Wolder WIAM #71+, Analysis: a Good Direction on Design and Performance

Last November Wolder launched its new range of Android devices, among which highlighted their new vessel WIAM #71+ logo. This mobile has meant that may be one of the most ambitious of the Cantabrian company, one that aspire to make a hole at the top of the middle range.

Five inches, a finish with metallic touches, one of the most reliable MediaTek processors and a fingerprint sensor. On paper the mobile seems an alternative to take into account, but he still needed to know what such unfolded in practice. For this reason We have been a few days testing it thoroughly, and here you have a complete analysis with our impressions.

Wolder WIAM #71+, technical specifications

WIAM #71+ comes equipped with hardware that is located in a comfortable position in the mid-range. But before to assess which it has been our experience after be testing it thoroughly, we will start breaking down and commenting on what your specifications.

Wolder WIAM #71+, technical
Physical dimensions 146 x 71.8 x 7.6 mm, 136 grams
Screen OGS 5 inch IPS
Resolution HD 1280 x 720 pixels
Processor MediaTek MTK6753
64 bit and eight-core Cortex A3 1.5 GHz
Graphics processor ARM Mali-720 MP3 450 Mhz
RAM 3 GB
Memory 32 GB
Expandable with microSD up to 64 GB
Software version 5.1 Android Lollipop
Connectivity Dual SIM 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth, microUSB, Sensor traces, HotKnote, Radio FM
Cameras 21 megapixel camera with LED flash
Front-13 megapixel camera with flash
Battery 2,400 mAh non-removable
Price The official price is 299,00 euros at their official store.

As you have seen in the tab, the new flagship of Wolder bet by a screen of 5-inch 720 p HD resolution. This resolution can seem a bit fair to them that they have been watching today, but in my opinion it is enough to make a good match to your screen, and step squeezing its 2,400 mAh battery.

Under the hood we find an old acquaintance of the mid-range processor MTK6753 of 64-bit and eight-core Cortex A3 1.5 GHz mediatek. I say that it is an old acquaintance because we’ve already seen it on devices like the Meizu M2 Note or Zopo Speed 7 Plus, getting all of them very good performance results.

They accompany him to this processor 3 GB of RAM and 32 gigabytes of storage internal that we can expand into other 64 using a microSD card. We also have one of the great strengths of the presumed Wolder, the implement a fingerprint in the middle range sensor.

WIAM #71+ is a featherweight 136 grams and only 7.6 millimeters thick, something it has done that they can not charge a battery too powerful. Its finish is very similar to the Sony Xperia gala, and is topped with aluminum frames. A complete its tab 13 and 21 megapixel cameras front and back and an updated operating system Android 5.1.

A design in the right direction

Wolder is the story of a young company looking for relevance, and that it is aware that to get it needs to at least meet two minimum requirements: that your mobile give it sufficiently well and having a design that comes in through the eyes. And if we have to talk about design, since then it seems that they have succeeded.

The Cantabrians play large, and mobile headed its new range WIAM have chosen a very similar to the big finish as the Sony Xperia mobile. By this I mean that on his back we also have a glass finish, and its sides are topped with a few colorful aluminum frames.

At this point it has struck me especially that instead of make some rounded frames as those of all mobiles with similar designs (must see how much seen lately), Wolder has preferred to give a personal touch by making their own draw a curving inwards. This gives it a unique look inside the conventional, but also has its counterpoints.

And is one of the first sensations which has left me the phone when I’ve taken it in hand is that It has seemed especially slippery. Inward curvature of the sides makes sure our fingers rest on one smaller surface, so we will have to hold it with care if we do not want any scare.

Bad news also come at short distances, since while the framework gives a premium look, the quality of the glass of their two faces do not end up to match. You can that here you are sinning of squabbling, but this what I have noticed especially with the sound of your Home button and how much that will mark the footprints on both sides.

WIAM #71+ BQ Aquaris M5 Motorola Moto G 2015 Samsung Galaxy A5 Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
Dimensions 146 x 71.8 x 7.6 mm 143 x 69.4 x 8.4 mm 142,1 x 72.4 x 11.6 mm 139,3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm 145.5 x 72.6 x 7.3 mm
Weight 136 grams 144 grams 155 grams 123 grams 136 grams
Screen size 5 inch 5 inch 5 inch 5 inch 5 inch

As we can see in the table, another of the major problems of the mobile is that despite having managed to be really light and surprisingly fine, It is quite higher than the other. The excessive size of its bottom frame is a price they have had to pay to include fingerprint reader, and that makes it even higher than my LG G3 5.5 inch.

