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The Blackview BV9700 Pro attracts over US$100,000 on Indiegogo in 24 hours

The Blackview BV9700 Pro. (Source: Blackview)
The Blackview BV9700 Pro. (Source: Blackview)
The BV9700 Pro is a phone described as "beyond rugged" by its manufacturer, Blackview. This OEM has put its new device on Indiegogo, as part of a campaign in which it was looking for about US$20,000 to help make it. However, its backers have contributed $119,275 - in the first day alone.

Blackview has turned to crowdfunding again to produce its latest rugged smartphone, the BV9700 Pro. With its MIL-Spec 810G rating against drops, shocks and other adverse forces, this device is distinctly aimed at those who work, or are otherwise active, in definitively outdoor environments.

The Blackview BV9700 Pro certainly looks the part for this niche. Its "5-layer structure design" gives it the impression of wearing a case without the actual need for one. It is also finished in an anti-wear titanium alloy and "nano waterproofing". Blackview claims that the resulting phone chassis is IP69K certified as well as  IP68 rated, for that ingress-protection edge.

The BV9700 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Helio P70 processor, has 6GB of RAM and 128GB in internal storage. It also runs Android 9 (Pie), which is unusual in a 'rugged' mobile device. It has a 5.84-inch IPS screen with FHD+ and a decent-looking screen-to-body ratio.

However, the latter spec is achieved through a particularly angular notch. Blackview claims that the phone also integrates health- and welfare-tracking functions such as a heart-rate monitor, an air-quality gauge and a pressure detector.

Blackview has set up an Indiegogo campaign for this phone, in which they originally looked for approximately US$20,000 as a flexible goal. However, this project has attracted 363 backers to date, who have helped it to 585% of this original figure. Oddly, despite this, there are still super early bird reward slots left on this campaign at present.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-05-18 (Update: 2019-05-18)