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This phone has an unbelievable battery life, but it's a bit of a brick, so be prepared for your trousers to fall down due to the weight!
The Blackview P10000 Pro is a mid-range smartphone with a massive 11000 mAh battery. The six inch screen is accompanied by a chunky 10.3 oz weight. To put that in perspective, the iPhone X only weighs 6.14 oz. Let’s see what this phone can do, and if the extra battery life is worth the weight.
Costing just over $200 at the time of writing, the P10000 Pro sports a Helio P23 octa-core processor, 4 GBs of RAM, and 64 GBs of storage. The 6 inch screen runs at just over 1080p, at 2160 x 1080, due to its 18:9 aspect ratio. This display is an IPS panel, manufactured by Sharp. It’s a reasonable display that produces a nice image. It would have been nice to see a UHD resolution, but that would significantly impact the battery life.
This processor is similar to the P25 found in the Blackview P6000, although it is slightly more energy efficient. Introduced in 2017, this CPU features multiple cores clocked at different speeds. This provides the best of both worlds. A single core clocked higher for good performance, and then the remaining cores clocked much lower, for significant energy reduction.
Face recognition and fingerprint sensors are present, as are dual front and rear cameras. A very light skin runs on top of Android 7.1 Nougat. Android 8.1 is “coming soon”, but don’t count on getting that anytime soon.
The bezel sizes are reasonable. To the left and right of the screen they are very thin. The top of the phone houses all of the speakers, cameras, and sensors, and it still manages to keep a fairly low profile. The bottom chin could be smaller, but it’s manageable.
The edges of the P10000 feature a contrasting metal finish. The fingerprint sensor is mounted on the right, as are the power and volume buttons. The beveled edges on the underside are manufactured from real leather, supposedly from Australian calfs. The rear is available in gloss grey or silver, or full leather, to match the beveled edges.
As the massive battery is the biggest feature of this phone, it’s covered later on in the “Battery Life” section. Suffice to say, 11000 mAh is enormous. Most phones sport between 2000 and 3000 mAh, with some “extended capacity” models reaching 4000 – 5000 mAh.
This massive battery does come at the expense of size and weight, however. Not only is it nearly double the weight of other phones, but it measures nearly 0.6 inches thick!
The battery is non-removable, but you do get dual sim slots and a microSD card slot. There’s a noticeable lack of headphone jack, but you get a USB Type-C to 1/8th inch adapter, alongside a protective case and a 5V 5A quick charger, which is required to have any hope of charging the huge battery in a reasonable time frame.
The P10000 Pro performs surprisingly well. I previously noted that the P6000 (with slightly better processor) felt sluggish and unresponsive at times, but this is not the case with the P10000. The fingerprint sensor detects and unlocks the phone almost instantly.
Face recognition takes a moment, but it works well enough in good lighting conditions. It is slightly flawed, however. To use face unlock requires the screen to be powered on. As the placement of the fingerprint sensor is directly below the power button, you are almost always better off simply unlocking with your fingerprint in one go, rather than powering the screen on, and then using your face.
Games and apps all run smoothly, thanks in part to the ARM Mali G71 GPU. It’s rare to find a modern phone that struggles with many games, and the P10000 is no exception. 2D games run flawlessly, and even heavy hitter Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile runs fine, although you will need to reduce the graphics quality.
All of this heavy usage does little to diminish the mega battery, however.
Unfortunately, we were unable to benchmark the P10000 Pro using our favorite benchmarking tool Geekbench. Geekbench 4 installed fine, but refused to connect and run tests. We’re not sure if this is to do with the P10000 or Geekbench itself.
Based on the processor alone, you can expect to achieve ok, but not cutting-edge performance. This processor is so similar to the P25 used in the Blackview p6000 mentioned previously, that if you really have to know the numbers, then go take a look at that review.
The massive 11000 mAh battery is probably the single biggest selling point of the P10000 Pro. This allegedly provides enough power to run the phone for seven days. While seven days might be a bit of a stretch unless you are a very light user, you can realistically expect to achieve two to three days of solid use.
Blackview suggest the following usage times can be achieved:
- Phone calls: 60 hours
- Listening to music: 80 hours
- Watching videos: 40 hours
- Standby: 1200 hours (50 days)
- Playing games: 18 hours
While some of these times are very optimistic, not all of them are impossible to achieve, especially if you limit the energy heavy usage such as the screen, wireless, or updates.
The included 5A quick charger is powerful enough to provide enough power for a whole days use with just 30 minutes of charging, or fully charge the whole battery in two hours 25 minutes. This is very impressive, but good luck finding a spare charger capable of delivering a similar amount of power.
As the P10000 Pro sports USB type-C 2.0, it’s possible to charge other USB devices. Sure, many other phones can handle this, but can they do so with battery life to spare?
This battery really is incredible, but you may be better off purchasing a better phone such as the OnePlus 5, or Google Pixel 2 and a $20 power bank. You’ll be able to carry the power bank in a bag, and avoid the hefty weight and thickness of this phone.
Image quality is reasonable enough in strong light or simpler scenes. The front facing cameras have two lenses. One for a wide angle, and the other for a minor zoom. The dual rear cameras work the same.
The included camera app is basic, but it gets the job done. You have several options for “fake bokeh”, or beauty mode. There’s a basic black and white filter provided, as well HDR mode. HDR modes takes multiple pictures at different exposures, then combine the images. You don’t have any additional configuration options, but it does a good job at capturing more detail in the shadows.
Here’s a shot requiring a lot of dynamic range:
As you can see, the areas in shadow are quite dark. Here’s the same shot with HDR enabled:
The shadows have significantly improved, with no apparent delay or slow down. You’ll not be able to use any of the “fun” options (such as beauty mode) when shooting HDR, but it does an ok job at balancing a photo.
You could just shoot RAW photos on Android however, and achieve the same effect.
Moving onto video, you’ll be quite disappointed. While the camera can just about keep up for photos, it cannot for video. There’s no option to shoot in high frame rates, or even any resolution higher than 1080p. Footage struggles to look sharp, even if the colors are good.
The focus is capable of working accurately and fast, but it also tends to hunt around even after achieving perfect focus. Most high end phones (even those made in the last two or three years) can easily outdo the P10000 for photos and videos.
Should You Buy the Blackview P10000 Pro?
The Blackview P10000 Pro should certainly be on your list if you’re after possibly the best battery life of any phone ever. However, all that capacity comes at a cost. This phone is HUGE. Reasonable performance can be found once you get over the dimensions. Size isn’t everything, after all.
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