Chinese brand in the form of Hong Kong-based Blackview Mobile, having recently launched South African operations. And the company has quite a variety of handsets available to purchase.

Blackview BV7000 Pro

On the budget (R3000 and below) end of the spectrum, we’ve got the Blackview R6 for R1495, featuring an ageing quad-core A7 chip (MTK6580), 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. There’s also a 2MP selfie camera, 5MP main shooter, 4.5-inch 480p display and 2000mAh battery.

Spend R2095 and you get the Blackview P2, featuring a quad-core A53 chip (MT6735), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage and 5.5-inch 720p display. Otherwise, a 5MP selfie camera, 13MP main shooter and 3000mAh battery round out the package.

But the company stands out from the pack thanks to its rugged, IP68 handsets, offering dust and water resistance for cheaper than other smartphones.

The cheapest IP68 smartphone offered by the firm is the Blackview BV6000, priced at R3895 and delivering a quad-core A53 chip (MT6735), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, a 4.7-inch 720p display and a large 4200mAh battery. Otherwise, the Achilles Heel here might be the 2MP selfie camera and 8MP main shooter.

Wait until the end of the month, however, and you can claim the IP68-toting Blackview BV7000 Pro, featuring an octacore A53 chip (MT6750T), 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a fingerprint scanner, 5.5-inch 1080p display and 3500mAh battery. You also get a 13MP main camera and 8MP front-facing camera.