See complete gallery» Wolder Wiam #71+ (17 photos)

But these small details should not tarnish the excellent work that has made Wolder the finish of its new flagship. It is clear that still lacks enough to match the mobile high-end, but the undertaken way is correct and their sufficient arguments to make it to highlight.

A screen that neither looks nor lackluster

Those who read me regularly know that I am a staunch defender of the 5-inch screens. But even in normal conditions it aplaudiría Wolter bet by this size, excessive frames that I have already mentioned they have finished with the advantages that he might have had with respect to mobile phones with larger screens.

But leaving aside this issue just recognize that WIAM #71+ screen complies well with everything what is expected of it. As I have said, I consider that 720 p resolution is more than enough to enjoy videos in high resolution on a display of its size, and also manages to get 2,400 mAh battery stretch somewhat more autonomy from the terminal.

When it comes out into the street I could see the screen It looks correctly under the direct light of the Sun. If the day is especially sunny low visibility, although this is something we find in almost all mobile. That means that this quality is not something what you brag about, but at least it is not a problem.

We found another problem of double panel back and forth in their fragility. And is that having even always carried in pockets where there was nothing more, watching him closely I have noticed that during the days of the test some of that has appeared other small rallon. They are almost imperceptible both forward and back, but if you you buy this phone you have to protect it well if you want trouble in the long run.

And finally, also have to mention one of the characteristics of fashion lately: the power to run applications directly drawing letters or symbols on the screen off. In theory this would have been useful to quickly make some options, but as you will see when you talk of the software has not succeeded. The reason? Lock screen.

Android clean and without additives

Another thing that I’ve liked this mobile is the way in which Wolder has treated Android. Or layers of customization, or sets of icons or anything. The operating system of Google comes clean how few times I’ve seen it, and unique additives have been to implement some of the options of the device.

Obviously, touching little operating system has helped for the Cantabrian company to offer the operating system Android 5.1. Even allowed the luxury of promise their potential buyers a quick update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, something that tends to be rare in the middle ranges. We will have to keep track of them to see if they get to meet or all stays in good intentions.

They have not abused pre-installed applications. We will only find some core apps such as file manager or the Manager fingerprint, Sherpa Next virtual assistant and a couple of own applications. One of them is called Big Button, and gives us access to more applications and exclusive offers, while the other is a simple direct access to the company store. The truth is that that I have left.

The square button does not show open applications but the menu to manage desktops, and the Center button does not launch Google Now but keeping it pressed it is made of square button and displays the applications in use. These changes have had me somewhat realigned from the beginning, but suppose it thing of getting to me.

See complete gallery» screenshots Software (5 photos)

For the rest of additives, called the attention that data exchange is done by Hot Knot and not by NFC. We also have a control panel to manage the two SIM slots by determining which of them makes the calls or is responsible for mobile data, and the more classic menu for Configure the ignition and off times device.

And we also have smart gestures. With this option you can enable the double tap to turn on the screen, which with slide up, down or to the sides your finger on the screen is performing certain actions. There are predefined a set of letters, and we can also configure which application will be launched when we draw them on the screen.

As I have said before the idea of these gestures is good, but I found a small problem. For example, when I try to open the camera, drawing a C is not me it opens automatically, but first I have to unlock the phone. It is obvious that this helps to maintain my privacy, but if the raison d ‘ être of these gestures is to open an app quickly it rather loses its meaning if lock screens stand.

Performance and autonomy

The MTK6753 is one of the best processors for MediaTek I’ve never tried on a mobile, at least in the middle range. Have I already found in several models, and the results at all have been always optimal. Obviously you cannot compare him big processors of the devices that lead the high-end, but it has nothing to envy to the of the lower.

It is true that nowadays equipped with a Qualcomm is still giving you a phone a special aura that puts you above those who do not, but in terms of performance this MTK6753 has overcome more than the experience I had with the Snapdragon 4XX, and even some Snapdragon 610.

