After roughly 6 months, Blackview BV8000 Pro replaces BV7000 Pro and is now Blackview’s most powerful outdoor smartphone. However, neither BV6000 nor BV7000 Pro become obsolete with BV8000 Pro’s launch, as the new Blackview phone is the manufacturer’s first high-end outdoor smartphone for 230$. For an outdoor smartphone, the equipment is simply fantastic: Android 7 with a Helio P20 MT6757 processor supported by 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 5-inch display, lateral fingerprint scanner, and a 16MP camera.
Design and build quality
Judging the exterior, Blackview BV8000 Pro is a typical outdoor smartphone. It is 14mm thick and has an enormous weight of 243g. With a 5-inch display, this phone has a width of 79mm and a length of 156mm. With these dimensions, Blackview BV8000 Pro is not suitable for dainty women’s hands. One-handed operation is therefore mostly not possible. The smartphone’s base is a gummed surface. At the left and right side, you can find a metal strip with 4 screws. 4 additional screws are to be found on the rear, where you also find the 2 SIM slots (2xNano) and the micro-SD slot that are beneath a metal cover with Blackview logo. With Blackview BV8000 Pro you can use dual-SIM and storage expansion simultaneously. The metal cover can only be removed after loosening 4 small screws.
Buttons are firmly attached in the two metal strips and they have a nice feedback. On the right you can find power button and an extra camera button. The lateral fingerprint scanner is located on the mid right side as well. On the left, you have separate volume control buttons and a push-to-talk button that I happened to press by accident a couple of times. Blackview BV8000 Pro is IP68 certified, therefore, it is dust- and waterproof. However, they could have gone without the huge IP68 symbol on the front. Blackview BV8000 Pro has the 3 common Android sensor buttons, which are even illuminated. However, the sensor button on the right is not as sensitive to contact as the other two. Consequently, I often failed to hit it. As it is the case with many outdoor smartphones, the deep ports are annoying, but Blackview finally removed the impractical covers for the ports! By now you can easily find a USB Type-C cable with deep connection, but that is not the case with the headphone connection. Blackview should provide an adapter for it on the next few weeks or rather put one in the scope of delivery. The adapters matching BV6000 are not suitable for BV8000 Pro anymore.
Blackview also included a RGB notification LED. The camera is located a bit lower on the rear next to a single LED flash, a position that makes it more resistant to scratches. The speaker is located on the rear, which produces kind of a dull sound when the phone is lying on the table. The lateral fingerprint scanner is not totally convincing in daily use. Accuracy is high and unlocking happens fast. However, I could not get used to the lateral position even after 10 days, so I used the fingerprint scanner just about 3-5 times a day. In order to test the outdoor suitability, we put Blackview BV8000 Pro in water directly after we unpacked it. The water did not cause any damages or problems.
Blackview BV8000 Pro is an outdoor smartphone with excellent build quality and a lot of features. A nice design, dual-SIM AND storage expansion, a notification LED, illuminated sensor buttons and 2 additional buttons – the smartphone offers everything you could wish for. The only niggles are the deep headphone connection and the not properly working right sensor button.
Blackview BV8000 Pro scope of delivery
Inside the white box with Blackview branding you find a charging adapter, a USB Type-C cable, a headset of low quality, a quick reference guide and a USB-OTG adapter. You should keep in mind that the USB Type-C cable has a slightly longer plug than ordinary cables, which is because of the smartphone’s deeper ports. You can easily purchase a matching USB Type-C cable on Aliexpress (3.50$).
Blackview BV8000 Pro houses a 5-inch FHD display with a 1920*1080pixels resolution, which results in sharp contents with 441 pixels per inch. You cannot detect any single pixels. The display is made by renowned manufacturer Sharp, which is clearly noticeable. The brightness is on a good level with 450cd/m² and secures nice readability on sunny days as well. You can customize contrast, saturation, sharpness and color temperature in the options menu with the MiraVision tool. In the standard mode, color representation is nicely accurate. As it is typical for IPS, viewing angles are very stable. No matter from what angle you’re looking at the display, the representation stays nearly the same.
The touch screen can register up to 5 points of contact simultaneously. Accuracy is high and there is no input-lag. Gorilla Glass 3 protects the display from scratches. The display has no higher edges that protect it when falling down. The popular SmartWake gestures are available and work perfectly.
The outdoor smartphone houses a fast Helio P20 MT6757 processor. The Octa-core CPU has 2 clusters with Cortex-A53 cores with 4×2.3GHz and 4×1.64GHz. The Helio P20/25 replaces the Helio X20 and improves a lot in the Blackview BV8000 Pro. For an outdoor smartphone Blackview BV8000 Pro is a real performance monster. The processor in combination with a Mali T880 GPU and enormous 6GB of RAM secure a very nice gaming performance. You can use demanding 3D games like Modern Combat 5, NOVA 3 and Asphalt 8 without any problems. Heat development is okay and energy efficiency is good, too. The phone loses 20% of the battery capacity after 1 hour of playing Asphalt 8. The highest temperature was at 37°C.
The RAM has a speed of nice 4.5GB/s and it provides almost unlimited multitasking capability. The internal storage of 64GB is quite big and has a reading/writing speed of 200/220MB/s. The system runs mostly fluently, but sometimes there are some lags after unlocking. Blackview should reduce the energy consume when browsing or using simple apps like WhatsApp with an update.
