5.5 inch display, fingerprint scanner, 4G LTE & Android 5.1 for 120$ – but is it any good? Here is my review of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro.
I have mixed feelings about the design of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro. It feels nice in hand, if you can manage a 5.5 inch phone. Bezels are really small and sharp, uncomfortable edges are nowhere to be found. The problem is that the design isn’t all that original. From the front it closely resembles older & mid-range Samsung phones. On the right side of the device there is a power button & the volume rocker is on the left. Both the 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as micro USB port are on top of the device. Speaker & microphone are on the bottom. It’s quite unusual to see the charging port on top of the device. Below the screen there are two capacitive buttons serving the function of back & menu. They are flanking a physical home button, which doubles as a fingerprint sensor. On the back of the P1 Pro you will only find a slightly protruding 13 megapixel camera accompanied with a dual LED flash. Plastic back cover can be easily removed. From there you have access to dual micro SIM slots, MicroSD & battery
The display of the Alife P1 Pro is in my opinion its biggest weakness. It’s big, at 5.5 inches but the HD resolution (1280×720) is disappointing to be honest, at 267 pixels-per-inch. This results in text & images not being so crisp. On the plus side, this is an IPS display. It results in wide viewing angles & good color reproduction. Glass is 2.5D curved, combined with a very narrow bezel you have a really elegant looking front. 5.5 inches is great for media consumption, giving you a bigger canvas to enjoy movies, TV shows & more. If you can get over that resolution, this is a great display.
Unlike the display specs do not disappoint. 64-bit MTK6735 chip & Mali-T720 are responsible for the P1 Pro running smoothly performing day-to-day tasks. 2GB of RAM is plenty for multitasking and heavy gaming. WiFi, Bluetooth & GPS are present, unfortunately NFC is nowhere to be found.. This is a 4G LTE dual SIM device and works on 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz 3G: WCDMA 900/1900/2100MHz 4G: LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz. Make sure it will work on your carrier before purchase.
Software & features
Out of the box you get the latest edition of Android, version 5.1. Blackview did not put any kind of skin on top of Android, so it can run even smoother. There are a couple of tweaks to accommodate the fingerprint sensor – otherwise the experience remains clean. This phone has no problem running even the most demanding apps found on Google Play. Since it launch, Blackview pushed out one OTA (over-the-air) update to fix some bugs. This is a good sign for the future support of this device.
Front facing camera of the P1 Pro is 5 megapixels. It delivers clear & sharp results when the lighting is good. When the lights go down, it’s hard to avoid grainy and dark photos. The back 13 megapixel camera is another story however. It delivers fantastic photos in right lighting conditions, with accurate colors & great sharpness. In low light you can still get some good photos, even without using the flash. The shutter lag is almost non-existent, therefore pictures are not blurry.
2800 mAH is average size for a 5.5 inch display. This capacity will do pretty well considering a power efficient processor & 720p display. The battery is removeable, so you can easily replace a depleted pack to get you up and running once again.
With great performance, 4G & awesome fingerprint scanner the Blackview Alife P1 Pro makes a great impression. Sadly, it falls apart in screen resolution department – even on devices that cheap we usually see a higher pixel density. If you can get over it, you will have a great experience. Otherwise there are no other real things to complain about. What do you think about this device? Are you getting one?