- Analysis by KJ David
Released over a year after the original BV5500, the Blackview BV5500 Pro comes with a somewhat refined assortment of pros and cons, but its overall specs profile still renders it modest, at least compared to the best rugged phones featured here on Phonerated.
Its biggest weaknesses reside under the hood, in the form of a 1.5GHz quad-core-only MediaTek processor that seems to have missed the 2019 Q2 memo -- eight-core engines were all the rage when we were checking it out. Its 3GB accompanying RAM and IMG GE8100 graphics engine, which clocks in at a mild 570MHz, do not sound that promising either.
Its list of cons also includes a 16GB memory that's accompanied by a primitive 32GB-only microSD card slot , whereas a good number of its rugged competitors support 128GB or even 256GB memory cards.
The BV5500 Pro's hardware setup is not all about drawbacks, though, seeing that its 4400mAh battery is a sizable pro that reminds us of some popular stamina-focused phones. Also, it offers 4G-LTE connectivity and NFC , both of which were absent from its mother model's spec sheet.
Like most other rugged smartphones on the market as of this on-paper review, this BV edition banks on an IP68- and MIL-SPEC-810G-rated shell , which essentially means that it is impervious to dust grains and resistant to accidental drops as well as temperature extremes.
Joining its pros and cons is an appreciable (by low-end standards) 8- plus 0.3-megapixel dual camera that promises crisper images than the single-lens cams offered by many tantamount models. Sadly, its 5-megapixel selfie cam is not as notable.
Just like the original BV5500, this Pro edition dons a 5.5-inch 18:9 IPS display with a so-so 1440 x 720 definition. It has a scratch-resistant Gorilla cover glass that's met by an industrial rubber finish on its back.
Available in Black, Yellow, and Green, the BV5500 Pro caters to field workers and outdoorsy users who want a budget-class, but high-endurance, rugged phone.
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