Review of: Blackview Zeta
Version:
1GB/8GB MT6592M 1.4GHz
Price:
$85

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On June 10, 2015
Last modified:June 11, 2015

Summary:

$85 Ultra budget phone - See end of review for summary.

A couple of months back I reviewed the Blackview Omega. That phone looks great and had a good camera, but for an MT6592 SoC phone was too expensive in Q2/Q3 2015. Blackview has now done a complete reversal and released a sub-$100 mobile with the MTK6592M SoC.

Blackview Zeta review style and build

The physical build of the Zeta is solid. There are no creaks in the back piece, the buttons give a tactile click when pressed. Because of it’s thin profile, it fits in the hand well. After switching back and forth between my THL 4000 and the Blackview Zeta, the Zeta was refreshingly light and thin.

The style is not a style that will have people saying ‘Wow’, but looks fine. There are several colors available — pink, green, black, white, and yellow.

Blackview Zeta review SoC RAM ROM

6GB free for installing apps

The SoC included with the Zeta is MT6592M. This is an 8-core 1.4GHz SoC with the Mali-400MP2 GPU. This, along with 1GB RAM is easily enough to push Android smoothly, as well as play modern 3D games. The 3D Antutu 5.7.1 score was just under 7k (720p display), which isn’t too shabby.

The storage is smartly all relegated to internal, so there’s 6GB free for installing apps. This is easily enough for hundreds of apps. If it’s still not enough, most apps can be moved to external SD to create more space on internal.

Blackview Zeta review display

The display on the blackview Zeta is IPS 5.0″@720p which gives us a ppi of 294. This is easily enough for a very pleasant viewing experience and is an excellent choice of resolution for a 4.7″-5.5″ displays.

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There is some evidence of where the LEDs are situated, as the lower 10% of the display is slightly brighter than the rest, but this really is not a big deal. There is some contrast and color change from extreme angles, but not from normal viewing angles and the display can still be clearly seen from all angles. Overall the display is very good, giving strong whites and deep color.blackview-zeta-281514249941

Blackview Zeta review frequency support

Frequency support on the Zeta is quad-band GSM and 900/2100 WCDMA. A great phone for Europeans and most of Asia. As always, check your carrier’s frequencies prior to purchasing a mobile phone.

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Blackview Zeta review WiFi

WiFi on the Zeta is great, staying strong up to 150ft / 45m. This result is even more substantial when we consider that some phones costing more than 2x as much aren’t reaching nearly as far.

Blackview Zeta review GPS

GPS on the Zeta is very strong, obtaining a cold lock indoors within 20 seconds. Outdoors several satellites are staying strong at mid-30’s and occasionally reaching even up to 40 SNR.

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Blackview Zeta review OTG

OTG on the Blackview Zeta is working great, connecting with USB keyboard, mouse, thumb drive and gamepad without issue.

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Blackview Zeta review camera

The camera on the Zeta is reportedly 8MP, but in my tests the 100% crops show strong signs of interpolation. Nonetheless, the images come out quite good. Crops up to 50% show signs of heavy sharpening but remain usable. Images in good light are beyond adequate for digital sharing.

In these test shots, note the first image I’ve given a single crop of 100% from 8MP to show you what I’m talking about in regards to strong interpolation. The rest of the crops are at 50%.

Blackview Zeta review battery

The battery on the Zeta is 2200mAh. This may not sound like a lot, but prior to a couple months ago, this would have been considered above average size in a 5.0″ phone. Charging takes about 3-3.5 hours, but in a budget phone this is to be expected.

Battery % is decreasing smoothly and slowly. The battery lasted 5 hours 10 minutes before running a 720p movie over WiFi through YouTube at lowish brightness.

Blackview Zeta review OS

The OS on the Zeta is KitKat 4.4.2 and this isn’t a bad thing at all. The OS is stable and smooth. There were zero force closes. All of my testing apps ran without issue. Play Store is installing and updating apps no problem.

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Rapid typing is flawless. The auto-brightness is working great with the system smoothly and responsively transitioning display brightness appropriately


Conclusion Summary

[email protected] Official

Phones to consider
2GB Alife S1
2G Alife P1 Pro
1GB Ultra

Blackview Official
  • Only 900/2100 3G
  • Slow charging (3-3.5 hours)

  • OTG Bluetooth working well
  • Decent camera
  • Good battery life (5 hours playing 720P video over WiFi)
  • Great WiFi
  • Strong GPS
  • Dual-SIM + SD expansion support
  • Slim style
  • 5.0″ (For me this is a big pro)
  • No silly slogan on the back
  • Excellent price
  • Great display
Rating
Blackview Zeta review closing

The Blackview Zeta is a phone I easily would recommend to a close friend or family member.

