Blackview Alife P1 Pro - review of the most affordable smartphone with a fingerprint scanner
- Options and appearance Blackview Alife P1 Pro
- Interface and software platform
- Benchmark performance testing
- Testing built-in sensors and GPS
- Camera testing
- Battery test
- Video review
The smartphone was chosen by us for testing not by chance. Firstly, Blackview has been known to us for quite a long time and managed to launch several successful smartphone models on the market, among which we can note the Alife S1 model, which we tested not so long ago. Secondly, the Alife P1 Pro model attracted us with the presence of a fingerprint scanner on the front panel of the device, which, given the positioning of this smartphone as a budget device, is a rare occurrence on the modern market. And although the hardware stuffing used in this smartphone has already met us more than once in other devices, in general, the characteristics of Blackview Alife P1 Pro look quite balanced and attractive to the buyer.
Judge for yourself, because in addition to the fingerprint scanner, the device can have 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, cameras with a resolution of 13 MP and 5 MP, as well as a 3000 mAh battery. In addition, the smartphone has a rather boring appearance, in which the features of the iPhone 6, Ulefone Be Touch, and other popular models of the modern smartphone market are guessed.
And finally, the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone has every chance of becoming very popular thanks to the manufacturer's promotion, in which from August 3 this device can be purchased for only $100. And this makes this model the cheapest smartphone with a fingerprint scanner on the market and generally one of the most inexpensive budget smartphones with such characteristics.
In this regard, we simply had no right not to test the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone. It was also interesting for us to verify that all the declared characteristics of this model correspond to the real ones in order to provide our readers with the most truthful and accurate information about this device. And what came of it, you have to find out in a special review of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone, which we prepared based on the results of testing this model by our editors.
And we will start, as usual, with our first impression of getting to know the Blackview Alife P1 Pro - with a description of the packaging, delivery set and appearance of the smartphone.
Options and appearance Blackview Alife P1 Pro
The smartphone arrived at our studio in a square flat white box. The packaging is quite simple and ascetic. On the cover of the box you will find the name of the manufacturer and 2 company stickers in the lower right corner with holograms. One sticker shows a fingerprint, hinting at equipping the smartphone with a fingerprint scanner, and the second shows the model name of the device. On the back of the box, you will find stickers with the IMEI data of this smartphone, as well as its main specifications.
After removing the box cover, you will find that the top tray, which contains the smartphone itself, as well as the accessory compartments below it, are made of matte black cardboard. The idea to use the contrast of white and black packaging turned out to be quite successful, and despite the budget segment of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone, its packaging looks very decent.
So, the Blackview Alife P1 Pro package turned out to be
- The Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone is white (in the line of this model there is also an option in black with a matte back cover).
- Charger made of white plastic with a socket for our sockets and a current of 2.0A.
- Corporate white stereo headset.
- The proprietary flat USB cable is also white.
- Instructions for setting up a smartphone and a fingerprint scanner in English.
- Spare screen protector (one is already applied to the screen of the device at the factory and you only need to remove the shipping layer).
- Silicone transparent case-bumper.
As you can see for yourself, the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone comes with a fairly rich bundle, which is not often seen even in devices twice as expensive. We were also pleased with the packaging, which looks quite simple and not clumsy, but at the same time is not devoid of style and quality.
Let's move on to the appearance of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone
The front panel of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone is covered with protective glass with 2.5D curved edges. The manufacturer of the glass is not reported, but some sources claim that Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is used here.
In the upper part of the front panel, traditionally, from left to right, there is a window for light and proximity sensors, a slot for the earpiece and a front camera eye.
And at the bottom of the front panel there are 2 standard touch buttons "Menu" and "Back", and between them there is a mechanical button "Home", which has a built-in fingerprint scanner. The touch buttons are not backlit, and the Home button is shaped like the one on the Meizu MX4 Pro smartphone. There is no event indicator in the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone.
The body of the device is made of plastic, despite the fact that the frame around the perimeter can be mistaken for metal. In a white smartphone, the side frame is painted in gold, and in the variant with a black body color, in silver. Thus, the manufacturer tried to add a premium appearance to the smartphone, and it is worth saying that he practically succeeded.
On the left side of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro case, the manufacturer placed the volume button, and on the right - the power button.
On the bottom end of the case you will find a hole for a spoken microphone and 6 larger holes for an external speaker. Also on the bottom end there is a recess for removing the back cover of the case.
