With the Blackview BV9600 we are honored by a new representative of the outdoor genre in the test laboratory. The China manufacturer has focused almost exclusively on the niches of outdoor and big-battery smartphones this year and achieved pretty good results in the leaderboards. With it, an outdoor device is again on the market for significantly less than 200 USD and yet special features such as Qi Wireless Charging or NFC are not missing. For the price, the Blackview BV6900 offers a MediaTek Helio P60 Octa-core processor, 6 / 64GB memory, a massive 6580 mAh battery, a high-resolution full HD display and the mandatory IP68 certification.
For the display, Blackview uses contemporary 2160 x 1080 pixels and ends up with a screen size of 5.7 inches and a sharp 432 pixels per inch . Even YouTube content is really fun on the 19: 9 screen, but Widevine L3 blocks Netflix and Amazon in HD. With small 5.7 inches, however, it is hardly noticeable. Settings for color rendering or the popular MiraVision tool are unfortunately completely missing and you have to make do with the standard display setting. However, there is nothing to complain about in terms of color, the display is configured neither too warm nor too cold. The BV6900 is committed to beautiful, accurate colors.The contrast is sufficient for an IPS display, but black looks rather gray. The factory specification for the brightness is 380, but we still measure 460 cd/m². In practice, legibility outdoors is possible and the reflections are also limited.
The call quality probably suffers somewhat from the thick shell, but there were no problems here either, except for a somewhat dull transmission of your own voice. The hands-free function gave a clear echo to the other party and is therefore almost unusable. The auricle, on the other hand, is pleasantly loud and clear. The media speaker sits a bit unusual on the back and wins no price in terms of quality, but it is loud. Hardly any bass, slight distortion at the highest volume and little differentiation is the result here. Sufficient for one or the other YouTube video.
With the WLAN connection, you still have to make do with 2.4GHz and only with the n standard. In practice, the range is good, but the data throughput quickly decreases with a greater distance from the router. Instead of my 40mBit I reached 2 walls at the test position and 15m from the router only 20mBit. Bluetooth 4.2 does non-critical work and constantly maintains every connection. As is desired with an outdoor smartphone, the GPS of the Blackview BV6900 works excellently. Even in buildings, the position is determined quickly and outdoors you have a constant 2-3m accuracy. The whole thing is supported by a functional compass. Blackview does not overdo it with other sensors. In addition to the acceleration, proximity and brightness sensor, there is only one gyroscope. OTG is of course also supported and an FM radio receiver is also at the start. Last but not least, NFC rounds off the coherent overall package.
The Blackview BV6900 has a huge 6580 mAh battery, But somehow you give a minimum specification of 6000 mAh. The test also showed 6000 mAh as more likely and in the PC battery benchmark the result is rather sobering with an 11-hour run time. But benchmarks are not everything in life and in practice you can easily reach 10-12 hours of DOT before the Blackview has to be plugged in. The stand-by consumption is also limited at 5% overnight. The Helio P60 is not the most energy-efficient processor, but the fat battery saves Blackview’s good battery life. Charging with the supplied 9V/2A power supply takes 3.5 hours from 0 to 100. Those who prefer Qi wireless charging must expect at least 6 hours of charging. So quickly reloading in between is hardly possible with the Blackview.