Overview of smartphone Blackview S8: in the new format
Blackview S8 – inexpensive smartphone with one key feature: a display that, according to the manufacturer, occupies 76% of the front panel. This is achieved by the fashionable format 18:9, allowing you to “stretch” the screen vertically. Yes, this approach is fraught with a reduced field of view in some applications, but it looks certainly impressive. Especially considering the display size – 5.7 inch. Dimensions of the smartphone remained relatively small.
Other features of the smartphone, we note two (!) dual cameras, made on a “basic module + additional to create bokeh effect”. So made the back — and it seems to be usual, and so is the front.
The rest is fairly standard Chinese unit of medium price category (13 000) sample 2017: platform Mediatek, a solid amount of both operational and non-volatile memory with the available expansion slot of the latter, LTE modem, Android 7.0. But with its features, which we’ll talk.
|Blackview S8||Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)||Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X||Honor 6X||Meizu M5 Note|
|Display||5.7 inch, IPS, 1440 × 720 pixels and 282 ppi capacitive, multi-touch||5.5 inch, Super AMOLED,
720 × 1280 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.5 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi capacitive, multi-touch||5.5 inch, IPS,
1080 × 1920 pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.5 inch, IPS,
1920 × 1080 pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|Safety glass||No information||No information||No information||No information||No information|
|Processor||MT6750T MediaTek with eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.6 GHz + 4 × 1.0 GHz)||7870 Exynos Octa with eight cores Cortex Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.6 GHz + 4 × 1.0 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953: eight cores (8 × 2 GHz) ARM Cortex-A53||HiSilicon Kirin 655: eight cores (4 × 2.1 GHz + 4 × 1.7 GHz) Cortex-A53||MediaTek MT6755M Helio P10: eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.8 GHz + 4 × 1.1 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||ARM Mali T860MP, 650 MHz||The Mali-T830, MP2, 600 MHz||Adreno 506, 650 MHz||ARM Mali-T830, MP2, 600 MHz||ARM Mali-T860, MP2, 550 MHz|
|RAM||4 GB||2 GB||3/4 GB||3 GB||3/4 GB|
|Flash memory||64 GB||16 GB||32/64 GB + microSD||32 GB + microSD||16/32/64 GB + microSD|
|Connectors||USB Type-C, 3.5 mm||microUSB, 3.5 mm||MicroUSB, 3.5 mm||MicroUSB, 3.5 mm||MicroUSB, 3.5 mm|
|SIM card||1 × micro-SIM + 1 × nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||1 × micro-SIM||1 × micro-SIM + 1 × nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||2 x nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||2 x nano-SIM/microSD (universal)|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||WCDMA 850/900/2100||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 7, 8, 20||LTE Cat. 7 (300 Mbps, 150 Mbps), range 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps, 50 Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 5, 7, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 7, 8, 20||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11/b/g/n 2.4 GHz||802.11/b/g/n 2.4 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4/5 GHz||802.11/b/g/n 2.4 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ 2.4/5 GHz|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|The main camera||13 MP, ƒ/2 + a secondary camera of 0.3 MP, autofocus, dual-led flash||13 MP, f/1,9, contrast autofocus, led flash, recording Full HD-video||13 MP, ƒ/2, phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash||12 MP, phase detection autofocus, led flash; a secondary camera – 2 MP||13 MP, ƒ/2.2, and phase detection autofocus, led flash, recording Full HD-video|
|Front camera||13 MP + a secondary camera of 0.3 MP, without autofocus, with flash||5 MP, without autofocus, led flash||5 MP, without autofocus, with flash||8 MP, no autofocus, no flash||8 MP, no autofocus, no flash|
|Food||Removable battery: 12,08 W·h (3180 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,54 WH (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,58 WH (4100 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,69 W·h (3340 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||154 × 71,9 × 8.5 mm||151,7 × 76 × 7.8 mm||151 × 76 × 8.5 mm||150 × 76,2 × 8.2 mm||153,6 x 75,8 x 8.1 mm|
|Weight||190 g||170 g||165 g||162 g||138 g|
|Protection from water and dust||No||No||No||No||No|
|Operating system||Android 7.0 Nougat, own shell||Android 6.0 Marshmallow own shell||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, private shell MiUI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Shell EMUI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Shell Flyme|
|Current price||13 000 rubles||13 500 rubles||11 000||13-15, 000||12 300 rubles|
Design, ergonomics and software
On rendering from the official website Blackview S8 indistinguishable from Samsung Galaxy with the same index of: bent glass, creeps at the edges of the case, the minimum frame top and bottom, and overall very similar shapes. Coincidence?
