Blackview A8 MAX smartphone - another budget for MTK6737, 2GB of RAM, 6 Android and 2.5D glass

Since I fell into the hands of Blackview A8 MAX for a while, I decided to tell my impressions about it on Muska, because it seems to have not happened yet.
This device is interesting in that it has separate slots for 2SIM and flash drives, as well as the latest processor from the cheap MTK line.
The model is controversial, (like the segment of smartphones),therefore, I write a review specifically so that everyone selects something for himself. An interesting feature of my review is that I tested mainly emulators on this phone ... Well, all the pros, cons and conclusions can be immediately seen at the end of the review.
UPD: The frame is metal (the prouv added), added the tests “Xash3D” (Half-Life) and “Play!” (PS2 emulator)
I will make a reservation in advance. If I did not mention a feature, then most likely it is not on the phone. Although you can always ask in the comments.
Table of contents? Declared specifications (from the store page)
? Purchase history
? Unpacking
? Content
? Appearance
? OS and software
? Display test
? Performance tests (Wi-Fi, communication, benchmarks)
? Test emulators
? Camera test
? Rest
Declared specifications (from the store page)
- 5.5 Inch 2.5D IPS Screen, 1280 * 720 Pixel
- MTK6737 1.3GHz Quad Core
- 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM, Support 64GB TF Card Expansion
- 5 MP (SW 8 MP) Back Camera + 2 MP (SW 5 MP) Front Camera
- Android 6.0 System
- 3000mAh Battery
- Dual SIM: Micro SIM + Micro SIM + TF Card, three Card Slot
- Band: GSM 850/900/1800 / 1900MHz, WCDMA 900 / 2100MHz, FDD-LTE B1 / B3 / B7 / B8 / B20, Support 2G & 3G & 4G LTE Network
Ideally, the A8 MAX is an improved version of the A8 (whichother manufacturers usually mark it as Pro, but here, probably, the name was affected by the increase in the size of the phone to 5.5 "). As for me, it’s a very good improvement.
Here, for comparison

Purchase history
As you can see from the introduction, the main reason for the purchaseThis phone has separate slots, as well as a new processor. Although yes, according to reviews, he did not very stand out against the “classic” MT6580, still he did not want to buy leftovers. Yes, and modern hardware functions, blah blah blah ... Well, of course, instead of buying popular devices I wanted to experiment - anyway, the quality of a cheap china phone does not depend on popularity. Now there are already many models that seem better, but at the time of purchase (November 15, 2016), the choice was among too extreme UHANS A101 and equally obscure HOMTOM HT17. From the side of the future owner it was proposed to add a small amount and buy something more expensive. Thus, the choice fell on the monitored phone, which was 2 times superior in memory to the HT17, which is also good. By the way, I noticed the lack of a message indicator after the purchase, well, let it ... Let's move on to the details
The phone was added to the order on November 15, butpaid a day later, another day later the order was sent by the seller. But I received it late thanks to our mail - I was lucky that the parcel left Moscow for my city right before the New Year (and there was a hi session, so there was no time for the review) ...
Delivery Screenshot

The phone arrived in this form - an ordinary package andelastic winding. However, the phone reached without any damage (with the track, though). Box looks quite modest. By the way, there is a drawing of the corner of a brick wall on it, but it is applied with transparent glossy paint, so it is not visible in the photo. But they did not regret the white paint. But the reverse side is especially saturated - it printed various brief information in 10 languages, including Russian (hello, Google translate!), But most interesting is the lack of Chinese. That is, this phone was not even planned to be sold inside their native country.

