Blackview A30 Review

The Super-budget Blackview A30 has arrived. And we love it!

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Blackview A30 Smartphone Black

The Blackview A30 is yet another addition to Blackview’s series of budget Android smartphones that run on Google’s super-lean Android Oreo – Go Edition.

Android Go has been designed to let budget smartphones run much more smoothly with less hardware grunt.

While Blackview has become well known for their series of rugged smartphones, that’s not always been the case. Having consistently released 10+ smartphones every year since 2014, they aren’t newcomers to the game either with a wealth of experience behind them.

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So what can we expect from the little iPhone X lookalike, the A30?

If you’re looking for a pocket-friendly super-budget smartphone where price is the main concern, then hell yeah, go grab yourself a Blackview A30 right now.

But, with all smartphones in this price-bracket, here be ye pros & cons.

While the A30 certainly looks the part, the lack of 4G and mediocre battery are something to consider. That said, Blackview has impressed me with the A30, once again showing that the budget market can still innovate.

So let’s see just how well this super-budget smartphone can shine when it comes to Display, Design, Performance, Gaming & Battery Life. But first, here are the Pros & Cons.


Pros

  • Super-budget Price-Tag
  • Modern Notch Display
  • Runs on Android Oreo – Go Edition.
  • Dual rear cameras.
  • Face-ID Unlock


Cons

  • No 4G LTE
  • Missing a fingerprint reader
  • Low display resolution
  • Mediocre battery

Blackview A30 Design

Display & Design

The Blackview A30 comes with a moderate 5.5-inch display crammed into a compact frame. The phone looks and feels smaller than it should be, thanks to its 19:9 aspect ratio and slim bezels.

While the display form factor is excellent, the resolution could be better. It used a 540 x 1132 panel which gives a, good for 2016, PPI of 228.

Redeeming the low PPI is the displays high brightness, decent viewing angles and slightly saturated colour balance.

But, the icing on the cake is that the Blackview A30 weighs in at only 140g, making it one of the lightest smartphones of 2018 and a dream to hold.

Blackview A30 Black

While some smartphones in the super budget, like the UHANS MX, have adopted premium build materials, the Blackview A30 sticks with a plastic battery cover. The plus side to this is that the battery is removable and the textured plastic adds grip.

While the Blackview A30 drops the fingerprint reader, it does include face-unlock software. It’s a choice I can see a lot of budget smartphone using as it saves on the hardware costs.

Screen Tech Specs:  5.5-inch 19:9 display, 540 x 1132 Resolution, 228 PPI, 75% screen-to-body ratio.

Colours Available: Black, Gold, Blue.

Blackview A30 Performance

Performance & Gaming

You won’t find any smartphone that using Android’s Oreo Go Edition with blazing fast speeds. Or for that matter, any blazing fast mobile under the £200 mark.

The A30 does use an older MediaTek MT6580A chip which runs on 4 cores and is combined with the equally budget Mali-400 MP2 GPU.

But all is not lost, the 2GB of RAM is quite generous and helps speed up switching between apps. Plus, all the Google apps such as Chrome, Gmail & Calendar come pre-installed and are lightweight versions. Lightweight meaning they are optimised to run just as fast on budget hardware.

You’ll also get 16GB’s of storage as standard, and you can expand this with a micro-SD card if needed.

Gaming with the A30 will be reduced to low-end mainly 2D titles. Newer 3D games just won’t run on the Mali-400 at reasonable frame-rates.

If you’re a light Android user though, (email, web browsing, call, light 2D gaming), then the A30 is up to the job!

CPU: 1.3GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6580A
GPU: 550MHz ARM Mali-400 MP2
RAM: 2GB LPDDR3
Storage: 16GB eMMC 5.1
Expandable: Yes, up to 32GB via microSD

Blackview A30 Camera

Camera

The Blackview A30 sports a dual camera setup on the rear with an LED flash nested between the 8MP & 0.3MP lenses. The secondary lens is more for aesthetics only as the 0.3mp lens won’t be doing much at all.

I haven’t taken the camera out for testing yet, but it’s a 99% chance your pictures won’t be fantastic. This phone is all about that display, it’d be greedy to ask for top-end photos as well at this price-point.

The 5MP selfie camera is also accompanied by a LED flash and is used by the A30’s Face-ID unlock software.

Rear Camera:

  • 8MP + 0.3MP Dual lens
  • Sony IMX134
  • f/2.2 Aperture
  • LED Flash

Front Camera (Selfie time):

  • 5MP Camera.
  • Selfie flash.
  • f/2.4 aperture.

Blackview A30 Battery

Battery Life

The battery capacity in the Blackview A30 has been reduced to 2500mAh from the 3000mAh we found on the A20. While 2500mAh may sound like a disaster, let’s remember that there’s no 4G, no high-resolution display and no high-end processor that’ll drain the battery fast.

The A30 won’t be lasting you into your second day, but with medium usage, it’ll last until the evening.

The lack of quick-charge is disappointing, but again, helps keep the price down.

Blackview A30 Box Contents

Blackview A30 – The Verdict

The Blackview A30 offers us super-budget performance with a super-budget price-tag all while looking like a £200 smartphone.

For light Android users, the A30 will perform well, albeit not with lightning speeds. The 2GB of RAM is more than enough for the Android Oreo – Go EditionOS, and there’s even room to expand the 16GB storage if needed.

There’s plenty of notch-wielding budget smartphone out there, but none are as wallet-friendly as the Blackview A30. I just wish they’d added 4G capabilities.

What do you think of the Blackview A30?

Tech Specs & Connectivity

UK Network Coverage? Yes, the Blackview A30 comes with full 3G & 2G support for all UK carriers.

Blackview A30 Blue
SmartphoneBlackview A30
Screen Size5.5 inch
Pixel Density228
Screen Resolution1132 x 228
Screen To Body Ratio75%
Screen technologyNotch, 19:9 aspect ratio,
Thickness9.8mm
Weight140 grams
MaterialPlastic + Metal
Colors AvailableBlack, Gold & Blue
Storage16GB
Processor (CPU)MediaTek MT6580A (Quad-core 1.3GHz)
Graphics (GPU)ARM Mali-400 MP2 (500MHz)
RAM2GB
Android Version8.1 (Android Oreo – Go Edition)
IP Rating (Water, dust)NO
Micro-SD Card TrayYES (max 32GB)
Notification LED
Finger Print SensorNO
InfraredNO
USB TypeType-A (micro-USB
4G BandsN/A
3G BandsB1 2100MHz, B8 900MHz (TBC)
2G Bands1800MHz / 1900MHz / 850MHz / 900MHz
SIM SupportDual Nano SIM
WiFi2.4GHz (b / g / n )
GPS TechGPS. A-GPS
Bluetooth Version4.2
NFCNO
SensorsAmbient light, Gravity, Proximity, Accelerometer
OTGYES
Battery Size2500 mAh
Fast ChargingN/A