Blackview BV8000 Pro Review - Outdoor Smartphone
An outdoor smartphone with middle-class or even high-end equipment is usually sought in vain. With the Blackview BV8000 Pro, however, since the middle of 2017 there is an outdoor smartphone on the market that combines a robust design with solid hardware. As the current Blackview Outdoor or Rugged Phone suggests, more in this review.
Blackview BV8000 Pro
Processor and memory
CPU: MediaTek Helio P25 (MTK6757)
GPU: Mali-T880 MP2
RAM: 6GB LPDDR4X
Internal memory: 64GB eMMC5.1
Memory extension: Yes
Display diagonal: 5 inches
Display resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Screen Protector: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Multitouch: 10 fingers
Main Camera: 16 Megapixel Samsung S5K3P3
* Aperture f / 2.0
* LED flash
Front camera: 8 Megapixel Samsung S5K4H8
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
WCDMA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
TD-SCDMA B34 / B39
FDD-LTE B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / / B7 / B17 / B19 / B20
TD-LTE B38 / B39 / B40 / B41
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
* Brightness sensor
* Proximity Sensor
* Hall sensor
* Fingerprint Sensor
Battery: 4.180 mAh
Operating system: Android 7.0
Size: 156.2 79.2 x x 13.2 mm
1x Blackview BV8000 Pro
1x USB-C Charging Cable
1x USB-C adapter
1x USB-OTG adapter
1x in-ear headphones
1x screen protector
1x user manual
Foreword: Blackview BV8000 Pro
About half a year after the publication of the Blackview BV7000 Pro, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer released "BlackView" in the summer 2017 the Blackview BV8000 Pro. For nearly 200 € the manufacturer promises a robust smartphone, which should not only endure a lot, but also convince the hardware side. The basis for this is the powerful mid-range processor "MediaTek Helio P20", rich 6GB memory and an 64GB large internal memory. The internal hardware is combined with an 5 inch full-HD IPS display, Android 7.0 and all sorts of sensors.
Design, workmanship and delivery
The Blackview BV8000 Pro is a typical outdoor smartphone in a rugged look, The term "Rugged" stands for stability, because an outdoor smartphone should be able to withstand a lot. This is exactly why outdoor smartphones, like the BV8000 Pro, offer a, at first glance, bulky but also well-protected housing. Despite the small screen diagonal of 5 inches, the smartphone is sometimes larger than many 5.5 inch device. The Dimensions of the smartphone amount to a height of 156.2 mm, a width of 79.2 mm and a thickness of 13.2 mm. The Weight lies with proud 243g.
The case frame, as well as the case back are made of metal. Additional impact protection is provided on the upper and lower sides Bumper made of hard rubber, which also surrounds the display and is also used on the back of the case. The Blackview BV8000 Pro is constructed as follows:
front side is the 5 inch large display. Below the display are 3 capacitive and white illuminated control buttons. Above the display are located in the middle of the auricle, right next to the front camera and left next to the proximity sensor. A RGB notification LED is present and located below the pinna. Unfortunately, the LED is not too bright, but can be programmed in multiple colors. Particularly striking is the imprint "IP-68", which is located below the display. This one stands for the Degree of protection IP68which means as much as that smartphone Dustproof and protected against permanent submersion is.
The Control buttons are, as with most other smartphones, embedded in the case frame. Both the case frame and the control buttons are made of metal. It is interesting that the BV8000 Pro in addition to a power button and volume rocker also a Camera button and Push-to-talk button (PTT) has. The keys are arranged so that they are easy to reach even with one hand. To criticize is that the control buttons are a bit loose in the frame and also rustling. In an unusual place is the Fingerprint scanner of the smartphone. Instead of placing it on the back or below the display, Blackview has placed the fingerprint scanner in the middle of the right side of the frame. A very interesting position, which is very easy to reach even with a one-hand operation.
Further features of the case frame are an 3.5 mm audio jack and a USB-C jack with microphone next to it. Another criticism is regarding the connection possibilities. The USB-C jack and the 3.5 mm audio jack extend so deep into the case, which is why a conventional USB-C cable or a conventional 3.5 mm audio cable can not be used with the smartphone. Only the supplied USB-C cable and the supplied headphones offer a minimally longer plug and can be easily used with the smartphone.
The Case back is mostly rubberized. In the lower area is the speaker, in the upper area is the slightly lower-mounted main camera with LED flash. The SIM cards and MicroSD memory card are inserted behind the metal back cover, which is attached with 4 screws.
