There’s also a glowing blue NFC light which may or may not appeal to the target audience. Although glass is not a material we’d recommend on a rugged smartphone, Blackview added raised borders to mitigate any falls.
Gone are the metal bars that are so prominent on the sides of most rival smartphones. They serve to emphasize the ruggedness of the device externally but prevent engineers from reducing the thickness of the handset. Instead, the BL5000 uses rubberized plastic that gives it a more aesthetically pleasing finish. The sides are also slightly angled, a tiny feature that helps to significantly improve grip.
On the front of the phone is a punch hole selfie camera located on the top left with the display being a 6.36-inch 2300 x 1080 pixels model. It is covered with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 overlay but lacks any oleophobic coating. Note that the bezels are kept to a strict minimum but like all rugged smartphones we’ve tested to date, all four corners are round to absorb any shock caused by falls.
It is therefore no surprise that it is one of the lightest – at 262g – and most compact IP68/IP69/MIL-STD-810G smartphones (164 x 80 x 13mm) that we’ve tested in recent times.
On the bottom edge is a Type-C connector covered with a flap and one speaker grill. Elsewhere, there’s a dual 5G SIM card tray, a volume rocker and the power button that doubles as the fingerprint reader. There’s no dedicated button though, something that’s often found on rival rugged smartphones. Their uses vary from push-to-talk, allowing intra-team voice communication to ICE (in case of emergency) SOS-type routines (e.g. send an SMS to specific numbers).