Back side of the box

Opening the box, the buyer immediatelywelcomes the phone. Unlike Xiaomi, the phone is not in a bag. A protective film has already been applied to it, which, judging by the presence of the logo in the center, is factory-made (I will not shoot it, of course). Between the phone and the box there is a soft packing frame with a button pocket (only through it you can get the phone without turning the whole box over).
Already at this stage, I will pay attention that the upperpart of the phone is rather modest: speaker, camera, proximity and brightness sensor. Moreover, the free space for the latter on the film is made rather strange, as if they torn a piece. At first it seemed to me, until I realized that the sensors were there. So two options come to mind: either it goes from the factory, or initially they forgot to punch a hole in the film for the sensors, and the Chinese urgently corrected the lack with scissors.

Removing the phone layer, the gaze opens yetone insert box (which is in the upper left corner in the photo above). It contains a booklet with instructions, another film and a bumper. In my memory, this is the first box in which there is a separate space for the bumper in the form of a whole box, so I can only guess if the bumper with the film was sold or if it was a factory kit ... By the way, the instruction book contains only 3 languages: English, Russian and spanish. And this time Russian is quite Russian.

Example text from a book and optimistic characteristics in it

Under the box is the third layer with accessories:

  • 1A charger
  • USB wire (regular Micro)
  • Headset

Buying is not the first phone from China, a headset forme already is not a very good sign. Usually they save on it, but a cheap phone. I didn’t listen to her, and I don’t think there is a need for this. It is better to pay attention to the charger - it is already with our standard plug. I’ll say in advance that the phone itself does not seem as scary a device as its contents, and you can use it (unlike one of my very first attempts to buy a china phone)
I remembered taking pictures of the inscription at the very last moment ...
The phone looks, it seems to me, severely. In the sense that, as for me, it’s quite unusual, and I like it. Here it tastes and color, but it has so many details on the edges, bumps and different elements ... The phone is stylized to metal ... but more on that later. By the way, the paint is both pleasant to the touch, and at the same time quite sticky. This Blackview without a bumper does not at all strive to slip out of hand, unlike Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.

Boards with a brace for iPhone fashion, but ifthere is a functional solution in this (output of antennas), then here it is unlikely. Despite the fact that the framework is declared metal, and in some reviews they claim that it really is. Well, let's hope they save from the falls. Because, as speed tests show, nobody probably uses them as antennas. I myself could not check the framework for metal, for obvious reasons.
UPD: I checked the frame on the metal, the readings are positive. As I thought, the entire frame is painted (even smooth bevels), but there was a place where chips had already formed - in front of the USB port. I tried to take a specially closer picture, so that it was clear that the place where I called was the frame, not the GND connector. By the way, even on chips, it was very difficult to get contact, but zero resistance indicators show that this is the most natural metal. That's much harder to draw conclusions about the material, but I still doubt that it is not afraid of corrosion.

The probes do not touch!

On the right of the phone is the power button and rockervolume. Separately, I note that the power button has a radial corrugation - indeed a very convenient and pleasant trifle. If you use the phone without bumpers, then the power button is very easy to find. Also on the right there is a small pocket for opening the lid.
Top interesting: there is not only a headphone port, but also USB. It would seem that talking when the phone is connected to charging will be uncomfortable. But you know why it seems to me that USB is more convenient on top? Because I rarely have to talk while charging the phone, but to sit or even lie down - often enough, and usually the wire constantly gets in the way and gets confused at hand. Theoretically, with this arrangement, this problem should be solved. Well, time will tell. Well, the shift of the ports closer to the housing cover is quite expected. Here you can also see the LED with the camera. The camera yes, it sticks out, but only slightly (and after I saw the Homtom HT10 live, I’ll say that it's awesome at all!).
On the left on the case there is nothing at all. A microphone was modestly located below, and the board is divided by two plastic inserts. The speaker, of course, is located on the back of the phone.
By the way, I constantly forgot to write about it, butIt is also important: the phone leaves the impression of a good build. Yes, it can be seen from a certain angle that the parts along the edge of the phone are not perfectly aligned with each other, but the device feels like a serious monolith, even despite the removable cover. There is no backlash or creaking at all. It’s only a pity that there is no way to verify this in combat conditions.

