WIKO Stairway, Analysis

It is difficult to find within the average range, and even within the high, phones with decent finishes that are at the height of the specifications which mounted. The WIKO Stairway is a very interesting 5-inch smartphone thanks partly finished in aluminium.

It’s a device that comes to improve the WIKO Cink Five we tested, in such important aspects as the camera, memory or that aesthetic of which we speak, for 269 EUR. We are going to see it in detail.

WIKO Stairway, specifications
Physical dimensions 144.5 x 73 x 9 mm, 164 grams
Screen 5-inch Gorilla Glass IPS
Resolution HD 1280 x 720, 294 ppp
Processor MediaTek MTK6589 Quad Core Cortex-A7 28nm @ 1.2 GHz
Graphics processor PowerVR SGX 544
RAM 1 GB
Memory 16 GB + microSD up to 32 GB
Version 4.2.1 Android (Jelly Bean)
Connectivity Wireless 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G (HSPA +, up to 42 Mbps)
Expansion ports MicroSD, MicroUSB
Cameras Front: 5 / rear: 13 Megapixel, autofocus, LED flash
Battery 2,000 mAh Li-ion battery (7.40 Wh, removable)
Access to Google Play Yes, series
Starting price 269 EUR

WIKO Stairway, design and display

As it ahead, phone surprises from the box, a very good presentation for a terminal that, in principle, comes to improve only a few specifications about that Cink Five which is the basis of this. They accompany him some better headphones, with microphone, and charger 1A, both with some rather eye-catching white flat cables. It is also available in black.

In finishes only the frame is made of aluminium. This is enough to give you a great consistency in hand, which in return increases your weight up to about 164 grams, bringing it close to the Xperia Z1. At the rear we find a plastic smooth and polished, finish away from touch Gummy Cink Five, where some points are lost. However, the phone is comfortable in the hand, although 5-inch screen does not allow the Stairway tightened as far as the dimensions of the Nexus 5.

The button layout is, saving the front buttons are all capacitive, similar to any Samsung Galaxy. The side buttons are comfortable, also in aluminium, but to be something loose make rattle if you shake the phone.

The good part of that the back cover is plastic is, without doubt, to remove it have access to its removable battery, its two slots for SIM card (of full format) and the micro SD, up to 32 GB.

The screen is also IPS technology, multi-touch and in HD (720 p) resolution, which gives a good 294 ppi. The viewing angles are slightly better, but still with little room where to improve. This time includes a Gorilla Glass Panel, What partially solves small touch problems we had with the Cink Five and enhances the experience to touch.

See complete gallery» WIKO Stairway (11 photos)

Hardware and performance

Incorporates the same MediaTek MT6589 processor, quad-core Cortex-A7 at a frequency of 1.2 GHz. designed to operate with low consumption, and maximum are used in the Quad Core processor to achieve decent performance at a low cost, keeping consumption in check. This is why this processor is the same that can be found at Cink Five largely of Chinese handsets that come to this area, as the Bq Aquaris 5.

This CPU also accompanies it a graphic unit PowerVR SGX 544MP at a frequency that we assume somewhat higher, as the graphics test score is slightly higher. Accompanies it 1GB of RAM, which is sufficient, although not known on a smartphone of this price. Runs on the relatively recent version of 4.2.1 Android, with few additives, which makes that you move fast and with few expectations at the level of interface.

WIKO Stairway WIKO Cink Five
AnTuTu 13,588 points 13.294 points
Quadrant 4,005 points 3,920 points
3DMark Ice Storm @720p v1.2: 3,209 IS Extreme @1080 v1.2: 1.587 Unlimited v1.2: 2.578 Ice Storm @ 720 p: 2.979 IS Extreme @ 1080 p: 1,492
EPIC Citadel @720p High performance: 58.8 FPS High quality: 57.1 FPS Ultra HQ: 23.8 FPS High performance: 44.2 FPS High quality: 42.4 FPS Ultra HQ: 21.0 FPS
BenchmarkPI 405 milliseconds, #12591 409 milliseconds, #12103

This enhanced Cink Five forgets to expand one 2,000 mAh battery which although complies with the expectations of a fairly intensive use, know a little knowing that cutting-edge phones on this line approach more and more the 3,000 mAh, staying in a good three hours and a half screen.

Inside we have a 16 GB memory, that we have around 4 GB for applications and other 8 GB of internal storage. This allows us to install all kinds of applications, from small style games Angry Birds until the heavier as Real Racing 3. We have tested the Asphalt 8, which fails to develop to the maximum the charts due to lack of graphics power, but works properly on your HD display.

The phone has dual SIM slots, thanks to its processor MediaTek, which are known their off-road capabilities in the field of connectivity. The call quality is correct and up to 42 Mbps 3G has good coverage.

Reaching the Wifi and GPS, lime and sand. While in Wifi can download with speeds exceeding the 50/10 Mbps, more than enough on a phone, GPS/A-GPS are relatively slow and imprecise with respect to other phones that also has Glonass positioning.

We are one of the most recurring design errors in phones Android: low volume and speakers in the rear, that it drastically reduced the sound when we support them on a flat surface.

See complete gallery» performance WIKO Stairway (7 photos)

Camera

If one of the points improved considerably from Cink Five to the Stairway, that is its photographic section. It has two cameras in major resolutions: 13 megapixels to 5 megapixels in the front and the main. The main leads LED flash and microphone for noise reduction.

But not everything is in the amount of pixels, and while it is true that the performance of the camera is decent, not approaching the of other current high ranges like the Nexus 5 with stabilized optics, especially in low light conditions. We leave you with a gallery so you can see it for yourselves. Photos duplicate with different exhibitions are in mode auto and HDR.

There is still room for improvement: WIKO Stairway in HDR, above; against Nexus 5 HDR +

Of course, the camera records video in Full HD, besides to capture panoramic and other basic functions. The interface is very intuitive, because it stays fairly close to the stock Android camera. The biggest problem is its slowness, focusing but especially also in Thomas HDR, what will we lose much of the shooting.

See complete gallery» test camera WIKO Stairway (14 photos)

Software

WIKO Stairway comes out of the box with 4.2.1 Android, that sounds rather rare bearing in mind that the last stable of the Jelly Bean is 4.2.2. With this version, we have a few additives as widgets on screen lock with access to camera, quick adjustments from the notification bar or the option to activate a screen saver while charging.

In general is a customization by Wiko very light, with some additions that generally add value to something, although very backward visually. The phone comes with programmed power functions or some functions using gestures similar to those that they found in Samsung phones.

We find up to three games Gameloft suggested, such as Asphalt 7, since the applications grid. Do not come pre-installed, but that icon is a shortcut to its discharge. Can not uninstall it, although we can disable them easily and forget them.

In favour

  • Good finishes in general
  • Dual SIM
  • Camera

Against

  • Quite improved screen
  • Low volume speaker, misplaced
  • Outdated interface