Blackview A10 Review: Offering mid-range features at budget price
Blackview is a Chinese OEM mostly known for its rugged smartphones in the Blackview BV series like the
Blackview BV9000 Pro, but the company also has a different series, the Blackview A series for regular smartphone users. The ‘A’ series just got updated with the Blackview A10, a budget smartphone with mid-range specs. Here is our Blackview A10 Review.
We’ve had the device for a few days now, and it’s been quite a thrilling experience, considering that the smartphone has many similar phones in the market, albeit at a higher price.
The Blackview A10 is the company’s last budget smartphone of the year, and it ushers its series out of 2017 with a combination of good design and moderate internal specs that outperform its cost. Here’s our take on the Blackview A10 smartphone.
Before we dive into the review of the smartphone, here’s a brief overview of the specifications and features that the Blackview A10 brings to the table:
Blackview A10 Specs
5-inch IPS LCD display with HD (720 * 1280) pixel resolution.
Rear-mounted Fingerprint sensor.
Quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6580A processor.
Dual-core Mali-400 MP2 GPU.
16GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB via microSD.
8MP rear camera with LED flash.
5MP front camera.
Dual Micro+Nano SIM.
3G network connectivity.
2800mAh Li-Polymer Battery.
Android 7.0 (Nougat) OS.
For those who don’t like to read long reviews, here’s a summary of what we like about the Blackview A10, and what we think should be made better in subsequent iterations of the series:
One of the latest software versions.
Average design and slimness.
Moderately strong battery.
No 4G LTE network connectivity.
Opening the package, you find the following contents:
Blackview A10 smartphone.
USB Charging Cable.
To be honest, you wouldn’t mistake the Blackview A10 with a high-end or flagship smartphone in terms of design, but you wouldn’t also call it a low-end entry-level device. The A10 has a nice design that surely beats its price tag.
The Blackview A10 features a metal aluminium frame which gives it a sturdy build. Its bottom bezel contains three capacitive buttons that are used for navigation.
The top bezel houses the earpiece, proximity sensor, light sensor and the front camera to the right.
The right side of the phone is quite interesting; it contains the power button which is quite normal, but the dual micro+nano SIM card slot has been placed above the power button, instead of the usual left side placement. Things are changing in this regard, as even the Bluboo S8 Plus has its SIM card slots on the top of the phone.
The volume rockers sit alone on the left side of the smartphone.
The A10 is curved on the edges and has a curved rear to allow for easy grip. Its rear cover is also textured to prevent it from slipping from the hands, as well as accumulating fingerprints which is the bane of smartphones with metal unibody design or glossy back covers.
The fingerprint sensor is placed in the same module as the rear camera on the Blackview A10, but this time both are well-spaced and separated by the LED flash, so you won’t be mistaking the camera for the fingerprint sensor when it’s time to unlock the phone.
The phone’s speaker grill is located on the bottom of the rear cover, and this could cause some discomfort when playing audio files while the phone is lying on a surface. Turning the phone upside down will fix that.
A 3.5mm headphone jack that can be used to stream audio directly to the ears is located on the top of the phone.
The bottom of the phone contains the micro-USB port for charging, and the microphone.
The Blackview A10 is just 8.8 millimetres thick, and that adds to the good aesthetics this smartphone already has. Not to talk of a weight of just 169 grammes which doesn’t add extra bulk to your load.
The Blackview A10 comes quite compact with a 5-inch screen size. This is perfect for those who, like me, want to enjoy the features of an Android smartphone in a compact frame, but also don’t want something like the iPhone 4S that is kinda too small for me.
The HD (720 * 1280) pixel resolution gives vibrant colours and a moderate display quality, and a resulting pixel density of around 294 PPI is good enough in terms of refresh rate. Sunlight legibility is moderate, but cranking up the brightness to the maximum level should improve things.
The smartphone uses the IPS display quality which offers wide viewing angles while saving power. It is covered with 2.5D curved glass which is scratch-resistant and allows smooth swiping and tapping.
Performance & Storage
The Blackview A10 is powered by a MediaTek MT6580A processor which uses four cores clocked at a maximum speed of 1.3GHz. This processor has been used in many similar devices and tested extensively, so you don’t have to worry about performance if you’re planning to use the smartphone for regular tasks.