And on the top of the case, you'll find a Micro-USB port and a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones or a headset. This device supports the OTG function.
The back panel of the smartphone case is made of non-staining plastic. In a white device, the cover shines, but the gloss is not strong, and thanks to this, fingerprints and small scratches are practically not visible on it. And in the black device, the back cover is completely matte and looks even more attractive, in our opinion, than the white one.
At the top of the rear panel, you'll find a second noise-canceling microphone hole, a square rear camera window, and a dual LED flash module with two tones of glow - cold and warm. On the flash is the logo of the manufacturer.
The assembly of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone case leaves the most positive emotions. No matter how hard we tried, we could not detect backlashes and creaks in the device case. And this is very commendable for a budget smartphone.
The back cover of the case can be removed with little effort, and under it you will find 2 SIM trays, one of which is a standard format and the other is a Micro format, as well as a slot for Micro-SD memory cards up to 32 GB. Under these slots is a battery compartment, the declared capacity of which is 3000 mAh.
The appearance of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone is very reminiscent of the Ulefone Be Touch (Be Touch 2) smartphone, since both devices have approximately the same body thickness and a similar design of the frame around the perimeter, right down to the placement of ports and holes on it.
Also in the design of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone, there is a resemblance to the iPhone 6 Plus, although, we repeat, the former has a plastic frame around the perimeter.
Nevertheless, the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone is comfortable and pleasant to hold in your hand. It is difficult to consider it beautiful or refined, but you don’t expect this from a budget device. It is also worth noting that the black bars between the display and the painted edges of the front panel are quite narrow here, which cannot be said about the latest models from Elephone and Ulefone, where these black bars are sometimes just annoying.
So, although the appearance of the Alife P1 Pro model did not delight us, it fully met our expectations, and somewhere even exceeded them.
In terms of dimensions, the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone is about the same as its competitors in this segment - Elephone S2 Plus and Siswoo C55 Longbow . Speaking in the language of numbers, the dimensions of the device body are 74x155x8 mm, and the weight of the smartphone is 170 grams.
Let's move on to the technical part of the device, starting, as usual, with the display.
The Blackview Alife P1 Pro display diagonal is 5.5 inches and its resolution is 1280x720 pixels. The display is made using IPS technology, and the front panel is made using OGS technology. In the test of the Multitouch program, the device showed support for 3 simultaneous touches, and we have not seen such a result for a long time, because modern displays show at least 5 points of simultaneous touches.
Although in practical application, more than 3 dots are only used in rare applications or some mobile games. However, this smartphone is practically not suitable for gaming at all, but we will return to this when testing in benchmarks.
The display is covered with protective glass, the edges of which are curved according to 2.5D technology, which is clearly an asset for this model as for a state employee.
The viewing angles of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro display are traditionally wide for OGS technology, but at certain angles the picture becomes bluish. There is nothing more to criticize the display of this smartphone, although we cannot praise it either.
Interface and software platform
The Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. The shell interface here is absolutely standard. In the settings there is an option to use the shell from the manufacturer, but we do not recommend using it, because in this case duplicate application shortcuts appear on the desktop. When you try to remove one of the shortcuts, both are removed in fact. Obviously, the version of the launcher from the manufacturer has not yet been finalized, and perhaps this will happen later.
As for the sensitivity of the touchscreen, here we have no complaints. It is also worth noting a good supply of display brightness and rich colors of the picture on it, which looks quite nice, despite the resolution that is not the most suitable for such a diagonal. True, the standard blue desktop screen saver is not the best here, because it not only irritates the eye, but also mixes a lot of blue shades into the color of the labels. Although, this is a matter of taste, and someone will surely like it.
As we have already said, the interface in the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone is absolutely standard. With a swipe down from the status bar, you will open the notification panel, and with a second swipe, you will go to the quick access menu to the main functions of the smartphone. Here you will find a slider for adjusting the brightness of the display, functions for activating wireless connections and data transfer, among which there is even HotKnot, as well as the ability to activate the flight mode, the Flashlight application, the choice of sound profiles and so on.
By pressing the touch button to the left of the "Home" button, you can go to the smartphone settings menu, as well as go to the wallpaper selection and widget settings. Pressing the mechanical home button will take you to the desktop. The touch button "Back" also performs its traditional function. In other words, you won't find anything new here.
