Weimei WePlus 2, Analysis: a Worthy Successor to The Ship of The Spanish Brand Logo

The mobile landscape is becoming more pluralistic. Normally the traditional brands tend to take centre stage, but showcase space for lesser-known brands that offer very interesting proposals, also at the national level. The Spanish Weimei is an example, a start-up that was associated with the well-known Chinese manufacturer Gionee to bring complete products at reasonable prices to our lands.

Weimei still is a young man that focuses on a very brief catalogue that boils down to a couple of series and the Plus are the most complete models of its offer. The first was the Weimei WePlus, a full and balanced terminal that has left us very good taste, and now It’s the turn of Weimei WePlus 2. Is it a worthy successor? We find out in our in-depth analysis.

Weimei WePlus 2, specifications

Typically, brands to leave a margin of one year between generations of smartphones, but Weimei WePlus 2 arrives earlier than expected. However, while your ad is more premature than we are accustomed, a simple look at his technical profile makes it clear that * there are enough differences with respect to the first modelo.* *

The first and most obvious is its screen. Weimei WePlus 2 keeps the 5.5 inch diagonal but UPS the resolution to FullHD, reaching the 400 dpi of density against the 267 points from the previous model. That Yes, change allowed the Super AMOLED technology along the way, betting instead po a LTPS Incell panel.

It also improves storage capacity, which now stands at 64 GB, and upgrade the processor to a HElio P10 of Mediatek supported by 4 GB of RAM, all powered by a battery of 3.130 mAh.

For cameras, Weimei choose a sensor Sony IMX258 from 13 megapixel camera with lens f/2.0 and a front 8 megapixel sensor with lens f/2.2. On the front it also integrates an LED notification and, at the bottom, the classic fingerprint reader.

 

Weimei wePlus 2

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 153 x 75.26 x 7.6 mm and 168,9 gr
SCREEN LTPS InCell 5.5 inch FullHD 1920 x 1080 pixels and 400 dpiCorning Gorilla Glass 3
PROCESSOR MT6755M P10 Helio OctaCore 1.8 GHzMali GPU T860
RAM 4 GB
MEMORY 64 GB + MicroSD 128 GB
CAMERAS Rear: 13 MP Sony IMX258, f/2.0, AF, flash LED FullHD videosFront: 8 MP, f/2.2
SOFTWARE weOS Android 6.0-based
CONNECTIVITY Dual SIM 4G, WiFi, a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, a-GPS, minijack, USB-C
EXTRAS Fingerprint reader, microphone (x 2) with noise cancellation, speakers Professional Bass with DTS, LED notifications, aluminum design
BATTERY 3.130 mAh
PRICE 329.99 euros

Design: following the dictates of the premium fashion

Weimei continues the path started with the first model and presents a device with very good finishes that clearly follows the guidelines of the so-called “premium” trend. Starting by your chassis made of aluminium in one piece that does not allow to remove the battery, a type of construction that has become habitual, and the 2.5 d glass that covers your screen.

The main difference to simple view with the previous model is the color. If the WePlus argued for the silver and dark grey, his successor comes in a unique Golden hue, so if you don’t like this color you won’t have choice.

The bet Weimei WePlus 2 pretty classic front distribution. The corners are rounded and the screen is centered in such a way that the top and bottom frames have the same width. At the bottom, by the way, has been put in a start button with oval shape which integrates a fingerprint reader.

If we go to the right side we find the other physical buttons, which are reduced to the volume control and the standby/power key. By the way, these buttons have a knurled texture of concentric circles barely perceptible noticing toe through its surface. Speaking of finishes, the aluminium surface is Matt almost entirely, with the exception of the chamfered edges that have been laser cut and offer a finish chrome finish that stands out above the rest.

On the back, centered, has been placed the camera and LED flash that goes with it. Just below is the Weimei W logo and at the bottom we have the name of the model. Note that, like many other devices of aluminium, Weimei WePlus 2 also boasts the usual lines of antenna across the back.

We are still exploring the design and in the top right we find the minijack headphone, while the port of loading (a USB-C) is centered at the bottom, flanked by a pair of speakers. Finally, the SIM tray is on the left side.

Although his panel is 5.5 inches, Weimei has managed not to trip the overall size and weight. The 2 WePlus It is convenient to deal with one hand, Although there’s also to give merit to its chassis of 7.6 mm – it is not the thinnest we can find, but feels great in the hand and there are no edges that we are driven.

