Blackview BV9800 Pro: Connection established

Puts pressure on the CAT smartphones: the Blackview BV9800 Pro
Puts pressure on the CAT smartphones: the Blackview BV9800 Pro
Thanks to accumulated experience and cheap hardware, Blackview’s rugged smartphone is able to go head to head with the established competitors. The inclusion of an infrared camera tells us that Blackview is going after a specific manufacturer.
Mike Wobker (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 🇩🇪

In previous reviews, the rugged smartphones from Blackview proved to be unwieldy, heavy and slow. In the past, we were likely to recommend competing devices, especially those from CAT. Smartphones from this brand have a good build quality and a premium feel. However, the main disadvantage here is the price (and the prices do not fall even after a model has been on the market for a while).  

Here, Blackview comes in the BV9800 Pro, which is very responsive, offers a usable camera and leaves a good overall impression. It is still big and unwieldy, but the system is very responsive. With its built-in infrared camera, the BV9800 Pro has the CAT S61 squarely in its crosshairs, which costs around 800 Euros ($882). 

The Blackview BV9800 retails for about 500 Euros ($551). However, those who are going to use the thermographic camera on a regular basis will benefit more from getting the cheaper smartphone. Moreover, the rugged smartphone also has a useable 48 MP camera, an IR blaster and a number of unusual sensors such as a barometer. 

The smartphone runs the current version of Android Pie, which has not been customised much. There are no noticeable visual changes, and the only additions are the “Toolbox” folder and FLIR software. 

At the end of the day, users will have to decide for themselves whether they need the provided functions or not. Those who do not need a thermographic camera should get neither the BV9800 Pro nor the CAT S61. However, those who need such a feature will not be disappointed with the cheaper option.


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Mike Wobker, 2020-01-26 (Update: 2020-01-26)
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Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Editor - 370 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.