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Blackview Tab 13 review - 4G tablet with a lot of accessories and annoying apps

Pressured to use the Internet. The Blackview Tab 13 is a stylish tablet with LTE that can also be used as a PC replacement and offers a lot for just over 200 Euros. However, there is a preloaded app that spoiled our fun in the test.
Blackview Tab 13
Blackview Tab 13 (Tab Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G85 8 x 1.8 - 2 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
6 GB 
Display
10.10 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1200 pixel 224 PPI, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB eMMC Flash, 128 GB 
, 115 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: audio via USB-C, Card Reader: microSD, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM, UMTS, LTE (B1/B3/B7/B8/B20), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.7 x 238.8 x 157.6 ( = 0.3 x 9.4 x 6.2 in)
Battery
7280 mAh Lithium-Ion, 10 Watt charging
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix (camera 1), 0.3 MP (camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, screen protector, cover, charger, USB cable, 12 Months Warranty, Pogo-PIN-Port, fanless
Weight
450 g ( = 15.87 oz / 0.99 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
220 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
80.8 %
02/2023
Blackview Tab 13
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
450 g128 GB eMMC Flash10.10"1920x1200
81.2 %
01/2023
Huawei MatePad SE
SD 680, Adreno 610
440 g64 GB eMMC Flash10.40"2000x1200
82.5 %
07/2022
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2
465 g64 GB eMMC Flash10.61"2000x1200
81 %
02/2022
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
T618, Mali-G52 MP2
508 g32 GB eMMC Flash10.50"1920x1200

Case and features - Lightweight metal case

The Blackview Tab 13 does not have a huge 13-inch screen, as one might assume from the name. Instead, it has a slightly smaller 10.1-inch screen compared to the competition. The weight of 450 grams is within the usual range, and the dimensions are compact.

The manufacturer has designed the edges on the front to be equally wide on all sides. They are well chosen so that you can hold the tablet in your hand without accidentally triggering the touchscreen and the Tab 13 still has a modern look.

Like most tablets in its price range, the Blackview tablet also comes with a metal casing. Three restrained colors are available: soft blue, gray, and silver. The back panel and frame are made of aluminum, and since there is no visible seam between the components, it was probably made of one piece of metal. The transition to the screen on the other hand is noticeable and a bit rough, which reduces the quality impression a bit.

With 128 GB of mass storage and 6 GB of RAM, you get a lush storage configuration for the price range. NFC is unfortunately not available, so you have to do without mobile payment services. For example, the optionally available keyboard cover can be connected via a pogo PIN port on the bottom. However, there are already a few accessories in the box, for example, the cover based on Apple's Smart Folio, which can be folded into a stand.

The microSD reader is separate from the two SIM slots. It works very quickly in the test with our reference micro-SD card Angelbird V60 during reading but has slight problems with the writing speed.

Blackview Tab 13
Blackview Tab 13
Blackview Tab 13
Blackview Tab 13
Blackview Tab 13
Blackview Tab 13
Blackview Tab 13

Size comparison

251.2 mm / 9.89 in 158.8 mm / 6.25 in 7.45 mm / 0.2933 in 465 g1.025 lbs247 mm / 9.72 in 156.7 mm / 6.17 in 7.9 mm / 0.311 in 440 g0.97 lbs246.8 mm / 9.72 in 161.9 mm / 6.37 in 6.9 mm / 0.2717 in 508 g1.12 lbs238.8 mm / 9.4 in 157.6 mm / 6.2 in 7.7 mm / 0.3031 in 450 g0.992 lbs210 mm / 8.27 in 148 mm / 5.83 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 2.9 g0.00639 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
  (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
49.18 MB/s +94%
Average of class Tablet
  (7.61 - 101.6, n=62, last 2 years)
32.2 MB/s +27%
Blackview Tab 13
  (Angelbird V60)
25.3 MB/s
Huawei MatePad SE
  (Angelbird V60)
19.7 MB/s -22%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
  (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
16.11 MB/s -36%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Blackview Tab 13 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø25.9 (16.1-46.4)
Huawei MatePad SE Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø36.1 (13.9-54.3)
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø42 (31.2-52.8)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022 Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø32.7 (13.3-40.3)
Blackview Tab 13 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø75.8 (38.2-83.5)
Huawei MatePad SE Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø52.3 (17.2-85.2)
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø70.5 (13.8-78.6)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022 Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø74.6 (37.9-86.8)

Communication, software and operation - Annoying apps

WiFi 5 is of course on board, and the Blackview Tab 13 even achieves slightly faster transfer rates compared to other tablets in the price range.

