Blackview P6000 Review

All well-known smartphone manufacturers from China are listed in our brand overview. The list is long and growing. Many “Competitive” manufacturers from China want to gain a crumb of market share in addition to global players such as OnePlus, Xiaomi and Cubot. The number one recipe for success has long been the imitating (copying sounds so negative) of box-office hits such as the Mi Mix by Xiaomi or the Galaxy S8 by Samsung. Leagoo, Meiigoo and Homtom have pushed the imitation of the S8 to the top. Blackview is also very active in this area. But in order to stand out from the crowd, it is necessary to create a real buying argument. Blackview has now taken this to heart in the case of the P6000 and wants to be the first manufacturer to integrate a 6180mAh battery and still produce a handy smartphone. I have encountered two phones are also equipped with 6000 mA battery: Cubot H3 and Ulefone Power 3. In combination with powerful hardware, this great success is to be achieved. The following review report will tell you whether the project was successful.

Design

A large battery always requires a lot of space. Whoever now has hopes that things could be different with the P6000 will have to be disappointed at first. But don’t stop reading right now, because in fact Blackview has managed to keep the device as compact as possible despite the enormously large energy source. The dimensions of the smartphone are measured 76.5 x 154.2 x 9.8mm. Sure, that’s a bit thicker than usual, but Blackview didn’t manage to build the device too thick. In addition to the dimensions of the smartphone, the relatively high weight of 238g (weighted) is also a result of the fat battery. If you pack the P6000 with the supplied TPU bumper, the weight increases to 255g. In the pocket of your pants, the device is already clearly noticeable….. so the smartphone I mean.

The Blackview P6000 is available in two colors. You can choose either Cool Black or Dazzle Blue. While the complete back, with its rounded sides, leads to a pleasant wearing comfort and comes in a beautifully strong, reflective blue, the sides of the aluminium unibody are painted in a matt colour. Otherwise, everything is there as you expect and are used to. On the right-hand side, you can see Volume and Power. Both have a pleasant pressure point, are easy to reach and hardly protrude out of the housing. On the left side is the SIM slot, which offers space for 2 Nano Sim cards. Since it is a hybrid slot, either two Sim cards can be used in parallel (2 x Nano) or only one card can be used if you want to expand the memory of the device with an SD card. The USB-C connector has found its place on the underside of the housing. There is also a small hole for the microphone. The speaker output is located on the back of the phone. The dual camera is also installed above left. The dual flash is also integrated. I haven’t even mentioned where the phone jack of the device is. Haha~, but I don’t need it at all, because there is no such thing. After all, Blackview delivers the adapter (USB-C to jack) with it. However, you are always forced to carry the adapter with you at all times.

The fingerprint sensor is located on the front panel underneath the display. He has no hub. Pressing it once takes the user to the previous menu. Pressing it twice or holding it down will catapult you back to the home screen. Soft-touch buttons are not available. However, the on-screen buttons can also be hidden and highlighted with a wipe if necessary. You can also arrange the Android buttons freely. The user can also select what should happen if the Android Home Button is pressed twice or for a long time. The notification LED is located next to the front camera and lights up in a total of 6 colors, which are freely selectable in the menu.

Package

The Blackview P6000 comes with the following accessories:

  • Smartphone
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Quick charge power supply unit
  • Display Protector
  • instruction manual
  • TPU Silicone Bumper
  • In-Ear Headphones
  • USB Type C to 3.5mm headphone adapter
  • OTG Cable Finger holder

In summary, Blackview deserves praise. You have not only managed to produce a smartphone with a good quality of workmanship, but you have also managed to build a battery over 6000mAh into a smartphone without the smartphone being overly bulky. Of course, it has not become a flyweight and it is also clear that it is thicker than other smartphones with a 5.5 “display. The design of the P6000 is rather inconspicuous and does not stand out from the masses. Nevertheless, we believe that the symbiosis of a compact mobile phone and powerful battery power has succeeded.

Display

The Blackview P6000 is equipped with a 5.5 “IPS display from JDI (Japan Display Inc.), which resolves to Full HD with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. This results in a number of pixels per inch of 401, the image is sharp and individual pixels are no longer visible. The edge to the side of the display is not as narrow as with current “Tri-Beezless-Displays”, but with ~3mm it is still quite narrow.

The P6000 has a screen-to-body ratio of just under 71%. Certainly not a very good value, but that’s not the main buying argument for Blackview. Thanks to 2.5D glass the display edges are nicely rounded. However, the B6000 does not have gorilla glass. After all, there’s a free screen protector that should at least protect against scratches.

The touch screen registers a maximum of 10 touches at the same time, even if some of them are somewhat hesitant. This is noticeable in the test program as well as in daily use. It is possible that the touchscreen may sometimes not detect any touch at all. During the test phase I couldn’t turn off the alarm clock at 06:30 a. m. and therefore I started to think more and more about smashing the smartphone on the wall. But well, this small but annoying bug remains only the exception. If you have activated the screen recording by touching the display with 3 fingers at the same time, only 2 will be recognized, because a screenshot would be taken with a 3rd touch.

