Blackview has revealed their latest smartphone. Known as the Blackview Alife S1, it’s a 5-inch Android KitKat smartphone with a quad-core processor and a whopping 18-megapixel main camera.

From a hardware perspective, the Blackview Alife S1 is a notable improvement over the company’s previous offerings. The S1 skipped over a 32-bit processor and went for a 64-bit processor instead, namely, the MediaTek MT6732. It further went for a dual SIM configuration, with both 4G LTE connectivity instead of just 3G. It’s rather disappointing the phone only comes with Android 4.4 KitKat, but a 5.0 Lollipop upgrade is reportedly in the works.

Per the official product page, the Blackview Alife S1 seems to be an original creation and not a blatant copy of another phone (the iPhone rip-off Blackview Ultra comes to mind). It’s apparently designed by Dieter Rams, a known German industrial designer, who utilized a Bauhaus approach in the phone’s design.

Blackview Alife S1 Specs

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 5-inch capacitive touchscreen (720×1280 HD), ~294ppi
  • 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6732 processor
  • Mali-T760 MP2 GPU
  • 2GB
  • 16GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 18-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
  • 8-megapixem front camera
  • Wi-Fi
  • Dual SIM with dual standby
  • 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • 2000mAh battery

The Blackview Alife S1’s cameras utilize ISOCELL CMOS sensors made by Samsung. As such, the main camera claims to feature F2.0 aperture, anti-shake system, image stabilization and professional photographic modes. Admittedly, I may have used the 18-megapixel camera as an eye-catching introduction, but it looks like the Alife S1 merely uses interpolation techniques to increase the number of pixels in the resulting images.

Price and release date for the Blackview Alife S1 are yet to be announced.

[Source: Blackview]

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