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Blackview BV5200 smartphone review - Inexpensive and robust with NFC

Light bird. Blackview offers the BV5200 for those who do not want to spend a lot of money on an outdoor cell phone: a handy and relatively light, water- and dust-proof smartphone with Android 12. We will clarify what you get for just under 150 Euros in the test.
Blackview BV5200
Blackview BV5200 (BV Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761 4 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
Display
6.10 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 288 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 20 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Card Reader: (dedicated, up to 1TB), NFC, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B13/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B25/​B26/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41/​B66), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 13.7 x 161.6 x 77.9 ( = 0.54 x 6.36 x 3.07 in)
Battery
0 Wh, 5180 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/​2.0, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 0.3MP, depth of field (Camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/​2.2
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, 12 Months Warranty, IP68/​IP69K-certified, MIL-STD-810H-certified, fanless, ruggedized, waterproof
Weight
268 g ( = 9.45 oz / 0.59 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
150 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
74.3 %
02/2023
Blackview BV5200
Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300
268 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.10"1600x720
74.5 %
10/2022
Ulefone Armor 15
Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320
346 g128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash5.45"1440x720
75 %
01/2023
Cubot KingKong 7
Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3
267 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.36"2300x1080
82.6 %
12/2022
Gigaset GX6
Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4
278 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.60"2412x1080

Case and equipment - Colorful on request

The Blackview BV5200 is available in three color variants: orange, black, and green, whereby these are only accents, the basic color of the rubberized case is always black. The design is restrained and the phone feels very good in the hand.

A slightly protruding frame protects the screen on the front and the camera on the back is also slightly recessed so that drops do not directly hit the protective glass. The USB port and the SIM slot are protected by rubber flaps, so the phone gets an IP69K certification and can thus withstand very dusty environments and submersion into the water. The phone also complies with MIL-STD-810H.

With its 6.10-inch screen and weight of 268 grams, the phone is quite compact and light. The case proves to be sturdy and only lets very strong pressure through to the screen.

With only 32 GB of mass storage, the memory configuration is very tight. At least more space can be added with the help of a microSD card. The microSD reader is comparatively slow in our test with the Angelbird V60 reference card but still remains on par with the class.

The USB port is equipped with the USB 2.0 standard. There is also an NFC module so that mobile payment services can be used with the Blackview BV5200.

Blackview BV5200
Blackview BV5200
Blackview BV5200

Size comparison

170.2 mm / 6.7 in 79.6 mm / 3.13 in 18.2 mm / 0.717 in 346 g0.763 lbs170.7 mm / 6.72 in 82.2 mm / 3.24 in 11.9 mm / 0.4685 in 278 g0.613 lbs166.75 mm / 6.56 in 83.5 mm / 3.29 in 14 mm / 0.551 in 267 g0.589 lbs161.6 mm / 6.36 in 77.9 mm / 3.07 in 13.7 mm / 0.539 in 268 g0.591 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Gigaset GX6
  (Angelbird V60)
30.6 MB/s +56%
Cubot KingKong 7
  (Angelbird V60)
28.7 MB/s +46%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7.7 - 77, n=89, last 2 years)
28.7 MB/s +46%
Blackview BV5200
  (Angelbird V60)
19.6 MB/s
Ulefone Armor 15
  (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
12.43 MB/s -37%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

0510152025303540455055606570758085Tooltip
Blackview BV5200 PowerVR GE8300, Helio A22 MT6761, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø25.2 (14.4-39.4)
Ulefone Armor 15 PowerVR GE8320, Helio G35, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø38.2 (24.2-48.7)
Cubot KingKong 7 Mali-G72 MP3, Helio P60, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø35.3 (25.8-45.6)
Gigaset GX6 Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø41.8 (28.1-52.6)
Blackview BV5200 PowerVR GE8300, Helio A22 MT6761, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø75.3 (17.7-83)
Ulefone Armor 15 PowerVR GE8320, Helio G35, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø73.8 (19.3-81.8)
Cubot KingKong 7 Mali-G72 MP3, Helio P60, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø73.8 (13.1-90)
Gigaset GX6 Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø73.5 (53.1-77.5)

Communication, software and operation - Good WLAN

Despite the low price, the Blackview BV5200 does not have to do without WiFi 5. In our test with the reference router Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000, the phone is on par with similarly priced outdoor phones and offers a fast Internet connection.

5G is not available, but there is a decent range of 4G frequencies, so the phone can also be used abroad in many networks. The reception is not always quite optimal in our random samples during the test, but you usually get a cellular network, even in difficult environments.

