Unboxing review of rugged outdoor thermal camera smartphone – Blackview BV9800 Pro.
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There is not much to be said about the BV9800 Pro when it comes to its design. It is a variation on a theme that we’ve seen countless times before. A rugged smartphone with a metal frame, round reinforced edges and plenty of textured rubber/plastic to protect 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 these ratings.
There’s some significant heft partly due to the added electronics for the thermal imaging feature and partly because of the extra big battery. The BV9800 Pro weighs 322g and is up to 15mm thick. With a footprint of 169 x 81mm, putting it into your back pocket could be a tight fit.
There’s a 16-megapixel front facing camera shaped as a raindrop and a 48-megapixel one at the back which is teamed up with the FLIR Lepton sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor to assist the former. Worth noting that unlike the CAT S61, Blackview managed to integrate the thermal imaging optics in the body of the device. In comparison, the S61 has an unsightly bulge on top.
A Type-C connector can be found at the bottom of smartphone with a fingerprint sensor, the SIM tray and the power button located on the right edge. On the opposite edge is a dedicated customisable button and the volume rocker.
CPU: Helio P70
GPU: Mali G72 MP3
Screen size: 6.3-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2340
Dimensions: 1489 mm x 80 mm x 15 mm
Rear camera: 8MP with Dual-LED and AF Dual Rear Camera
Front camera: 16MP
OS: Android 9
Make no mistake, adding thermal imaging capabilities to the BV9800 Pro has likely pushed the bill of material, the cost price of the components, up by a bit. So it is no surprise that Blackview has had to cut back on some hardware; the processor used is the Helio P70, rather than the P90 found in top end devices.
Glued to it 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 Talk,, NFC and Bluetooth 4.1.In use and performance
The BV9800 Pro runs on a stock version of Android and does wireless charging as well. You will have to fork out for an extra wireless charger though as the device only comes with a fast charger.
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