Blackview, one among the foremost prominent rugged smartphone vendors, has been busy lately. they need announced that they’re going to launch a 5G rugged device in 2020, probably at Barcelona for MWC and it’ll likely be called the BV10000.
They launched the BV9700 Pro, a flagship handset, just a couple of months ago and now pulled a surprise out of the bag within the shape of the BV9800 Pro. it’s a smartphone with a twist; it’s the primary mobile outside of the CAT smartphone family that comes with a thermal camera.
There is not much to be said about the BV9800 Pro when it involves its design. it’s a variation on a topic that we’ve seen countless times before. A rugged smartphone with a metal frame, round reinforced edges and many of textured rubber/plastic to guard from shocks and improve grip. It adheres to IP68/IP69K and MIL-STD-810G certifications; Blackview hasn’t said whether they’ve been tested to those ratings.
There’s some significant heft partly thanks to the added electronics for the thermal imaging feature and partly due to the additional big battery. With a footprint of 169 x 81mm, putting it into your back pocket might be a decent fit
There’s a 16-megapixel front facing camera shaped as a raindrop and a 48-megapixel one at the rear which is teamed up with the FLIR Lepton sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor to help the previous . Worth noting that unlike the CAT S61, Blackview managed to integrate the thermal imaging optics within the body of the device. as compared , the S61 has an unsightly bulge on top.
A Type-C connector are often found at rock bottom of smartphone with a fingerprint sensor, the SIM tray and therefore the power button located on the proper edge. On the other edge may be a dedicated customisable button and therefore the volume rocker.
The IR sensor and therefore the headphone socket – protected by a flap – are located at the highest of the BV9800 phone.
Make no mistake, adding thermal imaging capabilities to the BV9800 Pro has likely pushed the bill of fabric , the value price of the components, up by a touch . So it’s no surprise that Blackview has had to chop back on some hardware; the processor used is that the Helio P70, instead of the P90 found in top end devices.
Glued thereto are 6GB of memory (low power DDR4) and 128GB onboard storage. Flagship models usually carry up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB memory. Elsewhere, you get a 6.3-inch 1080 x 2340 pixels IPS display with an oleophobic layer with a 6.58Ah battery, 802.11ac, Infrared, Push to speak ,, NFC and Bluetooth 4.1.In use and performance
The BV9800 Pro runs on a stock version of Android and does wireless charging also . you’ll need to hand over for an additional wireless charger though because the device only comes with a quick charger.
Other than the standard Google and system apps, there’s hardly any bloatware. the ever present toolbox (that are often found on most rugged smartphones) includes an evening camera because of the thermal sensing capabilities of the FLIR Lepton, one among a dozen approximately “tools”. Also worth mentioning may be a free translation app that gives an outsized array of languages and therefore the ability to try to to real-time translation.
The only other FLIR capable smartphone on the market is that the Cat S61 which retails for quite £720 (about $950), twice the worth of the BV9800 Pro. it’s an older but still capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 with half the storage. It does however have an inside air quality monitor also as a laser-assisted distance measuring tool. Oh and it had been the primary rugged smartphone we reviewed that earned a well-deserved 5/5 stars.
All the opposite highly rated rugged smartphones that we reviewed just like the AGM X3 or the Doogee S95 Pro don’t have FLIR capabilities. you’ll add thermal imaging capabilities via a FLIR adapter but (a) it’s expensive (b) it’ll break if it falls down.
Note that there’s a BV9800 that costs $400 and swaps the FLIR camera for a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera at the rear .
There’s no two ways to place it; the BV9800 Pro remains the simplest thanks to get a FLIR/thermal imaging device; it’s cheaper than buying the separate FLIR accessory that plugs into a smartphone although you’ll be ready to devour the older Cat S60 for as little as $353.
As a smartphone, it’s a really decent mainstream midranger with a couple of highlights just like the 48-megapixel Sony camera, IR Blaster, a huge battery push-to-talk and wireless charging.
Any improvements? Well, we’d like to see FLIR being an integral a part of flagship models within the future. we might also wish to see more advanced features like VOC and laser measurements – both features of the CAT S61 – integrated alongside thermal imaging.
Put it simply, we wish that the BV10000 are going to be the near perfect all-in-one smartphone for handymen, DIYers and field workers operating in challenging environments.