I will compare the phone with Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 (XRN2) - also 5.5, also from the low price segment. I wonder how close Blackview is to him (or far).
Despite the same inches, Blackview over alllarger sizes than XRN2, albeit a bit. But in terms of thickness, I thought that it would be significantly different, but in reality - only a couple of millimeters, mainly due to protruding "2.5D" glass. Again, the taste and color - I did not like the thickness of this Xiaomi at the time, it was inconvenient to hold and use the phone without a bumper, on A8 I did not feel such a problem.

About the glass "2.5D ”should be discussed separately, because it is one of the features of this model. Well, what can I say, it feels, of course, nice. This, probably, the features of glass ends. Gorillas are not here, so the phone needs a film. Which, due to the same shape of the glass, does not stick fully to the surface. If you take the phone for a year, or even six months, it will be normal.
Now, finally, the analysis. Blackview did not spare the latches on this model, there are so many of them that when I closed the lid I constantly missed them, and several pieces at once. I counted 16. Close the lid by first inserting the upper latches, and then press on the rest. As promised, three independent slots. Sims hold in them tightly, but when inserted, their case is necessarily scratched. The battery indicated 3000mAh, it weighs 55g. Check the actual volume is not possible, as well as check the time. In rare places, I met a figure of 2700, but while I was testing, the charge remained normal. The phone assembly weighs 186g.

OS and software
The phone has Android 6 installed.0, which was also a decisive factor. When I turned on for the first time, there was no greeting, I was immediately greeted by a system ready for battle. By default, the system had English, which had to be changed to Russian in the settings manually. Translated about 95%, something like this: everything that is normal for Android has Russian; the same programs that are installed by the developers (such as smart unlocking) - either 50% or completely English (a screenshot of the gesture control settings is a vivid example). Interestingly, as soon as I connected the phone to Wi-Fi, he suggested updating, which is unusual for me in the Chinese, especially those who are deliberately left to their own devices. Updated without problems, although I did not notice any changes.
Of the imaginary 16GB visible to the user, only11.1GB of which about 8GB is available. I don’t remember the exact number, because I immediately threw the phone with different software before paying attention to it. To me, the owner of a 4GB phone, such a space is very spacious, so, taking into account the space for a USB flash drive, I’ll even envy.
Everything from Android 6 is in the system, except for the launcher- here it resembles MIUI, with boisterous green dice, placed under the icons. They, of course, are called to do good so that the icons do not merge with the background - but why can't their appearance be customized? I myself prefer Smart Launcher, but the moped phone is not mine, I will leave the preference to the owner.
In general, there is not much pre-installed software, yesand it’s not stressful - trash from Google, the Play Market is in place, social accounts like Facebook and Twitter, some kind of Xender ... There is nothing Chinese, and everything that is not defaulted (and these are the last 3 examples) can be deleted. I went through the antivirus right away - again, surprise, I did not find any viruses. And then I decided to walk again for a screenshot, and found a not-a-virus in OfficeSuite installed from the Market. Not scary, deleted, checked again, and everything seems to be calm.

I would also like to talk about the response andsensor sensitivity and smart unlock (gestures). The sensor on the phone is quite sensitive and accurate, while the system works quickly and smoothly, so there is no discomfort when using the device (there were no problems with two-handed printing). Although the situation is quite interesting. Blackview seems to have thought of adding a cheaper sensor, which is normal for the usual two everyday touches. Because he finds up to 5 touches, but problems begin already from the third - he gets lost and gets confused when his fingers are parallel to the axes. Five touches already generally resonate, but the main thing here is that two touches work stably, do not disappear on the same line along the axes, except when you bring them very close (which is also normal). Personally, I have no complaints about the sensor.
But there are complaints about the "smart wakeup" ... It is insertedhere by the Chinese themselves with the help of wild crutches. As a result, if you try to unlock the phone with swipes on the screen, then the animation of this swipe will terribly slow down and wake up the device for a long time (it feels like about 5 seconds). A double touch opens quickly enough, but again a problem - it can accidentally work at any time (like swipe, by the way). Given the lack of anti-block function in the pocket with the help of a distance sensor, as well as the inability to select only “doubletap”, without gestures, I had to completely refuse a reasonable unlock.