The display is pleasantly bright. In the upper display area it reaches a maximum of 498 lux, while the brightness in the lower display decreases slightly with a maximum of 432. In daily use, however, this is not noticeable at all.

The minimum adjustable display brightness could be a bit darker in my opinion. The viewing angle stability is not a cause for criticism. Color and contrast values are also without errors and blame. The user can also activate the “LiveDisplay” in the display settings. The colour temperature can be adjusted according to your own wishes to protect the eyes. You can even set it at fixed times. By the way, the translation of “Notification LED” at Blackview is called “breath light”.

The smartphone also offers the possibility to use a split screen. So it is possible to use 2 apps in parallel. Gesture control is also supported, but apart from the already mentioned screenshot function with 3 fingers, it is only possible to start the camera directly. This is done by pressing the On/Off button twice. Well, that’s about it.

Hardware

The P6000 has a Helio P25 CPU with 8 cores from MediaTek. The chip is divided into 2 clusters. The first one has 4 Cortex A53 cores with a maximum clock rate of 2.6 GHz. For less demanding tasks, the 4 other cores with a maximum clock frequency of 1.6 GHz are used. Thanks to 16 nanometer procedures, the processor is very energy-efficient, but still offers enough power for more demanding todos. Speaking of power, some smartphones now have more memory than many desktop computers. In the case of the P6000, the SoC has 6 GB of RAM available. The smartphone thus performs multitasking tasks without delay. The graphics are calculated by the Mali-T880 GPU. The built-in hardware is not on top level, but still offers the user enough power for almost every task. The game “Asphalt 8”, for example, runs completely smoothly on maximum details. The heat generation is limited.

Blackview has a total of 64 GB of main memory. However, it must also be mentioned here that the P6000 only has a little more than 52 GB, according to the test tip. Less the operating system, the user has less than 50 GB available. If there is not enough space, the smartphone can provide additional storage space with an SD card (max. 128 GB). Then, of course, due to the hybrid slot at the expense of the 2nd Nano-Sim space. The internal memory achieves rates of 123 MB/s when reading and 220 MB/s when writing data, which are quite good values. With an operating speed of 4.5 GB/second, the working memory is in the midfield.

The SoC is certainly not a high class, but offers enough performance for all apps and tasks. Multitasking is therefore no problem. You can even caddle without hesitation. Asphalt 8 runs at maximum detail level like sliced butter! In the benchmarks we use, the P6000 reaches 67,432 points in Antutu. With Geekbench there are in the Multi- 3864, or 868 in the single core. All basic tasks such as surfing, WhatsApp, Facebook, videos and the like are also implemented by the P6000 in a jagged manner. Blackview does everything right here.

Operating System

The P6000 has Android in version 7.1.1.1. The current security patch is based on the beginning of November 2017 and all standard Google Apps are naturally already available on the smartphone. Male- or Bloatware could not be found while searching! Possible updates are conveniently implemented via OTA. A nice feature is the possibility to customize the “Navigation Bar”. On the one hand, it can be hidden if required and on the other hand, the 3 Android buttons can be exchanged as desired. The popular App Drawer is also available. Not, as usual, as an icon with the 3 dots, but a little bit hidden by touching the dots of the number of home screens.

In addition, the P6000 also offers the function to apply a pattern or fingerprint lock to any Apps. For example, nobody can open Whatsapp if the device is unlocked. In the battery settings of the system hides the option to locate all autostart apps and deactivate them if necessary. The system runs fast and without any bugs. Blackview only adjusts the status bar and a few app icons. Otherwise it is a pure Stock Android system.

Camera

Blackview equips the P6000 with a 21 megapixel main camera supported by another 0.3 MP. The IMX230 Exmor sensor from Sony has an aperture of f/2.8, clearly Blackview has to follow the trend and suggests a dual camera to the buyer. However, this is not noticeable in the company. Here, the smartphone joins a whole bunch of devices that promise the customer a dual camera for great bokeh effects, but are ultimately just dummies. The effect is simply projected over the image by means of a filter. As already mentioned in our preview, it is not the number of possible pixels that is decisive, but rather the synergy from all components. Experience has shown that cameras with significantly more than 16 MP have the problem of noise in low light conditions. Astonishingly enough, the P6000 can actually take useful shots without even having an HDR mode. In addition, the camera offers a digital zoom. I am really positively surprised by the release time of both cameras. The recordings are made directly without waiting time. Even if you move easily in a snapshot, the photos are neither blurred nor distorted. I have experienced this differently with comparable devices. The colours could be a bit more crisp, but since Germany is going through the greyest winter of all time, the outside world is dark and colorless: (. After all, ISO, brightness, saturation and contrast values can be adjusted manually.

