Hands-on Review: Walton Primo R4 – The Thin, 4G Enabled and Affordable Device

Another mid-ranger from Walton recently hit the market namely Walton Primo R4. It is a budget segmented fashion series smartphone, which mainly focuses on having the best possible looks on a budget. Pricing at BDT 11,290 the new comer packs in some decent hardware along with good looks. Moreover the Extreme Power Saving Mode can give you few hours of using with just 10% charge! We have used it thoroughly and have some feedbacks to share. Hence, here is a full on review of Walton Primo R4.
Primo R4 review
As like our previous reviews the Hands-on Review of Walton Primo R4 covers the following–

  • Specs Synopsis
  • Unboxing
  • Design & Build Quality
  • Operating System
  • Display & User Interface
  • Hardware
  • Camera Performance
  • Audio and Video
  • Connectivity
  • Gaming Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Benchmark
  • Pricing
  • Final Thoughts

Key specs of Primo R4:

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • MT6735 chipset and Mali T720 GPU
  • 5 inch HD IPS display
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB ROM
  • 8MP Rear Camera
  • 5MP Front Snapper
  • 2400 mAh Li-Polymer battery
  • OTG Support
  • Dual SIM
  • LTE support

Primo R4 review

Unboxing:

Primo R4 comes with a decent packaging includes-

  • Battery
  • Charging Adapter with Data Cable
  • Earphone
  • Screen Protector
  • Back Cover
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Card

Primo R4 Unboxing

Design & Build Quality:

With smartphones getting larger and phablets becoming mainstream, the 5-inch screen size has become the new ‘compact’. By these new definitions, the Primo R4 is a fairly compact smartphone. The edges are a bit sharp, and the general shape and feel of the device is far from comfortable, raising questions about its ‘fashion’ credentials.
Primo R4 hands-on review Design
The back of the device is entirely plastic and feels incredibly flimsy. Although it’s been given a glossy finish that makes it look like glass from afar, it simply does not look as convincing up close.
Primo R4 hands-on review Build Quality
Button, port and speaker positioning is fairly standard for a mid-range device, with the power and volume keys on the right, USB at the bottom, 3.5mm at the top and the speaker at the rear.
Primo R4 hands-on review Color
The three Android soft keys sit below the screen, while the front camera is just off-centre at the top.
Primo R4 hands-on review Color

Operating System

The Primo R4 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, while the device comes with OTA upgrade feature.
Primo R4 review OS

Display & User Interface:

The Primo R4 has a 5-inch display with an acceptable screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels. It is bright, handles colours well and allows users to juggle between warm (which gives it a yellow tint) and cool (for pure whitish background) colour modes through a setting. The wide viewing angles work well but sunlight readability is hit due to the reflective nature of the screen.
Primo R4 hands-on review

Let’s have a look into the User Interface of Walton Primo R4-
Primo R4 User Interface
You also have the chance to create your own theme to personalize your device.
Primo R4 Theme

Hardware:

The Primo R4 is powered by the Mediatek MT6735 chipset with 1.3 GHz quad-core processor coupled with Mali T720 GPU. This enables apps to open quickly and web pages load easily.

Primo R4 Chipset

The Primo R4 is packed with 16GB of ROM while the storage can be expanded up to 64GB.
Primo R4 Storage
There is also 2GB of RAM to run the device more smoothly.
Primo R4 RAM

Camera Performance:

The Walton Primo R4 comes with a 8MP rear camera capable of recording 1080p video,also features an LED flash. The camera app is simple and efficient, with most functions placed within easy reach. Let’s have a look on the Camera interface along with settings of Primo R4-
Primo R4 review Camera Settings and Interface
In terms of color reproduction the rear shooter is one of the nice cameras you will see in a mid-range. While the white saturation was not at all good, as the details seemed to be washed out sometimes. Although the camera manages to keep the details of the image pretty well, even in low light.
Primo R4 review Camera Sample
Primo R4 review Camera Sample 2
Primo R4 review Camera Sample 3

5MP front camera guarantees crystal-clear selfies and to make video calls at any time. Both front and rear camera captures brighter images in low light conditions because of having BSI sensor.
Primo R4 review Front Camera Sample

Audio and Video

There is DTS Sound System in the Primo R4, that’s why the audio output is clean. Plugging in a pair of headphones has a rather disastrous effect on stereo quality with crosstalk rising to very high levels.
Primo R4 audio review
Because of IPS display the viewing angle of Video is good.
Primo R4 video review

Connectivity:

In terms of connectivity, the Primo R4 has LTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth V4, OTG, Wireless Display Sharing, Hot Knot, WLAN Hotspot, OTA. It is a dual-SIM device with a separate slot for expandable storage, so you don’t have to choose between having two SIMs or extra storage space.

Gaming Performance:

Primo R4 holds 64 bit powerful quad-core processor and Mali T720 GPU which ensures higher graphic speed so that you can enjoy High Definition games easily. It handles day to day tasks and some light to medium games really well. Although once in a while it stutters while playing some heavy games.
Primo R4 Gaming review
Primo R4 Gaming review FIFA 16

Battery Life:

With optimized software and 2400 mAh of battery the Walton Primo R4 manages to cut through the day. Although a bigger battery would’ve been much appreciated. The fashioned focused device offers good battery life when it comes to standby time. But not quite good if you’re a heavy user. The battery drop over the 7 hours of idle time was 4%, which is quite good for the device with the 2400mAh capacity battery.Talking about the screen-on-time it gave me fair amount at 4 hours, which is more than you could ask for such battery capacity. I was using my SIM card, and all the social accounts on the device while keeping the brightness at a medium level. So, it was more than average usage, which is good.
Primo R4 Battery Life
If you do find yourself outside without a powerbank, the Walton Primo R4 does have the extremely useful Extreme Mode feature that can extend your phone’s life significantly and it will allow you to run your device for few hours with only 10% charge in the battery.
Primo R4 Battery Extreme Power Saving Mode

Benchmark:

In our AnTuTu tests the phone scored 30,349 while GFXBench results in 596 (single-core) and 1336 (multi-core).
Primo R4 review Antutu Benchmark and GFXBench Score
The phone has also been tested through the Nenamark, while it scored 64.8; which is pretty good.
Primo R4 review Nenamark Score

Special Features:

Following can be specified as the special features of Primo R4:

  • HotKnot
  • Mobile Security
  • DTS Sound System
  • Unified Storage
  • Smart Gesture
  • 4G support

Primo R4 Pedometer and Barometer sensor

Pricing:

The Primo R4 costs BDT 11,290, considering the specs the pricing is not expensive indeedt.
Primo R4 Price

Final Thoughts:

The Walton Primo R4 is definitely a very capable affordable Android phone. The things that I liked on Primo R4 was its build quality; it has been a tremendous ride when I talk compactness and sturdiness of the device. It felt lighter than any mid-range smartphone and still somehow showed great strength.
Primo R4 hands-on review
Dear readers, should you go for the Primo R4? Well, let me clear this.
The slim build factor and the light-weight of the device is what everyone will like the most. But this device is definitely not meant for extreme users because the battery capacity is less. Graphic intense gamers will also struggle with the handset. But you can play average games with ease. This phone is particularly meant for average users who just needs to make a phone call and surf web and who loves selfies.
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