Let's go to the device settings menu. Under "About phone" you will find the function of over-the-air software update, or simply OTA. When trying to update at the time of testing, we received a notification that we were using the latest firmware version, which suggests that this feature is working.
To configure the fingerprint scanner, you need to go to the "Security" menu item. The first time you set up the scanner, your smartphone will ask you for a password, which is set to "1234" by default. After that, you can start the fingerprint registration procedure. Registering a fingerprint does not take much time, but it takes a little longer than in devices from Elephone or Ulefone.
After completing the fingerprint registration procedure in the device memory, you will be able to further unlock the device using the scanner, and this can be done both from sleep mode and from the lock screen after the smartphone has been woken up. The fingerprint scanner does not cause problems, and scanning and unlocking occur with a high percentage of recognition. Compared to the smartphones of the above manufacturers, the unlock time in the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone is somewhat longer, but you quickly get used to it. In addition, unlocking with a fingerprint scanner in Apple smartphones is also not so fast.
By the way, the manufacturer reported that the fingerprint scanner in this device is covered with sapphire glass, as in Apple devices. So, for some, this may well be a reason for pride.
It is also worth noting that you can put your finger on the fingerprint scanner in the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone at any angle in the horizontal plane, while recognition will still occur. This is also worth adding to the asset of this device.
From other items in the smartphone settings menu, various smart functions can also be noted. Here you can use the ability to take a screenshot with a three-finger swipe, gesture control to flip through photos in the gallery or desktops, wake up the display with a swipe to the right, as well as the ability to call various applications using special characters that need to be drawn on the screen in sleep mode devices.
As we have already said, the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone has a HotKnot function for data transfer in addition to the traditional Bluetooth function.
But in general, there is nothing more to highlight anything special in the settings menu or the interface of this device. Therefore, we will immediately move on to the technical part of the smartphone.
Let's check how the Blackview Alife P1 Pro performs when tested in various benchmarks.
Performance testing and other benchmarks
As we said earlier, the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. The device is powered by a 64-bit quad-core processor MT6735. In the AnTuTu program, the maximum frequency of the Cortex-A53 cores of this processor version is 1.3 GHz, which implies an uncut version of the chip. We will return to this point, but for now we will add that in conjunction with this processor, a 2-core ARM Mali-T720 graphics chip with a core frequency of 600 MHz works. The amount of RAM in the device is 2 GB, and the amount of built-in storage is 16 GB, of which about 11.5 GB is available to the user. Also recall that the diagonal of the display is 5.5 inches, and the resolution is 720p.
In the test of the AnTuTu v5.7.1 program, the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone scored 20129 points, which is quite consistent with the capabilities of this processor, but its version with a reduced clock speed of up to 1.0 GHz. This chip also has the designation MT6735P, and it has already been repeatedly found in the devices we tested (Bluboo X550, Elephone S2, Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro and others).
At the same time, in the AnTuTu and CPU-Z programs, this chip is defined as a full version of the MT6735 processor with a core clock speed of 1.3 GHz. However, we know that in similar tests, devices with such a chip show better results (up to 25 thousand points). The conclusion is that the manufacturer is wishful thinking, and the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone actually has a stripped-down version of the processor, which was reported at an early stage of the advertising campaign for this device. It is also interesting that the clock speed of the cores is not indicated on its website in the characteristics of this smartphone. And some online stores indicate the frequency of exactly 1.3 GHz, while only a few tell us the truth. We understand that this device would not set records in benchmarks anyway, but some unpleasant aftertaste still remains.
When testing graphics in Epic Citadel at ultra-high quality for HD resolution, the Blackview Alife P1 Pro showed 23.1 frames per second, and in 3DMark at the highest possible graphics settings, our test sample also showed an expectedly low result of 1988 points.
Let's check how the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone behaves when tested in mobile games and what the temperature of its case will be. By tradition, we will test the tested device in the Asphalt-8 game. Given the weak technical characteristics of the device, we chose medium settings. As expected, the smartphone handled this game at these settings without any problems. We measured the heating of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro case after 10 minutes of playing with a special device, which showed us the maximum temperature in the upper part of the case (near the rear camera) of about 47-48 degrees Celsius. At the same time, the lower part of the case turned out to be almost 10 degrees colder. The device feels warm to the touch, and we did not experience discomfort when holding it in our hands.
Next, we will get acquainted with the built-in sensors in the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone and check the operation of GPS navigation in it.
