Over the past couple of years, the number of smartphones and smartphone brands have increased geometrically, same as their prices. The price increase of smartphones is quite understandable as phones now come with next level specifications and features. However, their prices make them somewhat impossible to purchase to an average smartphone user on a budget —this is where budget smartphones come to play.
The Blackview R6 Lite is a budget smartphone from Blackview and it joins the list of many other smartphones under $100. The device has a dual camera set-up, comes with a huge battery backup and a couple of other features that make the device standout given its price point.
Blackview R6 Lite Specifications
- Dimension: 15.20 cm x 7.71 cm x 0.95 cm
- Weight: 149 grams (with battery)
- Display: 5.5 inches qHD IPS LCD touchscreen
- Processor: 1.3GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6580 SoC
- GPU: Mali 400
- Operating System: Android Nougat v7.0
- RAM: 1GB
- Internal memory (ROM): 16GB, expandable to 32GB
- Rear camera: Dual 8-megapixels + 2-megapixels with dual LED flash
- Front camera: 5-megapixels
- Battery: Non-removable 3,000mAh
- Sensors: Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light
- Colours: Golden, Silver, Gray
- Price: Rs. 4,800 ($74)
The Blackview R6 Lite is a low-end device and as such, comes in an all-plastic body with much of a bulk and thickness and is available in Golden, Silver, and Gray colour variants. The device is 9.5mm thick (which could be slightly attributed to the battery size) and weighs 149 grams.
On the rear, there are two HD CMOS lenses (manufactured by SONY) put in charge of photography and likewise, two LED lights to assist with capturing images in low lights. The dual camera system is made of a primary 8-megapixels sensor, and a secondary 2-megapixels sensor. The secondary lens helps to enacts more focus on subjects during image capture. The rear cameras can shoot 720p images and videos at 30 frames per second.
On the front, right above the display, a 5-megapixels lens for taking selfies and video chats is embedded. Interestingly, the front camera has its own individual LED flash.
The speaker slit is at the bottom on the rear and this means you’ll have to ensure the rear of the device is faced up whenever you’re playing a song to enjoy the best audio experience.
The power button (also the lock button) and volume adjustment buttons are on the right-hand side of the device, while the capacitive navigation buttons are below the display.
Speaking of display, the Blackview R6 Lite comes with a 5.5-inch screen with a 540 x 960 pixels resolution and 200ppi. The display is covered by a 2.5D curved glass which helps give the device a premium appearance.
Hardware-wise, the R6 Lite has the Mediatek MT6580 SoC, commonly used in budget smartphones, on-board. The SoC has a clock speed of 1.3GHz and has the Mali 400 GPU handling graphics. There is 1GB of RAM in place for multitasking but you shouldn’t expect unruffled multitasking experience from the device as running too many apps may cause the device to lag or heat up.
To keep multimedia, documents, store files, there is 16GB of storage space internally for such purpose. The R6 Lite comes with 2 hybrid ports for Micro SIM cards; meaning the SIM 2 slot can also take a TF card of up to 32GB.
The back cover of the device removable but the 3,000mAh battery isn’t. The battery is large enough to provide up to 24 hours (or more) of usage period; depending on the intensity of usage. Sadly, the Blackview R6 Lite doesn’t come with the quick charge feature which gives the battery longer time to charge —about 2 and a half hours to get a full charge 0%.
With all these specs and features, the Blackview selling at $74 is a good value for money. If you look forward to buying an Android smartphone that has an average design, has dual camera for taking good pictures, and good battery back-up for less than $100, then the Blackview R6 Lite is what you need.