Blackview Omega hands on and first impressions

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Blackview might not be a name you are familiar with, but the brand are committed to bringing their phones to Europe headed up by the Blackview Omega.

Blackview were one of the many Chinese phone makers in attendance at MWC this year, and they had a lot of attention too from European resellers planing to sell their phones locally.

At the top of the Blackview line-up we have the Omega, a 5-inch glass and alloy phone with similar design to the iPhone of yesteryear and the current range of Huawei phones. In terms of specification and price the Omega is hoping to complete with the UMi Zero, and as such comes with an octacore MT6592 processor, 2GB RAM, dual SIM and high-quality construction.

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Even with it’s great looking design and build though, we cannot help but feel the Omega is too costly. At $200, the phone is more than the JiaYu S3 for example which gets LTE, larger display and 64bit MT6752 chipset.

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Blackview are hoping to attract customers with the claimed 18 mega-pixel rear and 8 mega-pixel front cameras. On the box, specifications and settings these are the numbers we see, but I would wager that we are actually getting a 13 mega-pixel rear camera interpolated to 18MP with similar software enhancements to the front camera.

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In the hand the Omega feels very well made and exceedingly well finished. It is lightweight, but not to the point that it feels cheap, and there are no gaps, creaks or misaligned parts. It’s a very well constructed phone.

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A SIM tray on the right gives access to either dual SIM or a single SIM with up to 64GB SD card, but the phone only supports GSM and WCDMA networks (GSM850/900/1800/1900MHz, WCDMA 850/2100MHz). The glass rear has the Blackview logo, speaker grill and single LED flash. It’s a none removable rear meaning you cannot replace the tiny 2100mAh battery inside the phone.

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Blackview Omega – Specifications

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Blackview Omega First Impressions

From a design and build point of view the Blackview Omega impresses. But when you start to look at the hardware and specifications there are some major disadvantages to the phone. Compared to the UMi Zero the phone is quite similar, but for the same cost the Zero boasts a Super AMOLED display, larger battery and proven ROM updates and support.

If you compare to more modern phones then the Blackview Omega struggles again. It lacks Lollipop (at the present time), the battery is small, there is no LTE and the processor is last generation.

Blackview have proven that they can make a high quality device with the Omega which is a great accomplishment, but now they need to prove they offer support for their device’s and they can offer better value for money with more competitive specifications.

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  1. Rob
    March 10, 2015

    The cameras are almost certainly interpolated, their ‘Crown’ model had a claimed 13mp camera which in fact was only an 8mp sensor interpolated to 13mp so cant see this being any different.

  2. Steven Fox
    March 10, 2015

    Any news when we can expect this device?

    • Muhammad Yasir
      March 10, 2015

      too fking expensive!

  3. emil
    March 10, 2015

    You bring no WCDMA 900 Mhz in Europe?…this is a BIG JOKE. Just the next chinese crap brand..

    • Muhammad Yasir
      March 10, 2015

      they will , my european friend!
      be patient!

  4. sai bhagavan
    March 10, 2015

    looks great but just 2100 mah for an octacore and full hd screen? doesn’t seem practical

  5. emil
    March 10, 2015

    Andi dont bring such totally unknown brand in this respected page. Again from this respected from me page I saw Neo M1 last year and almost got in the trap to take one. Go now and ask all the people that suffer from Neo M1 phone and Neo support. I dont mind chinese phones (currently using Coolpad F1 wcdma version)…but dot get to much excited about unknow crapy chinese brands. Sorry for my bad English.


    • Muhammad Yasir
      March 10, 2015

      be patient bro…

  6. junior_poa
    March 10, 2015

    1 year late

  7. yoselife
    March 10, 2015

    mtk6592, old GPU
    forget it

  8. March 11, 2015

    Well, the phone boast Android 4.4.2, that is the better than what Blackberry currently has to offer to the market.

    With that name and logó, I guess they are trying to mimic the former Canadian phone maker.

    Better to have a MT6752 and 3000mAh and things would be just right.

  9. Andrew
    March 12, 2015

    Band support is poo.