Besides that, the pad is even a mobile-capable device, but too many LTE frequencies are not supported. In return, the reception is quite decent indoors and there is even a phone function.

Actually, a great idea is that Blackview cooperates with the company Simo, which offers international mobile rates. This means that the Blackview Tab 13 can be used abroad without WLAN and roaming charges, and it can even be used as a WLAN hotspot, provided that the corresponding tariff from Simo is available.

The problem is that the Simo app is preinstalled and cannot be removed. That would still be tolerable, but the app displays a recurring notification that cannot be permanently deactivated and constantly prompts you to sign up for a rate. Blackview urgently needs to improve this, because it will probably annoy most users.

The software is based on Android 12, which is topped by the in-house DokeOS that includes quite an extensive PC mode that adapts the handling better to the mouse and keyboard. This can be activated automatically when a keyboard is connected or manually in the options. Apps can be isolated in the so-called "Cold Room" so that they cannot access the tablet's data and functions until the user activates them manually. The security updates are from October 2022 and are thus outdated at the time of testing.

The touchscreen only runs at 60 Hz, but the operation is reliable and reasonably smooth. In terms of biometric security, the Blackview Tab 13 can be unlocked with the user's face. This works via the front-facing camera and is fairly reliable, although you have to move the tablet to find the right position for recognition.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Blackview Tab 13
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
370 (336min - 376max) MBit/s
Huawei MatePad SE
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
365 (352min - 379max) MBit/s -1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
349 (178min - 357max) MBit/s -6%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
346 (167min - 354max) MBit/s -6%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
347 (335min - 351max) MBit/s +5%
Blackview Tab 13
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
332 (306min - 352max) MBit/s
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
325 (163min - 328max) MBit/s -2%
Huawei MatePad SE
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
310 (284min - 330max) MBit/s -7%
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Blackview Tab 13; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø331 (306-352)
Blackview Tab 13; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø370 (336-376)

Camera - For snapshots

Photo from the front camera
Photo from the front camera

As usual with tablets, photo quality is rather less in the manufacturer's focus: most people use their smartphones or straight away a camera for taking pictures. Our test device comes with a 13-megapixel sensor as the main lens, which is supplemented by a 0.3-megapixel support camera. You cannot take your own photos with the latter, but it supports blur effects for portraits.

At first glance, the main camera takes decently sharp pictures at close range, but you can see that details are only displayed very rudimentarily when you zoom in. The sharpness then drops in some parts of the surroundings, and the whole photo looks very grainy. This also applies to dark environments with high contrasts, where a moderate brightening succeeds, but the image looks very coarsely structured.

This effect can also be observed in the photo lab. The contrast is generally okay and the image sharpness is passable in good light. The camera is unusable in only 1 lux illumination.

Videos can be recorded in 1080p and 30 fps at most. The autofocus is a bit slow here from time to time but then reacts precisely and without pumping. The brightness adjustment could also work a bit faster, but it also works satisfactorily.

Pictures taken with the 8-megapixel selfie camera are sometimes blurry.

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.

Main cameraMain cameraLow Light
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ColorChecker
15.1 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
14.8 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
12 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
7 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Blackview Tab 13: 10.82 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 15.09 ∆E
ColorChecker
27.9 ∆E
53.7 ∆E
39.4 ∆E
35.4 ∆E
44.9 ∆E
62.5 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
35.5 ∆E
41.7 ∆E
28.4 ∆E
64.5 ∆E
63.1 ∆E
31.1 ∆E
47.9 ∆E
35.8 ∆E
75.6 ∆E
43.7 ∆E
44 ∆E
87 ∆E
69.9 ∆E
51.5 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Blackview Tab 13: 46.24 ∆E min: 13.42 - max: 86.99 ∆E

Display - Full HD without Widevine

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The screen can boast an expanded Full HD resolution. However, we should not rejoice too soon: Blackview failed to obtain a Widevine certification for the tablet, so streams from the major providers are only possible in SD and thus do not use the possible resolution.

