Launched in 2017, the Blackview S8 equipped with Android OS v7.0 (Nougat) out of the box and 4GB RAM 64GB ROM storage, comes to us at the price of $160 bucks approximately. The Blackview S8 is aimed at the market as a bit of a luxery phone. Does it deliver?
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Design and display
The design of the Blackview S8 looks pretty good. It comes in black, purple or blue and has a clean look with the dual camera set placed in the upper center of the back, very similar to the Galaxy S8. Although, it’s a bit heavy (190.5grs), in comparison to other smartphones of its size (8.5mm x 154mm x 71.9mm).
The 5.7-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1440 PX resolution is multitouch capable and decent when it comes to giving us quality viewing of HD videos and/or pictures. Not the highest resolution or screen size but gets the work done nicely.
Performance and battery life
In terms of performance, the Blackview S8 is powered by Mediatek MT6750T and clocked at 1.5GHz with a 4 GB RAM memory. Also, its features include 64GB of ROM storage that can be expanded with a micro SD card, and ends up giving us an adequate performance for gaming (Not the best for high-quality games) and multitasking.
The non-removable Li-Po 3180 mAh gives the Blackview S8 24 hours or less of battery life but it could be sufficient for an average user. It doesn’t come with fast charging features and it could take quite longer than similar smartphones to recharge this phone (hours longer).
This is a nice feature for this phone because the Blackview S8 comes with a set of dual rear camera of 13.0MP + 0.3MP and includes a dual frontal camera of 8.0MP (SW 13.0MP) + 0.3MP. Not the best picture quality ever (I guess they could use the dual frontal camera in a better way) but at daylight you could get really nice pictures. It features frontal flash LED and back dual flash LED to improve the quality of your pictures during the darker hours.
Conclusion: Decent option, but not the best quality – budget relation.
The best: the design is cool, the screen is really big, it features 4 cameras: two rear cameras and two frontal cameras (both with LED flashes) and has a decent performance.
The not so good part: The battery doesn’t last long (one of its major problems) and it doesn’t have the option for fast charging, the OS is not the newest and although it has 4 cameras, the quality of the pictures is not the best either.
So, in conclusion, you could get something a bit better for that budget.