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WickedLeak has launched the next version of its 7-inch tablet, the Wammy Desire 2, which features a different chipset and runs on a quad-core processor. It is an upgrade from the first version, Wammy Desire, that ran on a dual-core processor. The Desire 2 has a completely different look from the older sibling and closely resembles the Samsung Galaxy Grand, but on a larger scale. What does the Wammy Desire 2 have inside that makes it different? Let’s find out.
7-inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution
Design and build quality
WickedLeak has been releasing smartphones and tablets regularly to keep up with the competition and recently, the quad-core Wammy Desire 2 was seen on the shelves with a sweet price tag. The Desire 2 has a good build quality with a firm chassis. The entire exterior is white and glossy, thus making it easily prone to scratches and dirt. The front panel is complete glass with a chrome plastic trim. The front panel consists of a single hard key for home with a light sensor beside it. Towards the top is the front-facing camera.
Quad-core Exynos chipset, 1GB RAM, MALI-400 GPU
We found the design a bit off – when you usually hold a tablet in landscape mode, the home button should practically be available on the right and the volume and power button should be on the top, which is not in this case. The home button stays on the left while the volume rocker and power buttons are available on the top. Even the camera is on the right bottom side. Well, since the tablet can be used any side up, it won’t matter as much; also, the home, back and menu buttons are available in the interface itself. We did find the build quality of the buttons a bit disappointing too. They are not raised enough and miss the tactile feel for a smooth operation. This could hamper the ergonomics to a small extent unless you stay away from the buttons completely and stick to the onscreen buttons in the interface itself.
8GB internal storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, USB OTG
The rear panel sports the camera with an LED flash and a speaker grille on either side of the camera. The bottom sports all the interfaces, which include the power jack, 3.5 mm audio port, microUSB port, miniHDMI out and a microSD card slot with its own rubber port flap. Two miniature pinholes are also seen here – one each for the microphone and reset button. The tablet is 10.9 mm thick and 196 mm wide, and weighs 298 g. Bundled along with the tablet is a screen protector, USB charger, USB cable and a microUSB OTG cable.
2MP camera with LED flash, glossy rear panel
The Wammy Desire 2 is built using the Exynos SMDK4412 chipset featuring a quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. It couples a MALI-400 GPU with 1GB of DDR3 RAM with an inbuilt storage of 8GB, which is expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. The display is a 5-point, 7-inch multi-touch IPS panel with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The camera on the rear is a 2 megapixel one while the front-facing camera is VGA. The connectivity options available are Bluetooth 2.1, wireless networking 802.11 b/g/n, 3G via USB dongle and USB OTG for connecting input devices and storage drives. GPS is also supported. The tablet can spew out full HD display on a large screen LCD TV or monitor using the miniHDMI interface. The cable or converter for the mini HDMI interface is not provided though. The Desire 2 is powered using a 3300 mAh battery and the operating system installed is Android Jelly Bean v4.2.
Power and Volume rocker on the top
MicroUSB, power, headphone, MicroSD card slot, miniHDMI port on the side.
As usual with all tablets and phones, a benchmark app is run through to know the performance. In our tests, AnTuTu scored 9855, Quadrant scored 4313 and Nenamark2 scored 68.2 fps. Linpack scored 56.83 MFLOPS and 182.30 MFLOPS in the single-thread and multi-thread tests accordingly. We compared this score to other tablets in the category and found that the Desire 2 is definitely faster than other dual-core devices by a good margin of around 20-30 percent in a few tests. Initially, WickedLeak had provided us with a tablet installed with the beta version of Android v4.2, but later had it replaced with a stable and final version of the same. We found the tablet to be performing smoothly with the stable version, with no issues or stutters whatsoever.
Stock Android tablet user interface
The Desire 2 uses the stock Android tablet user interface and launcher. Bare minimum apps are installed leaving enough room for users to install their applications. We noticed that WickedLeak has done away with the stock Internet browser and installed Chrome as a browser replacement. Gmail has not been installed either and the user would have to get it from the Play Store, if needed. A file browser, media player, APK app installer and a task manager are the only additional apps thrown in. The device we received was pre-rooted, however, we have no information if the potential buyer will have the privilege of a rooted tablet at purchase. We still have to get information from the manufacturer on this front.
Bare minimum apps pre-installed.
Display and media
The display is an HD ready 1280 x 800 pixel IPS panel standing at 7-inches diagonally. Being an IPS panel, the display quality is sharp and crisp with a good blend of brightness and contrast. Watching videos is great and enjoyable. Full HD 1080p videos are playable out of the box without framing or any other issues. Non-compatible formats would need a third-party video player such as MXplayer or MoboPlayer, switched to software decoding for a smooth playback thereafter. The on-board speaker has a bit low audio volume, but is clear enough in a small or quiet environment. A headphone will definitely be required if you are looking forward to personal entertainment.
UI has notifications on the left and toggle switches on the right
The Desire 2 sports a 3300 mAh battery, which is sufficient to power the tablet for around half a work day of continuous and average usage. In our tests, the battery lasted us about 6 hours and 40 minutes with loop tests on music playback, video watching and YouTube streaming for two hours each. The tablet should last you a while longer if your usage is not extensive and limited to regular activities such as basic Internet browsing, emails, casual gaming and short videos.
System information from AnTuTu Benchmark (Click rto enlarge)
Verdict and Price in India
To sum up the entire experience, the Wammy Desire 2 is a big upgrade to the older sibling, the Wammy Desire, with a faster processor and a better IPS display panel. The design is a lot different, but we preferred the first version’s build and design because it is more tough and rugged—thanks to the rubberised rear panel it flaunted. The Desire 2 is priced at Rs 9,490, which is definitely a good investment for those looking for a quad-core tablet with a good display resolution and within the Rs 10,000 price bracket.
Publish date: May 29, 2013 1:24 pm| Modified date: December 19, 2013 11:46 am
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