The last months, Archos and Wiko are busy with rolling out their updated smartphones running on Android 4.4 Kit-Kat. We decided it was time to have a closer look to what the two companies have to offer. While not everyone is familiar with Wiko, they have been a major player on the French smartphone market for a few years and are now quickly expanding across Europe. Both Wiko and Archos work together with R&D teams in China, while having headquarters in France.
In our comparison, we decided only to look at the two most interesting models in a certain price range, while also quickly mentioning the other available options.
Entry-Level smartphones | 50-80€.
Wiko Sunset & Archos 40c Titanium
Next to the two mentioned models, the Wiko Goa is also on the market with 3.5 inch screen (320×480 resolution) which is selling for around 65€. If you spend a little bit more, you will be able to get the Wiko Sunset or the 40c Titanium with 4 inch screens. Both are nice entry-level smartphones for not-demanding users with the 40c Titanium being more attractive because of the better camera on the back and a larger battery. The advantage of the Wiko smartphones is that you can get them in many different colors, while Archos is often only offering one color option.
Cheap smartphones | 80-120€.
Wiko Lenny & Archos 45c Platinum
Thanks to the quad core CPU, the IPS screen and the two additional back covers, Archos 45c Platinum offers a good value for the money. Still, Wiko Lenny is an attractive option for those that would like a larger screen, despite the viewing angles being worse compared to the 45c Platinum.
Even better | 120-160€.
Wiko Bloom & Archos 50b Platinum
Once again, Archos got a nice offer with the 50b Platinum which offers a higher resolution larger screen, better cameras and comes with a free microSD card, 2 additional covers and a crystal case worth a few euros. On the other hand, Wiko Bloom should offer better multitasking thanks to 1GB RAM and should last longer thanks to the bigger battery.
Wannabe Higher-end | 160-200€.
Wiko Getaway & Archos 50c Oxygen
Blazingly fast, the ARCHOS 50c Oxygen features a 1.7 GHz Octa-core processor bringing the speed and power you’ll need for your apps, games and web browsing. Also, it features a vivid IPS display with 294 ppi, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It comes with 2000 mAh, while being only 7.64mm thick. Impressed? Well, what about the Wiko Getaway? When you would put a smartphone and a bottle of champagne together, you would get the Wiko Getaway. The aluminum body in sexy silver, gold glamorous, opulent white, refined gray and ravishingly red is finished with a leather back. Très belle! While the CPU might not be as fast as on the 50c , the Getaway is thinner, features a Gorilla Glass display, has 8GB more of storage and a better camera on the back. And you don’t have to wait for the Kit-Kat update. 😉
Entry-Lever 4G | 99-149€.
Wiko Birdy 4G & Archos 45 Helium 4G
About a month ago, Archos lowered its RRP prices for the Helium range in France – the 45 Helium would cost you only 99€, while the 5 inch version would cost you 149€. And with 45 Helium 4G priced at only 99€, it is clearly a winner over the Wiko Kite 4G smartphone available for 99€. For the same price, the 45 Helium offers a larger screen with better viewing angles, better CPU and larger battery capacity. The 45 Helium can better be compared to the Birdy 4G which is around 30€ more expensive. The specifications are more less the same with the Birdy 4G having a larger battery capacity, better front camera and better CPU, while the GPU on the 45 Helium is better. The thing is that the pricing for the Helium range in many European countries is still the same and that the Wiko models offer interesting alternatives. For Archos, it would be a logical thing to cut the RRP prices for the Helium range with the introduction of the 45b and 50b Helium models in November.
Cheap 4G | 149-199€.
Archos 50 Helium 4G & Wiko Wax.
|Wiko Wax||ARCHOS 50 Helium 4G|
|Android version||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
(to be upgaded to Android 4.4 Kit-Kat)
|Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
(update to Android 4.4 Kit-Kat expected in November)
|Processor||Nvidia Tegra 4i, 4+1 cores ARM Cortex-A9 r4 at 1.7 GHz
GPU: integrated (60 cores)
|Qualcomm MSM8926 4 cores ARM Cortex-A7 at 1.2 GHz
GPU: Adreno 305 / 450 MHz
|Display||4.7″ 1280 x 720||5.0” 1280×720 IPS|
|Toughened glass||Gorilla Glass 2||–|
|Camera||8 MP rear, 5 MP front||8 MP rear, 2 MP front|
|Memory||1 GB||1 GB|
|Storage||4 GB + microSD||8 GB + microSD|
|Battery||2000 mAh||2000 mAh|
|Dimensions||140 x 67.5 x 8.8 mm||145 x 71.5 x 8.95 mm|
On paper, the Wiko Wax is a clear winner over the Archos 50 Helium 4G: for a similar price, the Wax offering a faster processor, a display with higer pixel dinsity and a more robust protection for the screen. Still, priced at only 149€ in France, the 50 Helium 4G is a cheaper alternative for those that would like a larger screen.
Wiko – Wiko Highway 4G
Shown at IFA for the first time. the Wiko Highway 4G features a 5 inch display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage(unfortunately, no support for microSD) and a 16 Mp camera on the back. The Highway 4G sports the latest quad core Tegra 4i CPU we have seen on the Wiko Wax, now clocked at 2.0 Ghz. There is also an 2350mAh battery inside the 7.9mm thin body to keep everything running. Wiko Highway 4G is expected to hit the stores in a few weeks time and meanwhile, here is a nice hands-on video from mobilegeeks.de:
Archos – Archos 45b Helium 4G and 50b Helium 4G
According to an interview given to French website 01Net, ARCHOS CEO Loic Poirier mentioned that the company should offer Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 based devices by the end of the year instead of the Snapdragon 400 currently equipping their Helium flagship 4G LTE models (Helium 45, Helium 50 smartphones and Helium 80 tablet)
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor is based on a quad-core ARM Cortex™ A53 (supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit code) at up to 1.4 GHz per core, it supports new power efficient ARMv8-A architecture which enables improved instruction set efficiency.
The SoC comes with an Adreno 306 GPU with support for advanced APIs, including OpenGL ES 3.0, DirectX, and OpenCL.
The modem part offers integrated 4G LTE support (CAT4 with speeds of up to 150 Mbps) and we should see some specific versions of the processor with Dual SIM and Dual Active (DSDA) and Triple SIM (TSTS) support.
The Snapdragon 410 would be definitely a nice upgrade to the current Helium devices which are a bit limited in term of processor and graphic performance with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400.