The Scope of delivery of the Blackview BV8000 Pro In addition to the smartphone, there is also a charger with EU plug, a USB-C cable, an OTG adapter, a USB-C adapter, in-ear headphones with 3.5 mm audio connection, four spare screws and screwdrivers, two screen protectors, one of them already on the smartphone, as well as a user manual.
The quality of workmanship is according to the price. The smartphone leaves a high-quality impression. With regard to the quality of workmanship, it is only the slightly loose operating buttons that should be criticized. The BV8000 Pro is available in the colors "Shark Gray", "Lion Gold" and "Eagle Silver".
The display of the Blackview BV8000 Pro is from the Type IPS, owns one Diagonal of 5 inches and dissolves in Full-HD (1920 x 1080) on. As a supplier of the panel, Blackview "Sharp" at. The NTSC color space is covered at 95%.
Decisive for the display of an outdoor smartphone is a high scratch resistance and resistance to breakage. The display is protected by so-called Gorilla Glass 3 from Corning, This is a tempered display glass, which is specially designed to protect against just such scratches and breaks. Although it is now already at Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which protects in contrast to the older versions even better against glass breakage, a good protection against scratches and some fractures but also offers Gorilla Glass 3. After several weeks of use, initially with and later without screen protector, not a single scratch was noticeable on the display glass. Even an unintentional fall from about 1.20 meters, the smartphone or the display survived unscathed.
Of course, the important thing is also the Displays Used, especially the readability in sunshine. Colors are shown very strongly. Single pixels are due to the high Dot density of 440 PPI barely recognizable. The color temperature is bluish-cool by default. Within the display settings, the display can be displayed using "Miravision" be adapted later. In addition to two pre-made profiles, there is also a user mode, which allows settings for contrast, color saturation, brightness, but also sharpness and color temperature. Furthermore, the display settings allow you to enable automatic brightness adjustment and automatic contrast adjustment. The maximal luminance the panel is about 430 cd / m², This makes the display easy to read even in bright sunshine. Only a direct light incidence affects the readability. The Viewing angles is not to complain about. A strong change of the display and a deterioration of the readability does not exist at oblique viewing angles.
The Touchscreen supports multitouch with maximally 10 simultaneous inputs. Touches were detected without errors during the test phase and also precisely. So-called "Ghost Touches" did not occur.
The built-in processor is a MediaTek SoC named MTK6757, better known as Helio P20, The processor made in the 16nm process has a total of 8 Cortex-A53 processor coresthat clock up to 2.6 GHz. The processor graphics are a Mali-T880 GPU. The storage equipment amounts to one 6GB LPDDR4X Memory and one 64GB eMMC 5.1 Flash Memory, A memory expansion by MicroSD memory card is possible.
In everyday life, the Blackview BV8000 Pro presents itself as powerful mid-range smartphone, The processor provides enough power to guarantee a fluid user experience. Due to the fast and lush 6GB LPDDR4X memory (4522 MB / s) provides multitasking No problem. Even several apps that are open at the same time and that are particularly hungry for performance do not lead to any noticeable impairment of system speed. mobile Games copes with the BV8000 Pro without problems. Games like Dead Trigger 2 or Modern Combat 5 are running smoothly. After one hour of gaming, the case temperature was 38 ° C.
The operating system is based on Android 7.0. Optically, according to the smartphone, the appearance of the user interface was through Custom Icons customized. There is no scrollable app drawer. Instead, apps are stored on pages and can be sorted and summarized in folders. Further adjustments are available in the settings menu, which has been extended by additional functions. There you will find among others the "Smart Assistant" in front of which the notification LED can be customized, the multifunction key can be programmed, or even a gentle reading mode can be activated. It is interesting that the network access of any app can be monitored and controlled with one click. Firmly integrated into the system "DuraSpeed", This is a smart app management that governs the allocation of resources. As a result, apps that are in the background are throttled, giving more power to the currently active apps.
The PTT function can only be used with an additional third-party app. A suitable app is not preinstalled. The functionality of the PTT button is limited to the transmission of emergency calls (SOS). The number of pre-installed third-party apps is clear and limited to a flashlight app, a compass app and the "Outdoor Toolbox". The Outdoor Toolbox 13 includes functions that are, for example, a decibel meter, a heart rate monitor or a magnifying glass. The app uses the conventional smartphone sensors or hardware components. For example, the decibel meter works purely through the microphone. The magnifying glass opens the main camera in the zoom and the heart rate is also determined by the main camera. As you can see, theoretically every smartphone with a corresponding app could realize these functions.
Update June 2018
Blackview has one in mid-June Update on Android 8 released. Meanwhile, the update is also distributed OTA on the smartphone. New features include numerous improvements that Andoird Oreo already brings with it. If you have not received an OTA update or would like to perform a manual installation, you should check out this post in the official Backview Forum - link.