The screen is also not convincing in terms of brightness: we measured a maximum brightness of 344 cd/m², visibly less than most comparable devices. This is particularly annoying in view of the tablet's 4G capability, with which you could easily access the Internet outdoors. This is now made much more difficult by the screen's low brightness.

A slight blue cast is visible in the grayscale, and blue hues are sometimes displayed very inaccurately. We did not notice any PWM.

334
cd/m²
337
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
332
cd/m²
344
cd/m²
320
cd/m²
320
cd/m²
332
cd/m²
322
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 344 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 330.2 cd/m² Minimum: 6.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 344 cd/m²
Contrast: 1274:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.32 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.99
ΔE Greyscale 6.2 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
89.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.106
Blackview Tab 13
IPS, 1920x1200, 10.10
Huawei MatePad SE
IPS, 2000x1200, 10.40
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
IPS LCD, 2000x1200, 10.61
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
TFT-LCD, 1920x1200, 10.50
Response Times
-7%
28%
-30%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
35.9 ?(18.6, 17.3)
44.5 ?(23.4, 21.1)
-24%
34.52 ?(15.95, 18.57)
4%
53.6 ?(24.4, 29.2)
-49%
Response Time Black / White *
32.2 ?(14.1, 18.1)
28.6 ?(14.4, 14.2)
11%
15.81 ?(5.34, 10.47)
51%
35.6 ?(17.2, 18.4)
-11%
PWM Frequency
32730
Screen
11%
23%
-28%
Brightness middle
344
398
16%
510
48%
368
7%
Brightness
330
368
12%
480
45%
346
5%
Brightness Distribution
93
87
-6%
85
-9%
91
-2%
Black Level *
0.27
0.46
-70%
0.49
-81%
0.61
-126%
Contrast
1274
865
-32%
1041
-18%
603
-53%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
5.32
2.17
59%
1.8
66%
6.9
-30%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
11.27
4.32
62%
3.7
67%
11.4
-1%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
6.2
3.1
50%
2.2
65%
7.7
-24%
Gamma
2.106 104%
2.214 99%
2.17 101%
2.16 102%
CCT
8023 81%
7245 90%
6907 94%
8547 76%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
2% / 8%
26% / 24%
-29% / -28%

* ... 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
32.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.1 ms rise
↘ 18.1 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. » 86 % 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
35.9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.6 ms rise
↘ 17.3 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. » 44 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to 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 17673 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Color space sRGB
CalMAN Color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - Blackview tablet with good runtimes

The Helio G85 from Mediatek as SoC is a very good choice for an inexpensive tablet. It can keep up with or outperform the comparison devices in most benchmarks. You can navigate smoothly through the menus in everyday use, but you will have to limit yourself or live with stutters in multitasking and more complex apps.

Blackview has installed a lot of storage, but unfortunately only slow eMMC flash. This still puts the tablet on par with its class, but the manufacturer would have had a nice opportunity to distinguish itself from the competition.

The temperature rise of the tablet is overall within limits. It is only noticeable in the area of the front-facing camera, where the SoC is probably located, but it is still very moderate.

Blackview installs stereo speakers in its tablet. These sound average: they can get quite loud, but are a bit treble-heavy. Headphones or external speakers should be connected to really enjoy music or movie sound, which is possible via USB-C or Bluetooth. Bluetooth codecs include SBC, AAC, LDAC, aptX, and aptX HD.

With its 7,280 mAh battery, the Blackview Tab 13 has strong energy storage and manages 15:26 hours in our Wi-Fi test. It can thus outperform all the rivals, sometimes even very clearly. It is definitely enough for a workday in everyday use, and even for a second one when used sparingly. The tablet can only be charged with a maximum of 10 watts, and a charger is included in the package. It takes up to 3:30 hours until the tablet is fully charged again.