Testing built-in sensors and GPS
The Sensor List program showed the presence of the following sensors on board the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone: an accelerometer, an ambient light sensor and a proximity sensor. We can say that this is a standard minimum set for a budget device.
And now let's check the operation of GPS navigation in the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone. It turned out that without a WiFi connection and after a cold start, the device connected to the satellites almost instantly. The positioning accuracy is high, but the smartphone does not find GLONASS satellites.
Let's move on to testing the built-in cameras.
The manufacturer claims that the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone has a rear camera with a resolution of 13 MP and a front camera with a resolution of 5 MP. The manufacturer does not provide data on the types of sensors, the number of lenses in each camera and the values of their apertures. However, we have reason to believe that in fact the smartphone has cameras with 8 megapixel and 2 megapixel sensors, and the declared resolution is achieved using interpolation. The manufacturer has already used the interpolation method to increase the resolution of images in the Alife S1 model, where in fact the 13-megapixel rear camera produced 18-megapixel images. In addition, earlier the manufacturer published information on the use of interpolation in image processing in the characteristics of the Alife P1 Pro model.
Thus, most likely the rear camera of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro uses the IMX219 Exmor R sensor, which we have already seen in the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro smartphone. The camera is equipped with autofocus, and has electronic stabilization. Also, the smartphone is equipped with a dual LED flash with two different colors of glow - cold and warm. But, before we move on to examples of photos and videos from built-in cameras, let's look at their interface.
In the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone, the shooting application has a standard interface. The application has the ability to select modes, among which there are panoramic shooting, HDR, motion tracking, live photo, burst shooting, automatic scene selection and others. To release the shutter, you can assign a volume button here, which is very convenient.
As we said earlier, the maximum photo size here is 13 MP, and the maximum video recording resolution is 720p. Slow motion video in the menu is also present. In addition, in the settings you can manually select the white balance, as well as set the values of exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. There is no point in talking about other camera settings, as well as the possibility of applying various effects, since you will not find any differences here compared to any other devices on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.
The pictures from the rear camera are very sharp and detailed. The camera does not always automatically focus on the area of the subject that you need. Therefore, we recommend using touch focus on the touchscreen. Also, in automatic mode, the camera makes mistakes in determining the correct white balance value, often driving it into an overly warm range. We also have complaints about the excessive color saturation of the pictures, although fans of the use of additional effects may like this.
Night shooting with the rear camera of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro is quite good. The required flash duration of the built-in flash and its brightness are determined correctly. The sharpness and detail of objects and remain quite high. Although the same problems with white balance and color saturation take place here.
To shooting video, in addition to the above, there are no complaints either. The only thing that upsets is the lack of the ability to shoot video with Full-HD resolution, which would be present here if the device uses the full version of the MT6735 chip.
Photos from the front camera are pretty ordinary. The lack of autofocus makes the task of capturing clear portraits rather challenging, though not impossible.
In general, we can say that the built-in cameras in the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone are capable of pretty good quality pictures, but only if you do not rely entirely on the automatic mode. In terms of photo quality, there are practically no differences between the Blackview Alife P1 Pro and the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro. Although this is due to a similar hardware stuffing and, apparently, similar camera sensors, at least the rear ones.
As a result, taking into account the positioning and cost of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone, there is no reason to criticize its built-in cameras, but we cannot praise them for something separately.
As we reported earlier, the claimed battery capacity of Blackview Alife P1 Pro is 3000 mAh. At the same time, on its website, the manufacturer indicates 2800 mAh on one page in teasers, and 3000 mAh on the specifications page. What is the actual capacity of the battery in this smartphone?
In the battery test in the AnTuTu Battery Test program, the device scored 6870 points. This result can be called very good, but not very plausible for 3000 mAh. We decided to check the real capacity of the battery by connecting a special device when it is fully charged. As a result, we got a figure of 2790 mAh, which is more consistent with the results obtained and coincides with the data on the advertising pictures from the manufacturer's website. In other words, the actual battery capacity of Blackview Alife P1 Pro does not exceed 2800 mAh.
When it comes to battery life, you can't expect miracles from this smartphone. He worked for us for about 4.5 hours at maximum load. And this means that you will charge this device daily or every other day, depending on the use.
It is worth adding that the battery is removable here, but its manufacturer is not known to us. Since the charger outputs a current of 2A, it will not take you much time to recharge the battery.