I’m very impressed by the Blackview Zeta. It’s powerful enough to run Android smoothly and to play 3D games. The screen is impressive. The images from the camera are beyond adequate for digital sharing and small prints. Battery life, GPS, OTG, Bluetooth are all good and it has great WiFi signal strength.

China brands should take note of this inexpensive mobile, that while not quite as powerful as many of the new releases, runs circles around some of them in terms of quality.

The only thing it’s missing is a compass and 850/1900 for 3G in the Americas. Other than that the phone is one you should jump on if you don’t require very large amounts of RAM or a huge battery.

The Blackview Zeta is a phone I easily would recommend to a close friend or family member.

Blackview Zeta review super budget mobile http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/blackview-zeta-IMG_6490-450x229.jpghttp://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/blackview-zeta-IMG_6490-150x150.jpg Damian Parsons BlackviewChina phone reviewFeaturedMT6592MTK6592
A couple of months back I reviewed the Blackview Omega. That phone looks great and had a good camera, but for an MT6592 SoC phone was too expensive in Q2/Q3 2015. Blackview has now done a complete reversal and released a sub-$100 mobile with the MTK6592M SoC. Blackview Zeta review...
A couple of months back I reviewed the Blackview Omega. That phone looks great and had a good camera, but for an MT6592 SoC phone was too expensive in Q2/Q3 2015. Blackview has now done a complete reversal and released a sub-$100 mobile with the MTK6592M SoC.<span id="more-7810"></span> <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Blackview Zeta review style and build</span></h5> The physical build of the Zeta is solid. There are no creaks in the back piece, the buttons give a tactile click when pressed. Because of it's thin profile, it fits in the hand well. After switching back and forth between my THL 4000 and the Blackview Zeta, the Zeta was refreshingly light and thin. The style is not a style that will have people saying 'Wow', but looks fine. There are several colors available -- pink, green, black, white, and yellow. <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Blackview Zeta review SoC RAM ROM</span></h5> <blockquote>6GB free for installing apps</blockquote> The SoC included with the Zeta is MT6592M. This is an 8-core 1.4GHz SoC with the Mali-400MP2 GPU. This, along with 1GB RAM is easily enough to push Android smoothly, as well as play modern 3D games. The 3D Antutu 5.7.1 score was just under 7k (720p display), which isn't too shabby. The storage is smartly all relegated to internal, so there's 6GB free for installing apps. This is easily enough for hundreds of apps. If it's still not enough, most apps can be moved to external SD to create more space on internal. <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Blackview Zeta review display</span></h5> The display on the blackview Zeta is IPS 5.0"@720p which gives us a ppi of 294. This is easily enough for a very pleasant viewing experience and is an excellent choice of resolution for a 4.7"-5.5" displays. <img class=" size-full wp-image-7831 aligncenter" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/blackview-zeta-IMG_6508.jpg" alt="blackview-zeta-IMG_6508" width="600" height="301" /> There is some evidence of where the LEDs are situated, as the lower 10% of the display is slightly brighter than the rest, but this really is not a big deal. There is some contrast and color change from extreme angles, but not from normal viewing angles and the display can still be clearly seen from all angles. Overall the display is very good, giving strong whites and deep color.<img class=" size-full wp-image-7832 aligncenter" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/blackview-zeta-281514249941.jpg" alt="blackview-zeta-281514249941" width="600" height="251" /> <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Blackview Zeta review frequency support</span></h5> Frequency support on the Zeta is quad-band GSM and 900/2100 WCDMA. A great phone for Europeans and most of Asia. As always, check your carrier's frequencies prior to purchasing a mobile phone. <img class=" size-full wp-image-7820 aligncenter" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/blackview-zeta-IMG_6490.jpg" alt="blackview-zeta-IMG_6490" width="600" height="305" /> <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Blackview Zeta review WiFi</span></h5> WiFi on the Zeta is great, staying strong up to 150ft / 45m. This result is even more substantial when we consider that some phones costing more than 2x as much aren't reaching nearly as far. <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Blackview Zeta review GPS</span></h5> GPS on the Zeta is very strong, obtaining a cold lock indoors within 20 seconds. Outdoors several satellites are staying strong at mid-30's and occasionally reaching even up to 40 SNR. <img class=" size-full wp-image-7828 aligncenter" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/blackview-zeta-Screenshot_3.jpg" alt="blackview-zeta-Screenshot_3" width="275" height="489" /> <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Blackview Zeta review OTG</span></h5> OTG on the Blackview Zeta is working great, connecting with USB keyboard, mouse, thumb drive and gamepad without issue. <img class=" size-full wp-image-7816 aligncenter" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/blackview-zeta-IMG_6501.jpg" alt="blackview-zeta-IMG_6501" width="500" height="375" /> <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Blackview Zeta