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Black, Blue, Gold
802.11 b/g/n, 2.4G WIFI
B2(1900), B3(1800), B5(850), B8(900)
ARM Mali 400-MP2 500MHz
TF Card Slot
Max TF Card Capacity
Front Camera Sensor
HI551 + GC5025
Front Camera Aperture
f2.2 + f2.4
Rear Camera Sensor
IMX134 + GC8024
Rear Camera Aperture
f2.4 + f2.2
Max Charging Current
Air pressure sensor
2 Nano SIM (Or 1 Nano + 1 TF)
Earphones Jack Type
Protective Film Separately
Blackview A30 VIDEO REVIEW
Blackview A30 Review
The Blackview A30 is yet another addition to Blackview’s series of budget Android smartphones that run on Google’s super-lean Android Oreo – Go Edition.
Android Go has been designed to let budget smartphones run much more smoothly with less hardware grunt.
While Blackview has become well known for their series of rugged smartphones, that’s not always been the case. Having consistently released 10+ smartphones every year since 2014, they aren’t newcomers to the game either with a wealth of experience behind them.
So what can we expect from the little iPhone X lookalike, the A30?
If you’re looking for a pocket-friendly super-budget smartphone where price is the main concern, then hell yeah, go grab yourself a Blackview A30 right now.
But, with all smartphones in this price-bracket, here be ye pros & cons.
While the A30 certainly looks the part, the lack of 4G and mediocre battery are something to consider. That said, Blackview has impressed me with the A30, once again showing that the budget market can still innovate.
So let’s see just how well this super-budget smartphone can shine when it comes to Display, Design, Performance, Gaming & Battery Life. But first, here are the Pros & Cons.
Modern Notch Display
Runs on Android Oreo – Go Edition.
Dual rear cameras.
No 4G LTE
Missing a fingerprint reader
Low display resolution
Display & Design
The Blackview A30 comes with a moderate 5.5-inch display crammed into a compact frame. The phone looks and feels smaller than it should be, thanks to its 19:9 aspect ratio and slim bezels.
While the display form factor is excellent, the resolution could be better. It used a 540 x 1132 panel which gives a, good for 2016, PPI of 228.
Redeeming the low PPI is the displays high brightness, decent viewing angles and slightly saturated colour balance.
But, the icing on the cake is that the Blackview A30 weighs in at only 140g, making it one of the lightest smartphones of 2018 and a dream to hold.
While some smartphones in the super budget, like the UHANS MX, have adopted premium build materials, the Blackview A30 sticks with a plastic battery cover. The plus side to this is that the battery is removable and the textured plastic adds grip.
While the Blackview A30 drops the fingerprint reader, it does include face-unlock software. It’s a choice I can see a lot of budget smartphone using as it saves on the hardware costs.
You won’t find any smartphone that using Android’s Oreo Go Edition with blazing fast speeds. Or for that matter, any blazing fast mobile under the £200 mark.
The A30 does use an older MediaTek MT6580A chip which runs on 4 cores and is combined with the equally budget Mali-400 MP2 GPU.
But all is not lost, the 2GB of RAM is quite generous and helps speed up switching between apps. Plus, all the Google apps such as Chrome, Gmail & Calendar come pre-installed and are lightweight versions. Lightweight meaning they are optimised to run just as fast on budget hardware.
You’ll also get 16GB’s of storage as standard, and you can expand this with a micro-SD card if needed.
Gaming with the A30 will be reduced to low-end mainly 2D titles. Newer 3D games just won’t run on the Mali-400 at reasonable frame-rates.
If you’re a light Android user though, (email, web browsing, call, light 2D gaming), then the A30 is up to the job!
CPU: 1.3GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6580A GPU: 550MHz ARM Mali-400 MP2 RAM: 2GB LPDDR3 Storage: 16GB eMMC 5.1 Expandable: Yes, up to 32GB via microSD
The Blackview A30 sports a dual camera setup on the rear with an LED flash nested between the 8MP & 0.3MP lenses. The secondary lens is more for aesthetics only as the 0.3mp lens won’t be doing much at all.
I haven’t taken the camera out for testing yet, but it’s a 99% chance your pictures won’t be fantastic. This phone is all about that display, it’d be greedy to ask for top-end photos as well at this price-point.
The 5MP selfie camera is also accompanied by a LED flash and is used by the A30’s Face-ID unlock software.
8MP + 0.3MP Dual lens
Front Camera (Selfie time):
The battery capacity in the Blackview A30 has been reduced to 2500mAh from the 3000mAh we found on the A20. While 2500mAh may sound like a disaster, let’s remember that there’s no 4G, no high-resolution display and no high-end processor that’ll drain the battery fast.
The A30 won’t be lasting you into your second day, but with medium usage, it’ll last until the evening.
The lack of quick-charge is disappointing, but again, helps keep the price down.
Blackview A30 – The Verdict
The Blackview A30 offers us super-budget performance with a super-budget price-tag all while looking like a £200 smartphone.
For light Android users, the A30 will perform well, albeit not with lightning speeds. The 2GB of RAM is more than enough for the Android Oreo – Go EditionOS, and there’s even room to expand the 16GB storage if needed.
There’s plenty of notch-wielding budget smartphone out there, but none are as wallet-friendly as the Blackview A30. I just wish they’d added 4G capabilities.
Tech Specs & Connectivity
UK Network Coverage? Yes, the Blackview A30 comes with full 3G & 2G support for all UK carriers.
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).