Blackview A9 Pro Review: The Latest Dual Rear Camera Smartphone

The Blackview A9 Pro
The Blackview A9 Pro

Joining the league of smartphone makers with dual rear camera devices is Blackview. The Blackview A9 Pro is the company’s first device with a dual rear camera setup. Currently selling for less than $120 in most online stores, the Blackview A9 Pro offers promise as Blackview plan to take a piece of the dual camera market cake. They’ve even gone on to release a video showcasing the awesomeness of the cameras and touts the A9 Pro as a worthy competitor to the iPhone 7 Plus.

So, do you think this device can stand against the almighty iPhone 7 Plus? Well, you’ll get to know by the end of this review.

Design & Display

The Blackview A9 Pro sports a 5-inch AUO display with the now-usual 2.5D curved glass. The smartphone is made with aluminum with a rubber finish. On a cursory look, the device looks a lot like Xiaomi’s Mi5c. The Blackview A9 Pro comes in colors of champagne gold, matte black, iron blue and pearl white.

Screen resolution on the Blackview A9 Pro is 1280 x 720 pixels, giving a pixel density of 294PPI. As a result, the color reproduction and image quality on this device is pretty nice.

Hardware, OS & Performance

Under the hood is a MediaTek MT6737 SoC that houses a quad core CPU clocked at 1.3GHz and a Mali-T720 GPU. The chipset also includes a 2GB RAM chip and 16GB internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD card.

There is a fingerprint sensor embedded on the home button at the front of the phone. This fingerprint sensor supports up to 5 different fingerprints and can recognize 360-degree fingerprint placements.


Before I forget, the Blackview A9 Pro has a USB type-C port at the bottom for faster data transfers as well as a shorter charging time.

The Blackview A9 Pro runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS (out-of-the-box) that offers a lot of exciting features including a multi-window app feature for running multiple apps side-by-side on the same screen.

Cameras

Yes, this is the center of attention for the Blackview A9 Pro. With a dual camera setup at the back featuring an 8MP and 0.3MP combination, you can capture images with a depth of field effect that makes out-of-focus images blur out in a photo – the “bokeh” effect. There is also two LED flashlights present at the back for taking photos in low-light conditions.

At the front, you’ll find a 2MP selfie camera.

Battery

The Blackview A9 Pro is powered by a 3000mAh battery. This ensures that the user gets enough time while using the device. For the size of the display (5”), this battery capacity is quite adequate – that’s if you are an average or light user. And if you wish to know, the battery is non-removable.

Key specifications

  • 5.0” HD IPS display
  • MediaTek MT6737 with quad core CPU and Mali-T720 MP2 GPU
  • 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM
  • Dimensions: 143 x 72.4 x 9.2mm
  • Weight: 175 grams
  • Android 7.0 Nougat OS
  • 3000mAh battery

Conclusion

The Blackview A9 Pro is a decent device and marks the entrance of Blackview into the dual camera family. If you don’t care about names and will like to have a little experience of the iPhone 7 Plus’s dual camera feature, the A9 Pro could give you just that, albeit at a lower quality.

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