Blackview attracts over 2500% of its crowdfunding goal for the rugged Dimensity 800-powered BL6000 Pro

The Blackview BL6000 Pro 5G. (Source: Indiegogo)
The Blackview BL6000 Pro 5G. (Source: Indiegogo)
The OEM Blackview decided to combine 5G connectivity with its popular line of rugged phones in the BL6000 Pro. And then it chose to launch this IP68/IP69K-rated device via Indiegogo. This strategy appears to have worked out very well, as it has smashed through its original goal to amass well over $300,000 in backing. Its campaign now has 21 days to go, and also has a special holiday perk at present.

Blackview asserts that its new BL6000 Pro is "the toughest 5G smartphone". This is due to the chassis that conforms to the IP68, IP69K and MIL-STD-810G rated chassis containing a MediaTek Dimensity 800 SoC, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Therefore, its maker asserts that it is dustproof, shockproof and drop-proof, while also supporting multiple 5G, 4G, TDD and FDD bands.

The BL6000 Pro's processor also confers dual-mode 5G on the phone, which might offer download speeds of up to 2.3Gb/s. Blackview also claims that it can work to some extent in temperatures as low as -30°C. Similarly, it indicates that its triple rear cameras (with a Sony IMX582 48MP main sensor) can work underwater thanks to its ingress-protection.

These cameras are also rated for a night mode, HDR and 4K/30fps recording. The BL6000 Pro also has a 5280mAh battery to keep its 6.36-inch FHD+ display on. It also integrates NFC, fingerprint-sensing and the less expected inclusion of a barometer.

The BL6000 Pro is currently available for $3,489 Hong Kong dollars (HKD, or ~US$450) for Black Friday 2020, with a free smartwatch thrown in. This promotion lasts for about 45 hours from now (November 27, 2020 at about 19:00 CET). More normally, it goes for ~$499 on Indiegogo, possibly with free TWS earbuds from this brand.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-11-27 (Update: 2020-12- 2)
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