Wicked Leak has finally launched its latest flagship Android smartphone, the Wammy Passion Z. The phone is sleek, slim and boasts of a lot of features under its hood. We did fall in love with its design, firm shell and the full HD LCD IPS display. It looks like they are the first to release a budget quad core smartphone with a full HD display in the Indian Market. Let’s check out what more it has to offer.
Design and Build
At first glance the Wammy Passion Z looks a lot like the Sony Xperia S except for the missing light bar at the bottom. The overall build is firm and carries a strong frame with a dual–tone white and black exterior. The front is a completely glossy black glass while the sides and rear are matte-finished in white.
The front panel (glass) is made of OGS (One Glass Solution) which makes the phone a little slimmer than other conventional handsets. The OGS display technology eliminates the gap between the LCD display and the touchscreen by integrating the front sensor glass and the sensor substrate into one single piece of glass itself. This reduces cost as well as helps make the phone slimmer than before. The bottom of the glass has three backlit capacitive buttons for home, back and menu. Sadly, we found the menu button more brightly lit than the other two buttons. But we pass that off as a manufacturing defect for now as the piece we received was an initial factory piece. The upper portion of the display sports the earpiece, camera, notification LED and the necessary sensors beneath it.
The volume rocker and power button are seen on either sides of the phone while the top sports the 3.5-mm audio jack and the bottom has the micro USB interface. The rear panel features the main camera with an LED flash and a speaker grille. Beneath the rear panel is the battery and the micro SD card slot. The phone is a dual SIM handset featuring one SIM as a regular mini SIM and the other as a micro SIM. This is one of the first handsets we have come across to feature both SIM card sizes. In a way it is beneficial for the masses as the user can use either size SIM card he or she already has. The phone measures 8.9 mm in thickness and weighs 150g. The slim form factor gives the phone a good grip.
The Wammy Passion Z is built using the MT6589 chipset featuring a quad core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and a PowerVR SGX544MP graphics unit. The internal memory provided is 1 GB of RAM while the storage capacity stands at 4 GB in total. The screen is a large 5-incher featuring a full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display is an IPS panel with OGS technology, which helps make the handset thinner by a good margin. The Passion Z is a dual SIM handset which can be used in combinations of WCDMA + GSM or GSM + GSM. Connectivity options are Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth and a micro USB PC interface. The rear shooter is a 12 megapixel camera with a BSI sensor and an LED flash while the front camera is a 2 megapixel. Sensors available inside the unit are gravity, proximity, light, magnetic and gyro sensors. Lastly, the battery powering the Passion Z is a 2500 mAh. The handset is available in two colour variants—all black and black and white combo. The Passion Z runs on the latest Android Jelly Bean version 4.2.1.
User interface and Performance
The Passion Z runs on the stock Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 operating with a stock user interface and launcher. The user interface is very smooth and we did not face any lags or sluggish moves whatsoever. Apps installed are almost none apart from those that come along with the operating system. What we only found extra was a file manager which can get you started by installing apps directly from the SD card instead of the Play Store.
As usual, tests were carried out on the Passion Z using the standard benchmarking apps. AnTuTu gave us a score of 11597, Quadrant scored 3952 and Nenamark2 scored 21.8 fps. Linpack gave results of 37.6 MFLOPS and 125.1 MFLOPS respectively. Going with the scores we obtained, the Passion Z performs at par with most budget quad core processor-based handsets we have reviewed so far.
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