Sorry LG: you may have trotted out the G2 mini yesterday, but yours won’t be the first Tegra 4i device to hit store shelves. NVIDIA says that distinction belongs to the Wax, a newly-revealed handset from French phone maker Wiko that should launch in Europe “within weeks” for around €200. We just spent a few frenzied moments with the Wax at MWC, read on for our first impressions.
Like the G2 mini, the Wax packs a 1.7GHz Tegra 4i chipset with 1GB of RAM and integrated LTE support. That’s about where the similarities end. The Wax’s plastic frame feels incredibly light without dipping into chintziness, a balance that even huge OEMs have trouble nailing. Meanwhile, an 8-megapixel shooter sits high on its back… though picture quality wasn’t anything to write home about. Thankfully, the Wax pulls ahead of LG with its 4.7-inch 720p display. Colors were a bit anemic compared to other screens we’ve seen on mid-range devices, but squeezing those extra pixels in there makes a world of difference.
While LG was deadset on replicating the G2’s features on a modestly-specced phone, Wiko ran with a stock version of Android 4.3 that seems happy to let the hardware shine through. It’s always a little tricky to get a feel for how well a device works in situations like these, but the Wax tackled most of the tasks we threw at it (think opening up apps, swiping through photos, and loading websites).