Android 7 System
The Android 7.0 system houses the latest Google security patch of June 5, 2017. The launcher has been adjusted in terms of appearance and the app drawer (overview of all apps) has been removed. Malwarebytes confirms a clean and secure system. All newly installed apps appear on the home screens and have to be arranged in folders. As an alternative you can also download any launcher from Google Playstore, for example Nova or Google Now launcher. Quick launch toolbar and options menu have also been changed slightly. Unfortunately, it is not possible to download any other themes for the Blackview launcher. Otherwise, several additional functions are integrated in the system.
Dura-Speed limits background processes and then only certain apps need energy in the stand-by mode. Pressing the home button longer (when the lock screen is on the display) activates the flashlight. You can customize the colors of the notification LED for missed calls, SMS or any other notifications. In theory, the phone also offers a “prevent pocket dial” function (when the proximity sensor is covered, the touch screen is supposed not to work to prevent unintentional operation), however, this does not work yet. In the tab “system motion” you can find two three-finger-gestures that open the multitasking menu and take a screenshot. Both work well. The “flip to mute” mode (deactivating the sound when putting the phone with the front downwards on the table) works well, too. The customizable PTT button could be improved, as for now you can only open PTT apps like 2Zello or activate the SOS function via pressing it longer. In addition, there are a blue light filter, a night, outdoor and a sleeping mode. You can regulate the use of mobile data and Wi-Fi access. There is also a one-handed mode available, which is supposed to reduce the display in size, but it doesn’t work yet. Finally, the phone also provides a QR code scanner called “Sweep”.
The Blackview phone’s system runs stable, there were no unintentional reboots or other problems. The only niggle is that the smartphone has some lags after unlocking from time to time.
A 16MP sensor (S5K3P3) by Samsung with an aperture of f/2.0 is supposed to guarantee nice photos. However, a high number of megapixels does not automatically mean good pictures. On the contrary, that often causes problems with sharpness, as too many pixels are forced in a too small smartphone sensor, which then results in blurred images. This problem occurs especially in bad lighting conditions, meaning that you should not expect good pictures at dawn or in dark rooms.
In good lighting conditions, Blackview BV8000 Pro takes the best photos we have ever seen with an outdoor smartphone. Details, color representation and sharpness are good; image noise occurs at the edges. Dynamic range is also convincing. The autofocus works fast and precisely and trigger time is fast. The selfie camera takes nice pictures, too, and it can be used for Skype without any problems. Videos are recorded with up to 1080p, but without optical image stabilization. Quality is good though. Those searching for an outdoor smartphone with a nice camera for snapshots are well-served by Blackview BV8000 Pro.
Connectivity and communication
Blackview BV8000 Pro has a strong and stable signal and supports the following frequencies:
GSM 850 MHz, GSM 900 MHz, GSM 1800 MHz, GSM 1900 MHz, W-CDMA 900 MHz, W-CDMA 2100 MHz, LTE 800 MHz, LTE 900 MHz, LTE 1800 MHz, LTE 2100 MHz, LTE 2600 MHz, LTE-TDD 1900 MHz (B39), LTE-TDD 2300 MHz (B40), LTE-TDD 2600 MHz (B38)
The earpiece is loud and the sound is clear. Your voice is transmitted a bit muffled, but it can be understood. The speakerphone can be used, too, because of the second, noise-cancelling microphone.
The dual-band Wi-Fi module uses the 2.4 and 5GHz networks; the range is good. Throughput is convincing even at longer distances. Bluetooth connection to car and Bluetooth speakers worked well during the test.
The internal speaker’s quality is on average. At full volume, the heights tend to oversteer and there is no bass. Volume is sufficiently loud. For a smartphone speaker, the quality is sufficient.
GPS is one of Blackview BV8000 Pro’s strong points, as it should be the case for an outdoor smartphone. Car navigation worked excellently and pedestrian navigation is neither a problem, thanks to the e-compass. Accuracy is not perfect with 4-5 meters, but it is enough for most cases. Sometimes, you have to give the compass a hand (turning the smartphone), as it slightly deviates to left or right otherwise.
Next to the 3 standard sensors (acceleration, brightness and proximity sensor), a gyroscope, a compass and a pressure sensor are available. However, the acceleration sensor is not calibrated correctly; playing Asphalt 8 for instance, you always drive left. Blackview has to fix this little bug. NFC, OTG and a FM radio are supported as well.
Blackview BV8000 Pro houses a 4180mAh battery, which is a good size considering the FHD display and the powerful Helio P20 MT6757 processor. The Blackview phone currently struggles with high battery consume in the stand-by mode. If you are not closing apps in the background regularly, they increase the battery consumption. Normally, the system should pause most apps in stand-by, but all apps stay opened with the display turned off. 10 hours in the stand-by mode with dual-SIM, when closing apps in the background manually (but you can be contacted via WhatsApp), consume 10% of the battery. In principle, this is a good value.
In the PC Mark battery test, the Blackview phone lasted good 10.5 hours with a 200cd/m² brightness. In daily use I got 2-3 hours DOT (display-on time) within 24 hours and mostly I had to charge the phone on the second day towards evening. Considering the battery capacity, Blackview can still optimize battery life a lot. However, it is not bad, as 1 hour of playing Asphalt 8 consumes only 20% of the battery. Blackview BV8000 Pro is definitely suitable for a long day at work or a daytime excursion. However, the smartphone is no battery monster. Blackview BV8000 Pro is fully charged in about 2.5 hours.