review camera</span></h5> The camera on the Zeta is reportedly 8MP, but in my tests the 100% crops show strong signs of interpolation. Nonetheless, the images come out quite good. Crops up to 50% show signs of heavy sharpening but remain usable. Images in good light are beyond adequate for digital sharing. In these test shots, note the first image I've given a single crop of 100% from 8MP to show you what I'm talking about in regards to strong interpolation. The rest of the crops are at 50%. <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Blackview Zeta review battery</span></h5> The battery on the Zeta is 2200mAh. This may not sound like a lot, but prior to a couple months ago, this would have been considered above average size in a 5.0" phone. Charging takes about 3-3.5 hours, but in a budget phone this is to be expected. Battery % is decreasing smoothly and slowly. The battery lasted 5 hours 10 minutes before running a 720p movie over WiFi through YouTube at lowish brightness. <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Blackview Zeta review OS</span></h5> The OS on the Zeta is KitKat 4.4.2 and this isn't a bad thing at all. The OS is stable and smooth. There were zero force closes. All of my testing apps ran without issue. Play Store is installing and updating apps no problem. <img class=" size-full wp-image-7825 aligncenter" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/blackview-zeta-Screenshot_6.jpg" alt="blackview-zeta-Screenshot_6" width="275" height="489" /> Rapid typing is flawless. The auto-brightness is working great with the system smoothly and responsively transitioning display brightness appropriately <hr class="style-four" /> <table style="background-color: #f0f0f0; box-shadow: 4px 4px 5px #999;"> <tbody> <tr> <th style="vertical-align: middle; color: white; text-align: center; background-color: #3399ff;" colspan="2"><strong><strong>Conclusion Summary</strong></strong></th> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding: 15px;" width="50%"> <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://goo.gl/WXZYJC" target="_blank"><img class="alignnone wp-image-7833 size-full" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/zeta.png" alt="" width="300" height="356" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <center><a href="http://goo.gl/WXZYJC" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span class="btn6">[email protected] Official</span></a></center> <table style="margin: auto; width: auto; border: none; text-align: left; font-size: 125%; background-color: #f0f0f0; box-shadow: 4px 4px 5px #999;" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tbody> <tr> <th style="vertical-align: middle; color: white; text-align: center; background-color: #3399ff;" colspan="1"><strong>Phones to consider</strong></th> </tr> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; font-size: 1.5em;"><strong><strong><strong><a href="http://goo.gl/7m1Vuu" target="_blank">2GB Alife S1</a> </strong></strong></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; font-size: 1.5em;"><strong><strong><strong><a href="http://goo.gl/qOVCLm" target="_blank">2G Alife P1 Pro</a> </strong></strong></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; font-size: 1.5em;"><strong><strong><strong><a href="http://goo.gl/DQhncs" target="_blank">1GB Ultra</a> </strong></strong></strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <center><a href="http://goo.gl/QD3jBI" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span class="btn6">Blackview Official</span></a></center></td> <td style="padding: 15px;"> <ul class="considerandroid"> <li>Only 900/2100 3G</li> <li>Slow charging (3-3.5 hours) <hr /> </li> </ul> <ul class="goodandroid"> <li>OTG Bluetooth working well</li> <li>Decent camera</li> <li>Good battery life (5 hours playing 720P video over WiFi)</li> <li>Great WiFi</li> <li>Strong GPS</li> <li>Dual-SIM + SD expansion support</li> <li>Slim style</li> <li>5.0" (For me this is a big pro)</li> <li>No silly slogan on the back</li> <li>Excellent price</li> <li>Great display</li> </ul> <table style="margin: auto; width: auto; border: none; text-align: left; font-size: 125%; background-color: #f0f0f0; box-shadow: 4px 4px 5px #999;" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tbody> <tr> <th style="vertical-align: middle; color: white; text-align: center; background-color: #3399ff;" colspan="1"><strong>Rating</strong></th> </tr> <tr> <td><center><img src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015-06-10-21_28_50-Blackview-Zeta-review-super-budget-mobile-»-GizBeat.jpg" alt="" /></center></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Blackview Zeta review closing</span></h5> <blockquote>The Blackview Zeta is a phone I easily would recommend to a close friend or family member.</blockquote> I'm very impressed by the Blackview Zeta. It's powerful enough to run Android smoothly and to play 3D games. The screen is impressive. The images from the camera are beyond adequate for digital sharing and small prints. Battery life, GPS, OTG, Bluetooth are all good and it has great WiFi signal strength. China brands should take note of this inexpensive mobile, that while not quite as powerful as many of the new releases, runs circles around some of them in terms of quality. The only thing it's missing is a compass and 850/1900 for 3G in the Americas. Other than that the phone is one you should jump on if you don't require very large amounts of RAM or a huge battery. The Blackview Zeta is a phone I easily would recommend to a close friend or family member.



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