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While most modern smartphones have batteries ranging from 2,000mAh to 3,000mAh in size, the Blackview P2 has a massive 6,000mAh battery. If you’re looking for a device that can last for days on a single charge, look no further.

At under $200 unlocked, it’s also not an expensive device — though there are some caveats you need to be aware of.

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And, we have one to give away to one lucky reader. Read on to find out how to win!

Specifications

  • Price: $200 from GearBest / $240 from Amazon
  • Color: Blue (as reviewed), Black, Grey, or Gold
  • Chipset: 1.5 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MTK6750
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Cameras: 13 MP rear-facing, 8 MP front-facing
  • Size: 154mm x 77mm x 10.4mm (6.06in x 3.03in x 0.41in)
  • Weight: 230g (8.11oz)
  • Screen: 5.5″ 1080p LCD
  • Expansion: microSD card slot up to 128 GB
  • Battery: 6,000 mAh
  • Operating System: Skinned version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Extra Features: Fingerprint scanner, dual SIM support, FM Radio

Hardware

The Blackview P2 is definitely a beefy phone. Weighing in at 230g, it’s noticeably heavier than other popular Android phones, like the 157g Samsung Galaxy S7 Galaxy S7 Edge Review and Giveaway Galaxy S7 Edge Review and Giveaway Samsung's back again with some new smartphones: the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. It's still a premium device with uniquely curved edges, but should you consider upgrading? Read More . It’s also 10.4mm thick, which isn’t thin by any means, but it is thinner than other budget phones, like the 12mm UHANS H5000 UHANS H5000 Review UHANS H5000 Review Read More .

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Aside from the noticeable heft, it otherwise looks like your average smartphone. The 5.5″ 1080p screen is nice, and the 2.5D glass gives it a nice smooth feeling around the edges.

The metallic body is well-crafted and sturdy — this is nothing like the cheap plasticky budget devices of yesteryear.

The headphone jack is on top, the microSD/SIM card tray is on the left, the USB Type-C port and speaker are along the bottom, and the power button and volume rocker are on the right. While the power button has a nice feel to it, the volume rocker doesn’t give off a noticeable click when pressed.

Though it looks like it has two speakers along the bottom, sound only comes out of the left one (which means the right grill is probably for a microphone). The sound that it does give off isn’t the loudest and it’s severely lacking in any bass.

On the back is the 13 MP camera and fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner is quick, but just a touch slower than other Android devices I’ve tested. There’s a noticeable — if miniscule — pause between pressing your finger against it and seeing the phone unlock.

The rear-facing camera doesn’t take the best photos in the world, but again, they’re better than your average budget devices. I’d place it comfortably in the mid-range of smartphone cameras. It’s not great, but it’s probably better than you’d expect for a $200 smartphone.

There are also three capacitive keys along the bottom, though they don’t light up at all. And weirdly, one of them is an Options key rather than a Recents key — which means it’s mostly useless in modern apps. To reach the Recents menu, you’ll have to press and hold the home button (which means there’s no way to quickly access Google search).

Overall, the Blackview P2 is a well-built device, especially for its price range — even though it’s quite heavy.

Software

Though the P2 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Blackview have added their own skin on top of that Android Skins Explained: How Do Hardware Makers Change Stock Android? Android Skins Explained: How Do Hardware Makers Change Stock Android? Hardware makers like to take Android and morph it into something that is entirely their own, but is this a good or a bad thing? Take a look and compare these different Android skins. Read More . The experience is mostly stock, aside from the gold theme throughout the home screen, settings app, and notification shade.

All the icons are a brownish gold, which is just… ugly. Maybe this is your thing, but I have to imagine that for most people, it’s not. You could use a custom launcher What Is the Best Free Android Launcher? What Is the Best Free Android Launcher? Nova launcher, Apex launcher, and dodol launcher are all solid free launchers, but which is the best? We put them to the test. Read More to hide the hideous home screen, but the settings app and notification shade are unavoidable.

Aside from that, Blackview’s version of Android isn’t that unique. There’s a feature called MiraVision for changing the tint of the screen, an app auto-start feature to control which apps are allowed to run in the background, and a “touch & take screenshot” feature (though, for the life of me, I could not figure out what that one does).

On the home screen there’s no app drawer, which makes it feel more like iOS. Some of the apps are also themed, like the dialer (might want to replace that too What Is the Best Contacts & Dialer App for Android? What Is the Best Contacts & Dialer App for Android? You don't have to settle for your phone's built-in contacts and dialer apps. Read More ), and some apps that don’t normally come in stock Android are included, like Gallery 4 Great Free Alternative Gallery Apps For Android 4 Great Free Alternative Gallery Apps For Android Don't like the default gallery app on your Android device? Here are some fantastic free alternatives. Read More , File Manager ES File Explorer: Is It the Best File Manager for Android? ES File Explorer: Is It the Best File Manager for Android? Is EF File Explorer the best option for viewing and managing the files on your Android device? Read More , and Xender.