Trying to run high-end games and applications on the smartphone would, however, result in some performance lags and frame rate drops. Its graphics are powered by an entry-level Mali-400 MP2 GPU, so don’t expect to run heavy games like Asphalt 8 at the maximum graphics output on the phone.
The Blackview A10 comes with 2GB of LPDRR3 RAM which is good enough for average multi-tasking. Switching between about five moderate apps on the smartphone gave us no issues, but the memory can manage only about two heavy applications at once. Running more than that will cause the apps to load again when re-launched from the Recent Apps menu.
In terms of storage, the Blackview A10 comes with 16GB of onboard storage, though the actual amount of storage on which you can install applications and store multimedia files is lower than that because of system packages and bundled apps.
Blackview A10 AnTuTu Benchmark Scores
We ran the popular benchmark application for Android smartphones and other platforms, AnTuTu Benchmark on the Blackview A10, and the smartphone had an overall score of 23,756 which is quite impressive for the category in which it comes.
This score places the Blackview A10 above similar smartphones that use the same processor and RAM, like the Leagoo KIICAA Power which scored 22,634.
Blackview A10 Camera
Cameras are not the strong point of budget smartphones like this, but the Blackview A10 performs quite reasonably in the photography department. It sports an 8MP camera on the rear accompanied by a LED flash which provides lighting in poorly-lit environments.
The A10’s camera produces decent images, but as is the case with smartphones in its category, it doesn’t perform well in environments with low light. That’s what the LED flash at the rear is there to help with.
The 5MP front camera also produces some decent selfies, although you might want to refrain from taking selfies in low-light; the pictures produced are distorted with noise.
Battery, Connectivity & Software
The Blackview A10 packs a 2800mAh battery which, for a smartphone of its type, is quite acceptable. Using the smartphone for average tasks can get you through a full working day on a single charge, but using heavy applications on the phone for an extended period of time would run the battery down quickly.
The A10 comes with a slot on the left side that can accept a single micro SIM card and a Nano SIM card. Unfortunately, the smartphone doesn’t support 4G LTE, so you’re left with a maximum of 3G network connectivity.
Sensors on the smartphone include the accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It has Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n for wireless connectivity, and comes with GPS for location tracking.
In terms of software, the Blackview A10 runs on version 7.0 (Nougat) of the Android operating system out of the box, providing you with some of the latest software features in the OS. You also get a UI that is common on other mid-range Android smartphones.
Blackview A10 Price
The Blackview A10 costs around $85 normally, but you can get it for just $73.26 at a 13% discount on Gearbest by clicking on the button below. The price was reduced even lower than that on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so stick around if you want deals on smartphones like this.
How do I resolve when Poor Sound Quality is experienced?
There are a number of contributing factors which can affect the audio performance of your device:
The most common cause of poor sound quality is water in the microphone or speaker.
If the handset has been subject to immersion in water then the microphone and speaker may need to dry out to resume normal functionality.
You, or the other person you are speaking with, may be in an area of poor signal. Try moving to a different area.
You may have dirt / debris covering the microphone or speaker. If so, clean your device.
What should I do when experiencing reception / signal issues?
Poor quality of calls:
Please check if the volume of the device is adjusted to an acceptable comfortable level.
When the device is used in areas with poor signal, e.g. near high buildings or in basements, the call quality may be adversely affected.
When this device is used in a high call intensity period, like rush hour, call failure / poor call quality may be caused by network congestion.
If you are in an area of poor reception/signal, you may experience shorter standby time than usual. This is because your device is regularly searching for a better signal and therefore consuming battery.
What do I need to do if “Enter PUK code” is displayed?
Following three consecutive failures to input the correct SIM card PIN code, the PIN code will be blocked and the request for the PUK code will be displayed.
Before attempting to input the PUK code ensure that you have the correct code provided by Network provider.
After ten unsuccessful attempts to input the PUK code, the SIM card will be permanently disabled.
Once the SIM card is permanently disabled you will need to contact relevant body to purchase a New SIM card.
What do I do if “Emergency Call only” is displayed on your Home screen?
This will be displayed if there are issues with the SIM card or problem with your cellular account.
Additionally if you are in an area not covered by your Network Provider.
What should I do if the device displays message "No Service"?
This may be displayed if you are in an area that is not covered by your Network provider, or if you are in an area of poor reception for example an enclosed area.
