Wiko WAX

New NVIDIA Tegra 4i smartphone from European manufacturer

The world’s first NVIDIA Tegra 4i-based smartphone is set to be released in Europe by the French company Wiko.

Wiko’s previous products have only enjoy limited distribution outside France, although the company has established a decent foothold in its domestic market. The new Wiko WAX will be more widely distributed than any previous Wiko handset, going on sale in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and France.

Official pricing information is still to be announced, although French website Phandroid expect the Wiko WAX to cost under €300 (approximately £250). There is not too long to wait, either, with the new handset set to be released in April.

Whilst the Wiko WAX won’t be the highest-specced device on the market, it is nonetheless very well-equipped considering the anticipated price. The forthcoming smartphone will feature a 4.7-inch 720p display (with Gorilla Glass 2), 1 GB RAM, an 8 megapixel main camera with dual-LED flash, a 5 megapixel front-facing camera, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and 4 GB internal storage with microSD support.

Unquestionably, the real attraction behind the Wiko WAX is the potential of the Tegra 4i. With an integrated LTE modem, it is cheaper than the Tegra 4, but has still managed to record impressive benchmarking results.

The Wiko WAX has fewer GPU cores and a slightly slower processor than its big brother. Sacrifices have therefore been made in order to keep the Tegra 4i’s costs down. But the compromises have remained relatively small, and NVIDIA’s latest offering should still be capable of delivering impressive performance levels.