3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Average of class Tablet
  (361 - 14235, n=54, last 2 years)
1989 Points +39%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1426 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1425 Points 0%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1387 - 1463, n=13)
1421 Points 0%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1384 Points -3%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1312 Points -8%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Average of class Tablet
  (290 - 24605, n=54, last 2 years)
2083 Points +65%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1264 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1237 - 1282, n=13)
1259 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1252 Points -1%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1182 Points -6%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1141 Points -10%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Average of class Tablet
  (858 - 5751, n=54, last 2 years)
2792 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2768 Points +7%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2754 Points +6%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2587 Points 0%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2586 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (2084 - 2654, n=13)
2550 Points -1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Tablet
  (267 - 14235, n=65, last 2 years)
3295 Points +129%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1463 Points +2%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1441 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1393 - 1453, n=13)
1433 Points -1%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1355 Points -6%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1330 Points -8%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Tablet
  (240 - 24605, n=65, last 2 years)
3953 Points +209%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1875 Points +46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1284 Points 0%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1281 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1234 - 1281, n=13)
1262 Points -1%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1156 Points -10%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Average of class Tablet
  (441 - 5751, n=65, last 2 years)
3265 Points +27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2865 Points +12%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2809 Points +10%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (2533 - 2811, n=13)
2697 Points +5%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2564 Points 0%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2564 Points
Wild Life Score
Average of class Tablet
  (286 - 7933, n=64, last 2 years)
1598 Points +110%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
761 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (706 - 761, n=14)
732 Points -4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
712 Points -6%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
687 Points -10%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
441 Points -42%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Average of class Tablet
  (289 - 32525, n=75, last 2 years)
4284 Points +466%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
757 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (698 - 757, n=14)
730 Points -4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
708 Points -6%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
691 Points -9%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
440 Points -42%
Wild Life Extreme
Average of class Tablet
  (75 - 8689, n=75, last 2 years)
1172 Points +507%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
193 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (181 - 193, n=13)
186.3 Points -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
184 Points -5%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
176 Points -9%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
121 Points -37%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average of class Tablet
  (72 - 8889, n=71, last 2 years)
1278 Points +569%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
191 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (178 - 191, n=13)
184.2 Points -4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
179 Points -6%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
171 Points -10%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
120 Points -37%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Tablet
  (3 - 120, n=80, last 2 years)
24.3 fps +224%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (7.5 - 22, n=15)
12.4 fps +65%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
9.9 fps +32%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
8.6 fps +15%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8 fps +7%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
7.5 fps
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Tablet
  (2.5 - 340, n=80, last 2 years)
47.4 fps +464%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
10 fps +19%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
9.3 fps +11%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (8 - 9.7, n=15)
9.1 fps +8%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8.7 fps +4%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
8.4 fps
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Tablet
  (1.9 - 106.4, n=80, last 2 years)
17.1 fps +242%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (5 - 13, n=15)
7.81 fps +56%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
6 fps +20%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
5.2 fps +4%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
5.2 fps +4%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
5 fps
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Tablet
  (0.9 - 114.5, n=80, last 2 years)
17.5 fps +430%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
3.6 fps +9%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (3.1 - 3.5, n=15)
3.37 fps +2%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
3.3 fps
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.2 fps -3%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
3.2 fps -3%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet
  (2672 - 105178, n=82, last 2 years)
26541 Points +127%
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
12744 Points +9%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (10299 - 15430, n=12)
12698 Points +8%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
11712 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
10787 Points -8%
Huawei MatePad SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
10370 Points -11%
Geekbench 6.0
Single-Core
Average of class Tablet
  (408 - 1663, n=5, last 2 years)
728 Points +78%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (408 - 429, n=3)
420 Points +3%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
408 Points
Multi-Core
Average of class Tablet
  (1361 - 4130, n=5, last 2 years)
2076 Points +52%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1315 - 1442, n=3)
1375 Points +1%
Blackview Tab 13
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1368 Points
Blackview Tab 13Huawei MatePad SELenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022Average 128 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Tablet
AndroBench 3-5
-19%
1%
-19%
1%
175%
Sequential Read 256KB
289.1
293.6
2%
393.23
36%
255.1
-12%
Sequential Write 256KB
173.1
99.5
-43%
234.88
36%
101.1
-42%
194.6 ?(72.3 - 314, n=76)
12%
Random Read 4KB
79
61.8
-22%
75.12
-5%
68.3
-14%
Random Write 4KB
63.1
54
-14%
23.97
-62%
57.5
-9%

