BlackView R7 Review

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PROS
  • – Sharp Display
  • – Fast System
  • – Good Battery Life
CONS
  • – WLAN Loses Connection
  • – No Notification LED
  • – Processing with Defects
  • – Thick and Heavy

Here is a quick review for BlackView R7 – equipped with 5.5 inch IPS touch screen, 1080p Full HD, Helio P10 processor, 4/32GB Memory and Android 6 Marshmallow. The model can be said as a flagship model for the manufacturer. You are free to express opinion on the product; send it in the comment section.

Features – Quick Look on BlackView R7

Display 5.5 inch
Screen         IPS, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 400ppi, Full HD, Touch
Processor    Helio P10 MT6755 (with Mali-T860 GPU)
OS     Android 6 Marshmallow, with BlackView Customized User Interface
Memory 4GB RAM, 32GB ROM
Micro SD Slot Yes (Upto 128GB), With Micro SIM Slot
Camera        13MP (OmniVision Sensor ov13853)
Network LTE 4G+, Dual SIM Dual Standby
Wifi    5G
Battery 300mAH Lithium-Ion, Quick Charge (0-60% in 20 mins)

Design

BlackView R7 is 76.5mm wide, 151.5mm long and 9.5mm thick which is more in all dimensions than Elephone P9000. The edges on the left and right of the display is 3.5mm which is not thin. The back is full metal, and weighing 199 gm R7 is not light in hand.

The Micro USB port is installed at an angle at the bottom. And also the side buttons to the right have comfortable pressure point and housed securely in the frame. Aluminium side-frame, with narrower center gives a nice touch. On the other hand, rubber lipped transition block for the slightly rounded 2.5D glass gives an edgy sense. The two SIM card slots to the left in the frame do not however sit perfectly. But, strolling fingers over it user can feel the edges. Moreover, SIM slots wobble to the left and right. Two slots are available for Micro SIM cards and a Micro SD of upto 128GB storage.

BlackView R7 Sideview

BlackView R7 USB Port-image

BlackView R7 USB Port

BlackView R7 Micro SIM Slot-image

BlackView R7 Micro SIM Slot

Three basic Android touch keys are not illuminated. Because the back cover removal is not an easy task, 3000mAH battery is difficult to access. Design processing-wise, Elephone P9000 looks a little compact and better.

Display & Screen

BlackView R7 comes with 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 400ppi, IPS Touch, Full HD. With sharp displays, the colors in the screen looks strong which can be adjusted with “Miravision”, the Mediatek App. Viewing angles and focus are much of the same standards with Redmi Note 3 Pro and Elephone P9000. Although the maximum brightness is sufficient for outdoor applications, it is difficult to use in direct sunlight.

BlackView R7 only screen2-image

While the rubber surrounding the 2.5D glass ensures good edge transition, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects scratches. With 5 point multi-touch display suitable for high speed recording, all inputs are processed responsively. At its price range, the display of BlackView R7 is a tough competitor.

Processor and Capability

Helio P10 (MT6755) processor is installed in it. Combined with 4GB of RAM and a Mali-T860 GPU,  BlackView R7 delivers seamless system and games you can use easily. Even the most demanding games like Asphalt 8 or Modern Combat 5 pretty smoothly and comfortably. Moreover, with the fast transmission rates of 4GB RAM multitasking is not a big deal for R7. Even with many apps in the background, the system will not slow down. Of 32GB, the internal memory is of abundant size and even nobler with the read/ write speed of 235/137 MB per second. Additionally, one can expand the memory up to 128GB with a Micro SD.

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BlackView R7 Benchmarks

The heat management while playing and challenging tasks is good, BlackView R7 is never warmer than 38 ° C. BlackView optimizes the system optimally for the Helio P10 and the benchmarks are better than the Elephone P9000. But the power is behind the popular Redmi Note 3 Pro significantly.

Android 6 and BlackView R7 UI

The BlackView R7 comes with Android 6 Marshmallow and BlackView Launcher above the system. In the User Interface, there is no App Drawer (overview page with all apps) available. Moreover, the icons designs are heavily customized by BlackView in addition to the option menu and Quick Launch bar that have been changed visibly. An alternative launcher provides a remedy for the home screen. The changes in the options menu and the Quick Launch bar may not be carried out without root. Finally, the system is not ugly and you find yourself well along. As additional features, BlackView R7 comes with SmartWake, the display can be woken up with a double tap.

BlackView R7 Pull Down Menu-image

BlackView R7 Pull Down Menu

The BlackView launcher does not provide significant uplift compared to Android’s. The changes in the options menu and the Quick Launch bar is simply a wrong step. With its own launcher it makes BlackView but harder than it actually is. A beautiful floor-Android would have been much better for users. There are updates via OTA directly to your smartphone. We have tested the device with various antivirus scanners and the system is free from Trojans and viruses. Annoying thing is that Twitter and Facebook are pre-installed and cannot be uninstalled. The the BlackView R7 system is very fast and clear.

Camera

It features a main 13MP camera from OmniVision (ov13853). Although the picture quality is good, it cannot keep up with the competition. While the Images are sharp with lot of details, the color reproduction in the photo is weak. The colors need to be stronger. The autofocus is sometimes a bit slow and the trip time is also a little too long. Videos can be recorded with a maximum of 1080p, but are usually blurred.

BlackView R7 Camera Pics-image

BlackView R7 Camera Pics

Communication and Connectivity

BlackView R7 works on 2G, 3G and 4G frequencies with consistently strong reception. Mobile surfing on the device is really a fun. The call quality on both sides is well except that the voice is merely forwarded somewhat dull. The noise-canceling microphone filters out background noise. While the internal speaker is very noisy, it overrides significantly at 60%. The sound is of lower details and completely devoid of bass.

BlackView R7 Wireless

The WLAN transmits in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands. Although coverage and data throughput are lower than average, it not much behind Elephone P9000.

Matter of concern, however, is that the WLAN gets disconnected whenever the screen goes black. This is a software issue and needs to be fixed as soon as possible. But the WiFi can be made to function smoothly by using an App called “WiFi Fixer”.

GPS

Taking only a few seconds to connect the phone with 10-15 satellites, BlackView R7 determines the GPS location with 3-5m accuracy. On the 50 km long test track through downtown and highways all announcements came at the points and there were no setbacks on ground. While the Compass that helps pedestrian navigation needs calibration frequently, the Bluetooth 4.0 module functions properly. OTG is also supported. On an overall, the GPS module performs an average job.

BlackView R7 Sensors

There are three standard sensors installed – acceleration, brightness, and proximity sensors. In addition to these, no additional gyroscope sensor is installed. Therefore, Google’s VR goggles cannot be used. The fingerprint sensor is quick and accurate. Even though the response time is less than one second, only 6/10 trials lead at the first placement of the finger to successful access.

BlackView R7 Sensors-image

BlackView R7 Sensors

Battery

A 3000 mAh powerful Lithium-Ion battery powers BlackView R7. As the back cover is not difficult to open up, the battery cannot be changed easily. With MediaTek’s pump-Express (Quick Charge), charging from 0% to 60% takes just 60 minutes. When fully charged, the phone is in 1 hour and 40 minutes. And charging from  20% to 60% takes about 20 minutes. In practice, the battery life is good. Power users do it with 4 hours DOT (time with the activated display) or by the day. Broadly, the battery lasts two days of normal use. While BlackView R7 is at par with Elephone P9000, it is a weak competitor against Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 for battery life.

(xiaomitoday.com, http://goo.gl/hIEmFZ)

 

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