Notebookcheck

Blackview BV5900 Smartphone Review – Outdoor Smartphone with Long Battery Life

Florian Schmitt, 👁 Florian Schmitt (translated by DeepL / Ninh Duy), 03/25/2020

Inexpensive and robust. The Blackview BV5900 is an outdoor smartphone with a good protection class and a large battery. It doesn't even cost 200 Euros and could be a real bargain if you need a phone for harsh environments. We'll take a closer look at the smartphone in the review.

Blackview BV5900
Blackview BV5900 (BV Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5.7 inch 19:9, 1520 x 720 pixel 295 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 24 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD up to 32 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, USB-C
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B40), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15 x 159 x 80 ( = 0.59 x 6.26 x 3.15 in)
Battery
5580 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 9.0 Pie
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/2.2, contrast AF, dual LED flash, video @1080p/30fps (camera 1); 0.3MP, f/2.8, depth of field (camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/2.2
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speakers at the rear, Keyboard: Virtual, Charger, USB cable, headset, screen protector, IP68/IP69K certified, MIL-STD-810G certified; notification LED (multicoloured); LTE Cat. 7 (300 MBit/s download, 150 MBit/s upload); SAR values: 0.166 W/kg (head), 0.866 W/kg (body), fanless, ruggedized, waterproof
Weight
268 g ( = 9.45 oz / 0.59 pounds), Power Supply: 42 g ( = 1.48 oz / 0.09 pounds)
Price
200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison Devices

Bewertung
Rating Version
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
73 %7
03/2020
Blackview BV5900
Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300
268 g32 GB eMMC Flash5.7"1520x720
76 %7
11/2019
Gigaset GX290
Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2
279 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.1"1560x720
77 %7
01/2020
CAT S52
Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320
210 g64 GB eMMC Flash5.65"1440x720
76 %7
04/2019
Cubot King Kong 3
Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2
280 g64 GB eMMC Flash5.5"1440x720

Case, Equipment and Operation - High-quality Case, Fast WLAN

The Hong Kong-based manufacturer Blackview now offers a veritable arsenal of robust smartphones: From professional devices with thermal camera and unusual special functions, to inexpensive devices like the BV5900, which we want to test today. At 268 grams, it is not a lightweight, but in view of the comparable devices and battery capacity, it is even a little less heavy. The display is protected by a protruding edge and is made of Gorilla Glass 3, an already somewhat older display glass that is much less break-proof than the current Gorilla Glass 6.

The back is provided with a rubberized surface. Despite its size, the smartphone fits well in the hand and is also well made. But the design clearly indicates that this is a robust smartphone, so it will at least attract attention in chic business meetings. According to the manufacturer, it meets MIL-STD 810 as well as IP 68 and IP 69x. This means that the smartphone can be submerged in fresh water for a few minutes without water penetrating the housing and that the housing is protected against dust.

32 GB eMMC flash memory and 3 GB RAM are not top of the line, but they are appropriate for the price range. The USB-C port is hidden behind a somewhat fiddly rubber cover that can be opened, and here the question of durability also arises when opening it frequently. The 3.5mm audio port is also protected by such a cover. The slot for two SIM cards or a SIM card and a microSD card can be opened without a SIM tool, but also not with a normal fingernail, it's too stiff for that. Already after opening it once, slight signs of wear and tear on the metal housing became apparent when using tools.

When it comes to WLAN, the smartphone pleases with a brisk WLAN. Our test device can't keep up with the considerably more expensive CAT S52, which offers WiFi 5, but it doesn't do badly for a WiFi 4 device.

There is also a fingerprint sensor, quite unusually as a separate area on the right of the case's edge. Why it hasn't been integrated into the standby button is probably the manufacturer's secret, but the surface can be easily reached and unlocks the smartphone reliably, albeit with a significant delay. There is a freely assignable button on the left of the case. The touchscreen can be operated quite precisely and the surface is gliding.