Regarding firmware and root: Delivered TWRP Recovery and stopped there. To get the root you need too much collective farm (more than clicking on the "try" button). I did not need a root, so let the future owner decide. It makes sense to flash only on original systems, there are few custom ones and many things don’t work in them, so I don’t see any advantages in them, and I don’t see any virus activity yet.
But it was all an outward look. Finally tests!
Display test
I shot what I had to, with auto focus, white balance, etc. Link to all the original photos at the end of the post, who will be interested to get to know better.
Again, comparing the phone with Redmi Note 2, the leaderobviously predictable. But the interesting question is, how close is the monitored phone to the comparison. To begin with, I recall that the XRN2 has a matrix of 1080p, and the Blackview A8 MAX has 720p. Honestly, you won’t have to play it in VR, but I didn’t observe any discomfort with such dimensions. Well, and that I, that the future owner, will continue to watch movies from the same TV or monitor. So the highlight is the highlight.
In both cases, IPS is declared, and judging by the darkdisplay A8 in off mode, it is. However, during use, it seemed to me that black is not black enough. In the photographs, it is also noticeable that the backlighting on the black pixels of the A8 is better visible than the XRN2. But for $ 80 ... That's fine. Also, the favorite (Xiaomi) wins in the range of brightness. Although there is a strong difference only in the minimum indicator, at the maximum brightness the phones are close to each other. The color rendition, as it seemed to me, the A8 is slightly worse, there are no serious failures. The viewing angles of both smartphones are large, both lose color when viewing from the corners. Ultimately, the A8 screen satisfied me.

At angles

Performance tests (Wi-Fi, communication, benchmarks)
No GPS tests, as there was no desire to enter from home especially for this, and the weather was mostly bad.
Decided to start with Wi-Fi. It’s not enough to show just the data that the phone gives out for Wi-Fi. they may vary significantly depending on the position of the phone. Therefore, we compare again! To begin with, with the help of WiFi Analyzer’a I decided to compare the level of reception and visibility of signals from A8 and XRN2. Data from photos - so that it can be clearly seen that the devices are in equal conditions with respect to the access point. My access point on channel 13, highlighted in bold. In the case of the first photograph, the access point is at the top of the phone (in front with respect to the photographer). I know the point FTTX683953 (blue), this is the neighbor, which is located on the contrary - at the bottom of the phones behind the load-bearing wall. In the second photo, respectively, the phones are simply rotated 180 degrees.
In A8, Wi-Fi will be worse, the difference is about 10dBm. Not scary, but the scatter with the rest of the points surprises me. It was not possible to understand what a bold red anomaly was formed on the A8 with an almost identical signal level, which from my point. Judging by the second photo, with a signal from below, the indicators even improve. But if in XRN2 this is pronounced, then the A8 began to “hear” better both mine and the neighboring point. Who knows…
Then, with the help of Speedtest, I checked the speed throughWi-Fi. Specially selected the same Moscow server of Rostelecom and tested each smartphone in turn, so that both were in the same conditions. The difference is quite interesting. In the case of XRN2, reception is always stable (visible on the graph below the numbers), but the recoil is junk. In A8, on the contrary - the reception is junk. but stable performance returns. Blackview messed up everything ...

This time in a hurry, and not even sure thatI checked the connection correctly, because Before that, he dabbled in such things only once. I forgot that I used the Location Finder program then, it seemed to me more convenient. The provider is the same in both cases. As I understand it, the A8 also loses a little here. I don’t know what can be told here anymore, so I’ll go straight to the speed test.
Because I do not live in Moscow, I do not have LTE, we will be content with 3G. As it turned out, there was only one SIM format micro with a tariff for the Internet, so I tested the phones in turn. Everything is expected here and nothing unusual - the A8 loses slightly to XRN2 in reception speed, the return and stability are the same.