And what effect does this? Because during the days that I have been testing it, WIAM #71+ has been always like a shot, and no he has tousled with slowdowns even while pulled the most out of your multitasking, for example, running apps while others are being updated. The same with the games, no problem with any of them that they’ve tried.

Wolder WIAM #71+ BQ Aquaris M5 Motorola Moto G 2015 Samsung Galaxy A5 Sony Xperia M4 Aqua OnePlus X
AnTuTu 5 36.952 32.613 22.406 21.581 34.948 41.125
GeekBench 3 2.914 2.556 1.640 1.460 2.551 2.428
Quadrant 22.732 20.207 11.583 12.241 21.609 23.680
Vellamo Metal 1.165 935 608 684 770 1.537

The good manners of the processor are also reflected in the benchmarks. In the table we can see how Wolder has managed to overcome all the banks testing the results of his compatriots of BQ, and even allowed the luxury of dangerously approaching all OnePlus X results.

Therefore, I dare say that if I have to highlight a quality of this phone this will be no doubt that of the performance. I want to now see how is the fight between the upcoming processors of Qualcomm and MediaTek in the middle range of the coming year, because much will have to improve the Snapdragon in this category if they want performance differences to be as dramatic as they were once.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that the mobile performance is impeccable We can not say the same for autonomy. It seems that not even 5 inches and resolution of 720 pixels have been sufficient to get Excel, and although we will arrive more than at the end of the day, we will almost always have to finished recharging it to confront the next day.

Wolder had to choose between design and battery, and opted for the first making a mobile so thin that they have only been able to meter a 2400 mAh battery. As I have always said I have come good at the end of the day, that is what counts, but conforming me three hours or three and a half hours of screen.

That Yes, they’re not going to take the hands to the head, because this is an error which is not alien to the rest of the mid-range devices. In addition, in any case always It will depend on the use you make of the device, because if you use fewer applications and less social networks that I probably last you quite longer. Without going any further, the battery of PCMark benchmark I have come to give five hours and a half of screen.

The Chamber, the great unfinished

Up to this point most of the things I’ve been telling about this mobile they are good, and it is that although there is always some but has surprised me what Wolder has pulled out of the sleeve. But unfortunately, with the camera they have committed a sin that subtract you integers to the device and counteracts many of the successes that have been.

I mean it, the phone has several features that place it at the top of the middle range, but the camera is not at the height. It may be because the firmware still lacks a couple of laps in the frying pan, but although I’ve got some other good photo, usually most of them I have finished disappointing.

The camera is handled especially wrong with blacks. This will not grace note who like me a cat of that color, but not whom to take a photo during a sunny day to see that the shadows are too dark and finish with all the details, and that the heavens are almost white instead of blue.

See complete gallery» photos WIAM 71 + (25 photos)

On many occasions may seem that the photo has gone well, but when we zoom in it we can see that the camera has eaten all the details. And that happens on sunny days, that is when normally look the cameras, or that you can imagine the scene when it sunset and begins to darken.

When I have taken a photo at night or in low light have appeared the noise and the classic “spots” that it smudge everything, and when the photo I have taken it near a lamppost have appeared so many flashes that it looked like a film of J. J. Abrams. It is fair to say that on occasion the photos have come out well, you can see it in the Gallery, but in general I was disappointed enough camera.

In any case, we must remember that this phone has just been presented and that the firmware a couple of tweaks missing to optimize some of its weaknesses. As I have said, on one or two occasions have left me very superior to the others, photos by what Perhaps with future updates operating system they can get that image processing improves. It’ll be to see if so.

Xataka Android view

Wolder has done an excellent job with its new flagship, and has managed to get the sleeve a mobile with a good finishes and a spectacular performance. Yet committed a pair of errors that penalize, the most notable of these being the equip a camera clearly insufficient.

But it would not be fair that these defects hidden that the path undertaken by the Cantabrian company is successful. In fact, I think that if make her case to the feedback from users and are daring to be ambitious as they have been with the design of this phone and its fingerprint reader, I am sure that in the future will continue talking more and more about them.

In favour

  • The performance brings out the best of MediaTek
  • Careful design with metal frames
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Clean Android and almost without touching

Against

  • The camera remains as its great unresolved issue
  • Excessive frames
  • Autonomy too fair
  • The back is a fingerprint magnet

The terminal has been granted to the test by Wolder. You can consult our policy of relations with companies.