Quite up-to-date Android 12 is available on the device, but the manufacturer installs a few apps and games ex-factory. The security updates are from August 2022 and are thus hopelessly outdated at the time of testing.

With a 60 Hz screen, the operation is not quite as smooth as it could be. However, faster screens are not found in other similarly priced outdoor phones either. Overall, the touchscreen is precise and also offers a glove mode.

There is a button on the left of the casing that can be freely assigned with apps or predefined commands.

There is no fingerprint sensor; the phone can only be unlocked biometrically via the face. This works quite well in good lighting conditions, but it is not quite secure.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Ulefone Armor 15
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
367 (359min - 374max) MBit/s 0%
Blackview BV5200
802.11a/b/g/n
367 (349min - 374max) MBit/s
Cubot KingKong 7
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
331 (301min - 339max) MBit/s -10%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Ulefone Armor 15
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
362 (345min - 366max) MBit/s +10%
Blackview BV5200
802.11a/b/g/n
330 (306min - 339max) MBit/s
Cubot KingKong 7
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
276 (250min - 294max) MBit/s -16%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Gigaset GX6
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
892 MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Gigaset GX6
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
743 MBit/s
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Blackview BV5200; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø329 (306-339)
Blackview BV5200; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø367 (349-374)

Camera - Not very convincing

Photo from the front camera
Photo from the front camera

Although two camera lenses are visible on the back of the Blackview BV5200, you can only actually use one of them: the second one is a very low-resolution support camera for blur effects.

The main camera with 13 megapixels comes from Sony and takes sharp pictures in the close-up range, but it needs to catch up in terms of dynamics. Some areas are very blurry in the surroundings, and large areas are blotchy. Details are only presented rudimentarily. The sharpness also drops in low light and high contrasts, and hardly anything can be recognized in darker areas.

In the lab, the camera takes decent pictures in good light, but fine details disappear and the sharpness is only really good in the center of the picture.

Videos can be recorded with 1080p and 30 fps, but the brightness adjustment sometimes reacts too hesitantly and the autofocus also has problems again and again.

Selfies are quite dark with the 5-megapixel camera on the front even in good light conditions. You should not look closer, otherwise, you will quickly see coarse details and little detail in dark areas.

Image Comparison

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Main cameraMain cameraLow-Light
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ColorChecker
9.2 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
13 ∆E
10 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
10 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
7 ∆E
ColorChecker Blackview BV5200: 8.36 ∆E min: 3.38 - max: 13.89 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.6 ∆E
54.3 ∆E
39.4 ∆E
38.7 ∆E
43.8 ∆E
65.5 ∆E
54.2 ∆E
34.7 ∆E
42.7 ∆E
26.1 ∆E
67.4 ∆E
65.2 ∆E
30.1 ∆E
51.1 ∆E
36.3 ∆E
78.6 ∆E
42.5 ∆E
46.5 ∆E
93.8 ∆E
71.1 ∆E
52.2 ∆E
36.7 ∆E
23.7 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Blackview BV5200: 47.37 ∆E min: 13.52 - max: 93.8 ∆E

Display - Could be brighter

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

A bright screen is naturally recommended for a phone that is often used outdoors. The Blackview phone can only convince to a limited extent here: the average peak brightness of the IPS panel is 405 cd/m², which is on par with the class, but there are also outdoor phones with much brighter screens. Strong reflections on the screen make the content difficult to read on very sunny days, so it is better to use the phone in the shade.

The illumination is a bit imprecise; you can see brightness differences between different areas on the screen when you look closely. The black level, on the other hand, is convincing, and the Blackview BV5200 at least manages a decent contrast ratio and a somewhat stronger color reproduction than some comparison devices.

We did not notice PWM flickering, but we discovered a bluish cast in bright grayscales that is visible to the naked eye in our measurements with the CalMAN software and the spectrophotometer. Blue tones are also displayed most inaccurately.