Usually the most interesting section, but interesting only in the number of parrots. Therefore, there is a minimum of comments: whoever does not reach for graphunia will be normal. Below are the parrots:
Antutu + Geekbrench
Epic Citadel (Unreal)
Test games emulators
Immediately: the phone will not work for VR. No way.
Q: Why didn’t I touch the games, but immediately took up emulators.
A: Why test native games? Most of them were originally focused on weak devices, because this way more buyers will be, not counting the game benchmarks. Therefore, not at maximum speed, they will go without great problems. Emulators, however, are much more complex in software and reveal the device more. And also, as for me, they open a much larger door to the game world.
Q: What were the parameters of emulators?
A: Standard, except for those on which the game’s launch depends in principle (such as choosing a region and bootloader), it was also interesting with the PSP emulator.
SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive
First with less. It somehow happened to me that Sega was more remembered than Nintendo. Therefore, I will start with the Mega Drive emulator. I tried two of them: gGens and GENPLUSDroid, which are shown in the same order in the photos. Naturally, the phone coped with them, but the main question was whether I could hook up a third-party gamepad to them. Yes, I could, although I had to dance a little with a tambourine. Fortunately, there is no need for root and climbing on the phone itself, the firmware carries on board everything you need for a gamepad. In terms of display and interface, I liked gGens more (the picture is smoother, the touch buttons can be removed). But there is an incredible bunch of ads, and you can get a bug by clicking the "back" button instead of exiting - and get an infinitely open advertisement when trying to exit. It's funny.

Well, let's not stomp on the classics with whichNow the printer can handle it. Now the task is more serious. She will be the emulator of games PS1 "ePSXe". I tested it based on Crash Bandicoot. Everything here is also excellent, although the game seems to have squeezed all the features of the console at one time. Without quality settings, the phone stably gave out 59-60 frames. There is merit and emulator. There was only one problem: the gamepad only works if you change the input type from analog to digital in the settings (the first is always the default). But this, obviously, is a claim to software, not hardware.

Now more interesting, maybe for someone evenunexpectedly - a Dreamcast emulator. So I was lucky to get to know her and remember in a better light. On Android, there is only one Dreamcast option - reicast. For the ultra-budget, it is clear that this will not be the easiest task. But I did not expect him to cope. Nevertheless, playing Sonic Adventure turned out to be quite comfortable. Responsiveness at the level, enough staff. Stability, of course, is less than in the case of PS1 - an average of only 25 frames, which in some places can both rise and fail, but the latter happens extremely rarely at really difficult (for emulation) levels. In general, the only serious problem was with the gamepad - in the emulator mode with the operation of analog sticks (as I understand it), the camera in the game constantly rotates to the left. Switching the mode generally makes it impossible to control the camera (the “bumpers” of the LB and RB gamepads do not affect the game in any way), but it removes the stickiness of the turn. For SA, the lack of camera control is not a problem at all, so I was pleased.

Strange, but the most unexpected for me wasPSP emulation. If my old Jiayu G2F copes without serious difficulties, then the Blackview A8 MAX can not boast of this. I tested on LocoRoco 2 (as an average performance game) and LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival (as heavy). First of all, the A8 MAX slowed down on every game and essentially, it is simply impossible to play. As a result, for starters, I just tried to unscrew all the settings that affect exactly the quality of the graphics (render resolution, texture resolution, shadow, smoothing, etc.), as low as possible. Interestingly, this did not affect anything at all. Then I just turned on the frame skip function, and returned all the settings to their original position. Thus, it became very pleasant to play in LokoRoko 2, the number of frames dropped to no lower than 30, but that didn’t bother me. But Midnight Carnival didn’t readily digest the phone even after that, even freezing with frame skipping. At the expense of the latter, I'm not surprised at all, the developers have seriously tried to implement the gradient silhouette from the koloboks on the PSP, so this game slows down almost everywhere. But I didn’t dare to test 3D at all - it’s usually all the same, everything’s worse ...
Midnight Carnival. The percentage shows the speed of the game, that is, if 50%, then the game goes 2 times slower. Even with skipping frames, the game freezes in difficult places.

