or those unfamiliar, Android Go is Google’s stripped down version of Android designed to run on lower-end hardware. It’s optimized to ideally run on about 1GB of RAM, but it can go lower or higher. It was developed for the next generation of entry-level devices so that those in developing nations can still purchase affordable smartphones that do everything a user may need. The Blackview A20 is an Android Go-based smartphone. We’ll be focusing largely on the software experience, as that’s where all of the changes under the hood reside.
The Blackview A20 is a phone which you can import from a number of sellers including AliExpress, GearBest, BangGood, igogo, and more. With 1GB of RAM and powered by an MT6580M chip clocked at 1.3GHz, it’s not the most powerful of devices. Not only that, but it comes with a 480×960 display at an 18:9 aspect ratio and 8GB of onboard storage. You can’t expect to do a huge amount on this phone, but it definitely can do a whole lot more than the specifications suggest thanks to the extremely optimized software on board. I was at first surprised, not expecting it to be as smooth of an experience as it was. There were some issues, but I had low expectations anyway. The phone costs around $50, so you shouldn’t exactly expect a flagship-level experience. You can check out the full specs below.
Specs Blackview A20
CPU MediaTek MT6580M @ 1.3GHz Quad-Core
RAM 1GB LPDDR3
Cameras 2.0MP front camera and 5.0MP + 0.3MP dual rear cameras
Storage eMMC 8GB and expandable memory slot up to 32GB
Display 5.5 inches 960×480 18:9 Aspect Ratio
Battery 3,000 mAh
Colours Black, Blue, Gold
Other features Dual Hybrid-SIM, 170g, Dual back cameras
Disclaimer: Blackview sent XDA this device for review purposes. The opinions in this article are our own.
The phone ships with all the usual items and there are quite a few extras included. You get a screen protector, a pair of earphones, 3.5mm headset adapter, a mini holder, USB OTG cable and last but not least, a soft TPU case.
DESIGN, DISPLAY, BATTERY LIFE
I’ve reviewed a lot of Blackview phones and this may be the best-looking one. We have a very well-made device that uses metal chassis and curved glass on the back and on the front. I really like this blue color as it looks nice and the fingerprints are not that visible.
Since the phone sports a huge battery, you can feel that the device is a bit heavier but it preserves a relatively thin profile, which is quite impressive considering the size of a power bank.
That battery performs really well. I was able to use the phone for a couple of days and that translated to about 17h of screen-on time, which is a ridiculously good result. It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the battery with the supplied fast charger.
I also found buttons to be in the right place and overall, it’s comfortable to hold the phone in the hand.
The display is really good both for indoor and outdoor use.
The dual-camera setup is one of the highlights of the phone and it is accompanied by a dual LED flash.
We also have an 8MP selfie shooter, which sits next to the LED notification light.
The home button works as a back key and you can also assign other features to it. The fingerprint scanner is accurate but, however, the display could light up faster. There is also a face unlock feature that works quite well but I still think that the fingerprint is a faster way to unlock the phone. There is no headset jack but the quality of sound via the supplied adapter is decent. The loudspeaker is placed on the back and the quality of sound is just about average as it lacks depth and punchiness.
HARDWARE and PERFORMANCE
If you consider the price of the phone, the Blackview P6000 ships with very good specs.
The overall image quality is pretty good even if you take pictures on a cloudy day like I did. There is plenty of detail thanks to the 21MP shooter. Obviously, there are some issues with the dynamic range but I’m happy with the results since this is a budget phone after all.
The portrait shots are also surprisingly good in comparison to most of the budget Chinese phones I’ve recently tested.
The night image quality, however, does not impress as there is a lot of noise and grain.