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Outdoor smartphone Blackview BV9700 Pro has great weaknesses

Pretty render images don't always show the final product
Pretty render images don't always show the final product
While the Asian market has been producing a series of successful smartphone brands in the past few years, we have also come across some manufacturers who prefer to look good rather than do good. Our review of the BV9700 Pro showed that Blackview is one of those manufacturers.
Mike Wobker (translated by Katherine Bodner), 🇩🇪

An outdoor smartphone with lots of certifications, 6 GB of RAM and a 128-GB storage capacity sounds great. If these features are combined with a promising Mediatek Helio P70 as well as an ARM Mali G72 MP3, fans of robust phones might prick up their ears. The device is available for around $450 and even includes additional sensors for measuring the heart rate and air purity. These sensors and the device itself do a very good job in our review and the case is solid. 

But when one of our users mentioned something we had already felt funny about, we became suspicious: While the render image on the manufacturer's website shows a display that covers the front of the device almost entirely, we saw a significantly wider bezel on the test unit in our hands. Particularly the bottom chin is a whole centimeter wider than on the image - as buyers only realize once they unbox their phone. We could still forgive this trick if the 5,84-inch display size cited in the technical specifications was correct. But it's not.

It didn't take us long to measure the actual screen size of only 5,66 inches - obviously the information on the data sheet was false. While it is known by now that buyers of affordable Chinese smartphones from certain manufacturers don't always get the fastest compontents, at least so far the specifications always told the truth. Find out what other weaknesses and strenghts the Blackview BV9700 Pro has in our review.

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Blackview BV9700 Pro - render image vs. reality
Blackview BV9700 Pro - render image vs. reality


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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 444 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Katherine Bodner
Translator: Katherine Bodner - Translator - 285 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I completed my master's degree in translation at the University of Vienna a few years ago and have been working as a translator for English, German and French ever since. I first started translating for Notebookcheck in 2017 and have learned more about computers than I ever imagined, and I have even become the person my family turns to for advice when it comes to consumer electronics. Other than that I also focus on everything connected to sustainability and renewable energy.
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Mike Wobker, 2019-10-24 (Update: 2019-10-24)