The front camera releases with a maximum of 8 MP, is equipped with the Hi-846 sensor from the semiconductor manufacturer Hynix according to the specification and has a f/2.4 aperture. Even the shots with the front camera look quite respectable. Of course, when you take a closer look you will notice that objects in the background appear to be blurred, but it’s the face that is rendered quite sharply. That’s the most important thing about a Selfie. Videos can be recorded in Full HD quality. A clear point of criticism is and remains once again the pretended dual camera. Blackview could have stopped this advertising stunt, because the P6000 delivers reasonable photos despite the lack of HDR function.

Connectivity

The P6000 supports all networks important for Germany. Volume 20 is also included. The P6000 offers very good network reception. The device uses GPS and Glonass to navigate and use the site. Whether on foot or by car, the P6000 always guides you to your destination. After activating the location access, it takes a few seconds to locate the location exactly to 3m. The smartphone supports Bluetooth version 4.1 and the WiFi standard 802.11b/g/n in the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz range. I am really astonished about the reception strength here, because even down on the street (I live on the 5th floor) I still had “good” reception and could surf over the home network. No other device tested by me has ever been this good. Blackview’s battery monster does not support NFC or inductive charging, but comes with face recognition. Unlocking by fingerprint or by sample / PIN is no longer necessary. The face registration is very fixed in the security settings of Android. If you press the power button to get the display out of standby mode, the P6000 should unlock the smartphone using facial recognition. So much for the theory! In practice, however, this does not work at all. At least I didn’t find out how and when a facial alignment takes place. The user is not informed whether a face has been registered or not. Nothing, Niente, Nada! If any of you find out how and if the Face Unlock works at all, please leave a comment below and teach me otherwise.

All common sensors such as brightness, acceleration and proximity sensors are available to the user. The P6000 also includes a compass, gyroscope, magnetic field and Hall sensor. All sensors, with the exception of the brightness sensor, perform their tasks as expected. However, the brightness sensor does not run smoothly. He knows only 3 brightness ripples: 133 lux in darkness and normal daylight, which is contradictory enough. In the case of incidence of light, illuminance rises to 304 lux or up to a maximum of 502 lux. Adaptive brightness control according to lighting conditions therefore does not work satisfactorily.

Fingerprint unlocking works perfectly throughout. From 10 consecutive attempts, the device was unlocked each time directly and quickly. As soon as the P6000 detects a connected headphone, the “Audio FX” panel pops up. Here you can customize the sound experience to suit your needs. Nice feature, whereby “Clear” offers the most balanced sound in my opinion. The sound of the loudspeaker is maximum standard. No depths or very tingling. There is nothing to complain about the call quality.

Battery

As the subject’s name suggests, the P6000 has a battery capacity of 6000mAh… even more! The smartphone has a fabulously large 6180mAh Li-Ion battery. Rarely has the Battery Life Test cost me as many hours of life as in this case. The accugant lasted almost 16 hours. This eliminates the question of whether or not you can get through the day with the device during normal use. In the case of the P6000 one should rather ask if the device lasts a whole week!

Not quite, the answer is: If you spend a bit of your day on the phone and surf, you can be sure to get there with a full battery charge for 2-3 days. Users who use their smartphones even less often will certainly manage 4-5 days. A two-hour YouTube video consumes only 12% battery power at half the brightness setting! The phone is charged with a 12V/2A charger via USB-C. Fully recharging from 5 to 100% takes 3 hours and 40 minutes. However, it must be clearly stated that the supplied charging adapter was defective. This is of course an absolute no-go with new products! So I had to use a 5V/2A adapter. At this point in time, we cannot make a judgement about the “Pump Express 2.0” fast-charge function. However, we suspect that this is only an isolated case. According to Blackview, the smartphone can be charged to 70% within 60 minutes.

Conclusion

Blackview has managed to realize or combine 3 things at the same time: First and foremost, of course, there is the huge, large battery. Secondly, it was nevertheless possible to manufacture a compact smartphone and, last but not least, to pack in decent hardware. This overall concept is already impressive, if it weren’t for the downside of the P6000:

As a logical consequence, the smartphone is heavier than many of its competitors. Although 238g are not a cardboard handle, the device is still not necessarily unwieldy. Negative is almost standard the fake dual camera. Bokeh effects are only available with an 0815 filter. The main and front camera still delivers decent photos, even without the HDR function. In the sign of the current Tri-Bezel-Less displays, the Blackview P6000 almost looks like a youngtimer. After all, the screen-to-body ratio is a meagre 71%. In daily use, the touch screen is sometimes a bit lame. Sometimes, even after waking up from standby, it was not possible to make any entries, as the touch screen simply did not register any touch correctly. Last but not least, mention should be made of the inapplicable Face Unlock and the defective charger adapter, which spoil the overall picture.

Where to buy

Buy Blackview P6000 at GearBest.com for $258.00

Summary

The Blackview P6000 is clearly designed for users who have always wanted a durable smartphone, expect enough power and still don't want to carry a huge bone around with them. Those who can do without features like Face Unlock and live with a bit of a bitchy touch screen are welcome to access them. 
8.3

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