Blackview is a Hong Kong based tech company and also one of the newest players that has reached the Philippine market and today they just announced a new smartphone that offers a pretty nice design made by a German and specs that wants to compete with other smartphones of its category. Blackview Alife S1 is now officially unveiled.
According to Blackview they hired Dieter Rams, a German master in industrial design with strong Bauhaus style to come up with the looks the Alife S1 will sport. It actually looks beautiful, sleek and slim by just simply looking at it. But the smartphone is more than looks, specs wise it is also an attractive device. Hopefully the price too.
On the front side we see a 5-inch display with 1280x720 resolution and equipped with IPS JDI display technology which promises the image quality to boast richer colors and deeper shadows of whatever subjects being shown on the screen. The device is powered by a quad-core 64-bit MediaTek MT6732 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, thanks to this type of chip as Blackview was able to make this device supports dual-LTE on its two SIM slots. It is not clearly specified how this particular feature is going to work but I hope this means users will be able to run both SIM cards on LTE network. And since it is a 64-bit processor, let us also hope that Blackview will eventually release a Lollipop update for this handset. Alongside this processor is a 2GB of RAM to support multitasking needs.
Right out of the box is a 16GB internal storage and just like any other Android smartphones around the Blackview Alife S1 supports microSD and can handle up to 64GB. The cameras are also some of the most exciting things on this smartphone. The rear camera is pegged at 18MP and Blackview claims they used a Samsung sensor on this one with f/2.0 aperture and wide angle lens. The front side is home to an 8MP shooter.
Now as for its battery, I think it is a bit turn off here as it only features 2,000mAh juice but Blackview says that the MediaTek processor, in-device algorithm and the mobile OS are all optimized to have the battery life lasts longer than a usual phone with the same battery capacity. Blackview even includes a Power Saving Mode feature which will always ask the users to turn it on when battery percentage runs low, however it was not mentioned as to how long a particular remaining battery energy can last.
Blackview Alife S1 specs:
- 5" HD IPS JDI Display
- 1280 x 720 resolution
- 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit MediaTek MT6732 processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- Supports microSD card up to 64GB
- 18MP rear camera
- 8MP front camera
- Android 4.4 Kitkat
- 3G, LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
- 2,000mAh battery
As of writing pricing and market availability are still to be announced.