Blackview Bv9800 Pro vs Cat S61


Blackview Bv9800 Pro vs Cat S61

Previously, when it came to a phone with a thermal imaging camera, the first thing that came to mind was the CAT S61 / S60 smartphone.

Currently, the situation has changed, because, on October 18, Blackview announced a new model of the rugged BV9800 Pro phone with a thermal camera from FLIR and a 48-megapixel camera from Sony.

In early September, thermal images taken with the BV9800 Pro model became viral, taking Blackview to a new level of market development.

Despite the fact that the Blackview BV9800 Pro entered the smartphone market later than its rival above, but its strength should not be underestimated. It’s time to compare these two smartphones.

Display & Design

The Blackview BV9800 Pro and CAT S61 boast the most impressive design and build quality. Both have a super rugged case that is water- and dustproof, drop-proof (IP68 & IP69K & MIL-STD-810G certified), but they differ in their appearance and display.

The Blackview BV9800 Pro has a 6.3-inch IPS display with a 19.5: 9 aspect ratio. It supports a full HD resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The CAT S61 has a 5.2-inch FHD (1080 x 1920) IPS display with a classic 16: 9 aspect ratio.

In appearance, the Blackview BV9800 Pro looks more modern, thanks to its spillway notch and a larger display, while the CAT S61 has a more original design scheme, with a noticeable bulge at the top. Which of these models would you prefer?

Hardware & Software

If the design and display do not really attract your attention, then hardware and software will come first if you are considering the cost of the phone. The Blackview BV9800 Pro has a MediaTek chipset, while the CAT S61 is powered by Qualcomm.

The BV9800 Pro has an eight-core MediaTek Helio P70 processor with 2 GHz, with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. The CAT S61 has an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a frequency of 630, with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory.

As for the operating system, the BV9800 Pro runs on Android 9.0 Pie, while the S61 runs on Android Oreo, with an upgrade to Pie.

Hardware and performance are the strengths of the Blackview BV9800 Pro, and if you are an experienced user, you should give it a chance.


If you want to get the best photos, then you should choose the Blackview BV9800 Pro. The smartphone has a 48-megapixel camera from Sony, night mode, a triple camera module with a built-in thermal imaging sensor FLIR Lepton, as well as a 5-megapixel camera with thermal imaging support and an emergency flash.

The BV9800 Pro has a 16MP front camera for stunning selfies. The CAT S61, unlike its stronger rival, has a 16MP rear camera with dual-LED flash and an 8MP front camera.


The Blackview BV9800 Pro has a large 6580 mAh battery with wireless charging. Its rival CAT S61 has a slightly smaller 4,500mAh battery. Both come with an 18W charger.


In general, the Blackview BV9800 Pro is a clear winner in terms of the main factors that matter in the general practical experience of the phone: a higher resolution display, first-class equipment, and software, outstanding cameras, a giant battery.

Now it all depends on the final determining factor – price. After all, the favorable price to some extent justifies the weaker characteristics of the smartphone. Surprisingly, the BV9800 Pro is still in a better position to win the price battle – Blackview BV9800 Pro priced at $ 429 on Kickstarter, and the CAT S61 is $ 999.

To take a photo

The Blackview BV9800 Pro campaign on Kickstarter is in full swing. This campaign has raised more than $ 290,000 with more than 700 guarantors. Thanks to the active support of guarantors, the BV9800 Pro limited the super offer for $ 399 and the offer for $ 429.

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