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Blackview Oscal S60 Pro gets new Sony IMX219 Night Vision Camera upgrade

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The launch of OSCAL S60 targeting basic rugged phone demands with entry-level photography capability has drawn more users widely, followed by its plus version called OSCAL S60 Pro with higher-pixel cameras. One month after the S60 Pro world premiere, OSCAL announced that it would get upgrades by adopting a new IR night vision camera to level up the photography. With the night vision function firstly introduced in budget rugged phones, users can take photos and videos in pitch darkness without costing more.

“Today, smartphone photography has come a long way by shipping various multifunctional features. As night and low-light photography are where camera sensors are developing but still haven’t reached their peak, the night vision function that lets people capture moments of black and white style clearly in complete darkness sounds tempting. More and more rugged phones equip an IR night vision camera,” said the OSCAL CEO. “Two months ago, our brother Blackview, the world-reputed rugged phone brand, launched its first night vision rugged phone Blackview BV8800 and tasted great success, inspiring OSCAL to make breakthroughs with night vision support. For one thing, the night vision camera rarely appears on a budget lineup. For another, the S60 series gains popularity for its performance and affordability. Therefore, OSCAL plans to introduce the night vision function to the S60 Pro. It not only raises the bar of budget rugged phones but conforms to what OSCAL always works for — getting more young people under 35 years old to enjoy devices with leap-forward performance and trendsetting features at a more friendly price. ”

Here are specifications of the S60 Pro (Night Vision Version), S60 Pro, and S60: 

SpecificationsOSCAL S60 Pro (Night Vision)OSCAL S60 ProOSCAL S60
DurabilityIP68 & IP69K & MIL-STD-810HIP68 & IP69K & MIL-STD-810HIP68 & IP69K & MIL-STD-810G
Night Vision Camera8MP Sony® IMX219//
Front & Rear Camera8MP + 13MP8MP + 13MP5MP + 8MP
Processor MTK Helio A25MTK Helio A25MTK Helio A22
RAM & ROM4GB + 32GB4GB + 32GB3GB + 16GB
TF StorageUp to 1TB ExpandableUp to 1TB Expandable128GB
Display 5.7-inch 720*1440 HD+5.7-inch 720*1440 HD+5.7-inch 720*1440 HD+
OSDoke OS 2.1 Based on Android 11Doke OS 2.1 Based on Android 11Doke OS 2.1 Based on Android 11
Battery5580mAh 5580mAh 4980mAh
Fast Charge///
NavigationGPS+GLONASS+Beidou+GalileoGPS+GLONASS+Beidou+GalileoGPS+GLONASS+Beidou+Galileo
Network802.11/b/g/n;  BT 4.2802.11/b/g/n;  BT 4.2802.11/b/g/n;  BT 4.2
Connectivity GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8TDD: B40FDD: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8TDD: B40FDD: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8TDD: B40FDD: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20
Fingerprint Unlock///
NFCYesYes/

Upgraded Night Vision OSCAL S60 Pro

New 8MP IR Night Vision Camera

According to OSCAL Official, the upgraded S60 Pro will feature an 8MP night vision camera (Sony® IMX219) backed by two IR emitters. With the infrared light invisible to naked eyes, the camera comes in handy to protect your safety and privacy without attracting attention. For example, if you want to observe wildlife at night outdoors, navigate your way back to the campsite in the total absence of lighting, find the lost teammates, surveillance your house to see if there’s a peeper or burglar, or detect a pinhole camera in a hotel room when traveling, the S60 Pro has got you covered. There’s more awaiting to uncover, such as to shoot a suite of retro dancing videos, record a sweet dating, capture the pets at night, search for small items at dark corners, or adventure in old architectures to fully appreciate the superpower of night vision and spice up your routine life.

To learn more uses of night vision, please check the following Youtube video links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uL4ShC8CE8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEna2yDfbgM

Consistent Outperforming Ruggedness: Built to Take A Beating

Besides the night vision capability, the rest remains unchanged. OSCAL has made the most out of years of rugged phone R&D experience from Blackview, integrating powerful specs to promise a satisfactory experience. Ruggedness is the blood and DNA of Blackview and OSCAL rugged phones. The solid structure from the exterior to the interior passes dozens of reliability tests, including drop and aging tests, and certifies with the IP68 & IP69K & MIL-STD-810H rating, turning it into a qualified warrior to resist the impact and damage from water, dust, drops, tumbles, or coffee and oil splashes. Whether for hiking, mountain climbing, camping, or taking to construction sites, the tried-and-tested ruggedness survives the S60 Pro from challenging extremes to be the dependable adventuring and work partner.

Other Specifications and Features: Powerful at its Full Potential

Toughness aside, OSCAL endows the S60 Pro with the processing power to work flawlessly on everyday demands such as multitasking and running less-demanding games by arming the octa-core MTK Helio A25 processor, 4GB + 32GB, up to 1TB TF expandable storage, and Doke OS 2.1 based on Android 11. The large 5580mAh battery endures up to 24 hrs of calling and 288 hrs of standby time to last longer without another power refuel in a day. Supporting the Underwater Mode, the 8MP front and 13MP rear cameras make no efforts to capture the moments either on land or in water. More include the multifunctional NFC and 4-in-1 navigation system for higher practicability and functionality. 

OSCAL S60 Pro VS. Blackview BV8800

If OSCAL targets more on the entry-level market with the upgraded night vision S60 Pro, then Blackview aims higher with its first night vision rugged phone BV8800. With the overwhelming configurations at all fronts, Blackview BV8800 outperforms OSCAL S60 Pro unquestionably. When expecting more on a night vision rugged phone, the BV8800 will be a better choice. 

SpecificationsOSCAL S60 ProBlackview BV8800
DurabilityIOSCAL S60 ProP68 & IP69K & MIL-STD-810HIP68 & IP69K & MIL-STD-810H
Night Vision Camera8MP Sony® IMX21920MP Sony® IMX376
Front & Rear Camera8MP + 13MP16MP + 50MP/8MP/2MP
Processor MTK Helio A25MTK Helio G96
RAM & ROM4GB + 32GB8GB + 128GB
TF StorageUp to 1TB Expandable/
Display 5.7-inch 720*1440 HD+6.58-inch 2408*1080 FHD+
Refresh Rate 60Hz90Hz
Operating SystemDoke OS 2.1 Based on Android 11Doke OS 3.0 Based on Android 11
Battery5580mAh 8380mAh; 33W Fast Charge
NavigationGPS+GLONASS+Beidou+GalileoGPS+GLONASS+Beidou+Galileo
Network802.11/b/g/n;  BT 4.2802.11a/b/g/n/ac; BT 5.2
ConnectivityGSM: B2/B3/B5/B8WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8TDD: B40FDD: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20GSM: 850/900/1800/1900WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/6/8/19 (with RXD)   CDMA: BC0/BC1/BC10(with RXD)FDD: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28A/28B/30/66TDD: B34/38/39/40/41
Fingerprint Unlock/Yes
NFCYesYes

OSCAL S60 Pro Price & Availability

The pricing information of the upgraded OSCAL S60 Pro is yet unknown to the public but claimed to be very affordable to most users when compared to other night vision rugged phones. It’s to go official soon. Please stay tuned.

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Stephen is the Editor-in-Chief @DroidAfrica. His work on DroidAfrica is born out of pure passion for tech, especially as it relates to smartphones. When Steve is not writing tech, then he is reading tech.

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