Blackview Tab 18 Review - Best Budget Tablet of the Year?
Hello everybody! Today we are reviewing a new product that everyone is delighted with. Blackview Tab 18 is undoubtedly a good choice for any occasion. Do you need a tablet for games or for business, for watching videos or listening to music? Then there is nothing to wait, you need to order. At least that's what the developers tell us.
And how is everything in reality? Will this new product really, so to speak, push everyone by the belt? Have Chinese masters created a tablet that is perfect in everything? We invite you to learn together from our material.
Blackview Tab 18 - super tablet or super dupe?
Blackview Tab 18
12.0 inches, 409.9 cm 2
Screen-to-body ratio ≈ 85.2%
2000 x 1200 pixels
Other display parameters:
The scanning frequency is 120 Hz, the pixel density is 194 ppi
Android 13, Dock OS_P 4.0
6-nanometer Mediatek Helio G99
Number of cores:
Two Cortex-A76 cores with a clock frequency of 2.2 GHz + six Cortex-A55 cores with a clock frequency of 2.0 GHz
ARM G57 MC2
Resolution 16 MP, aperture f/1.8, PDAF
Video recording 1080@30 fps
Resolution 8 MP, aperture f/2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1 navigation services GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, USB Type-C
8800 mAh, non-removable
277.6 x 173.2 x 7.9 mm
Turquoise Green, Glacier Blue, Space Gray
From UAH 9,999
The tablet surprises in a positive way from the very beginning, that is, from unpacking, because the kit seems to have everything.
Book cover, which can also be used as a stand.
A charging unit with 33 W, which is quite good for a tablet.
USB cable and manual. Everything is of quite high quality, with no obvious signs of the opposite.
Blackview also offers a 2-in-1 magnetic Bluetooth keyboard and S Pen Gen 2 magnetic pen, which is tested at a pressure sensitivity of 4096, which provides a natural pressure similar to writing with a pen, for an additional fee.
That is, we can say that the box contains everything for comfortable use of this gadget immediately after unpacking.
Without a doubt, the main advantage of this tablet, compared to competitors, is the sound quality, which is achieved with the help of four Harman Kardon speakers. The speakers are located on both sides to create surround sound with Harman AudioEFX 2.0 effects.
On the side panel there is a volume control button, a slot for SIM cards or 1 SIM card plus a memory card, and, probably, the main minus in the design of our test subject is the lock button. In our opinion, it is too deep in the case, which in turn can cause some inconvenience in pressing.
Cameras are located on the back panel. Although the island on which they are located is protruding, it is not critical. And the cover that comes in the set successfully disguises it.
With a thickness of only 7.9 mm, the Blackview Tab 18 is very compact and at the same time comfortable to use. Thanks to its size, this gadget will be a great companion on the road.
Another plus is its weight, which is 600 grams. This makes it suitable for long-term use and convenient to carry in a backpack or bag.
As for the colors of the case, everyone will find something for themselves, since the tablet was released in three color options - green, blue and gray.
So, in this nomination, in addition to a small minus for the lock button, our tablet received some pluses. Beautiful design and fairly compact dimensions make it quite attractive in the eyes of potential buyers.
The Tab 18 screen is another reason to consider buying this gadget. With a size of 12 inches, this screen is just perfect for work, entertainment and web browsing.
In addition, this tablet uses OLED technology, which provides bright colors, high contrast and deep blacks, thanks to which it provides a clear and vivid image.
Our guest today has, in addition to a special certificate of compliance with the requirements of the international standard TÜV SÜD (eye protection from harmful blue light), several modes of operation of the screen, with which it remains comfortable and pleasant in any conditions.
Plus, the Tab 18 is also Widevine L1 certified. (This is the highest level of protection, when the media is decrypted and fully processed in the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE)) And this means that you can also watch movies, series and programs on Netflix and other popular online video streaming platforms without problems. with a resolution of 1080p.
The resolution of the screen is 2000 x 1200 pixels, which, combined with the aspect ratio of the screen 16:10, makes the image clear and high-quality, on which small details are displayed perfectly.
Indeed, the screen of this tablet is another of its advantages among competitors, as it is a really high-quality display, without any obvious disadvantages.
Our today's tablet received an octa-core MediaTek Helio G99 processor. The processor provides high performance and energy saving. If this is not enough, the performance of the tablet can be increased using the Atomized Memory 2.0 function and other software solutions.
In terms of graphics, the Blackview Tab 18 is equipped with an ARM G57 MC2 GPU that is ideal for gaming and multimedia playback.
Our tablet also prepared a surprise for gamers. The tablet has MediaTek Hyper Engine 2.0 Lite technology, which is able to provide higher performance in games and increase the convenience of the game. Games like Genshin Impact, Free Fire, League of Legends: Wild Rift and many others will run very smoothly on this device.