362
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
406
cd/m²
450
cd/m²
400
cd/m²
379
cd/m²
434
cd/m²
415
cd/m²
401
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 450 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 405.4 cd/m² Minimum: 2.76 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 400 cd/m²
Contrast: 1429:1 (Black: 0.28 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.8 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.99
ΔE Greyscale 7.7 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
96% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.107
Blackview BV5200
IPS, 1600x720, 6.10
Ulefone Armor 15
IPS, 1440x720, 5.45
Cubot KingKong 7
IPS, 2300x1080, 6.36
Gigaset GX6
IPS, 2412x1080, 6.60
Response Times
33%
42%
39%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
45.2 ?(23, 22.2)
35.41 ?(16.45, 18.96)
22%
31.4 ?(16.4, 15)
31%
29 ?(15, 14)
36%
Response Time Black / White *
31.2 ?(13.7, 17.5)
17.89 ?(5.075, 12.81)
43%
15 ?(10, 5)
52%
18 ?(10, 8)
42%
PWM Frequency
5221
Screen
-15%
-1%
24%
Brightness middle
400
416
4%
462
16%
505
26%
Brightness
405
407
0%
466
15%
491
21%
Brightness Distribution
80
96
20%
91
14%
93
16%
Black Level *
0.28
0.37
-32%
0.61
-118%
0.3
-7%
Contrast
1429
1124
-21%
757
-47%
1683
18%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
5.8
7.3
-26%
4.1
29%
4.32
26%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
10.77
15
-39%
8.26
23%
7.22
33%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
7.7
9.6
-25%
3.3
57%
3
61%
Gamma
2.107 104%
1.95 113%
2.228 99%
2.268 97%
CCT
8415 77%
8536 76%
7286 89%
7098 92%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
9% / -5%
21% / 7%
32% / 27%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
31.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.7 ms rise
↘ 17.5 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 82 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
45.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23 ms rise
↘ 22.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 75 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (33.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17682 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - Blackview BV5200 with little power

You shouldn't expect miracles from the already 5-year-old Mediatek Helio A22 which is a rather slow entry-level SoC that cannot even manage some current benchmarks. 3DMark, for example, completely refuses to work. Thus, it can happen that some games do not run or cannot even be found in the Play Store.

Blackview also installs quite slow memory, which, in combination with the less powerful SoC, leads to stutters during operation and long waiting times from time to time.

The maximum temperature of 34.7 °C is very moderate, and we did not notice any performance throttling in the long-term GFXBench test.

The mono speaker on the bottom actually does an acceptable job for such an inexpensive smartphone: it does not overdrive even at maximum volume and is quite balanced between mids and trebles. However, true sound fans will probably prefer to connect headphones or speakers. This is possible via USB-C or Bluetooth. A basic set of SBC, AAC, LDAC, aptX, and aptX HD codecs is available for the wireless connection.

Despite the somewhat stronger battery of 5,180 mAh, Blackview's BV5200 cannot hold its own in comparison with some outdoor rivals: a little more than 15 hours in our WLAN test are sufficient for everyday use and should also allow several days of use, but the Gigaset GX6 will get you much more battery life and even has an exchangeable battery.

The included charger manages 10 watts, so it takes a good 3 hours until the phone's battery is full again.

GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=214, last 2 years)
45.3 fps +1158%
Gigaset GX6
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
24 fps +567%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
8.1 fps +125%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
7.9 fps +119%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (2.3 - 6.1, n=14)
4.65 fps +29%
Blackview BV5200
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
3.6 fps
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=214, last 2 years)
66.9 fps +2809%
Gigaset GX6
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
28 fps +1117%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
8.3 fps +261%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
4.1 fps +78%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (1.9 - 4.2, n=14)
2.49 fps +8%
Blackview BV5200
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
2.3 fps
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=214, last 2 years)
33.6 fps +1059%
Gigaset GX6
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
16 fps +452%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
4.8 fps +66%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
4.7 fps +62%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (2.7 - 3.9, n=14)
3.09 fps +7%
Blackview BV5200
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
2.9 fps
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=214, last 2 years)
26.9 fps +3065%
Gigaset GX6
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
11 fps +1194%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
2.8 fps +229%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
1.4 fps +65%
Blackview BV5200
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
0.85 fps
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (0.7 - 0.9, n=14)
0.825 fps -3%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (2228 - 89112, n=208, last 2 years)
33933 Points +607%
Gigaset GX6
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
21753 Points +353%
Cubot KingKong 7
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 8192
10257 Points +114%
Ulefone Armor 15
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
5732 Points +19%
Blackview BV5200
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
4798 Points
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (3920 - 5041, n=8)
4513 Points -6%
Geekbench 6.0
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (188 - 2531, n=44, last 2 years)
1279 Points +580%
Blackview BV5200
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
188 Points
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  ()
188 Points 0%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (512 - 6460, n=44, last 2 years)
3412 Points +566%
Blackview BV5200
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 4096
512 Points
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  ()
512 Points 0%
Blackview BV5200Ulefone Armor 15Cubot KingKong 7Gigaset GX6Average 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
93%
162%
459%
43%
1173%
Sequential Read 256KB
253.4
285.68
13%
480.8
90%
953.5
276%
Sequential Write 256KB
57.5
161.1
180%
212.9
270%
454.7
691%
100.5 ?(14.8 - 196, n=247)
75%
Random Read 4KB
22.2
64.99
193%
81
265%
194.9
778%
Random Write 4KB
21.1
18.36
-13%
26
23%
39.9
89%

