When you are one of dozens and dozens of small Chinese smartphone brands -- each one churning out products seemingly every month -- you had better find yourself a niche (and a marketing angle) so you can stand out from the pack. Oukitel, for example, made a phone with a 10,000 mAh battery that managed to last me an entire week on a single charge. Doogee built a nearly bezel-less phone with a forehead that's even slimmer than the Galaxy S8. One manufacturer is now hoping to corner the market on indestructibility.
Last week I came across it, a Chinese startup company named Blackview. Its line of rugged phones are built like tanks and completely water-proof. Since they retail for just a bit over HK$1,500. I purchased two: one for testing; one for actual use when I go do water sports. Both devices are IP68 which means they can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes and still operate fine during, and after, the bath. In the video below, I demonstrated both devices ability to capture photos and videos (or play videos) underwater.
The Blackview BV8000 Pro is fully functional underwater.
So as you can see in the video below, I was not gentle at all with the Blackview BV7000. I threw it down the stairs three times, slammed it onto the wooden floor of my apartment, and eventually took it outside and dropped it face down from about 6 feet height repeatedly onto concrete floor. The phone took virtually no damage the first five or six drops, and the display did not crack until the 12th drop.
Tumbling down the stairs.
The other device I'm testing (the one I didn't break ... yet) is the Blackview BV8000, and it looks to be a slight improvement over the BV7000 in many ways. For one, it has 6GB of RAM (up from the measly 2GB on the BV7000), and the camera is a 16-megapixel shooter that actually can capture some decent photos. It's also got a fingerprint reader on the side -- like Sony's line of phones -- and it's a location I am liking more and more by the day, because it's easily reachable by either hand, and it puts an end to the front or back debate that can be found in every Android forum.
You don't have to worry when using the Blackview BV8000 Pro in the rain.
The fingerprint reader on the side is fast and accurate.
Like the BV7000 that I dropped a dozen times, the BV8000 Pro should be able to take a beating.