I’ve been playing around with the Blackview R6 recently, as you can tell from my recent unboxing video. It’s been a very interesting device so far, and I’m actually quite pleased by it. My curiosity grew however, and I wanted to see what the company could do with a larger budget and better specs.
With that, I’ve received the brand new Blackview P2, which is the company’s more ambitious device. It features some really interesting specifications and design, and I’ve been looking forward to getting it in my hands. Expectations are pretty high here, just in case you couldn’t tell.
So can the Blackview P2 live up to my expectations, or will it fall flat? It’s still too early to tell, and I’ll need to put the device through the wringer to actually find out the answer. But for now, you can read on to see my first impressions of the device first.
Blackview P2: Unboxing
The Blackview P2 comes in the exact same type of box that the previous R6 came in, even in all the small details. It’s still a normal white box with the same subtle design, logo location and model number sticker in the corner. Of course the model number and specs on the back are different, but aside from that it’s the same box.
Inside the box we get more dejavu, with the phone’s placement being exactly the same as the R6’s. Next to it is the P2’s model number, and under that there’s also the same set of accessories, with minor differences. Instead of the microUSB cable, we have a USB-C cable and an additional USB to USB-C adapter.
Aside from that, we’ve got the same set of things, those being the silicone case, instruction manual, el cheapo earphones and wall adapter. The wall adapter this time is different however, it’s much larger than the R6’s due to its 9V output which allows it to charge much faster. It’s somewhat disappointing that it’s so similar, but it’s still quite a nice and sturdy box.
Overall the P2’s box is a good quality, that’s the general impression I get from this unboxing. I’ve noticed that Blackview has a certain attention to detail that is tough to find with similar companies, and it’s much appreciated. While I do feel they could’ve done more to distinguish their models, it’s a minor gripe.
Blackview P2: First Impressions
The Blackview P2, similar to the R6 before it, feels heavy and solid, though it’s for good reason this time. The device feels and looks sturdy, though by extension it also looks quite chubby and chunky. A metal frame wraps all around the device, presenting us with the familiar sandwich design we’ve seen before.
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The rear of the device is mainly aluminum, with small plastic strips at the bottom and the top. Further by the top we have the camera, LED flash and the rather small fingerprint sensor, as well as the Blackview logo. At the bottom we’ve got the CE markings and a message that says ‘Designed by Blackview, Assembled in China’.
On the right of the device, we have a textured power button and the volume rocker. They’re quite comfortably placed, which is good. The top features the 3.5mm headphone jack, while the left holds the microSD and sim card slot. And at the bottom of the device we find the USB-C charging port and speaker grilles, though only the left one works.
The device features a 2.5d display on the front, and the effect is very noticeable on the black model. At the top of the display, there’s the front facing camera module, notification LED and earpiece speaker. And below that, we have a pair of capacitive touch buttons which are surprisingly not backlit. This is a truly disappointing find for such a promising device, and I have no idea why Blackview did this.
In terms of build quality, the Blackview P2 feels very good. Pulling more parallels from the Blackview R6, the P2 feels incredibly well built to the point that it feels comparable to more expensive devices from big companies like HTC or Huawei. The device is also very ergonomic, featuring subtle curves that make it comfy to handle despite its girth.
Display-wise, the P2 may lose out on some points depending on what you prefer. Unlike the Bluboo Dual, the display on the Blackview P2 is slightly more subdued and dull. It’s still a good panel featuring some incredible viewing angles and accurate colors, it’s just not as vibrant as the competition. Depending on how you like your displays, this could either be a pro or a con.
Camera performance so far ranges from very good to middling. It’s kind of like your typical Chinese phone shooter, just slightly better than usual. Taking decent photos in low light is actually possible now, but switching on HDR results in some very bad shutter lag. No verdict yet, but I can say you won’t be buying this for its camera.
In terms of UI performance, everything’s been running smoothly. Most games I’ve played suffered from no to minimal lag, and standard usage has been snappy. Not much to complain about here, and even the battery charges very quickly. Speaking of the battery, the 6,000mAh unit has been quite impressive so far, and I’m looking forward to putting it to the test..
For now, I’ll wrap it up right about here. If you’ve any questions you’d like to ask for the full review, feel free to ask them down below. I read every comment and I’ll be answering all of them in the Q and A section of the full review. So until the full review, have a nice day.