Size Comparison

162.4 mm / 6.39 inch 79 mm / 3.11 inch 15.3 mm / 0.602 inch 279 g0.615 lbs162.5 mm / 6.4 inch 78.3 mm / 3.08 inch 13.3 mm / 0.524 inch 280 g0.617 lbs159 mm / 6.26 inch 80 mm / 3.15 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 268 g0.591 lbs158.1 mm / 6.22 inch 76.6 mm / 3.02 inch 9.7 mm / 0.3819 inch 210 g0.463 lbs
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
CAT S52
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
259 (min: 188, max: 274) MBit/s ∼100% +156%
Gigaset GX290
802.11a/b/g/n
110 (min: 95, max: 119) MBit/s ∼42% +9%
Blackview BV5900
802.11a/b/g/n
101 (min: 97, max: 104) MBit/s ∼39%
Cubot King Kong 3
802.11a/b/g/n
63 (min: 56, max: 62) MBit/s ∼24% -38%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
CAT S52
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
256 (min: 138, max: 284) MBit/s ∼100% +241%
Gigaset GX290
802.11a/b/g/n
109 (min: 87, max: 114) MBit/s ∼43% +45%
Blackview BV5900
802.11a/b/g/n
75 (min: 68, max: 79) MBit/s ∼29%
Cubot King Kong 3
802.11a/b/g/n
50.2 (min: 35, max: 54) MBit/s ∼20% -33%
0102030405060708090100110Tooltip
; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø101 (97-104)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø74.7 (68-79)

Cameras - Very Grainy and Out Of Focus

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

A 13 megapixel camera is located at the back of the device, it is supported by an alibi camera, which is supposed to provide information for the calculation of the depth of field with 0.3 megapixel resolution. The main camera takes some bluish tinted photos, which you shouldn't zoom in too far, otherwise you'll see artifacts and unclean details. For those who only take snapshots to view them on the display, the camera is probably sufficient. In low light the result is not that bad at all, the brightening is OK and one can still see some details. Nevertheless, the quality is of course miles away from high-end smartphones.

Videos can be recorded in 1080p and 30 fps, which is the lowest limit of what a smartphone should offer today. The brightness adjustment is done in very visible steps, but the autofocus works satisfactorily.

The front camera with 5 megapixels takes properly brightened photos, but the image sharpness could be higher and when zooming in, a clear grain is visible.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
ColorChecker
25.6 ∆E
54.5 ∆E
39.4 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
44.7 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
50.3 ∆E
35.5 ∆E
43.4 ∆E
28 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
64.5 ∆E
31.2 ∆E
48.1 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
75.6 ∆E
43.5 ∆E
45.5 ∆E
89.8 ∆E
71 ∆E
52 ∆E
37 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Blackview BV5900: 46.64 ∆E min: 12.89 - max: 89.76 ∆E
ColorChecker
5.4 ∆E
1.8 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
14 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
1.3 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
5 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Blackview BV5900: 8.29 ∆E min: 1.32 - max: 17.33 ∆E

Display - Blackview Screen with Low Contrast

Sub-pixel Array
Sub-pixel Array

The screen of the Blackview BV5900 has a resolution of 1,520 x 720 pixels and is therefore on a class level. You shouldn't expect too much maximum brightness, the phone doesn't do badly outdoors, but on very bright days there can be problems and you may have to dodge into the shadows to see anything on the display. The black level is also comparatively high, which affects how black appears on the display and reduces the contrast.

We don't notice PWM, so the display should also be suitable for sensitive natures. At the same time, the display's reaction times are quite long. In our tests with the spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software, we noticed a slight blue cast; overall, the color accuracy is on a class level.

474
cd/m²
465
cd/m²
479
cd/m²
457
cd/m²
476
cd/m²
479
cd/m²
469
cd/m²
466
cd/m²
496
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 496 cd/m² Average: 473.4 cd/m² Minimum: 19.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 476 cd/m²
Contrast: 1013:1 (Black: 0.47 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.9
ΔE Greyscale 5.4 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
92.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.092
Blackview BV5900
IPS, 1520x720, 5.7
Gigaset GX290
IPS, 1560x720, 6.1
CAT S52
IPS, 1440x720, 5.65
Cubot King Kong 3
IPS, 1440x720, 5.5
Response Times
38%
-10%
11%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
52 (25, 27)
34.4 (7.6, 26.8)
34%
66 (31, 35)
-27%
44 (21, 23)
15%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (13, 17)
17.6 (5.2, 12.4)
41%
28 (13, 15)
7%
28 (15, 13)
7%
PWM Frequency
2500000 (10)
Screen
-16%
60%
-2%
Brightness middle
476
635
33%
521
9%
365
-23%
Brightness
473
615
30%
530
12%
379
-20%
Brightness Distribution
92
91
-1%
91
-1%
82
-11%
Black Level *
0.47
0.39
17%
0.16
66%
0.14
70%
Contrast
1013
1628
61%
3256
221%
2607
157%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6
10.5
-75%
2.69
55%
8.03
-34%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.09
17.9
-77%
5.07
50%
16.34
-62%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.4
11.8
-119%
1.8
67%
10.3
-91%
Gamma
2.092 105%
1.86 118%
2.243 98%
2.197 100%
CCT
7661 85%
9570 68%
6622 98%
9941 65%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
11% / -6%
25% / 46%
5% / 1%

* ... 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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 72 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
52 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 ms rise
↘ 27 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 85 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.5 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: 50 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17067 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.


CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Color accuracy
CalMAN Color accuracy
CalMAN Color space
CalMAN Color space
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, Emissions and Battery Life - Only Charge Once A Week?

The MediaTek Helio A22 is a somewhat older SoC for the lower middle class. The four cores deliver solid performance that is surpassed by the more expensive comparable devices. You shouldn't expect too demanding apps from the smartphone, but for simple tasks, the power is sufficient. It looks different in terms of graphics, where the Blackview phone falls behind.

The internal memory is also accessed quite slowly, but the reference microSD Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 is read and written with the usual speed. The device always stays cool on the outside even under heavy load..

On the diagram, the loudspeaker on the back appears to have a pretty decent sound and seems to be less heavy on high frequencies than other devices. We can only confirm this to a limited extent after a listening test; at maximum volume, the sound is quite mushy and you don't like to listen to it. Voices are also not reproduced as clearly as on other smartphones. The loudspeaker is therefore rather something for occasional music listeners, but the sound output via the 3.5mm jack and Bluetooth works without problems.

The battery is huge at 5,580 mAh, but the Cubot King Kong 3 or the Gigaset GX290 have even more battery capacity. The BV5900 cuts a fine figure with just over 19 hours of battery life in our WLAN test, so you can easily get through two working days of constant use. If you don't use your smartphone permanently, you'll probably only have to charge it once a week.

PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
4962 Points ∼86%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
5133 Points ∼89% +3%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
5794 Points ∼100% +17%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4960 Points ∼86% 0%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (4195 - 5511, n=10)
4848 Points ∼84% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 11690, n=438)
5517 Points ∼95% +11%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
7005 Points ∼91%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
7739 Points ∼100% +10%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
6379 Points ∼82% -9%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (4229 - 7216, n=8)
6371 Points ∼82% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 15193, n=601)
6014 Points ∼78% -14%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
889 Points ∼44%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
1536 Points ∼75% +73%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1210 Points ∼59% +36%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1895 Points ∼93% +113%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (780 - 940, n=9)
850 Points ∼42% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5576, n=444)
2043 Points ∼100% +130%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
253 Points ∼13%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
430 Points ∼23% +70%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
488 Points ∼26% +93%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
415 Points ∼22% +64%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (197 - 253, n=9)
242 Points ∼13% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 9345, n=444)
1882 Points ∼100% +644%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
301 Points ∼17%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
512 Points ∼29% +70%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
563 Points ∼32% +87%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
502 Points ∼29% +67%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (238 - 301, n=9)
288 Points ∼16% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 7982, n=445)
1748 Points ∼100% +481%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
891 Points ∼46%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
1571 Points ∼80% +76%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1212 Points ∼62% +36%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1882 Points ∼96% +111%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (775 - 954, n=10)
863 Points ∼44% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5209, n=473)
1954 Points ∼100% +119%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
457 Points ∼18%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
636 Points ∼25% +39%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
816 Points ∼33% +79%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
643 Points ∼26% +41%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (390 - 461, n=10)
450 Points ∼18% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 20154, n=473)
2498 Points ∼100% +447%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
512 Points ∼24%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
733 Points ∼35% +43%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
880 Points ∼42% +72%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
753 Points ∼36% +47%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (442 - 521, n=10)
503 Points ∼24% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 10427, n=473)
2105 Points ∼100% +311%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
854 Points ∼44%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
1489 Points ∼77% +74%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1173 Points ∼60% +37%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1768 Points ∼91% +107%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (738 - 918, n=9)
838 Points ∼43% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 4909, n=524)
1946 Points ∼100% +128%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
227 Points ∼14%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
445 Points ∼28% +96%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
439 Points ∼28% +93%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
395 Points ∼25% +74%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (197 - 250, n=9)
220 Points ∼14% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 8469, n=524)
1571 Points ∼100% +592%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
271 Points ∼18%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
527 Points ∼35% +94%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
510 Points ∼34% +88%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
477 Points ∼32% +76%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (239 - 298, n=9)
263 Points ∼17% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 7012, n=525)
1504 Points ∼100% +455%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
860 Points ∼47%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
1483 Points ∼82% +72%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1172 Points ∼65% +36%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1754 Points ∼97% +104%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (755 - 923, n=10)
838 Points ∼46% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5054, n=565)
1814 Points ∼100% +111%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
424 Points ∼21%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
633 Points ∼31% +49%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
736 Points ∼36% +74%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
616 Points ∼30% +45%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (357 - 434, n=10)
403 Points ∼20% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 11488, n=564)
2053 Points ∼100% +384%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
478 Points ∼27%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
725 Points ∼41% +52%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
802 Points ∼45% +68%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
720 Points ∼41% +51%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (411 - 492, n=10)
455 Points ∼26% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 8866, n=567)
1774 Points ∼100% +271%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
12304 Points ∼71%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
17243 Points ∼100%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
12566 Points ∼73%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (12725 - 15348, n=8)
14525 Points ∼84%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 45072, n=715)
14596 Points ∼85%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
10913 Points ∼47%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
12064 Points ∼52%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
11234 Points ∼48%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (7482 - 7695, n=8)
7584 Points ∼33%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 209204, n=713)
23210 Points ∼100%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
11194 Points ∼60%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
12927 Points ∼69%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
11505 Points ∼62%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (8316 - 8657, n=8)
8482 Points ∼45%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 97276, n=713)
18684 Points ∼100%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
2.8 fps ∼28%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
3.8 fps ∼38% +36%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4.7 fps ∼47% +68%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
3.9 fps ∼39% +39%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (2.7 - 3.7, n=10)
3.05 fps ∼30% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=236)
10.1 fps ∼100% +261%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
0.85 fps ∼12%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
1.4 fps ∼20% +65%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1.5 fps ∼21% +76%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1.5 fps ∼21% +76%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (0.72 - 0.85, n=10)
0.82 fps ∼12% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 39, n=234)
7.1 fps ∼100% +735%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
4.4 fps ∼29%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
6.5 fps ∼43% +48%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
7.4 fps ∼49% +68%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
6.9 fps ∼46% +57%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (2.3 - 5.8, n=10)
4.59 fps ∼31% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=240)
15 fps ∼100% +241%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
2.3 fps ∼14%
Gigaset GX290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 3072
3.9 fps ∼23% +70%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
3.9 fps ∼23% +70%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4.1 fps ∼25% +78%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (1.9 - 4.2, n=10)
2.56 fps ∼15% +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 87, n=240)
16.7 fps ∼100% +626%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
836 Points ∼94%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
887 Points ∼100% +6%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
753 Points ∼85% -10%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (715 - 1037, n=6)
834 Points ∼94% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=668)
778 Points ∼88% -7%
Graphics (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
477 Points ∼22%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
866 Points ∼39% +82%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
952 Points ∼43% +100%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (470 - 483, n=6)
476 Points ∼22% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=668)
2206 Points ∼100% +362%
Memory (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
1156 Points ∼71%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1141 Points ∼70% -1%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1252 Points ∼77% +8%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (531 - 1458, n=6)
1113 Points ∼69% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 7500, n=668)
1619 Points ∼100% +40%
System (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
1531 Points ∼49%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
2390 Points ∼76% +56%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
2952 Points ∼94% +93%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (1419 - 1798, n=6)
1574 Points ∼50% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=668)
3145 Points ∼100% +105%
Overall (sort by value)
Blackview BV5900
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
916 Points ∼58%
CAT S52
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1203 Points ∼76% +31%
Cubot King Kong 3
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1276 Points ∼81% +39%
Average Mediatek Helio A22 MT6761
  (744 - 986, n=6)
904 Points ∼57% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6097, n=668)
1580 Points ∼100% +72%
Blackview BV5900Gigaset GX290CAT S52Cubot King Kong 3Average 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
5%
69%
12%
21%
50%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
63.2 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
74.3 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
18%
61.8 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-2%
74.31
18%
51.3 (3.4 - 87.1, n=155)
-19%
50.1 (1.7 - 87.1, n=470)
-21%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
83.1 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
81.05 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-2%
82.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
81.15
-2%
70.2 (8.2 - 96.5, n=155)
-16%
68.3 (8.1 - 96.5, n=470)
-18%
Random Write 4KB
7.6
10.95
44%
21.3
180%
11.21
48%
18.1 (0.75 - 77.3, n=198)
138%
26.1 (0.14 - 259, n=802)
243%
Random Read 4KB
40.9
33.33
-19%
76.6
87%
17.21
-58%
40 (3.59 - 117, n=198)
-2%
51.3 (1.59 - 226, n=802)
25%
Sequential Write 256KB
101.7
33.77
-67%
195.4
92%
134.32
32%
95.4 (14.8 - 189, n=198)
-6%
107 (2.99 - 729, n=802)
5%
Sequential Read 256KB
179.6
275.59
53%
286.2
59%
241.01
34%
236 (25.8 - 452, n=198)
31%
295 (12.1 - 1781, n=802)
64%