In general, Weimei WePlus 2 design conveys a feeling of quality, both in terms of materials and finishes. Although that Yes, originality is a pending matter, and not just for Weimei.

Screen: jump to the FullHD with concessions

As I said, one of the main differences of the screen of Weimei WePlus 2 over its predecessor is that leaves the system Super AMOLED, but change wins resolution, that goes from HD to FullHD keeping the same diagonal: 5.5 inch.

Super AMOLED technology is gaining in popularity due to their low consumption and its ability to play deeper blacks, in addition to those vivid colors that so attractive are in sight. However, after a few days testing Weimei WePlus 2 I must say that your screen LTPS (Low Temperature Poly-Silicon) has given me good feelings. However, would not come you wrong one point more than ambition. The ideal would be to have gathered the FullHD resolution and Super AMOLED technology on the same computer, to see if the third generation meets this point.

The screen offers good performance, but the ideal would have been to meet that plus the FullHD resolution with the advantages of AMOLED system. To see if for the third generation…

In practice doesn’t it disappoint, both at the level of sharpness and contrast and color reproduction. It is true that when placed next to an AMOLED of the same characteristics you notice that Blacks do not reach the same level and that colors lack them a point of saturation, although you will not be problem if you prefer more natural shades. In this sense, although the AMOLED system presents clear advantages, Weimei WePlus 2 screen offers us a satisfying visual experience and good performance.

As I said the contrast is good and this, combined with a fairly high brightness level, translates in a good performance in outdoor. In addition, system of automatic brightness is quite obedient and unless the change of lighting is very abrupt, responds quickly enough. Speaking of response, panel reacts smoothly to the orders and helps give a sense of greater immediacy in management.

Performance and autonomy at the level of expected

Although Weimei is a Spanish company, as I said at the beginning their computers are manufactured by well known Chinese company Gionee. Asian heritage is reflected in other sections such as the design of metal unibody so common in recent times, its adjusted price or your processor.

The chip chosen for the occasion is none other than the Helium P10, an old acquaintance of the Mediatek company which has been installed in a few teams launched throughout the year that is about to end.

Also known as Mediatek MT6755M, this chip is composed of eight cores running at 1.8 GHz and comes with a Mali GPU T860. In the section of the RAM we have some more than decent 4 GB and memory internal a good background of scalable 64 GB with Micro SD.

See complete gallery┬╗ Weimei WePlus 2, benchmarks (14 photos)

We have a configuration that is balanced to a team of Weimei WePlus 2 features. Although the benchmark tests reflect results very far from the top, in practice, the device offers a good experience of both in most common tasks and most demanding usage scenarios as certain high load graphics games.

In the section of the autonomy, the test performed with PC Mark throws a result that manages to emerge between many devices on the scene.

Seven hours and 42 minutes of screen brightness to maximum is a pretty good figure that in every day translates into fewer visits to the socket.

Autonomy time depends mainly on the use we give to the terminal, but generally the 2 WePlus Weimei has allowed me to be between a day and a half and two days without having to charge the battery. That Yes, careful when walking is loaded because apps like the camera can deplete the battery faster from what you might expect.

One of the advantages of Weimei WePlus 2 with respect to the first model is the integration of a port USB-C, a feature that contributes to a faster load and makes it a day regarding the most current models on the Android scene.

Software: differentiate itself is good, but for that you have to be original

Customization is one of the advantages inherent in Android, for both users and manufacturers, that as in the case of Weimei leverage to give a more personal touch to the system and thus differentiate yourself from the competition as well as including new products with a view to a better user experience. Weimei get it with its layer WeOS? Let’s see.

WeOS is an own interface with a strong personalization. You will not find the usual application drawer in Android, the notifications panel has been redesigned and quick adjustments are in a Sub panel that is removed from the bottom. It is a detail that us sounds quite like iOS, But if it seemed not enough, Weimei calls it Control Center. And it is not the only echo of the Apple software, also there are other areas as the app of the House that we will see in the next section.

See complete Gallery┬╗ Software Weimei WePlus 2 (36 photos)

Despite the similarities with other platforms, WeOS has a careful design, the interface is well organized for a comfortable and intuitive handling and also includes additional features, some more practical than others.

In the first group would have the gestures on the fingerprint reader. Weimei has included the possibility that only deploy a side menu with sliding your finger over the reader, as if we were passing a page. In this menu we can add several shortcuts to the most commonly used apps in a way similar to what it proposes Samsung in some of its smartphones of curved screen. By the way, speaking of the fingerprint reader, it responds fairly quickly and does not give problems in the recognition.

