Over the past year, the number of rugged smartphones arriving from Chinese manufacturers has risen considerably with no less than 12 players (deep breath: Homtom, AGM, Nomu, Ulefone, Jesy, No.1, Zoji, Three Proofings, Ken Xin Da, Snopow, VChok and Blackview) currently fielding IP68-rated models.
We first came across Blackview last year when the company sent over the BV6000, a handset which sported a brash ‘look-at-me’ design with a bright yellow colour scheme. It was aimed primarily at the traditional builders’ market but impressed us with its great battery life and reasonable price.
The BV7000 Pro is the follow-up to this model, and we’ve been spending some time with it lately. It’s far more elegant than its predecessor with less in the way of aggressive lines and more curves. Gone are the conspicuous yellow plastic strips, replaced by champagne, silver white and grey accents.
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