The Blackview P2 is just as functional as any other device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but it’s noticeably less pretty to look at due to the bizarre gold theme. If you can get past that, though, it still gets the job done.

Performance and Connectivity

Powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor (the MTK6750) and 4GB of RAM, the P2 chugs along quite nicely. There was no lag at all moving between menus or apps, and it was able to handle most smartphone games without a problem. With 64GB of storage, you shouldn’t be running out of space any time soon.

Unfortunately, this phone is plagued by the same problem that seems to affect many budget Chinese phones — a lack of the proper LTE bands for use in the United States. The P2 has LTE bands for wavelengths 800, 900, 1800, 2100, and 2600 MHz. Unfortunately, the two largest GSM carriers in the US don’t use these bands. AT&T and T-Mobile both mainly operate with 700 MHz and 1900 MHz bands.

The Blackview P2 should still work outside of the US with most GSM carriers, but Americans are stuck without 4G LTE data speeds.

Battery Life

Thanks to the giant 6,000mAh battery, the Blackview P2 has phenomenal battery life. You can easily get more than 7 hours of screen on time, and depending on your usage, it could last anywhere from two to five days.

In a world where most people have to charge their phones everyday, and in some cases multiple times a day, that’s rather amazing.

Thank to the USB Type-C What Is USB Type-C? What Is USB Type-C? Ah, the USB plug. It is as ubiquitous now as it is notorious for never being able to be plugged in right the first time. Read More port, it manages to charge fully in about two hours.

Extras

The Blackview P2 also comes with quite a bit of extra goodies in the box. There’s the normal charging cable, of course, but there’s also a USB OTG cable What Is USB OTG? 5 Cool Ways to Use It on Android What Is USB OTG? 5 Cool Ways to Use It on Android USB OTG allows you to connect any USB device to your Android smartphone or tablet. There are so many possibilities! Read More , a pair of headphones, a screen protector, and a case. That’s not bad for how cheap the device is.

Win a Blackview P2!

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Should You Buy It?

The Blackview P2 stands out with incredible battery life but is held back by an ugly software skin. It’s a solid piece of a hardware that’s a pretty good value at $200, but the unchangeable gold theme is just a major disappointment.

Our verdict of the Blackview P2:
If you can tolerate the gold theme, the Blackview P2 offers great specs (especially battery life) at a cheap price. However, American users wanting LTE support should look elsewhere.
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  1. Roge!
    March 11, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    People do not seem to understand that if you investigate EXISTE a premium midrange ... not everything is "Apple or Samsung" (both overvalued IMO ) xS "Ruggeds with reasonable prices"? well: the thing goes between AGM and Blckvw ... in the end I went with Agm basically because previous experiences (their a8 is amazing for its price)

  2. Mohamed Gamal
    February 25, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    i think the battery life will be the main reason for using such mobile with this ram

  3. Mac Mierzwin
    February 23, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Neat phone. I could use 13 megapixels as opposed to my 5. I've my own macro lens that I will write about either here or on a blog.

  4. Prateek Verma
    February 19, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Love it like it so want it.. ...

  5. Eddie G.
    February 19, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Simply put. The best that ng to do to get this phone out of the dungeon....would be to install another OS on it....like Paranoid Android.....or AOKP. I'd bet then....it would rival the mid-tier market.....

  6. Alexandra Barros
    February 15, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Another Great Review.
    Congratulations.
    Last, but not least... my sincere thanks for the kind and unique oportunity.
    Kind Regards from Portugal!!!

  7. Phayvur
    February 15, 2017 at 9:25 am

    the phone is cool especially the 6000mAh battery capacity
    i would love to win it

  8. Phayvur
    February 15, 2017 at 9:24 am

    The amazing thing about this device is the battery capacity,
    6000mAh so cool
    i would love if i could be the winner of this giveaway

  9. Topy
    February 14, 2017 at 11:12 am

    The Linkedin button is missing.

  10. Edy
    February 13, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    What about GPS accuracy? I too have a chinese phone and the GPS puts me waaaay off.

  11. Gary
    February 11, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Thanks for the well written article and the giveaway.
    But I have noticed a problem in the last few giveaways, the Linkedin button is missing in the competition entry options.
    Initially I thought it may have been a glitch, but in the last few comps I did today, it has been missing.
    I am unable to find a "Contact Us" , so I am writing it here.