For many China mobile phone fans, the outdoor phone genre is forever associated with the name Blackview. With the new BV5800 Pro, the manufacturer is now releasing a smartphone in the low budget range, which is nevertheless perfectly equipped for outdoor use and should also be suitable for everyday life thanks to modern technology. To what extent Blackview was successful with this plan, you’ll find out in the review.
Design / Build quality / Scope of delivery
The BV5800 Pro is actually no different from other outdoor mobile phones. The rear is made of rubber and metal, all connections are behind waterproof flaps. The flap on the USB port especially, which is located on the bottom of the phone, doesn’t make a particularly long-lasting impression on me. It might have been better to use completely waterproof ports, as Samsung does with his Galaxy-S smartphones, for example.
Apart from the micro-USB port (unfortunately not a USB-C), the BV5800 Pro also offers a headphone jack at the top of the device. On the right side of the casing you find the on/off switch, on the left side the volume control and an additional button, which can be used as a PTT or SOS button.
On the front is an 18:9 display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Unfortunately, despite the longer display, the BV5800 Pro has quite thick bezels, especially below the panel they could have used the space better e.g. with additional buttons or a second speaker for a stereo effect.
On the rear you find a fake dual-camera, next to it, there is an LED flash and below you see the fingerprint sensor.
The smartphone is quite far from being “handy”, but I was always able to hold the BV5800 Pro well and partly also operate it with one hand. In reality, it is actually smaller and more handy than most photos suggest. The BV5800 Pro measures 160 x 78.5 x 15.5 mm. Weighing 253 grams, it’s also lighter than I had thought.
All in all, the design is certainly a matter of taste, but one thing is certain: Blackview has made absolutely no compromises on build quality.
Everything is tight, the keys have a good feedback and nothing creaks in the BV5800 Pro. On my test device, however, the transition from the display to the lower frame is not completely perfect – but this is probably an isolated case.
Like all other outdoor smartphones, the BV5800 Pro is waterproof (IP68 certification), I have tested it and can confirm it. Even falls from medium height are no problem for the phone. A notification LED is also available, but only shines green. Maybe the colour of the LED is adapted to the colour of the design accents on the case, because these are also green with my version. The phone is also available in black/yellow and black.
- short manual
- (giant) power supply and micro-USB cable
- In-Ear headphones
- USB-A to micro-USB adapter (apparently for USB-OTG)
A SIM ejection tool is not included, since the SIM tray can simply be opened with the finger.
The BV5800 Pro’s display measures 5.5 inches and has a resolution of 1440×720 pixels (“HD+”). This corresponds to a pixel density of almost 293 PPI, which is sharp enough in everyday use, but of course cannot keep up with Full HD panels.
After all, the display is bright enough, but not brighter than the screens of normal “non-outdoor” smartphones. But even in direct sunlight, everything is easy to read. The viewing angle stability is excellent, even if I hold the BV 5800 Pro almost completely oblique, there is no visible colour change. The contrast is okay as well, but you shouldn’t expect a wow effect like with an OLED display. The colour temperature cannot be adjusted in the settings. The touch screen supports multi-touch with up to five touch points and always reacts quickly. The display can only be switched on via the on/off switch and the fingerprint sensor – double-tapping on the screen or moving your hand over the front camera is not enough.
The display of the BV 5800 Pro convinces with good contrast, sufficient brightness and quite natural, but unfortunately not adaptable colours. The resolution is also sufficient.
Just like its direct outdoor competitor Ulefone Armor X, Blackview also relies on the new Mediatek SoC MT6739. This CPU has four cores, all with a maximum clock speed of 1.5 GHz. A PowerVR GE8100 GPU with a maximum clock rate of 570 MHz is used for the graphics calculation. There are 16GB internal memory pre-installed, but if you do without a second Nano SIM card, it can be extended. A 2GB LPDDR3-RAM should make multitasking possible – at least theoretically.
In daily use, multitasking with the BV5800 Pro is unfortunately absolutely impossible. And this I thought to be partly very disturbing. For example, when I’m on the go and I’m writing a WhatsApp message, but I see something cool and want to start the camera app, it takes almost 10 (!) seconds to load. Therefore, a spontaneous snapshot is unfortunately impossible. And if I want to switch to Instagram, the app also needs a good moment to load, because more than two apps are not possible in the RAM.Geekbench Multi Result Geekbench Single Result
Depending on the app, the usability varies from “you can use it” to “that doesn’t work”. Google News, for example, starts quickly, while the Google Assistant needs quite a long time to start. After the voice input has been completed, nothing happens for five seconds, after which the phone only begins to recognize and display the command I mentioned in the first place. Until the assistant
then actually answers, it often takes 10 seconds. The worst example is Snapchat, which is unfortunately completely unusable on the BV5800 Pro.
