Rugged but stylish, powerful but affordable — the new Blackview phones are built to last

Rugged but stylish, powerful but affordable — the new Blackview phones are built to last
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For all the amazing things smartphones can do for us, they still have one major downfall — they are pretty easy to break. And, when you have a pocketable object that you are bound to handle about a hundred times each day, odds of you dropping it are high. For people that demand their phone to withstand the occasional bump or drop, there are two solutions. One, you can get a rugged case, which may or may not look good and it may or may not protect your device when the worst comes to happen. The second is to get an armored phone — a rugged handset, designed to survive tough conditions as its core function.

A lot of users steer away from armored phones for a couple of reasons — they may be bulky and not very pretty, and they also usually come with underpowered hardware. In comes Blackview.

Blackview specializes in building phones across a few different tiers. They are specifically designed for the active folks — the physical worker or the extreme hobbyist who will often take their phones in environments where glass-and-metal sandwiches do not fare well. Now, Blackview is adding two new devices to its portfolio — the top-tier BV9700 Pro and the pocket-friendly BV5500 Pro.

When it comes to design, Blackview specifically made it its mission to build phones that look good, despite being little armor shells in your pocket. The BV9700 Pro’s appearance is inspired by a Transformers-type look with symmetrical accents and aggressive edges. The BV5500 Pro has a clean-looking back that rolls off in an arch towards its edges in order to make for a more ergonomic grip. All the while, both phones are ingress-protected, rated for IP68 and IP69k, meaning they are not only guarded against dust and submersion, but also high temperatures!

Both phones rock the new ultra-wide display standard, with the BV9700 Pro having a 5.84-inch diagonal and the BV5500 Pro being 5.5-inch. On the inside, the BV9700 Pro hums with a MediaTek Helio P70 octa-core processor for enhanced performance and improved power-saving and 6 GB of RAM. The lights are kept on by a huge 4,380 mAh battery, which should last through the tough work day or long hiking track. It has a dual camera on the back, with a 16 MP Samsung-made main sensor and an 8 MP assistant for your bokeh shots, and there's another 16 MP Samsung sensor camera on the front.

As for additional features, the BV9700 Pro has built-in heart-rate and blood pressure monitors, but also an air quality analyzer and air pressure sensor for professionals who could end up in hazardous environments. To top it off, it can power an external night sight camera, which is specifically designed to take pictures in the darkest of environments.

The BV5500 Pro has the budget option MediaTek MT6739, 3 GB of RAM, and an enormous 4,400 mAh battery. It also has a dual camera module on the back — this time, it’s Sony-made with an 8 MP main camera and a 5 MP assistant.

As for price — stay tuned for pricing on the flagship BV9700 Pro. However, if you sign up through the IndieGoGo campaign you will be able to get it at 30% off as soon as it’s announced!

The budget-oriented BV5500 Pro comes at a super-special offer. You can currently pre-order it for $90. On the 6th of May, its price will begin rising by $1 per day, until it reaches its full price of $100 on the 16th of May (shipping date).

Blackview 9700 Pro official page
Blackview 9700 Pro IndieGoGo
Blackview 5500 Pro



1. japkoslav

Posts: 1539; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Isn't Blackview one of the smartphones with built in spyware a viruses, it's the one, right? Not to mention rugged does not mean durrable as I had two dead Blackviews in hand doomed by liquid exposure and 1 meter drop on the floor.

4. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 133; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

Any proof of those two dead Blackviews?

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1539; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

You kidding right? You mean do I have a selfie with every device a came across? or what? :D a proof of a low end phone? I do not even have a photo of my current car, phones, tablets or notebook or even my PC ... wait I have old photo of my PC somewhere. Give me a proof you even exist and you are not my imagination or hallucination first ...

6. Deadeye37

Posts: 310; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Or have the dead devices around, or have any evidence of talking with their support to see if the devices could be repaired under warranty if the durability warranty covered drops & water damage.

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I agree with japkoslav. I had the BV5000 and it was loaded with spy and adware out of the box. I complained on the a Blackview forums along with many others. After removing the crap I started using it and accidentally dropped it cracking the screen of the so called "rugged" device. Left it in a drawer for a couple of months until I could find a replacement screen and the battery had bloated to where the back couldn't close (despite being screwed down). Garbage phones.

2. shield

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Hmm Black Shark

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Whatever happened to the blackphone? It was 'supposedly' the best...most secure...most expensive...

8. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Virus phones being sold with ads on phone arena disguised as articles. Nice PA.......

9. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Then f**k off and go somewhere else if you like what their doing

10. propov

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 06, 2018

I have used 2 Blackviews. Super long battery live. Super deep sleep. Good camera, good performance. I have played Fifa, Real Racing and other 3D games without any lagging or overheating. In comprasion with for example Galaxy flagship Blackview is a little downgrade only in camera. All other is better. And I now what I can expect from flagship device. I have used every single top device on the market in last 5-6 years

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