LocoRoco 2 - no problem, the game runs smoothly (with frame skipping, of course) even when there are several "koloboks" on the screen

The last thing I can remember is the broadcastgames from computer to phone. With a sufficient Wi-Fi signal and a suitable graphics card, this, of course, is not a problem. However, it will not work to put a high bitrate on the phone - most likely, it will begin to freeze.

UPD: Two more new tests by emulators.
Half-Life (first)
For starters, Xash3D. This is not quite an emulator, in fact it is a port of the GoldSource engine, on which the Half-Life game worked at one time. So this is practically the native Half-Life for Android. Although the project also has emulation within the framework of XashDS, I did not touch on it.
The game worked well. I would like to say that it’s fine, but still there are constant hangs that do not depend on anything. This is not a sagging frame, it's just short-term freezes, in which 3-5 frames are lost (by feeling, given that there are 30 frames in a second). They appear regardless of the geometric complexity of the card. I don’t get in the way of playing, but they may not like those who are critical for the game to go smoothly. But for such cases, the MTK6737 processor is definitely too weak.
Separately, you can describe Xash3D itself and its behavior.on this phone. To begin with, the original game files had to be downloaded from Steam’s own library (someone thought of putting a self-extracting archive on First of all, I downloaded files to a USB flash drive, which was already in the phone - Xash3D refused to work with it. When I entered the address of the flash drive through the advanced mode and started the game, the program just crashed. But everything worked perfectly from the internal memory. The problem itself in the game is only that it does not initially have control on the gamepad (although there is support for it, you just need to put the buttons yourself), and you also can’t quickly turn off all touch navigation on the screen, and there is no frame rate field.

Now the hardest. Honestly, it never occurred to me to try emulating PS2. On the phone. Because it is a long time and for computers it was a difficult task. But the comments prompted and it became interesting how things are going with emulating this console in general today. And now everything is not very good there. The "Play!" Emulator is still very experimental and by itself does not pull all the games. On the A8 MAX, its absolutely opposite behavior to the previous program became interesting - in this case, the emulator was no longer friends with the internal memory and I had to copy the demo to a USB flash drive (it’s funny that from the beginning I downloaded everything the other way around ...)
Now performance ... Optimistic II downloaded a couple of game images before I tried anything at all. It turned out that it was enough to download the Quake demo to finish this. Not the most difficult PS2 game in the world went real slides, giving out in fact 1 frame per second, although sometimes the counter even showed 4. Clear business, I did not begin to experiment further. Well, I tried

Camera test
The camera in the A8 is neither secondary nor tertiary - rather,decimal. But it is impossible not to consider it anyway. The store announced extremely modest specifications in 5MP main, and 2MP front. I am not a supporter of camera phones, so it’s enough for me. But the contents of the settings on the phone are very optimistic: up to 13MP for the main and 8MP for the front. It is clear that this is digital zoom and only a waste of space in memory. And the place of photography is eaten with appetite.

