A 5.5-inch smartphone with a recognizable design and a large package.
- Screen: 5.5 ", IPS, 267ppi, 1280x720;
- Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop;
- Processor: MediaTek MT6735P, 4 x Cortex-A53, 1 GHz;
- GPU: Mali T720;
- RAM: 2 GB;
- Built-in memory: 16 GB, support for microSD memory cards up to 32 GB;
- Cameras: main 13 MP (Sony IMX164, flash), front 5 MP;
- Battery: 3180 mAh, non-removable;
- Dimensions (HxWxT): 158 x 78.6 x 7.8 mm;
- Weight: 177 g;
- SIM slots: 2, Micro SIM, Nano SIM, Dual SIM Dual Standby;
- Communication: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA: 900/2100, LTE: 800/900/1800/2100/2600, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS (A-GPS).
Something interesting is rarely supplied with modern smartphones (sometimes it seems that this section could be completely removed from the text), but Blackview Ultra Plus is an exception to the rule. In a seemingly small white square box, there was a place for a number of accessories.
Such familiar things as a “clip” for removing SIM cards, an adapter (5V-1A), a meter-long USB noodle cable and a one-button headset are supplemented by a USB-OTG adapter, a spare screen protector, a silicone case and an aluminum bumper.
We will talk about the latter in addition. The bumper sits on the smartphone well, but slightly leaks, in addition, due to its small thickness, the protective properties suffer. The side does not protrude above the glass of the smartphone, so the accessory is able to mitigate the effects of a side impact, but if the smartphone falls flat, there will be no sense from additional protection. In addition, the bumper is still cheap and the buttons built into it are held
on parole on a thin paper strip pasted on the back. She begins to tear literally after the first presses.
It remains only to state the obvious, Blackview Ultra Plus was created under the influence of Apple products. We are not opposed to borrowing as such, but not when they affect ergonomics. The center of the front panel of the Blackview Ultra Plus has a single round home button. Instead of placing two more navigation buttons side by side, they were made onscreen. Such a combination is unusual, uncomfortable and “eats away” a significant part from the working area of the screen.
In the upper part of the front panel there are all the usual elements: a front camera, a speaker, lighting and proximity sensors. The screen covers 2.5D glass with a protective film glued on top.
The smartphone case is made of successfully simulating metal plastic. White stripes on it do not carry a functional load - this is just a picture. The camera, flash and noise canceling microphone are shifted to the corner of the smartphone. A separate hole is made for the conversational microphone at the bottom of the smartphone. It could be designed better, since the slot for the speaker is on the right, and the perforation on the left is purely decorative.
The specifications of the 5.5-inch IPS matrix used in the Blackview Ultra Plus, allow it to be attributed to mid-range solutions. At a resolution of 1280x720, the screen produces a clear picture with a slight glou effect and without pronounced pixelation. Only small fonts look loose. The uniformity of the black field is sufficient, there are no noticeable “highlights”. The sensor layer recognizes up to five simultaneous touches.
The backlight allows you to use your smartphone on a bright sunny day, but there is no margin at all. Adaptive backlight leveling works correctly. The use of the film, which on the rounded glass only interferes, spoils the impression of the screen, as well as the absence of a grease-repellent coating.
The MediaTek MT6735P processor, the Mali-T720 graphics accelerator, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory are a gentleman's set inherent in many devices of this price range.
This configuration has already been tested by Trashbox several times, and we can say that this is a good compromise between cost, performance and energy efficiency.
The smartphone’s interface works smoothly and delays in opening applications can be seen only in comparison with much more productive devices. As for 3D games, most of them run at low and medium settings, but the frame rate is low, for example, in Modern Combat it is kept at an average level of 20 FPS.
Blackview Ultra Plus is running Android 5.1 Lollipop. The standard interface has undergone significant cosmetic changes, since the applications here are placed immediately on the desktop side by side with two large undeletable widgets, and all the shortcuts are equipped with colorful substrates. Such a peculiar stylization. The user has access to a power on / off schedule, several multi-touch gestures, allowing, for example, to adjust the sound by sliding two fingers on the screen, a built-in utility for taking and cropping screenshots.
The inconvenience caused by the combination of a single mechanical button and two on-screen buttons could be eliminated using software, but the attempt to do this failed. Yes, the on-screen buttons can be hidden, but the Float gesture - a floating button, which serves as a replacement for them, opens up an unusually uncomfortable and ugly menu, which does not cause the slightest desire. What guided the developer, adding the “video” item to it, is not at all clear. Is there really no more important option?
Partial localization of the firmware, menu sections added by Blackview developers were left without translation, and there are grammatical errors in separate inscriptions.
For telephone functionality Blackview Ultra Plus meet two SIM-cards and one radio module. For the simultaneous installation of two cards, one of them must be Micro-SIM standard, the other - Nano-SIM. Access to the cellular network is carried out according to the Dual SIM Dual Standby scheme. The leading card can be selected through the standard menu for Android. You do not need to swap cards, both slots support data transfer in networks of the third and fourth generations.
If necessary, one of the SIM cards is replaced with Micro SD up to 32 GB. The smartphone supports USB-OTG mode, and also receives signals from GPS satellites (Russian GLONASS and Chinese Baidu are not available to it). Blackview Ultra Plus did not succeed in the cold start of navigation, but after updating the satellite base using A-GPS, the smartphone nevertheless established a connection with several of them.
Blackview Ultra Plus has been tested using our standard methodology. The battery life demonstrated by the smartphone during continuous web surfing with a screen brightness set to 50% was 9 hours 4 minutes. The battery capacity declared by the manufacturer - 3180 mAh was not confirmed. During measurements, we obtained a value of 2800 mAh. It takes about three hours to fully charge the battery from the supplied adapter.
On paper, the smartphone’s cameras comply with generally accepted standards: 13 MP main sensor (manufactured by Sony) and 5 MP sensor on the front panel.
In fact, they often disappoint. Add to the incorrect color rendition problems with automatic focusing, as well as under / overexposure in the most difficult conditions, and you will get an idea of what difficulties a photographer will face when using Blackview Ultra Plus.
The mimicry of the Blackview Ultra Plus will not be bad, but one external resemblance to the popular product, a good screen and 4G support is still not enough for the smartphone to be highly rated. On the other side of the scale, incomplete localization, excessive battery capacity, poor image quality and ergonomic problems.Pros:
- High-quality assembly;
- Display covered with 2.5D glass.
May not like:
- Lack of oleophobic coating;
- An inconvenient combination of two on-screen and one physical buttons;
- Poor image quality in automatic mode.
- Incomplete localization;
- Graphic shell design;
- Combined SIM card slot.
You can buy a smartphone on AliExpress: http://ru.aliexpress.com/store/product/Blackview-Ultra-A6-Plus-5-5-HD-Mobile-Phone-Android-5-1-RAM-2GB-ROM- 16GB / 101792_32604656007.html
Final rating: 6 out of 10.