Temperature

Max. Load
 28 °C
82 F
35 °C
95 F
27.4 °C
81 F
 
 27.3 °C
81 F
29 °C
84 F
27.3 °C
81 F
 
 26.6 °C
80 F
26.5 °C
80 F
25.8 °C
78 F
 
Maximum: 35 °C = 95 F
Average: 28.1 °C = 83 F
29.4 °C
85 F
33.4 °C
92 F
29.2 °C
85 F
28.2 °C
83 F
28.4 °C
83 F
28 °C
82 F
27.2 °C
81 F
27.2 °C
81 F
27.3 °C
81 F
Maximum: 33.4 °C = 92 F
Average: 28.7 °C = 84 F
Power Supply (max.)  36.8 °C = 98 F | Room Temperature 19 °C = 66 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.1 °C / 83 F, compared to the average of 30 °C / 86 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F, ranging from 20.7 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 33.4 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.2 °C / 72 F, compared to the device average of 30 °C / 86 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Back side
Heatmap Back side

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.242.22534.436.43130.829.14033.430.9503432.86329.827.88028.919.110019.220.912521.323.316018.227.820013.834.5250144431513.3534001155.750010.960.563010.364.480015.867100016.171.6125017.372.1160011.473.8200011.273.8250011.574.831501269.3400012.971.6500013.568.9630014.16580001561.11000015.861.11250016.553.21600017.339.6SPL26.182.8N0.750.1median 14median 61.1Delta2.513.633.135.132.640.627.434.330.536.434.140.429.432.719.921.22221.822.925.114.235.61138.511.742.48.5478.953.29.458.610.162.916.561.91468.615.467.310.563.210.765.911.36511.964.512.96113.564.714.260.8155015.745.916.450.217.351.525.5760.734.9median 13.5median 58.62.710.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseBlackview Tab 13Huawei MatePad SE
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Blackview Tab 13 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.8% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 83% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 14% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 129%
Compared to all devices tested
» 83% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 14% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Huawei MatePad SE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 74% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 129%
Compared to all devices tested
» 74% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Blackview Tab 13
7280 mAh
926 min
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3
7500 mAh
909 min -2%
Average of class Tablet
  (319 - 1764, n=78, last 2 years)
822 min -11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
7040 mAh
679 min -27%
Huawei MatePad SE
5100 mAh
638 min -31%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
15h 26min

Pros

+ long runtimes
+ good performance values
+ lots of storage
+ metal case
+ LTE-capable with dual SIM
+ phone function
+ PC mode
+ extensive accessories

Cons

- dark screen
- no Widevine L1
- annoying pre-installed software
- outdated security patches
- mediocre camera quality

Verdict - If only the software was better...

In review: Blackview Tab 13
In review: Blackview Tab 13

We actually like the Blackview Tab 13 very much due to its chic casing, the included cover, and the integrated PC mode. In addition, there are decent performance rates and a great storage configuration for the price range. The battery runtimes and the communication options, including 4G capability and phone mode are also fully convincing.

However, the dim screen and the cameras are hardly convincing. The biggest problem, however, is the software: on the one hand, the security patches are almost 6 months old at the time of testing. On the other hand, the preinstalled Simo app is annoying in that it cannot be permanently removed or deactivated and constantly sends notifications that cannot be permanently disabled either. The fact that Widevine certification is also missing should be unforgivable for streaming fans.

We deduct one percentage point from the overall rating for the strong weaknesses in the software.

The Blackview Tab 13 is a good tablet that offers a lot for little money. However, the intrusive preinstalled software is annoying.

The Huawei MatePad SE has done its Widevine homework, but you have to make do without Google services here. With Lenovo Tab M10 Plus you even get support for a stylus.

Price and availability

The Blackview Tab 13 is available directly from the manufacturer at the time of testing with a decent discount for just under 180 Euros.

The tablet is also available in all 3 colors at amazon.de for 220 Euros each.

Blackview Tab 13 - 02/26/2023 v7 (old)
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
81 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
65 / 80 → 82%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
44 / 70 → 63%
Weight
84 / 40-88 → 91%
Battery
91%
Display
81%
Games Performance
17 / 78 → 22%
Application Performance
57 / 92 → 62%
Temperature
96%
Noise
100%
Audio
60 / 91 → 66%
Camera
47 / 85 → 56%
Add Points
-1%
Average
65%
81%
Tablet - 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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Florian Schmitt, 2023-02-27 (Update: 2023-03- 3)