotional bundle package with Yes 4G gives 30GB free mobile data in Malaysia.

In this article, I will compare the Samsung Galaxy J1 vs J5 vs J7 and compare Galaxy J series of 2016 vs. 2015.

Samsung Malaysia Electronics and YTL Communications management presenting the new Samsung Galaxy J Series (2016) bundled with a free Yes 4G LTE mobile data plan
Samsung Malaysia Electronics and YTL Communications management presenting the new Samsung Galaxy J Series (2016) bundled with a free Yes 4G LTE mobile data plan

Compare Samsung Galaxy J1 vs J5 vs J7 (2016)

Compare Samsung Galaxy J1 vs J5 vs J7 (2016)
Compare Samsung Galaxy J1 vs J5 vs J7 (2016)

Firstly, let’s talk about the common features of new J1, J5, and J7.

  1. All three Android smartphones support Dual-SIM cards.
  2. Their display panel is Super AMOLED.
  3. Support MicroSD external memory up to 128GB
  4. They are 4G smartphone supports TDD/FDD LTE (meaning, it will work with your 4G LTE networks)

Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) white
Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) white

Samsung Galaxy J1 is the most affordable J series smartphone at only RM 449. Its display is only 4.5-inch 480×800 pixels (WVGA), as well as smaller storage (8GB) and less RAM (1GB).

On paper, J1’s 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor is faster than Galaxy J5’s 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor.

Galaxy J1 cameras are F/2.2 aperture 5MP main camera and 2MP front camera. Can record HD video (1280×720) at 30 frame-per-second.

The dimension measures 132.6 x 69.3 x 8.9 mm, weight is 131 gram. With the smaller body, J1 also has a smaller battery capacity (2050mAh).

Samsung Galaxy J5 vs J7 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy J7 (Gold)
Samsung Galaxy J7 (Gold)

Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 are close siblings with similar design and specs.

Both of them have same HD resolution display, 16GB storage, and 2GB RAM. Their cameras are same 13MP main camera and 5MP front camera with flash. Main and front cameras are F/1.9 big aperture for brighter photos.

Samsung Galaxy J5 (black)
Samsung Galaxy J5 (black)

The small differences found display size, processor, battery capacity:

  • Display size: Galaxy J7 display is 5.5-inch, slightly bigger than Galaxy J5’s 5.2-inch display.
  • Processor: Galaxy J7 processor is 1.6 GHz Octa-Core, faster and more processor cores than 1.2GHz Quad-core processor in Galaxy J5.
  • Battery capacity: Galaxy J7 has 3,300 mAh battery while Galaxy J5 battery is 3,100 mAh.

Also, Galaxy J7 is RM200 more expensive (RM 1049 vs RM 849).

I would recommend Galaxy J5 over Galaxy J7. The 0.3-inch display size and processor speed different are not significant.

Photo gallery: Samsung Galaxy J series (2016)

Data saving powered by Opera Max

Benefits of Ultra Data Saving mode
Benefits of Ultra Data Saving mode

The Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 come with Ultra Data Saving (UDS) Mode. Samsung claims that UDS allow you to save up to 50% mobile data and increase battery standby time by 2x. UDS is not found on Samsung Galaxy J1.

Ultra Saving Mode enabled on Samsung Galaxy J series
Ultra Saving Mode enabled on Samsung Galaxy J series

As far as I know, UDS is merely the repackage of Opera Max — a free app that compresses data and restricts background apps to save data. Turning on UDS mode will launch the pre-installed Opera Max app to compress mobile data.

Opera Max is a highly rated app. It has been downloaded over 10 million times and received high 4.3 out of 5.0 rating from 196,913 total reviews.

Feel free to install the app and start saving data usage, even you are not using Samsung Galaxy J series.

Free Yes 4G LTE Prepaid SIM card

Free Yes 4G LTE SIM for every Galaxy J series
Free Yes 4G LTE SIM for every Galaxy J series

Every Samsung Galaxy J series (2016) sold in Malaysia is bundled with a FREE Yes 4G LTE prepaid SIM card. You may activate free 30GB data on http://activate.yes.my

After activation, you can enjoy free 2 months access. You get the following goodies each month:

  • 15GB free data
  • 100 minutes off-net voice call
  • 100 off-net SMS
  • Unlimited on-net calls and SMS

“As Malaysia’s 4G champion, we have updated our entire network with the most advanced LTE service complete with VoLTE (Voice-Over-LTE) — another Malaysia’s first…”, said Mr. Wing K. Lee, CEO of YTL Communications.

Video call using Yes 4G VoLTE technology with Mr. Wing K. Lee, CEO of YTL Communications
Video call using Yes 4G VoLTE technology with Mr. Wing K. Lee, CEO of YTL Communications

The High-Definition Voice service using VoLTE technology is built by Samsung for Yes 4G network.

The Yes 4G LTE plans and prices to be launched on 30th June 2016.

Compare Galaxy J series: 2016 vs. 2015

The Samsung Galaxy J series (2016) is an update to last year’s Galaxy J series. Every phone model in the series receives some spec upgrades. Here are the brief specs comparisons.

Galaxy J1: 2016 vs 2015

Samsung Galaxy J1: 2016 vs 2015
Samsung Galaxy J1: 2016 vs 2015

Compare to last year Galaxy J1 (2015), the new Galaxy J1 (2016) has better and bigger display, faster quad-core processor, double RAM and double storage space.

The most significant upgrade is Galaxy J1 (2016) now supports 4G LTE networks.

Galaxy J5: 2016 vs 2015

Samsung Galaxy J5: 2016 vs 2015
Samsung Galaxy J5: 2016 vs 2015

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) only receives small upgrades after a year. The new J5 is 512MB more RAM but same 16GB storage and Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The 5MP front camera is now f/1.9 aperture to capture more light.

The notable upgrade is battery capacity, which upgraded to 3100mAh from 2600 mAh.

Galaxy J7: 2016 vs 2015

Samsung Galaxy J7: 2016 vs 2015
Samsung Galaxy J7: 2016 vs 2015

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) powered by a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor and receives 512MB more RAM upgrade. Like J5, J7 does not get storage upgrade and 5MP front camera is F/1.9 big aperture. Battery capacity has been upgraded to 3300 mAh from 3000 mAh.

Where to buy Samsung Galaxy J series (2016)

Samsung Galaxy J1, J5, J7 (2016) is available beginning 16 June 2016 at all Samsung Experience Stores and authorised dealerships. The recommended retail price (inclusive 6% GST) is RM 449, RM 849, and RM 1049) respectively. Available in 3 colour options — Black, White, and Gold.

For more product information, please visit http://www.samsung.com/my