4 speakers Harman Kardon®, which are located in pairs on both sides of the panel and reproduce high-quality, three-dimensional, powerful and well-balanced sound.
And the Harman AudioEFX® 2.0 software package guarantees a clean, maximally detailed and realistic sounding of music and audio effects in games, movies and various applications.
Also, it should be said that the sensors equipped with this tablet undoubtedly expand its functionality. These are accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor and compass. These sensors ensure a more efficient use of the device. Another interesting feature is the magnetic pen, which helps with drawing or sketching.
Without a doubt, the processor in this gadget is ideal for those who love games and entertainment, because it copes with this perfectly.
The Blackview Tab 18 tablet runs on Android 13 and uses its own interface called DokeOS P 4.0. This interface includes PC mode 2.0, improved split-screen functionality, a new taskbar, an updated notepad, and more.
The Smart Google Lens program allows you to quickly and efficiently scan any document, with the ability to immediately convert the image into text and translate it into the desired language.
The entire tablet system in general and each of the proprietary applications have a convenient and practical design. These are simple, clear, and at the same time useful and effective software tools, focused, first of all, on really simplifying life. That is, to help deal with various issues, and to solve various tasks quickly and effectively every day.
The device already has several applications that are related to either Blackview or Android. Immediately, it should be said that there are absolutely no problems with installing all of our favorite programs, including Facebook and Instagram, as well as various games, image and video editors and many others.
The tablet has 256 GB of memory, which provides enough space for storing programs, multimedia and files. If this is not enough for you, the storage can be expanded to 1 TV with the help of a memory card. Which is, without a doubt, a plus.
As for RAM, 12 GB of RAM is presented here, which in turn ensures smooth multitasking and quick switching between applications. It should be noted right away that 12 GB of RAM is quite a lot for a tablet of this price category. And if this is not enough for you, then there is a function of virtual expansion of RAM up to 24 GB.
As for cellular networks, they are compatible with GSM, HSPA and LTE, providing communication between several generations of mobile networks, which is especially relevant for high-speed Internet access.
The tablet supports two Nano SIM cards with 4G technology, or replace the second SIM card with a memory card.
As for wireless connectivity, the Blackview Tab 18 has Wi-Fi that supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6 standards. And this will provide you with a fast and stable connection to home and public Wi-Fi networks.
In addition, it supports Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot to share the connection with other devices.
Availability of GPS with GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS support, which is undoubtedly another plus in the piggy bank of our guest today.
Near Field Communication (NFC), provides short-range communication for data transfer and mobile payments.
The tablet is equipped with USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) functionality, which allows you to easily connect external USB devices such as flash drives, keyboards and mice.
So, as we can see, this tablet has everything you need for comfortable work, and the amount of memory allows you not to worry about a possible tank of space in the storage.
The Blackview Tab 18 is equipped with a set of cameras, which, although not the best, but if we consider that we are talking about a tablet, then they are quite good. There is no need to talk about some incredible quality, but you can take a photo or video as a memory.
The main camera here is wide-angle and has a resolution of 16 MP, is also equipped with PDAF (phase autofocus), an aperture of f/1.8. Additional camera features include an LED flash for illumination, a panorama mode for capturing wide landscapes, and HDR (high dynamic range) for photos with a wide dynamic range.
Video This tablet films in 2K at 30 frames per second, which is ideal for high-resolution video.
The front camera with a resolution of 8 MP and an aperture of f/2.0 provides high-quality selfies, and considering that we are talking about a tablet, the performance of this camera is incredibly high. The front-facing camera can record videos in 1080p, which is ideal for video calls and high-resolution selfies.
Also, it should be noted that the front camera has a face recognition function to unlock the screen.
Both tablet cameras support the latest Blackview ArcSoft® 7.0 video conferencing image enhancement algorithm (photo quality increases by 15%) and have many special photo shooting modes.
In general, there are no issues with the cameras in this tablet, they do their job without a doubt.
The battery capacity is 8,800 mAh, which provides a fairly long time of use. A pleasant surprise is that this tablet supports the fast charging function with a power of 33W.
This means that the device can be quickly recharged and you can continue to use it without a long wait.
A little more detail on battery life: 10 hours of web browsing, 9 hours of video, 9 hours of gaming, 22 hours of music, 36 hours of phone calls, or up to 18 days of economical use.
Regarding the duration of work, this tablet can only be praised, because the work time is at least not worse than competitors. And the fast charging function here is another nice bonus.
The price of the Blackview Tab 18 starts at UAH 9,999, but during the promotion period it was possible to buy it at a discount on the Aliexpress website for $196 using this link
In general, our guest today has many more pros than cons. Of course, it is not the best option for photo and video shooting lovers, but if you want to get the perfect gadget for watching videos or playing games, then Blackview Tab 18 is what you need. With it, you will not have problems with the speed of games or lack of memory. It's just the perfect helper for a comfortable rest while watching a movie or playing your favorite game!