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We tracked down the cheapest 'predator' heat-seeking smartphone

Blackview BV9800 Pro - $419.99 at AliExpress

Blackview BV9800 Pro - $419.99 at AliExpress
This heat-seeking smartphone from Blackview won our coveted editor's choice award back in December 2019 - and for good reason. It combines a FLIR Lepton thermal sensor with a bargain price tag, and a host of other desirable features to boot.

If there’s one smartphone feature that captures everyone’s imagination, it's a thermal camera. Already available in the likes of the Cat S60 and Cat S61, this feature allows you to generate an image color-coded based on heat sources in the vicinity.

Until recently, thermal cameras were only available either as standalone products (usually courtesy of FLIR) or on smartphones that were neither cutting edge nor cheap.

Blackview has changed all that with the BV9800 Pro (winner of our coveted Editor's Choice award back in December 2019), which combines a FLIR Lepton thermal sensor with bargain price tag.

The device is currently on sale for $419.99 (£344/AU$704) at Blackview's official store on AliExpress, with free delivery worldwide.

The camera uses Sony's IMX586 48-megapixel sensor - the same sensor used in the Honor 20 Pro and the OnePlus 7T.

The device also features a 6.3-inch FHD+ display, a large 6.58Ah battery, 6GB RAM, 128GB onboard memory, a Mediatek P70 8-core SOC and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera.

Bear in mind...

If this product comes from mainland China, it will take at least a month to reach either the US or the UK (and potentially more). You may be levied a tax either directly or through the courier. 

Have you managed to get hold of a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new? Let us know and we'll tip our hat to you.

There’s no VOC sensor, but it does feature Android 9 Pie, IP69/Mil-STD-810G certification, wireless charging, air pressure detection and face/fingerprint unlock.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.