No service will be displayed on your screen until the situation is resolved by relocating to an area of service.
If this problem persists when in a known good service location, contact your Network provider to ensure there are no restrictions on service or your SIM services.
What does the Message "Insert SIM card" indicate?
This message may appear if your device does not recognize the SIM card.
Make sure that you have correctly inserted the SIM card.
Clean the metal side of the SIM card with a dry cloth.
If the SIM card still not being recognized, please contact your Network provider to ensure the SIM card has been enabled or to check if they have any further instructions.
How can I back up data to an external storage device?
To transfer files from your phone to PC / Mac:
Connect your Blackview Phone to your PC / Mac via USB cable.
On the Blackview Phone notification tray, tap the "Use USB to" notification and select "Transfer files".
The Blackview Phone will now be visible on the PC / Mac.
Open the Blackview Phone via the PC / Mac to explore files.
Copy over anything to the PC / Mac that you wish to back-up.
Note: Alternatively, backup to a MicroSD™ card by inserting one into the Blackview Phone. Copy files to it using your chosen file explorer app.
How do I Clear the cache and browser History?
Launch the Chrome app.
Click the menu icon in the top right (three vertical dots).
Scroll down and tap "Clear browsing data".
Select the time range you wish to clear.
Select what data (Browsing history, Cookies and site data, and Cached images and files) you wish to clear.
Under "Advanced" you have further options to clear saved passwords, form data, and more.
Click "Clear data".
How can I transfer data to another device via Bluetooth (for example an image)?
Locate the file that you wish to share on your device.
If you only want to send one item, for example a photograph, tap on it and then tap the share icon.
Select the Bluetooth sharing option.
Choose which Bluetooth enabled device to send the file to.
Accept the incoming file on the target device.
How do I customize the Notifications, sound and vibration for incoming messages?
Launch the Messaging app.
Within the app bring up the Settings menu
Scroll down to "Notifications" section.
Select the "Sound" menu to select the desired sound.
Next to "Vibrate" tick to enable/disable vibration for incoming messages.
How do I know there is a device update available, how do I check I have the latest SW?
NOTE: When a new Firmware/Software is available, notifications are sent out to all Blackview Phone devices.
On the home screen an Icon will show in the notification panel. When the icon appears you can drag down the notification panel and select.
To manually update:
Go to settings menu.
Scroll to the bottom of this screen, and select "System".
Select the "System update" option.
Select the "Check for update" option and follow the prompts.
Note: The device should be fully charged prior to updating the system.
How do I perform a reset, when my screen is blank?
To reset the device, keep the power button pressed for about 10 seconds / until vibration is felt.
Device will now power on, perform and charge as expected.
How do I improve battery life?
Applications (such as Skype™) that frequently utilize VOIP (Voice over IP) and other data via Wi-Fi or 3G/4G can significantly reduce battery life. Disable any such applications when maximum battery life is desired.
Set the display sleep to a start after 15 seconds of inactivity. To change the display timeout settings: from the home screen tap > Settings > Display >Advanced > Sleep > select a shorter delay time.
Reduce the intensity of the display. To change the display’s brightness, Settings > Display > Brightness level > drag the control bar to the left for a dimmer display or right for a brighter display.
Disable Wi-Fi when not using it. To disable Wi-Fi: Settings > Network and Internet > tap the on/off button so it is no longer green.
Make sure your phone has the latest software updates. To check for the latest updates: Settings > System > System update > Check for update.
Stop any unnecessary programs you installed from running in the background by: Settings > Apps and notifications > See all apps > select and disable any apps that you do not need.
Note! Only stop applications that you have installed. Stopping other pre-installed applications may result in poor phone performance or errors.
How do I find my IMEI Number?
This can be found on the outside of the box that you received your phone in and makes up part of the Approval’s label.
If the box is not available, type into the device via the keyboard "*#06#" a pop up box will show the device IMEI.
Select Settings and then About phone and then Status, you will now have the option to select IMEI information.
What do the different colours of the LED indicate?
Flashing Red – Low Battery warning less than 15% Battery level.
Solid Red – Battery level is between 1% and 99% and currently being charged.
Solid Green – Battery is fully charged.
Flashing Blue – Indicates a notification has been received (Message unread, missed call, email etc).