But what is the reason for this? On the one hand, the performance of the MT6739 is simply not great and 2GB RAM are too little even in this price range (although it clocks at least quite fast at 3600 MB/s). Nevertheless, the UmiDigi A1 Pro, for example, with the same processor, same Android version and one GB of RAM more is noticeably faster. Blackview apparently did not adapt the operating system sufficiently to the hardware, UmiDigi obviously tried harder. In the future, however, an update could improve the system performance.Antutu Result
The poor performance is actually reflected even in the benchmarks. In both multi and single test of the Geekbench 4, the BV5800 Pro stays behind the A1 Pro and also behind its outdoor colleague Ulefone Armor X.
Blackview BV5800 Pro System
The latest Android 8.1 Oreo is used as operating system. Except for some visual changes (other icons, different design of the settings), Blackview has not changed the system and fortunately does without annoying bloatware. There are no special functions, apart from the outdoor tools that include a compass, a flashlight, a spirit level etc. You can even drop a perpendicular with this app without any problems. Unfortunately, the translation of these additional functions is sometimes rather bad, as parts of it are in Russian from time to time.
The fingerprint can be covered with gestures and there is a face-unlock feature, the additional button for PTT and SOS was already mentioned at the beginning. Blackview has thus done almost everything right here: The pure Android was usefully complemented without changing it too much – but more attention should have been paid to the translation.
The main camera of the Blackview BV5800 Pro is a dual-camera, but the second lens is not used, so we can safely ignore it. The upper sensor is a Sony IMX134 in ¼ inch format, a entry-level sensor with 8.08 MP resolution, interpolated to 13.3 MP.
The camera quality is sufficient for occasional snapshots – unfortunately these are usually not possible anyway due to the enormous loading time of the camera. But if you manage to take a photo, you will be rewarded with surprisingly natural colours and good sharpness. Unfortunately, the HDR mode is almost completely useless, the dynamic range of the sensor is very limited anyway. Strong image noise occurs in pictures taken in the dark.
Videos can be recorded at 1080p at 30 frames per second. However, the camera app resets to 720p each time you reboot, so that you have to go to the settings each time before recording a video. The default setting is also 720p.
I also noted that third-party apps such as Snapchat or the camera integrated in WhatsApp never use the entire image section, but only part of it.
The front camera has a 5 MP resolution (interpolated 8) and takes rather moderate and mostly noisy pictures. So you don’t really have fun taking selfies. After all, the camera has no colour cast and exposes surprisingly reliably. None of this is a big problem for me, but selfie fanatics should avoid the BV5800 Pro. By the way, I tried three of the various “facial beauty” modes on the selfies for the test.
All in all, the cameras are sufficient and sometimes deliver surprisingly vivid images, but the starting time of the camera app all too often spikes your guns.
The BV5800 Pro supports all major 2G, 3G and 4G frequencies. The reception was fine, but worse than that of the UmiDigi A1 Pro, which I tested in parallel with the same SIM card. The 3G reception particularly was often worse.
WiFi in the 2.4 and 5GHz range and with a/b/g/n standard, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC are also included. Why they included NFC in an outdoor mobile phone is a mystery to me, but I was happy about it, because I could finally test Google Pay. Contactless payment works without any problems with the BV5800 Pro. But what the presumed target group of outdoor fans should get out of it, I don’t get. You are welcome to write your thoughts in the comments section. GPS and the Russian system GLONASS are also included, but I was quite disappointed by the GPS accuracy. During a navigation with Google Maps, the phone lost the satellites several times on the highway and I thought I was on some country road.
Besides the standard sensors, a gyroscope and a compass are also included, but the latter I could not calibrate correctly even in minutes of work.
The battery of the Blackview BV5800 Pro offers 5580 mAh and lasts for two days on average, but without gaming applications. My usage mix consisted of instant messaging, reading newspapers, listening to music and radio plays via Bluetooth and paying via Google Pay. My screen-on-time was two to three hours a day on average, so about six hours with a full battery charge. That doesn’t sound much at first, but on average I also listened to two hours of music via Bluetooth per day. Power users will easily get through one day, but it won’t be enough for a second day. The BV5800 Pro is not a real battery wonder, but it performs better than almost all “normal” smartphones.Battery lifetime Result Unit: hours
The battery is charged with the huge 5V/2A power supply. It takes exactly 30 minutes to charge from five to 25 percent. The BV5800 Pro also supports wireless charging.