Blackview Alife S1 gets LTE and German design


blackview alife s1

Blackview have sent over details of their newest model with LTE support and a style created by German designers.

Blackview are at it once again with a stylish smartphone which they hope will finally propel them in to the limelight. Like the Omega we saw a few weeks back , the Alife S1 is a stylish phone with some nice design features and quality construction. The company even claim that they hired a German designer to create the lines for the phone.

We’ve seen good-looking phones before though, how about the specs? Well this time around Blackview have loaded their device up with a 64bit Mediatek MT6732 chipset for dual SIM LTE support. This is a real plus over previous Blackview phones that have stuck to WCDMA and 32bit processors.

The screen is a 5-inch JDI panel making it perfect for fans of smaller phones, and Blackview have used a Samsung rear camera but they have insisted on interpolating to 18 mega-pixel as they have on previous models.

Android 4.4 Kitkat comes as standard, but 5.0 Lollipop should be available in the coming weeks too. No mention of pricing, but it will need to be competitive to complete with similar phones from UMi, and Elephone.

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15 Comments

  1. iKosh
    April 1, 2015

    There is clearly a marketing mistake. If you want a good design you hire an italian designer, if you want a good build quality you hire a german engineer. They probably didn’t hire anyone just messed up the usual lies.

    • Simion Florin
      April 1, 2015

      Yes you are right, almost all of the chinese OEM’s are liars. Let me tell you a good and recent one: the KINGZONE N3 is listed with a 2800 mAh battery, and when reviewers measured the battery it was only 1800 mAh, 1000 mAh less. Now that’s a big lie!

      • bassa
        April 1, 2015

        kingzone n3 battery problem corrected with first update. n

        • April 1, 2015

          Now that would be a magic update, increasing battery capacity 😀

      • iKosh
        April 1, 2015

        Yes I saw that review. Battery specs are the easiest to lie about… and camera specs, and display manufacturers, and designers. Most chinese phones have Sony camera sensors and Sharp or JDI displays.

      • Greg Zeng
        June 29, 2015

        This explains why so many China brands why China generally fails to sell outside of law-less China. In Australia, consumers are legally protected by robber-sellers.

        One day China might stop being so full of criminals and thieves. It’s a public game in China. Our government is very suspicious of these multi-billionaires hiding their thieved money in Australia now.

    • April 1, 2015

      Thats a bit ignorant. Sure – the italian makes some great design, both in furniture, clothing, lighting and in the automotive industry. But the main thing with italian design is that its always over the top. The germans make somewhat boring designs but it usually designate around the functionality. Like so many other style language weather it be Italian, Scandinavian or Japanese, all of them carry its own charactaristics.

      On another note, I think this phone looks very sleek design-wise. Im pro- offscreen buttons and metal body. Pare that with a 5 inch screen and you got a nice platform. If only these phones came with a plain/naked android OS, i bet they would run as smooth as butter.

      • iKosh
        April 1, 2015

        I agree. I’m talking about the marketing crap that companies make.

  2. highwind
    April 1, 2015

    Looks awesome, give it 720p display and 2gb ram and you have a customer!

    • Bruce S
      April 6, 2015

      I’m with you here; smart looking phone. The spec sheet over at the Blackview web site says 1280 * 720 FHD display as well as 2 GB ROM and 16 GB RAM. I might buy this too seeing as I bought a Kingzone Z1 already, purely on it’s “looks”.

  3. desponent
    April 1, 2015

    I bet they don’t do usability test with those sharp edges still making rounds in 2015.

    • die grosse schlange
      April 1, 2015

      It’s Germans, they can’t into round edges. Links-zwo-drei, links-zwo-drei-vier, baionett auf!

  4. geronimonster
    April 4, 2015

    That german designer must have been smoking some good shit, buttons look like pants and what’s the deal with the incongruous metal rim around the lower bezel?

  5. Bence Vitáli
    June 12, 2015

    Hy !

    I have a question. The phone’s (Blackview alife s1 ) front panel glass ??