What about the main camera? There’s only a laugh, nothing more ... The quality itself is close to the push-button Nokia, so I did not bother looking for a good landscape for a photo. It seems to me that the following will be extremely sufficient in order to show the possibilities. But one thing is the kind of photographs. There are some interesting options. This is the volume of photos taken. If you select the maximum value of 13MP in the settings, then there will not be enough memory or flash drive for a long time: photos get a resolution of 4864 × 2736 at 16: 9 or 4160 × 3120 at 4: 3 and weight from 3 to 6 megabytes! Like a serious SLR ... There is no sense in this resolution (there is an example below), I switched to 5MP (as stated in the store) and looked at the result. Now the resolution is 3072 × 1728 at 16: 9 or 2560 × 1920 at 4: 3, but the weight was reduced to the optimal 1-3Mb. For me, this is still a lot, but at least not so significant.
Photographed in a dark room with lighting onlytable lamps - not the worst result, as for me, if you did not expect anything initially. It was difficult to distinguish which photos were taken with HDR and which not. Incidentally, it is useless here, because it is very long and does not make photography better at all. But the LED turned out to be powerful. Illuminated my room without difficulty (though not focused).
Photo of the table in the room:
One more photo

With the front camera everything is the same, its resolutiontoo high, and photos weigh a lot. This is expected, but the front camera is worse in that it starts to soap when the main camera has more or less clear photos.

With video, things are also not the brightest. There are 4 quality options: Low, Medium, High and Good. When choosing Good, the phone shoots 1280x420, High - already 640x480. I didn’t even think about shooting two Medium and Low. But the interesting thing is that one of the files (which is 480p) turned out to be damaged and does not always play correctly. From the good, it can be noted that the camera is no longer so voracious (1.5MB per second of shooting at 720p), and also that it copes well (like) with movements.

Seriously speaking, test the camera and describeshe didn’t want to at all, but there will always be someone who asks about her. For some reason, in the phone for $ 80. I hope that the cameras of this phone will be used only when absolutely necessary, because no one bought it for photo shoots.
There are elements on board each telephone that cannot be tested without expensive equipment. Here are just my subjective opinions:
The main speaker. Of course, the sound quality in it does not shine, but no one is going to listen to music on it? The volume is at a sufficient level, although, as it seemed to me, it is very simple to muffle it. For example, there is no protrusion on the case that prevents the speaker from touching the table. This will be a minus for those who walk without covers / bumpers;
There were no problems with the microphone and voice speaker, both are quite loud and clear;
The music in the headphones sounds loud, you can listen. For my $ 80, I don’t even know what else to say here.
I think that's all. It remains only to take stock.
Pleased with:
- Android 6 and MT6737
- separate SIM card sweat slots and a card
- does not heat under loads
- confident assembly of the case, without backlashes and creaks
- responsive sensor
- suitable display
- there seems to be support from the developers
- passed the test with emulators
- lack of warning indicator
- lack of OTG
- braking unlocked by gestures
It remains unclear:
- durability - the phone kit did not add confidence in this regard
- battery - no confidence in the claimed 3Ah, but there were no problems with energy consumption during the day
- mediocre camera - again, I never chased a “high-quality” camera on the phone, and I don’t see any sense in them for ultra-budgets
- 2.5D display - extremely controversial when there is no scratch protection
- USB port on top - here everyone has their own felt-tip pen
- The memory on 1A - could not decide between 0.5 and 2A? Well, even so, but still ...
- custom builds - there is no reason to hope for community support
Yes, the phone, one might say, is not relevant. I didn’t want to upload the review for a long time, because there is nothing new in it, except, probably, the test by emulators. There is plenty of competition for this phone today. But something still sets him apart for the better. Blackview A8 MAX has on board only what it needs to functionally, without following the trends. There is no 1080p on a weak processor, there are no two pseudo-cameras (and the main camera does not stick out), a fingerprint sensor or a retina, and, most importantly, there is no combined port for a SIM card and flash drive. Of course, the manufacturer had to sacrifice other things, like OTG, and even the indicator went under the knife. But at least they did not sacrifice build quality (subjectively speaking), and indeed the phone seemed to me a very durable device. I have no idea how long he will live, but as a working machine, he can be a very good option.
The shooting was carried out on the Jiayu G2F.
Original photos and screenshots