Let's pay attention to the sound from the external speaker and headphones in the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone.
The volume of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro external speaker turned out to be slightly higher than we expected. A special device showed almost 95 dB, which is a fairly high result. In terms of sound quality, we liked the Blackview Alife P1 Pro external speaker even more than in the Elephone P8000 smartphone we recently tested, although it cannot be called particularly outstanding.
To check the sound quality in the headphones, we downloaded an audio file in FLAC format, and we used Xiaomi Mi Headphones HiFi Edition headphones to listen to it. Let's be honest, we did not notice any difference in comparison with the same Elephone P8000, and the sound quality of the composition left much to be desired. In general, as expected, music lovers will definitely not be pleased with the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone.
Well, it seems that we have considered all the main points of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro smartphone, and now it's time to sum up our testing.
Let's start with the advantages of the device:
1) The cost of the device at the start of sales. Given the price of $100 for this smartphone during the August promotion, the Blackview Alife P1 Pro has practically no competitors.
2) The presence of a fingerprint scanner. For a budget smartphone, this is great in itself. In addition, in Blackview Alife P1 Pro, the fingerprint scanner is located on the front panel and is able to unlock the device immediately from sleep mode.
3) Sound from external speaker. Again, it is very good not only for a budget smartphone, but it will not yield to many more expensive models in terms of volume and quality.
4) Good build quality, as well as the presence of a removable battery, we will combine in one point, since both of these aspects are related to the design of the smartphone case.
Let's move on to the disadvantages :
1) No event indicator.
2) Lack of illumination of two touch buttons.
3) Plastic frame around the perimeter of the case. It looks nice, and from a distance it can be mistaken for metal. But from a practical point of view, the metal would be much more durable, and who knows how much this paint will wear off.
The list of shortcomings could be increased if being more picky. For example, the display for Blackview Alife P1 Pro could be chosen a little better, or the design of the device could be made more original and memorable. Also, we did not forget about the habit of this manufacturer to slightly embellish the characteristics of their models (battery capacity, processor version, resolution of built-in cameras), and about the unfulfilled promise to release a stable Cyanogenmod 12.1 shell for this model. But all these little things are simply forgotten against the background of the overall quality factor of this smartphone and excellent characteristics for a budget device, and first of all, against the background of its price. Indeed, on the market, usually for $ 90-100 you will buy a smartphone in which the amount of RAM and internal memory is half as much, not to mention other weaker characteristics. So, while the promotion for the purchase of Blackview Alife P1 Pro for $99.99 is valid, you can not even think about it, but feel free to buy this smartphone. This money is definitely worth it, and you simply won’t find a better offer.
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Specifications of Blackview Alife P1 Pro:
- Device type: smartphone/phablet.
- Available colors: purple-black, pearl white.
- Body materials: plastic and glass.
- Operating system: Android 5.1 Lollipop.
- Networks: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (band5, band8, band3, band2)
WCDMA 900/1900/2100 (band8, band2, band1)
FDD-LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600 (band20, band8, band3, band1, band7)
- SIM cards: Dual SIM (SIM+MicroSIM), Dual Standby
- Processor: 64 bit, 4 cores Cortex A53 x 1.3 GHz, MT6735 (actually MT6735P, 1.0 GHz)
- Video accelerator: Mali-T720 MP2, 600 MHz (actually 400 MHz)
- RAM: 2 GB LPDDR3, 640 MHz
- Storage Memory: 16GB + Micro-SD slot up to 32GB
- Fingerprint scanner: on the front, sapphire crystal, 360°
- Interfaces: WiFi 802.11 (b/g/n), Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, MicroUSB v2.0, OTG, 3.5mm audio, OTA
- Applications: FM radio
- Screen: IPS 5.5'' with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels, OGS, 267 ppi, 2.5D
- Cameras: rear 8 MP with image interpolation up to 13 MP (4160x3120), autofocus, electronic stabilization, dual LED flash (continuous shooting, digital zoom, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama, ISO adjustment, compensation exposure, white balance, delayed shooting, scene selection), video 1080p@30fps + front 2 MP with image interpolation up to 5 MP (2560x1920)
- Navigation: GPS, A-GPS
- Battery: Removable, claimed capacity 3000 mAh (actual 2800 mAh)
- Dimensions: 155 x 74 x 8 mm
- Weight: 170 g