The camera equipment amounts to one main camera with a 16 Megapixel Samsung S5K3P3 image sensor and F2.0 aperture and a front camera with a 8 Megapixel Samsung S5K4H8 image sensor, These are two typical mid-range sensors that are mainly used in China smartphones in the 150-200 € range.
Practical test of the main camera
The main camera produces acceptable images in good lighting conditions. Especially close-ups convince by a consistently good image sharpness. The main camera of the Blackview BV8000 Pro does not catch distant objects too well, which is why they appear slightly out of focus. For the most part, colors are precisely captured. Only a slight slope to yellow can be seen. It may also happen that pictures are generally taken rather darkly. The autofocus is not one of the fastest, but still at the middle class level. The same applies to the tripping time, which increases significantly in low light conditions. In general, poor lighting conditions of the main camera of BV8000 Pro create. A clear picture noise can be seen, colors fade and a visible blur runs through the entire picture.
Videos takes the main camera with maximum 1080p resolution. Image stabilization does not exist. The video recording quality convinces in good light conditions with a pleasant picture sharpness and constant 30 pictures per second. Again, in low light conditions, there is a very strong picture noise, followed by a continuous blurring of the picture and a loss of the frame rate to a lesser 15 pictures-per-second. The Recording quality of the microphone is acceptable, if a bit tinny and noisy.
Practical test of the front camera
The front camera is suitable for one or the other spontaneous selfie and video telephony. Nevertheless, the front camera does not count among the best in its price range. Here, too, is partly a clear image blurring, especially in close range, to recognize, as well tend to be slightly overexposed shots. Videos can only be recorded with maximum 480p resolution. With the so-called "Face Beauty" Mode of the camera app can be embellished images of the front camera in addition.
As Dual SIM smartphone The BV8000 Pro can be operated with two Nano SIM cards. The memory expansion option remains possible even with dual SIM usage. In the mobile network, the smartphone supports all major 2G, 3G and 4G mobile radio frequency bands. The call quality within the mobile network leaves nothing to be desired. The smartphone convinces with a stable connection quality. Spoken words are clearly transmitted in both directions. Mobile surfing is also no problem.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
In WLAN, the outdoor smartphone behaves acceptable. Supported are the WiFi protocols 802.11a / b / g / n / ac. Dual-band WiFi is not a problem! The smartphone does not set a speed record, but with a transfer speed of about 105 Mbit / s you are still well served. However, the values of current flagship smartphones are still far away! In terms of connection stability and range, the BV8000 Pro is on average. Disconnections did not occur during the test. Also with active Bluetooth connection (4.1) The smartphone cuts a good figure and prepares in connection with a speakerphone and a speaker no problems.
GPS and sensors
One of the strengths of the Blackview BV8000 Pro is the GPS Compass Reception. A GPS fix is found within a few seconds and also the position determination is accurate to a few meters after only a few seconds. At the same time the smartphone is able to keep the satellite connection constant. A well-functioning E-Compass is also on board, which also allows precise pedestrian navigation.
The sensory equipment amounts to a proximity sensor, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a brightness sensor, a barometer and the aforementioned e-compass. On fingerprint sensor is located on the right edge of the case. This works so far precise, but leaves to be desired in terms of the Entsperrzeit. It can take up to 3 seconds to wake up the smartphone from sleep using the fingerprint sensor. Another feature is the support of NFC.
The Loudspeakers delivers a good and above all loud sound, without distorting it. To criticize is the 3.5 mm audio connection. Compared to conventional audio sockets, the socket of the BV8000 Pro sits significantly lower in the housing, which requires a longer plug. That Blackview attaches an in-ear with extended plug to the smartphone is indeed a nice addition, but still not a permanent solution. It would have been better if the manufacturer had included an audio adapter, so you would not rely only on the included headphone solution.
Regarding the battery consumption, the BV8000 Pro convinces. The capacity of the battery is specified by the manufacturer with 4180 mAh. A battery charge is sufficient for normal use Running time from good 1 ½ to 2 days, Converted in hours, that would be a screen-on-time of well 10 hours. Even with intensive use, a battery charge easily enough throughout the day. Excessive outdoor use, the smartphone has grown in any case! A complete one Charging the battery takes about the supplied charger around 3 hours to complete.
►Cameras in good lighting conditions
►Width mobile support
►Good reception quality
►Good battery life
►Low seated connections
►Locker control buttons
►Notification LED not very bright
►Cameras in low light conditions
►Dräger fingerprint scanner