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Smartphones equipped with a true infrared camera are rare, Rugged smartphone Fortunately, amateurs can buy three. Doogee S96 Pro, Doogee V20 And the third Blackview BL8800 I’m reviewing today. Compared to others, it’s cheap and relatively cheerful when you go through its bland, unobtrusive design. Equipped with a large battery, it is relatively speedy, and the large display is perfect for fun and work.
The lack of a microSD card slot can be a problem, but with only 128GB of storage, it can be a problem, for example, when used as a pseudo-night vision CCTV. However, this does not distract you from the true bargains on the BL8800. If Blackview decides to keep the price below $ 300 after the promotion period, it should be at the top of the purchase list.
Blackview BL8800: Price and availability
The BL8800 (Opens in a new tab) Will be available from Aliexpress’s Blackview store for just $ 250 (about £ 200, A $ 353) until May 27th. Shipping is free or charged depending on where you live. Please note that local taxes and fees imposed by the courier company are not included.
Blackview BL8800: Design
Nothing screams “outdoor smartphones” as loudly as the rugged design used by the BL8800.I have reviewed dozens of such things smartphone (Opens in a new tab) It’s a serious understatement to say that Blackview played safely. All boxes are checked, from the required rubber flaps (to protect the USB Type-C port) to the four corner protectors and the metal screws on the frame.
Sticking to economies of scale and functionality means that the BL8800 hasn’t deviated significantly from the popular design language that has influenced and influenced hundreds of other rugged, outdoor smartphones. .. Available in orange, green and black.
Blackview’s latest mid-range smartphones feel heavy in the hand, in part due to heavier cooling technology and a larger than normal 8.38Ah battery. With a size of 176 x 17.7 x 83.5 mm at 365 g, it’s definitely a big phone. In front of the beast, there is a pinhole camera near the top, a SIM card reader (no microSD card slot), a customizable button on one side, and a volume locker and power button (which doubles as a fingerprint scanner) on the other side.
The back is slightly curved to help grip and is dominated by the four camera sensors and the octagonal glass surface that protects the LED lights. As expected, the phone’s water resistance and dust resistance are rated IP68 and IP69K, but the stricter MIL-STD-810H (rather than 810G) is also required.
Blackview BL8800: Hardware
At the heart of the BL8800 is the popular Mediatek Dimensity 700. It is a mid-range octa-core 5G system-on-chip paired with 128GB onboard storage based on 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 technology. Besides Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.2, there are many camera sensors installed in the BL8800. 5 or more. The BL8800 is the sixth tested smartphone with this system-on-chip.
Elsewhere, there’s a 16-megapixel S5K3P9-SP camera sensor on the front and four other camera sensors on the back. It is a 50-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel 117 ° ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel depth camera, and a 20-megapixel camera. Megapixel IR night vision camera. The latter seems to be able to be used to eject a pinhole camera, thanks to a pair of infrared emitters at the rear.
Powering all of this is an 8380mAh battery powered by a bundled 9V3A (27W) power supply. What’s disappointing to say the least is that there’s no wireless charging. Thanks to the OTG feature, it can be used to charge other devices. Keep in mind that you will need a Type-C-to-Type-C cable in all cases.
Blackview BL8800: Performance and in use
The BL8800 has its own Android take called DokeOS 3.0. This is just an iteration with a thin skin. The phone comes with a bundle of gaming applications, but unfortunately given the target audience, we don’t have a DIY app that we’re used to.
Raw benchmark values are images expected with some outliers (eg, the highest overall passmark score ever recorded) that may be due to software updates / tweaks, etc. I will draw. As long as you know this isn’t a game powerhouse, you won’t be disappointed.
The display has a 6.58 inch screen, a resolution of 240 x 1080 pixels (aspect ratio 18: 8) and can reach up to 480 knits, making it ideal for outdoor use. The general rendering of both indoor and outdoor colors depends on many factors, but is subjectively appropriate. It is covered with what looks like an oleophobic layer.
Need to buy Blackview BL8800?
Purchase in the following cases
I need a night vision camera.. The main USP of the BL8800 is a 20 megapixel infrared camera. If you don’t need it, there is little reason to buy the BL8800 when there are so many other options around.
Do not buy in the following cases
Need an unobtrusive smartphone.. The BL8800 isn’t what we call an outstanding portable smartphone because the diagonal of the screen is close to 7 inches and the weight is close to 400g. Having a large screen and a large capacity battery has its advantages, but not when portability is important.