Blackview has released a lot of phones this year and the R6 model is one of them. It is well-made, it has some decent specs and it costs about $120. Find out if this phone is any good in the full review.
Blackview R6 Review: VIDEO REVIEW
Blackview R6 Review: UNBOXING
The phone ships with all the usual stuff and some extras include a screen protector, a pair of earphones and a soft TPU case.
Blackview R6 Review: DESIGN and DISPLAY
As for design, we are looking at a device that has a quality metal trim that goes all around the device and tactile metal buttons.
The 5.5” 1080P display is pretty good for such a cheap phone whether you use it indoors or outdoors.We have a 5MP front-facing camera. However, there is neither LED notification light nor backlit capacitive keys.
On the back, we have a 13MP camera with a dual-LED flash and a fingerprint scanner, which is not the fastest I’ve seen but it gets the job done.
You can remove the backplate to access the microSD card slot and two SIM card slots. The 3000mAh battery is not removable.
Finally, the loudspeaker is pretty good for the class of the phone.
Blackview R6 Review: HARDWARE and PERFORMANCE
When it comes to hardware, the phone ships with the Mediatek MTK6737 chip, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
The gaming performance is mediocre. There may be a bug but you can only play the Asphalt 8 on low graphics. Still, there are some skipped frames.
Blackview R6 Review: BENCHMARKS
Blackview R6 Review: USER INTERFACE
The phone ships with the Android 6.0 but it has Blackview’s skin on top of it, which removes the app tray for some reason. Also, we have some redesigned icons and some other design touches.
There are a few features like gesture and motion controls that work pretty well but the phone could recognize gesture input faster. So far I didn’t have any hiccups or lag and the phone performs well on the daily basis.
Blackview R6 Review: IMAGE QUALITY
The image quality is okay. You can get some decent-looking photos out of this phone. However, there could be more detail in some of the shots but in general, our Blackview R6 pre-production unit can take some decent pictures given the good lighting. Keep in mind that the early review units came with the pre-release software and the retail versions of the phone has upgraded software that has improved the image quality.
As usual, the quality of pictures decreases in low light and the Blackview R6 does not impress.
The selfies don’t impress either. The pictures will do the trick for social media but they could look sharper.
The video quality is mediocre as on most of the cheap phones.
Blackview R6 Review: CONNECTIVITY
I didn’t have any major connectivity issues except for the fact that once the GPS was pretty slow to get the position lock.
Blackview R6 Review: BATTERY LIFE
The phone ships with the 3000mAh battery that performs pretty well for its capacity. You should expect just over 4 hours of screen-on time but the results may vary, depending on the usage.
Blackview R6 Review: CONCLUSIONS
The Blackview aims to offer a good build quality and some decent specs at affordable price with the R6 model and it succeeds in some ways.
The phone is well-built and it sits nicely in the hand, the display is pretty sharp and the phone performs fine on the daily basis.
However, you have to know that the camera is inconsistent, there is no LED notification light, the capacitive buttons are not backlit and last but not least, the 3D gaming performance is mediocre. Hopefully, things will improve with the future software updates.
At the end of the day, the Blackview R6 gets the basics right but as most of the cheap phones, it comes with some shortcomings you have to consider.
Blackview R6 gets the basics right but as most of the cheap phones, it comes with some shortcomings you have to consider before making a purchase