Blackview A8 Max Review – A Nice $80 Phone

by Linus 2

We have reviewed quite a few Blackview phones this year and the A8 Max is one of their latest budget offerings. The phone costs just $80, it has a great design and more. Learn more in our full review.

Blackview A8 Max Review: VIDEO REVIEW

Blackview A8 Max Review: UNBOXING

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The phone ships with all the usual stuff and some extras include a soft TPU case, a pair of earphones and a screen protector.

Blackview A8 Max Review: DESIGN and DISPLAY


For just $80, the phone is very nice. It sports a metal trim and tactile buttons, and overall I’m happy with the build quality.


We have a 5.5” display, which is only 720p but it is plenty sharp for the daily use.

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Unfortunately, we have neither notification LED light nor backlit capacitive buttons.


On the back, we have a 13MP camera and a loudspeaker, which is not fantastic but it is pretty good for the phone this cheap.

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The backplate can be easily removed to access a 3000mAh battery, two SIM card slots and the microSD card slot.

Blackview A8 Max Review: BENCHMARKS

Blackview A8 Max Review: HARDWARE and PERFORMANCE


The Blackview A8 Max sports pretty good specs for the price. The phone ships with a quad-core MTK6737 chip, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

The gaming performance is pretty good. You should be able to run most of the 2D games and 3D games on the medium graphics.

Blackview A8 Max Review: USER INTERFACE

The phone runs on Android 6.0 with the Blackview’s skin on top of it. That means that there is no app tray but we have a few extra features like a bunch of gesture and motion controls. Some of them work great while others are kind of slow to respond.

I didn’t have any major lags or hiccups even after installing quite a few apps and I believe this is the most important thing for a cheap phone.

Blackview A8 Max Review: IMAGE QUALITY

For an $80 phone, the picture quality is not bad at all. Sure, the images are not the best we’ve seen but you can get some nice looking photos in daylight.

As for selfie camera, it is not the best but it will do the trick for social media needs.

The video quality is just mediocre as on all cheap phones. See the video review for a video sample.

Blackview A8 Max Review: CONNECTIVITY


I didn’t have any connectivity issues and even the GPS lock speeds and accuracy were okay.

Blackview A8 Max Review: BATTERY LIFE


The 3000mAh battery will get you through the day quite easily. With my usage, I could get around 5 hours of screen-on time, which is a good result.

Blackview A8 Max Review: CONCLUSIONS


Blackview A8 Max is an $80 phone that is pretty good for the price. It does most of the things right but it lacks a few features that some other phones in this range have – a fingerprint scanner and notification LED light. If you don’t need these features, Blackview A8 Max is a pretty solid $80 phone.


Design and Build
Design and Build
User Interface
Battery Life
Gaming Performance
Daily Performance
Value for Money