Blackview R7 was announced in December 2015, but the yield devaysa delayed. It was stated that the new product will be among the first devices are not from Google, with Android 6.0 "out of the box". The manufacturer has promised to equip the device chip MediaTek Helio P10 and 360 degree fingerprint scanner to unlock the device for less than 0.4 seconds. Information on all the possibilities of new items until the last moment differently. Finally, the long-awaited 5.5-inch gadget in the shining metal housing fell into our hands. You can reset the veil of secrecy and tell all come true and not very expectations.
The smartphone comes in a minimalistic decorated flat box - white on the outside and black inside. Take the paper inserted in the upper slot gadget can be one motion, pulling the silky ribbon. At the bottom of the box owner expects a set of accessories: "fast" charger (9V, 2A), headset, USB-OTG adapter "clip" to extract the card tray, protection film and a transparent silicone case. There was a place and a thick paper manual, printed in color on glossy paper.
On the review unit came in a gray body, there are also versions in gold and silver versions. The front panel is covered by a curved 2,5D-glass, rounded edges of which are organically combined with the beveled edges of the metal edging of the housing.
At the bottom of the frame below the screen are touch keys - no backlight, but they are clearly visible even in low ambient light through the mirror invoice. Above the display are arranged in a number of light sensor, earpiece grille and the front camera lens.
On the right side - the power button and volume rocker on the left - combined tray for SIM-cards, and microSD. All elements are made of metal.
At the bottom end is located in the center of the USB-port, and on the sides of the large hole, behind which are a microphone and speaker. At the top end is placed on the left audio output.
The back cover is non-removable, all-metal net plastic strips on top and bottom. These inserts are necessary for normal functioning of the antennas in a metal case, but unlike similar solutions in other smartphones, they are unusually broad and catchy look rough texture.
The fingerprint reader is located in the center of the top of the back cover, and even higher, in the left corner of the module is placed in the main camera, LED flash, and microphone.
It made great gadget. Clearances, clearances, creaking - this is not about him.
Blackview R7 extreme ease is no different, it weighs 197 grams. The dimensions for 5.5-inch smartphone moderate, but about the full management of one hand we are not
The machine does not slip out of your hands, it can be safely used without the cover. The fact that R7 though the impression of a rectangular bar, on closer examination it can be seen that the side faces of his body bent - this little nuance, and creates a basis for a reliable grip.
The device is equipped with a 5.5-inch Full HD screen on a quality IPS-matrix. At a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels of density is quite comfortable for the eyes of four hundred per inch.
Display favorably with very high contrast, deep black color (as much as possible for IPS technology), the ideal viewing angle. Anyone who loves the "juicy" screens, it will certainly want to taste. And if something is wrong - screen color reproduction can be adjusted in the settings from MiraVision.
The screen performed well during long-term use - from his eyes do not get tired, the display light does not flicker even at minimum brightness values, the transfer of white fine default.
Auto Brightness feature works perfectly, flawlessly during testing. Set the backlight to the lowest setting possible without discomfort to work with a smartphone in the dark, and at maximum display remains readable even in direct sunlight.
The device runs on Android 6.0 cosmetically retouched without preset "garbage": have a basic Google services, a pair of standard apps, Twitter clients and Facebook, plus a small program Xender for easy transmission "over the air" file.
Application for SMS and Dialer - stock.
As for the appearance of the interface, there are no radical changes. Manufacturer slightly changed the appearance of the icons, as well as a simple launcher installed without the application
menu. The mineral "tweaks" - support of stickers on top of icons, and in the status bar - displays the percentage of battery charge.
Interface Localization almost complete: just some minor adjustments in the menu items are displayed in English and on the numeric keypad "dialer" no Cyrillic (search for contacts with the system keyboard in Russian while running).
The system supports the management of gestures. The unit turns on when you double-tap the screen off, take a screenshot in any application can swipe three fingers from the top down, and to reject an incoming call, sharply enough to turn the smartphone. In addition to the already logged many in the habit of incorporating double-tap, and given the opportunity to turn off the screen in the same way - only twice knocking it needs the touch button "Home". There is also support quick launch applications gestures when the display is off, and a host of other customizable features.
The smartphone is set new performance chip MediaTek Helio P10, equipped with eight cores, capable of accelerating to 2 GHz. RAM in abundance - 4 GB built-in storage, and the novelty is also not
offended - 32 GB, enough, considering that Android 6.0 using Adoptable Storage function, you can make a virtual United 64-gigabyte storage, a microSD card to 32GB.
