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Blackview is a fairly established brand, it has been in the market for a long time launching mainly rugged phones, tablets and with the A100 they are targeting low cost mobiles for all use, with balanced specifications and some details that surprise us quite a bit, such as fluidity. Of its operating system, largely due to the Helios P70 processor, but without detracting from the good integration of the software.
- Here is the Blackview A100 unboxing video for checking out.
Personally I was quite excited about the bet on the brand’s photographic specifications, a mobile capable of taking 10 frames per second promises a lot.
Blackview A100 Review: Hardware and Software
Blackview A100 is the successor to the A90, an evolution loaded with improvements in specifications and design. The device comes in a 6.67-inch FHD + screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The phone has a notch in the center of the screen, which serves as the home for the selfie camera .
The Blackview A100 features a slim and elegant design: to be precise, the thickness is 8.8 millimeters while the weight is around 185 grams. It measures 16.6 inches long and 7.8 inches wide, and features a curved back panel that improves ergonomics when held in one hand.
Inside, the A100 is powered by MediaTek’s Helio P70 CPU, an eight-core chip clocked at 2.1 GHz, along with the MP3 Mali-G72 GPU. The phone has 6GB of RAM and is paired with 128GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128GB via an SD card.
The Blackview A100 also mounts a 4,680 mAh battery and works with the Doke OS 2.0 system based on Android 11 that offers some special features such as the Freezer App to stop applications that remain active in the background saving RAM and consequently energy; There is also a game mode which stops the appearance of pop-ups and calls, RAM Fast to speed up the application start-up by up to 30%, System Manager to improve, among other things, the cleaning of temporary files and the performance of the battery.
As for the camera department , the A100 has three camera lenses on the rear; a 12-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel wide shooter, and a third 0.3-megapixel depth sensor, while a single 8-megapixel selfie lens sits inside the notch on the front.
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The device supports 4G VoLTE dual SIM and is powered by a 4680 mAh battery with 18W fast charging via USB Type-C interface. It also works with Android 11 as standard and supports NFC .
The design of the BlackView A100 is modern, with striking colors while minimalist, how they have integrated the fingerprint sensor in the power button, its back is quite clean and pleasant to the touch.
You can also see the camera module that barely comes out of the device, and is well protected with the transparent cover that the manufacturer includes in the box.
If we look at the side, where the fingerprint reader / power button is located, we will see that it is found with an ergonomic groove that allows its quick location even if said sensor is flat, facilitating its use without the need to “guess” where it is. find. This slit also prevents activations by mistake, when, for example, we carry the mobile in our pocket. Regarding its operation, fingerprint recognition is fast and accurate.
Additionally, taking advantage of the photo, we can say that attractive curves are appreciated, it is especially noticeable in the 4 corners of the device.
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At the bottom we find the ubiquitous USB Type-C port, the current standard, although be careful, this may change within a few generations since the trend is to eliminate ports in favor of contactless communication.
We also see the microphone and a speaker. The thickness of the device can be seen quite well in this image.
As for the screen, vibrant colors and brightness is enough to be seen even when the sun hits it directly, with narrow margins on 3 of its 4 sides, the exception being its lower part where the thickening is noticeable. . The selfie camera is of the hole type, as you can see in the image.
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A mobile focused on photography, but very fluid in general
The BlackView A100 can capture up to 10 photos per second thanks to its sensor and software optimizations. It should be noted that to be able to capture in burst, it is necessary to deactivate the watermark (it is deactivated by default).
To achieve this speed, the sensor must be able to capture enough light, the post-processing must be minimal, the memory must be fast and the computing capacity of the processor and the GPU must be good, so this is reflected not only in the photos , if not in an experience of using the device very on par with much more expensive mobiles .
The photographic quality is good considering the 12MP resolution, although it is good to remember that it is not by far the main thing that we should look at in the characteristics that define a good camera, first you have to see the size of the sensor, its technology, the quality of the lens, the speed of capture which in turn is closely linked to the amount of light it can catch, the level of detail it can extract, color distortion and many other things more important than the final size of the image.
the interface of the camera is the classic one, without much paraphernalia, the important thing is that it works and that it is simple. We have Night, Video, Image, Beauty, Mono, Human Figure Color Retention, Human Figure and Pro modes. We can quickly choose between the 3 main lenses, which are equivalent to 0.6x, 1.0x and 2.0x (wide, normal, zoom / macro).