Temperature

Max. Load
 36.7 °C
98 F
33.7 °C
93 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
 35.8 °C
96 F
32.5 °C
91 F
33.6 °C
92 F
 
 35.3 °C
96 F
32.2 °C
90 F
32.7 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 36.7 °C = 98 F
Average: 33.9 °C = 93 F
31.7 °C
89 F
31.7 °C
89 F
37.8 °C
100 F
30.5 °C
87 F
31.7 °C
89 F
37.1 °C
99 F
30.4 °C
87 F
32.1 °C
90 F
35.5 °C
96 F
Maximum: 37.8 °C = 100 F
Average: 33.2 °C = 92 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.3 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 21.7 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated); Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.9 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 33 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.7 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37.8 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.4 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 33 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap top
Heatmap top
Heatmap bottom
Heatmap bottom

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2041.342.32537.540.6312934.94031.639.85033.243.66328.339.38023.334.310023.33512524.238.216020.534.52001943.925017.645.731516.947.940016.255.450016.464.363018.370.680016.175.3100014.775.1125014.272.6160014.766.4200013.965.2250014.367.6315014.968.9400014.867.5500015.363.8630014.962.1800015591000015.550.51250016.441.2160001645.6SPL75.372.427.581.2N3326.1146.5median 16median 62.1Delta211.332.239.736.227.529.127.83029.642.344.226.827.120.3232521.817.223.917.928.717.130.817.93816.244.516.549.815.358.315.664.415.67114.876.314.47414.673.314.773.314.170.914.47514.478.314.980.914.773.614.56814.863.71560.516.653.927.186.80.962.8median 15median 64.41.214.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseBlackview BV5900Gigaset GX290
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Blackview BV5900 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 52% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 70% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 23% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Gigaset GX290 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 33.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (30% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 82% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 10% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 88% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 8% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life

Blackview BV5900
5580 mAh
Gigaset GX290
6200 mAh
CAT S52
3100 mAh
Cubot King Kong 3
6000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
1153
1316
14%
637
-45%
1267
10%
673 (223 - 2636, n=668)
-42%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
19h 13min

Pros

+ fast WLAN
+ IP68 and IP69x
+ chic and stable case
+ long battery life
+ little warming

Cons

- display glass not so shatterproof
- obsolete software
- mediocre speaker
- camera quality
- screen with poor contrast

Verdict – Good Case, Inexpensive Components

In Review: Blackview BV5900.
In Review: Blackview BV5900.

The Blackview BV5900 is a very affordable smartphone that can compete with more expensive outdoor smartphones in terms of looks. Gorilla Glass 3 for the screen would perhaps no longer be the first choice for a modern ruggedized phone, so it's better to use the smartphone in less harsh places where the risk of a display breakage is reduced. However, according to the manufacturer, the latest protection classes are fulfilled and you can submerge the smartphone in fresh water.

The large battery provides great runtimes, but also makes the smartphone heavy. Nevertheless, it lies well in the hand and also brings along quite fast WLAN. The good usability is also pleasing, but you shouldn't expect up-to-date software: The operating system is Android 9 and the security patches are hopelessly outdated at the time of testing.

The Blackview BV5900 is a cheap outdoor smartphone for less demanding users.

The performance is sufficient for simpler activities, but you shouldn't expect too much here either. The same applies to the camera and loudspeaker.

If you're looking for a cheap outdoor smartphone and rarely use features like the internal speaker or the camera, the Blackview BV5900 is worth a look.

Blackview BV5900 - 03/25/2020 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
33 / 70 → 48%
Weight
87%
Battery
92%
Display
83%
Games Performance
4 / 64 → 6%
Application Performance
51 / 86 → 60%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
48 / 90 → 53%
Camera
35%
Average
67%
73%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Pricecompare

Read all 1 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Blackview BV5900 Smartphone Review – Outdoor Smartphone with Long Battery Life
Florian Schmitt, 2020-03-25 (Update: 2020-03-25)