Here’s a slightly affordable alternative to rugged smartphone with FLIR, or thermal imaging. Coming from Hong Kong-based Blackview, the Blackview BV9800 Pro is a rugged phone with integrated FLIR Lepton. That’s right. This phone literally lets you see and measure heat signature.

Blackview BV9800 Pro Rugged Phone with FLIR

FLIR is good both for home improvement if you are seeking out insulation leakage or observation of wild animals in the great wilderness. Despite its unusually sleek look for a ruggedized device, Blackview BV9800 Pro is IP68 and IP69K rated, keeping out dust and water resistance up to 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) for up to 30 minutes each time. It is also built to MIL-STD-810G standards too, capable of sustaining shock from drops from up to 1.5 meters (4.92 feet).

Blackview BV9800 Pro is outfitted with a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass and it is powered by a MediaTek Helio P70 SoC with octacore processor and has 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB storage. And like a good rugged phone , it has push-to-talk walkie-talkie function, and dual SIM and Global LTE support.

Blackview BV9800 Pro Rugged Phone with FLIR

Other noteworthy mention include a rear-facing 48 MP Sony sensor along with a 5 MP camera for assisting with thermal imaging, a 16 MP selfie camera, GPS (plus GLONASS and Beidou), built-in altitude meter and barometer, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, face recognition that unlocks in 0.1s, NFC for payments, access and data-transmission, and a 6,580 mAh battery good with wireless charging.

All these for a reasonably priced $499.99. It gets even better. Blackview has slashed the price of the BV9800 Pro by 80 dollars to commemorate its 7th anniversary and so, the device actually cost $419.99 now.

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Images: Blackview.

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