Within the PRO section we can play with the white balance (WB), the light (ISO), the focus and the exposure time, being able to handle the camera with great precision.
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Photos taken with the BlackView A100
Putting the Blackview A100 to the test
Let’s start by seeing everything that the device really offers us at a technical level, for this I will use my favorite application in this section, CPU-Z, which gives us reliable information about each of the Sections of the equipment.
How does the BlackView A100 fare in the Benchmarks?
The benchmark data is extremely important because it allows us to know how good a device is when subjected to “extreme” loads and to compare it with others.
Let’s start with 3DMark , one of the most famous since pre-mobile times, its PC version was used to know how good a computer was.
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BlackView A100 3DMark Results
Now the classic in Android, AnTuTu, although I do not recommend its installation, it is a reference
Results in AnTuTu for the BlackView A100
We see then that the results on Antutu are 195159 for the general test, 24410 for the HTML5 test, 20071 for the internal memory test and that its screen supports 10 fingers at the same time , among other many interesting things.
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Can I play game on the BlackView A100?
Definitely yes, I have tried quite demanding games like PUBG and it moves it without problems, in fact, it was not bad for me considering that I never play it.
It runs quite smoothly with the graphics by default, without touching anything. Heat something, little but if you notice the heat.
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From # 15, I took 6 ahead, but that’s another matter.
And to watch videos?
I have seen the latest Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 movie on PrimeVideo and quite well, without cuts, with quite defined colors, the screen is not the least bit tiring and the sound is acceptable. I have also tried it on Youtube and Netflix . In general, to browse and consume multimedia you do not encounter any inconvenience.
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Frequently asked questions about the Blackview A100
- Does it have wireless charging? No, the A100 does not support wireless charging.
- Does it have a 3.5mm jack? The Blackview A100 features a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, requiring no adapter.
- Do you have ip68? It is not waterproof.
- Do you have NFC? The Blackview A100 has NFC.
- Do you have 5g? The BlackView A100 does not have 5G support.
- Do you have fast charging? Yes, the blackview A100 support 18W fast charging.
- Do you have for SD card? Yes, the Blackview A100 does have support for SD cards.
- Does it have infrared? No, the Blackview A100 does not have infrared (IR), so you cannot use it as a remote control.
The good and the bad of the BlackView A100
- The octa-core Helio P70 processor
- 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM
- The 6.67-inch 1080 × 2400 FHD + display
- Its high-capacity 4680mAh battery
- Sony IMX362 rear camera with mind-blowing speed
- Doke OS 2.0 works great
- NFC, essential today
The absence of wireless charging.
It support 18W fast charging.
Other key specifications and features of the Blackview A100 are included in the table below.
Blackview official site: https://www.blackview.hk
|Color||Gray, Green, Blue, Pink|
|Screen size||6.67 inch|
|Screen to Body Ratio(%)||Blind Hole Screen, 20:9|
|Viewing angle (H/V)||Full angle|
|2G||B2(1900), B3(1800), B5(850), B8(900)|
|3G||WCDMA: B1, B2, B4, B5, B8;|
TD-SCDMA: B34, B39;
CDMA2000: BC0, BC1
|4G||FDD: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B12, B13, B17, B18, B19, B20, B25, B26, B28a, B28b, B66;|
TDD: B34, B38, B39, B40, B41;
|2G||B2(1900), B3(1800), B5(850), B8(900)|
|CPU Clock||8X Cortex 4*A73 2.1G+4*A53 2.0G|
|GPU||ARM Mali-G72-MP4 800MHz|
|TF Card Slot||Support|
|Max TF Card Capacity||128GB|
|Front Camera Sensor||S5K4H7|
|Rear Camera Sensor||IMX362+GC032A+GC032A|
|Rear Camera Aperture||F1.75|
|Max Charging Current||9V 2A|
|Sensors||Proximity, Light, G-sensor|
|Sim-Card Type||two nano card ,one TF card|
|Earphones Jack Type||TYPE-C USB|
|TYPE-C USB Cable||x1|