Wickedleak, an India-based smartphone company and the product we are reviewing today is the Wammy Titan 5 which is heavy, features some interesting specifications yet priced at Rs.13,999. Does this smartphone have something to take on with the likes of Xiaomi, OnePlus, Lenovo smartphones competing in the same price range? Well, let’s find out that in our Wickedleak Wammy Titan 5 Review.
Wickedleak Wammy Titan 5 Review:
Build and Design: The Titan 5 smartphone sports a huge 5.5-inches FHD display and can be rightfully classified as a phablet device, the front camera is located in the exact place you would want which is accompanied with the usual set of ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and earpiece on the top center. Down below the display, you will find the capacitive buttons which are not backlit are buttons are not printed either making it tough for the users to access in a dark, although the home button is backlit and it also acts as LED notification indicator.
The back of the device comes with a textured finish which is removable giving access to the SIM cards and memory card slot, the battery isn’t removable. The company’s website specifies the thickness of the device being at just 8mm thickness but somehow we feel the phone is thicker than the specified. The frames and edges of the device are of complete metal giving added bulkiness to the device also the finishing of the metal isn’t perfect either, the crude finishing will surely hurt you if not handled properly. Furthermore, the rear side of the device houses a 13-megapixel main camera along with LED flash and we also have that fingerprint sensor down below the camera module.
We find the regular placement of power on/off button and volume rockers on the right side which we don’t have anything to the left side. On top, we have the 3.5mm headphone jack and the USB port to the bottom. The complaints we have with the build quality and design are that the device feels very heavy for a 5.5-inches phone and the improper metal finishing is to be blamed for that, also, the metal finishing to the frames and edges hurts you if you are not handling quite well.
Titan 5 Display: The Titan 5 features a 5.5-inches Full HD display which is quite sharp and neatly detailed although the display is not effective under the broad daylight making it difficult to use it outdoors is somewhat frustrating. The color reproduction and sharpness levels are kept in balance making the display good nought. Like any other smartphones this day there is a hint of yellowish tint in the display which can be easily noticed with a white background we are not big fans of such display. On the whole, the display of the device makes a positive impression.
Titan 5 Performance and Hardware: Wickedleak Wammy titan 5 is powered by MediaTek MT6753M Soc clocked at 1.3GHz Octa-Core processor with Mali T720 GPU Meaning the device can perform day-to-day operations like sending text messages, calls, playing videos, listening music smoothly without any lag or slowing down. The device runs on Android 5.1 right out of the box with stock Android-Like skin on top with less bloatware and the apps installed by default cannot be uninstalled by default, although the unit which we have seems to be rooted by default allowing us to uninstall few apps that we barely use. On whole the U.I interface is kept nice and clean, the thing that bothers us the most is the limitations in the customization department, most companies nowadays are coming up with their own custom skins allowing huge customizations and on the other hand, Wickedleak’s idea of eliminating that features and functionalities might disappoint few who like to tweak around the U.I interface.
One of the most important features that we miss on the device is the ability to display the battery level on status bar which is minimum required customization. Moving on, we have played games like Asphalt 8, Need for speed: No limits both these games ran quite well but we did observe some frame drops and lag in Asphalt 8 so we reduced the graphic levels to medium and the game ran fine. The device takes a second or two to become fully functional which is one most noticeable lag that kept us annoyed.
The audio via the speakers is just average and so is the case even when we plugged in the earphones. Though the company claims the device to be 4G ready unfortunately the Indian bands aren’t supported. On the whole, the performance of the device is hit or a miss, with decent day-to-day usage the device can perform decent enough but if you are on who want’s your smartphone to be the powerhouse it is just you who will be left disappointed.
Titan 5 Camera: The Wickedleak Wammy Titan 5 houses a 13-megapixel primary camera with an LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calls. The camera app is similar to many other MediaTek powered smartphones offers good customization via filters, HDR mode, picture modes, simple control to switch between flash, camera switching and HDR, along with keys for shooting stills or video. Though the company has included a large 13MP camera sensor, the performance of the camera is below par, the focusing of the camera is very poor and inaccurate most of the times we tried with different camera applications and the problem still remain the same. The picture captured in broad daylight lack details and some picture tend to fade out.
The scene remains the same with the front camera as well, as the picture captured look washed out with inaccurate colors. The rear camera can record 1080p videos and the front can record 720p there is a bit of shake in the videos and lack of OIS can be clearly seen. Below are some of the camera samples of the device.
Battery and Fingerprint Sensor: The device houses a 4,165mAh battery on board. During the time we tested the device, the battery lasted for 9 hours 40 minutes on our continuous video playback test. The battery can easily last for a single day with minimal usage but if you are a heavy user you might want to plug-in the charger before the day ends. The battery performance which we expected was a bit more and considering the devices aesthetics with such a massive battery we must the battery performance is a letdown. The device also features a fingerprint sensor on board and can register up to 5 fingers the biggest con of the fingerprint sensor is that you first need to power on the device and then place your finger on the sensor to unlock it. Another major concern for us is the smaller fingerprint sensor size than what we are used to seeing generally. The performance of the fingerprint sensor is another let-down, the sensor doesn’t recognise our finger and it keeps failing on us this leads to not wanting to use the fingerprint sensor at all in the firs place. Such a waste of an important and a useful feature.
Verdict: Considering the competition going on in the current market we doubt the sustainability of the Titan 5 with a poor camera, fingerprint sensor, battery performance. Though the device scores well in display and day-to-day performance we can’t really suggest the device for a power user.