If that customize the interface going, here you can choose different effects to turn pages on the home screen or change the color scheme of the system with the Chameleon app, which uses the camera to detect the tones of any scene. Could not miss you the classic Manager system that brings a memory optimizer, a Manager apps, control battery, mobile data and a saving mode.

Camera: satisfactory results with good light and a very complete software

As it ahead in the software section, Weimei WePlus 2 camera app has a design that reminds us much what Apple offers. It sounds to us the round button at the bottom and how to move through shot modes by sliding sideways.

But though its structure is quite, This app has more available features. The gear icon you will find adjustments, which include options such as timer, guides, capture mode or resolution of the shot.

If we go to the multicolored squares icon located above left open the firing mode selection menu. Weimei offers a complete collection of modes ranging from the classics HDR, night or panorama to other less common such as the professional, the shooting in macro mode or Polaroid. It also includes the Ultrapixel function that promises to improve the sharpness of images and the choice of smart scene that selects the best mode depending on the conditions. Space for the omnipresent mode there is also beauty and filters in real time.

In terms of hardware, Weimei proposing a very solvent combination that includes a sensor Sony IMX258 from 13 megapixel camera with lens f/2.0, but better see what such unfolds in testing.

With abundant light, Weimei WePlus 2 camera gets good results like that you see on these lines. The textures are well resolved and the color reproduction is successful despite hard lighting, which in turn reveals a dynamic range somewhat limited in those areas of shadow that have been so black.

The level of detail achieved with optimal light conditions is pretty good. By extending to 100% is appreciated the work of processing these small textures and blur the background, very well achieved in this case. However, the lack of light does not sit too well and, as we are already accustomed to, to shoot indoors or with artificial light sources, joyous noise makes an appearance breaking that so marked point of detail.

Example without HDR with HDR vs

Going back to the dynamic range, Weimei provides an HDR mode which can come in handy in situations of this kind. Above you can see the differences between an image taken in normal mode (left) and the work that makes the HDR (right).

In scenes with so much difference between light and shadow as it is the case, although it improves the balance between the more differentiated areas, something short stays. The HDR manages to retrieve the texture of the leaves of the trees, but to change the bottom is burned excessively. In his favor I must say that it was a fairly complex scene and in other situations with less harsh contrasts can be helpful.

Normal vs night mode example

The night mode also manages to improve the images taken when there is little light, but don’t expect miracles. On these lines can be seen as this option brightens the socket and seems to better preserve the detail, but as already said, the results in low light conditions are rather mediocre and the noise is noticeable without even expanding. White balance suffers with artificial light from the streetlamps and fails to keep to that dominant yellow stripe as marked.

A particular highlight of the HDR modes or night is that we must wait a few seconds without moving the camera so that the trip goes well, and the same goes for the Ultrapixel mode. This option promises sharper images, but what it does is to increase slightly the size of image.

We close this section with the front camera, which a sensor mounted from 8 megapixel camera with lens f/2.2 and it adds a flash across the screen. Here we have a performance more loose in complicated lighting situations, but in general it gives good results for typical photos selfie and video calls.

Weimei WePlus 2, review Xataka Android

The emergence of China in the mobile landscape has changed the rules of the game. The fight is now who would offer more for less, and are increasingly brands who will be joining this trend getting truly competitive prices.

However, the vast majority of these brands (i.e. not all) operate solely in China, that is why they can offer as reasonable prices. The proposal of Weimei with WePlus 2 It brings us the common concept in Chinese smartphones to our lands. Its price, around 300 euros, is somewhat higher, but in return we make sure that there will be no customs or software compatibility issues.

Weimei brings us the idea of Chinese smartphone to our lands with a full and balanced team at reasonable price. The obstacle he faces is a very saturated and increasingly homogeneous market.

Weimei WePlus 2 foot juntillas follows the latest trends with a metal unibody design, fingerprint reader and a technical sheet which, without being the most advanced, is balanced and more than enough for the average user.

The obstacle he faces is common of many terminals, and is none other than the homogeneity. Weimei WePlus 2 is a very interesting with regard to the previous model and a very solvent team in every way, but its lack of risk makes it somewhat dissolved in the saturated current showcase.

In favour

  • Design with very good finishes.
  • Large, clear display.
  • Good quality/price ratio.

Against

  • Too much noise in low-light photos.
  • The screen isn’t AMOLED.
  • The software layer is too intrusive.

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