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Our verdict of theBlackview BV6800 Pro: Looking for a rugged smartphone with a long lasting battery? Blackview's BV6800 Pro is fantastic in many ways, but a poor match of battery and processor combined with an uncharacteristically fragile design means you may want to look elsewhere.
Budget Smartphones are getting ever more impressive, but almost all smartphones share one downfall—they’re fragile. The Blackview BV6800 Pro is a budget smartphone designed to be rugged enough for all lifestyles. Is it tough enough?
Its specs are:
Android 8.0 Oreo / NFC
Sony 16MP IMX298
Octa-Core MediaTek CPU
5.7″ FHD+ 18:9 display
4GB RAM / 64GB ROM
Dual Sim or SD card and Sim
IP68, IP69K, and MIL-STD-810G rated
For a phone at this price, these specs are relatively standard and more than adequate for most users. Is it going to go toe-to-toe with a top brand flagship smartphone? No, but then again that isn’t what you would buy this phone for.
The inclusion of an FHD+ 2,160 x 1,080 resolution screen is a nice touch. It looks bright, has good color depth, and watching videos on the phone is an enjoyable experience.
The 6580 mAH battery is also a nice addition. If you are going camping or working somewhere isolated this is a great feature. Double the battery size of some flagship smartphones, Blackview claim up to 30 days on standby or 15 hours of continuous video.
Like most Chinese phones, the BV6800 Pro offers dual sim card capabilities, along with an expansion slot for an SD card. It is worth noting though that you either have two sims or a sim and an SD card, as the second slot is shared.
Rugged and Ready
The main reason this phone will be attractive to most people is its rugged nature. The IP68 rating means it won’t take ingress of dust and dirt and can be submerged at a depth of 1.5m for up to 30 minutes. The IP69k rating means it also is impervious to high pressure and temperature liquids—which is a very specific use case!
The phone is also “Military Certified” which refers to military guidelines for testing the durability of equipment. The phone’s polycarbonate case has aluminum along the side, and a rubberized edge for shock protection. The screen is gorilla glass, and a screen protector is provided for an extra level of redundancy. It certainly looks as though it would take a beating.
How Does It Feel To Use?
How the phone looks depends on your aesthetics, but to me the chunky black, metal, and green case looks great and feels good in the hand. It is heavier than most phones due to its battery and rugged build, but not unpleasant. The power and volume buttons are on the right as is standard in many phones, with an assignable button on the left side.
The fingerprint sensor is located on the back of the phone next to the camera. This took some getting used to, and while I got it in the end, I feel like it would never be as fluid as a thumbprint. However, this design likely allowed for the larger front screen, and it isn’t a massive deal.
The dual Sony IMX298 16MP cameras provide great looking photographs. Blackview’s custom photograph app has various modes, including one calledDSLR, which is essentially a manual mode allowing for more control over images.
The assignable side button is a thoughtful feature to add. It can be used to trigger various apps by pressing once, twice, or long pressing.
Uses for this button could be turning on the torch, recording a voice memo, or switching to an app used a lot. Combined with face or voice unlocking it could make the phone usable to those in gloves.
How Does it Perform?
The Android OS felt smooth to use, with no noticeable slowdown. While you probably wouldn’t get this phone for gaming, I found that PUBG mobile on low settings felt snappy and responsive—but the internal speaker did seem generally lackluster for gaming, video, and music in general.
The battery is large and boasts a 30 day standby time, but it might not be quite as impressive as Blackview claim. This is mostly down to the MediaTek MT6750T processor the phone uses. When confronted with specific tasks, the battery doesn’t perform optimally. In testing, this showed the battery in the BV6800 Pro to be not all that effective compared to its competitors.
This outcome is somewhat surprising when compared with other Blackview handsets we’ve reviewed.
The phone comes with a basic set of accessories including a 5v-12v fast charger, USB-C charging cable, headphone with inline mic, 3.5mm jack to USB-C converter, and a USB-C to MicroUSB converter.
At first glance, this seems quite standard. Blackview is yet another company snubbing the 3.5mm headphone port, but in a rugged phone it’s forgivable. The included headphones are decent for a free accessory—though smooth and prone to fall out of ears, which seems an oversight for a phone designed for harsh conditions.
One issue here is that the USB-C connection on the bottom of the phone is recessed, meaning that only Blackview connectors are going to fit. Even if a friend or colleague uses USB-C, you are out of luck. This may explain the inclusion of the USB-C to MicroUSB converter, as you’re more likely to find one than a long USB-C connector.
Again, this recessed charging port is likely designed with ruggedness in mind, which brings us to the most crucial part of this review.
Should You Get the BV6800 Pro
This is afantastic cheap smartphone. It has a great screen and a decent battery despite its shortcomings. It’s chunky of course, but still aesthetically pleasing and feels good in the hand.
I was excited to review this, as I felt this phone was aimed at me. I’m clumsy, spend a lot of time outdoors, constantly seem to be running low on battery, and until recently worked in a harsh environment. Everything about this phone seemed perfect.
Unfortunately, if it is unusable after a low height drop it’s hard to see any benefit over a regular smartphone in a rugged case.
For this reason, it is tough to recommend this phone over alternatives, or just an excellent rugged protective case.
How do I resolve when Poor Sound Quality is experienced following immersion in water?
If the handset has been subject to immersion in water then the microphone and speaker will need to dry out for them to resume to normal functionality.
Place the device in an area where the microphone and speaker can dry out.
What does Non-incendive: Class 1 Division 2, Grade A-D, T4 mean?
1. Zone 2 (or Div 2) is a place in which an explosive atmosphere is not likely to occur in normal operation but, if it does occur, will persist for a short period only (< 10hours/year).
2. T4 references the maximum temperature the phone will reach. This phone is rated T4 meaning the phone temperature will not exceed 135° C.
3. Group A-D refers to hazardous gas types.
4. TAMB refers to the upper and lower ambient temperatures the phone is approved for use in and remain non-incendive rated. For Blackview Rugged Phone, that range is -10°C to +55°C
What is the IP and MIL SPEC rating for Blackview Rugged Phone?
IP stands for "Ingress Protection". Blackview Rugged Phone is rated as IP68. The "6" in this rating refers to the dust rating. This phone is rated as "Dust Tight" meaning complete protection against dust intrusion as long as all port covers are properly closed.
The "8" in the rating refers to the phone’s ability to be submerged in water. The Blackview Phone can be submerged in up to 1.5m of water for 30 minutes as long as all port covers are properly closed.
The MIL-SPEC rating for Blackview Rugged Phone is MIL SPEC 810G making the Blackview Rugged Phone drop proof to "6" , dust proof (when all port covers are properly closed), and vibration proof (Category 4 – Truck/Trailer – Secured Cargo ).
What is the hazardous area classification for the Blackview Phone?
Non-Incendive: Class 1 Division 2, Grade A-D, T4.
(Do not charge or connect or remove anything to the phone while in a hazardous areas.)
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).
The device is usable. 3 days without charging in a mixed mode: calls, Internet 4g without turning off the day, watched the vidos. The clarity of the screen is super. The camera is not perfect, but in daylight the pictures are excellent.
I got my BV 6800 pro roughly 2 weeks ago via "BLACKVIEW Direct Store" aliexpress. Device has stopped charging properly via original cable/adapter and wireless. Always "Slow Charging". I have even tried a factory reset but with no luck. Not sure if it's related to the wireless update just done recently. Is there a ROM (before the update) that I can revert to?
just received yesterday, very quick delivery time (only 16 days since the order was made), the baterry is very good, only use 12% since yesterday with more than 3 hours screen on time, very satisfied, thanks