Most of the RAM remains free even during simultaneous operation of multiple programs. When using the shell of all possibilities, solving everyday problems and in any applications the device never "thinks" only when fast scrolling "heavy" pages in the browser occasionally occur micro friezes.
With video playback as Full HD (and online, and drive) is no problem.
When it comes to processor MediaTek Helio P10, usually have focused on productivity, forgetting that from the platform may also depend on the sound quality. Meanwhile, at the request of the manufacturer the new MediaTek Helio P10 supports the S / N ratio of 110 dB THD at 95 dB. Musical ability R7 been tested with quality headphones, and the machine really gave a very high-quality sound - at a level of quality A-brand devices without a dedicated audio chip. Claim one - low volume.
The quality of the external speaker is quite good, it does not rattle, has an acceptable margin volume, but crystal clear and it is particularly rich sound will not name.
In synthetic tests the device got a decent amount of points:
Although the smartphone is set very nimble processor, showing miracles in ordinary applications and tirelessly generating "parrots" in tests, to reach their potential in the games he fails - limits are not the most powerful graphics accelerator. In addition, the gaming performance is dependent on the time of the game session, and the ambient temperature: in the 30-degree summer day, for example, after an hour of playing WoT smartphone so heated up that it was uncomfortable to hold in their hands, the rate fps at the same time began to periodically sink already up to eight frames per second. After a short break work normalized device, and cooler days like was observed.
The fingerprint reader works perfectly - from twenty consecutive test unlocks he never snapped. In addition, the fingerprint sensor in addition to its core function can play the role of an additional control in some software. For example, it can be used to scroll the launcher home screen to switch tracks in the player releases the shutter in the camera software, to control video playback and accept incoming calls.
The smartphone is equipped with a 13-megapixel ⅓ inch CMOS-matrix OmniVision OV13853 with a pixel size of 1.12 microns. The sensor does not "top", but can provide the best quality of night shots
in comparison with many other budget options.
The application interface for shooting devoid of design refinements, but not deprived of functionality.
Autofocus works in the main chamber is bright even in low light conditions, the white balance is set correctly in the automatic mode, the problems were not noticed exposure meter.
During the day you can make good photos with good detail (see example below)
On the night shooting the camera copes well, although sometimes suffers detail here, as well as color rendering.
The front eight megapixel sensor Omnivision OV8858 was very good - if you do not "Mobilography", but more fond selfi, in this case the device will not lead.
Although the sensor main camera supports shooting in 4K resolution, for Blackview R7 is available only record Full HD video.
Voice quality is good. Change the SIM-card can be "on a hot" - without rebooting the phone. 4G network is provided in both slots.
The device also supports 4G standard + c is theoretically possible speeds of up to 300 Mbit / s. Of course, the real rate is much lower than the theoretical - everything depends on the quality of the operator's services and network load. In our testing showed Speedtest tool download speed of 24 megabits per second.
Higher speeds are available on Wi-Fi. In this module the fastest smartphone of today 802.11 ac standard. The sale has a lot of home routers with support for the AU, and in some public places have updated equipment. In emergency cases when you need to quickly download a large file, it is useful "turbo". It allows you to combine the bandwidth of Wi-Fi and 4G connections.
Initially it was expected that in Blackview R7 is the NFC, but in the end characteristics have been changed, and the unit has not received the support of this technology.
The sensitivity of the GPS-receiver is not the best, especially in yards-wells. "Cold" start in adverse conditions can occur within 20 seconds or more, the "hot" - for about 8 seconds.
During testing the gadget using Bluetooth to connect the laptop column - Music streaming in good quality smoothly transmitted over a distance of more than five meters even with the load-bearing wall in the signal path.
Many hoped that Blackview R7 get a battery with a capacity of 3500 mAh, but the manufacturer has finally set a more modest battery - with a capacity of 3000 mAh. With the help of the included charger shrunken to zero the unit can charge up to 100% for half an hour. With intensive mixed-use smartphone "live" one day. Hour game Asphalt 8 drained the battery by 32%, and the video is fully charged the unit can turn the non-stop for seven hours.
Blackview R7 with new chip MediaTek Helio P10 offers good for its class sound in the headphones, high performance and "marshmallow bun," the latest version of Android. Also in the smartphone assets pleasant ergonomics, gorgeous display and fast working fingerprint reader.