The situation is complicated by the fact that live Blackview S8 looks very different. The overall style is the same – on the screen we see two eye front camera and the flash, and under the screen left no room for the physical key “Home”, not for touch navigation keys. But here the glass is not curved, that makes perfect sense – after all, Blackview uses the LCD matrix, and not OLED, its not so easy to twist some. And the frame on the sides of the screen are visible to the naked eye. To run to the patent office no longer necessary.
The rear panel differs radically already – and then dual-camera module, placed vertically, and a fingerprint scanner, which is located under the camera, not the side. So, of course, much more familiar and more comfortable.
The front panel is covered by a single piece of glass with oleophobic coating, rear cover is made of glossy plastic. Moreover, concerns about excessive soiled had to leave with them – the prints, of course, she willingly collects, and to wipe them with a smooth surface is not difficult. Sidewalls made of metal.
Dimensions of the smartphone – 154 × 71,9 × 8.5 mm. is normal, but because of the curved edges of the rear panel visually Blackview S8 seems a little thinner than he is. But it does not seem anyone is 190 grams. Here the Chinese gadget is on the trail of iPhone X. In any case use the gadget conveniently enough, it fits in almost any pocket, and out of hand, despite the smooth case, does not slip. In this regard, the smartphone is superior to the same glass 8 Honor/Honor 9.
On the left edge we see the power key and volume rocker and a slot for SIM cards and memory cards made up. Unfortunately, focusing on Samsung in terms of design, Blackview reason not to emulate in terms of interfaces – mini-Jack S8 deprived. And moisture protection here either. Inexplicable.
The fingerprint scanner is made on the basis of the capacitive sensor, which works not on-budget, quickly and accurately. During the tests — a week and a half to overwrite the prints I did not have. I note the location of the sensor in a small recess on the back of the smartphone, while the unit with the camera slightly protrudes over the enclosure. Blind to confuse them difficult. With a scanner you can unlock your device, answer calls and take pictures on the built-in camera.
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Blackview S8 operates on the Android platform 7.0 Nougat, covered with a sheath of its own authorship. It does not change the basic principles of operation and navigation Google OS, but some applications – for example, the camera app or the phone book, rewritten from scratch. And its own browser. Also changed part of the icons, in particular different is the navigation unit. Weak spots skins – bad efficiency (smartphone actively losing power even in standby mode), incomplete Russification (with inscriptions in Russian in the menu side by side the English terminology) and unstable operation of your own applications. I have continually “falls off” key the application responsible for telephone communication, at least not on time calls. Also some times I failed and the camera.
To leave Android untouched is perhaps the best that you can do with your smartphone producers are second or third tier. Blackview, unfortunately, your chance in this field have missed.
Display and sound
Blackview S8 is set in a very unusual display. Yes, it is quite an ordinary LCD with IPS-type matrix. But the combination of format (18:9) HD-resolution – seen, frankly, rare. Because of the irregular shape we get the same numbers non-standard resolution – 1440 × 720 pixels. The pixel density is 282 ppi is to see the pixelation of the fonts and some of the “looseness” of the picture even without special desire.
The viewing angles are wide enough color when you look at the screen much sideways not inverted – a typical behavior for an IPS panel. There is an oleophobic coating, but not too effective. The sensor layer responds to ten simultaneous touches.
The brightness of the display is very decent to 529 CD/m2. In conjunction with the mandatory polarizing layer and the absence of the air gap this allows you to safely work with Blackview S8 in any light. If desired, you can enable adaptive brightness – smartphone quite successfully copes with its adjustment independently.
Contrast – 1121:1. The average for IPS, but not bad for a budget panel they figure rarely exceeds 1000:1. In any case, the picture will not please the supernatural the black level to any LCD panel for this appeal makes no sense.
The average gamma of 1.97. I don’t even remember the last time I saw a smartphone with a level below 2. May have never seen. Well, there’s always a first time – note how the curves behave outside the box on the chart. Kindly remind: ideally they should be horizontal.
The average color temperature is kept at 7700-8000, so that the colors look a little cooler due. But unsuccessful schemes and problems screen S8 is not the end – look at strongly shifted to the color gamut of the display. Count on at least close to reality colors are not necessary. The average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide variety of colour shades) is 7.2.
However, it can help software filters MiraVision. This is not a serious program to calibrate the screen, but to make the picture , for example,warmer with their help vpolnemozhno.
In connection with the lack of mini Jack and support for the aptX profile, and the like, whereby it would be possible to get quality sound without wires, a serious evaluation of the sound Blackview S8, perhaps, impossible. Yes, included is a adapter from USB Type-C at 3.5 mm, so to completely abandon your favorite wired headphones don’t have. But the sound in the end is not impressive. The blame for this built-in sound card or the adapter it is impossible to understand.
Built-in speaker loud enough calls I during the test is not passed. To talk with Blackview S8 also quite comfortable – the sound quality when talking is not questioned.