Temperature

Max. Load
 33 °C
91 F
27.4 °C
81 F
25.5 °C
78 F
 
 32.3 °C
90 F
27.7 °C
82 F
26.1 °C
79 F
 
 31.3 °C
88 F
27.4 °C
81 F
26.1 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 33 °C = 91 F
Average: 28.5 °C = 83 F
24.5 °C
76 F
26.1 °C
79 F
34.7 °C
94 F
26.1 °C
79 F
26.8 °C
80 F
31.8 °C
89 F
26.2 °C
79 F
27.4 °C
81 F
32.8 °C
91 F
Maximum: 34.7 °C = 94 F
Average: 28.5 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  29.6 °C = 85 F | Room Temperature 18.6 °C = 65 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.5 °C / 83 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 33 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 34.7 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.1 °C / 72 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Back side
Heatmap Back side

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.241.92534.435.93130.833.34033.432.8503433.36329.828.98028.924.710019.221.412521.326.716018.234.920013.841.52501447.831513.3514001154.450010.962.263010.367.580015.869.8100016.171.2125017.371.3160011.467.6200011.262.5250011.56131501262.7400012.964.8500013.569.5630014.167.880001566.31000015.860.91250016.559.41600017.351SPL26.179.1N0.743.9median 14median 62.2Delta2.510.539.441.139.143.531.537.629.832.433.438.126.630.922.320.720.52415.627.514.733.711.437.21043.28.848.6953.610.558.312.262.514.366.411.670.11271.410.271.210.465.111.165.812.769.614.466.214.268.214.769.515.668.816.567.816.558.417.348.325.480.20.646.6median 12.7median 65.12.610.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseBlackview BV5200Gigaset GX6
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Blackview BV5200 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 40% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 59% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Gigaset GX6 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 41% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 61% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Ulefone Armor 15
6000 mAh
1059 min +17%
Gigaset GX6
5000 mAh
1002 min +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (476 - 2844, n=214, last 2 years)
929 min +3%
Cubot KingKong 7
5000 mAh
926 min +3%
Blackview BV5200
5180 mAh
903 min
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
15h 03min

Pros

+ fast WLAN
+ light and compact
+ water- and dustproof
+ NFC
+ freely assignable button
+ decent speaker

Cons

- low performance
- scarce memory
- mediocre camera quality
- outdated software
- low screen brightness
- slow charging

Verdict - Affordable rugged phone with some highlights

In review: Blackview BV5200.
In review: Blackview BV5200.

If you do not spend much money on an outdoor phone, you should not expect top performance. At least the Blackview BV5200 meets the IP standards for water and dust protection and is cleanly manufactured for just under 150 Euros. Smaller highlights are the decent speaker and the NFC capability, which is otherwise rarely found in inexpensive phones.

The Wi-Fi speed is good and there is no PWM flickering on the screen. However, the screen could be brighter, especially for an outdoor smartphone. The performance rates are also quite low, so you have to expect incompatibilities and long loading times. On top of that, the software is outdated, which can endanger the user's security.

The Blackview BV5200 is a compact and inexpensive outdoor phone with IP certification and NFC, but also with little performance.

The partly even cheaper Cubot KingKong 7 has much more memory and a faster SoC, but no NFC. Those who can spend more money will get a better price with the Gigaset GX6 - a phone assembled in Germany with an exchangeable battery and much more power.

Price and availability

The Blackview BV5200 costs just under 150 Euros on the Internet, for example directly from the manufacturer where you can even save a few Euros at the time of testing.

Otherwise, the smartphone is also available on amazon.de in all three colors: black, green, and orange.

Blackview BV5200 - 02/24/2023 v7 (old)
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
69 / 75 → 92%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
39 / 70 → 56%
Weight
87%
Battery
91%
Display
82%
Games Performance
8 / 64 → 13%
Application Performance
48 / 86 → 56%
Temperature
95%
Noise
100%
Audio
64 / 90 → 71%
Camera
40%
Average
69%
74%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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> Expert Reviews and News on Laptops, Smartphones and Tech Innovations > Reviews > Blackview BV5200 smartphone review - Inexpensive and robust with NFC
Florian Schmitt, 2023-02-24 (Update: 2023-02-24)