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ARM Mali-T860-MP2 650MHz
TF Card Slot
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Front Camera Sensor
Front Camera Aperture
Rear Camera Sensor
Rear Camera Aperture
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Air pressure sensor
Earphones Jack Type
Protective Film Separately
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.
Ordered in pre-sale on September, received last week.
I'm using my BV6800 pro since a few 5 days. It seems to be a very good device. I'm a bit disappointed with the battery: not as resistant as expected but 2 days are sufficient for a normal use.
My old phone was a Iphone, but it was not to difficult to get familiar with the android 8.0 interface.
I think there's a problem with the place of the button closing the phone: many time I close the app and the phone while I'm simply holding it in my hand.
I'm in a hurry to test my new phone in dust or mud conditions with my job. ;)
Information: there's no 3.5 jack, you have to use a adaptor with the usb C port.