Blackview Shark 8 (8GB/256GB/64MP) Smartphone Review

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Introducing the sub $150 Blackview Shark 8

In a market witnessing massive rising price trends, it's always interesting to see the B and C brands out there with their competitively priced products. A smartphone in the mainstream range these days costs $400-600, the higher-end models $750, and the flagship smartphones now pass $1000 even $1200 quite easily if you give it good enough specs. That is why we decided to shed our opinion on a budget smartphone, we've learned that Blackview is making rounds with products that offer mainstream to high-end -specced smartphones, yet at very affordable prices. Today's smartphone you'll find for 100 to 150 USD. Yes, meet our review of the Blackview Shark 8 smartphone, a product that becomes crucial to assess its value proposition. Blackview, a well-regarded brand in online retail, has drawn attention with its Shark 8 model, boasting noteworthy specifications including 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a 5000 mAh battery, and a 64-megapixel main camera all paired with a 600 nit 6.78" 1080x2460 pixels display. 

Let's delve into the technical details. The smartphone is powered by a modest Mediatek Helio G99 octa-core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz, utilizing a 6-nanometer manufacturing process. It is accompanied by a Mali G57 MC2 GPU and 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The internal storage capacity is 128GB and incorporates UFS 2.2 technology, providing a satisfactory performance profile for this product category. Notably, memory expansion is supported via the triple removable slot, accommodating a microSD card and two nanoSIM cards. In terms of connectivity, the device offers support for 4G (though not 5G), Wi-Fi ac, and Bluetooth 5.0 connections. Additional features include an NFC chip and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The smartphone's fingerprint reader is conveniently located on the right side, offering accurate and swift functionality.

Blackview does face certain limitations in competing with established brands like Xiaomi, Realme, and Honor due to financial constraints and other factors. Occasionally, the brand produces models like the SHARK 8, which resonates with multiple thousands of satisfied customers. From a design perspective, the SHARK 8 impresses with its sleek profile, measuring just 8.35mm in thickness and weighing a mere 198 grams. The device boasts a 6.78-inch 2.4K display with a dynamic refresh rate of 120 Hz, delivering a seamless and immersive streaming experience.

Key Technical Specifications:

  • Manufacturer: Blackview
  • Model: Shark 8
  • Weight: 198.3g
  • Dimensions: 168.5 x 76.6 x 8.35 mm
  • Operating System: Android 13
  • Screen Size: 6.78 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2460x1080
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Internal Storage (ROM): 128 GB
  • Camera: 64 MP Samsung GW3
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G99
  • Battery: 5000 mAh

In this review, we aim to provide an objective assessment of the Blackview Shark 8 smartphone, shedding light on its capabilities and value proposition for potential consumers.

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