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Photos captured by Bphone on reputed technology forum

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Blog

Bphone is actually “not moderate” when step by step proving the message of Bkav CEO Nguyen Tu Quang that this is the world’s smartphone masterpiece. A series of photos taken by an admin who often reviews photos on Tinhte forum, a reputed technological forum in Vietnam has confirmed the high quality of Bphone’s photos.

From its first introduction, Bphone has been given many praises for its design which is very beautiful and luxurious with high-end aluminum frame, for its screen which is as beautiful as Galaxy S6, and for its configuration which is as powerful as top smartphones of Apple, Samsung, and Sony… A clip recording the comparison of performance between Bphone and Xperia Z4, the newest top smartphone of Sony has shown that Bphone surpasses Xperia Z4 in terms of performance in all speed tests. Especially, right from the previous version, sound experts have confirmed that Bphone’s sound quality is “better than Galaxy S6 Edge, iPhone 6”. And recently, after receiving Bphone with updated firmware repairing camera software error and having direct experience, many users have confirmed: Photos taken by Bphone have colors of higher fidelity than Sony Z3, brighter and clearer colors than iPhone 6.

Bphone’s camera has also convinced Mr. Dang Tuan (nicknamed as tuan_lionsg), an admin of box Camera, Tinh Te forum when he posted a series of photos showing Bphone’s great capability of photography. Mr. Tuan said that, circumstances of photography were indoor and outdoor activities with not really good light conditions because Saigon was quite dark these days. Most of the photos were taken in auto mode of camera; some in HDR and some in Fast Tracking Auto Focus.

Below are some photos captured by Bphone in different conditions posted by Mr. Dang Tuan:

Color reproduction: “In my opinion, White Balance of Bphone is quite good in different light conditions, even when using flash, in the late afternoon when the light is weak, photos seems in cool tone, as if it is affected by some auto color effect”. (See 5 photos below)

Fast Tracking: Bphone has feature of fast tracking moving objects (like continuous tracking of objects) integrated on Bphone’s Camera. In fact, in addition to fast tracking, there are other factors as high shutter speed at appropriate level, increasing the speed of the shutter at the same time increasing ISO or increasing EV (Exposure Value) (See 2 photos below).

Bphone has high dynamic range HDR – auto capturing photos which differ in light intensity at different layers, then auto overlapping and mixing into a photo with more harmonious light for the whole frame (see the photo below, HDR ON to the right, HDR OFF to the left).

Fast tracking auto focus – In Bphone, this camera mode is quite simple, selecting and then shooting. Focused point will be the photo saved to the phone, then users will select different focused points and save into the second photo (see two photos below).

Original photo:

Photo focused on the vase:

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These three photos are captured in dim light condition from neon lights in restaurants and shops. The photos still reveals the great capability of detailing and light balancing. 

Three next photos illustrate the capability of photography in dim environment difficult to distinguish objects. Bphone reveals these “half-light” spaces very well.

Putting black shoes next to orange and light grey shoes causes great contrast difference, however Bphone still preserves the balance when getting a little light burnt in shoelaces.

These photos have shown that Bphone has great capability of covering outdoor space, from landscapes photography to capturing close-up objects. This is exposed in the yellow detail in the centre of Nymphaea flower which is not burnt, or dead nymphaea branches on the ground of pistia in light or dark corner still preserve the contrast and vivid color.

BKAV criticized for misleading advertising for smartphone

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Blog

BKAV, a wholly owned Vietnamese enterprise, has promoted its BPhone smartphone as a super product, but the device remains a mystery.

BPhone was first mentioned in the mass media after it unexpectedly turned up at a CES exhibition last year.

BKAV said the smartphone model had a beautiful design. However, no one could see the smartphone because BKAV covered the product with a box.

The statement then immediately stirred up the public as many did not believe that a Vietnamese company could manufacture smartphones. However, doubts raised by the public made the BPhone an even hotter item.

“BPhone is one of the best designed smartphones, a high-end product with strong configuration, but the selling price is not overly high” Vu Thanh Thang, vice president of BKAV, said.

“Our plant in Cau Giay District, Hanoi can manufacture tens of thousands of products each month. If we have positive feedback from the market, we can quickly increase capacity to hundreds of thousands of products each month with the workshop in Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park,” he said in an interview.

After that, some images of BPhone with a glass back, being assembled in a BKAV factory in Hanoi, appeared in local newspapers.

BKAV’s managers then said the BPhone would hit the market in the first quarter of 2015, which set people’s curiosity agog.

Most recently, BPhone was once again seen in the hands of BKAV’s CEO Nguyen Tu Quang at his company’s conference. Quang noted that BPhone was even better designed and individualized than iPhone 6.

A branding expert said that BKAV has been following a misleading advertisement campaign.

“They (BKAV) made strong commitments about the product, but did not show what they can do,” he said. “As a result, people’s doubts about BKAV’s ability have grown.”

How BPhone is made remains a big question, though BKAV says the product is “100 percent Vietnamese”.

Analysts said they don’t think the smartphone was “ordered by BKAV” and “outsourced to China”, or “assembled in Vietnam with components from China”. In other words, the product is designed by BKAV and its components made in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, a reporter who visited BKAV’s factory in Hanoi thinks BKAV has only designed the features and exterior of the product, and has imported components from China and assembled the finished product in Vietnam.

An expert said that BKAV was likely to buy a production line from China and use it in Vietnam. He said this was feasible as they are not too costly.


BPhone gets a “like” from domestic netizens

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Blog

More and more Vietnamese netizens have shown their support to the made-in-Vietnam smartphone model, BPhone, which is described by the manufacturer as “incredibly wonderful”.

BPhone and its manufacturer BKAV (Bach Khoa Antivirus Center) have successfully done what no other Vietnamese product could do before – becoming a hot topic on netizens’ forums.

However, there is difference in the way Vietnamese netizens look at BPhone before and after it was introduced on May 26 at a ceremony broadcast live on internet.

While netizens repeatedly ridiculed BPhone before the launching day, they have been cautious talking about the blockbuster product after they saw the BPhone.

In Vietnamese thought, made-in-Vietnam products mean low-quality products which target low income earners. Therefore, the fact that BPhone, positioned as high-end product with the selling price of VND10 million at least, was “unbelievable” to them.

They called Nguyen Tu Quang, chair of BKAV, a boaster as Quang compared BPhone, a Vietnamese product, with iPhone and other products which are favored worldwide.

However, Vietnamese netizens tend to talk about the new model with goodwill.

Bui Minh D wrote on his Facebook that BPhone, which could be the pride of Vietnamese, is bearing unfair criticism.

As for Transfer Jet, Fast Tracking, the price of VND9.999 million is “really reasonable” for a product with battery capacity of 3000mAh and strong security commitments from a leading security firm (BKAV was born as an internet security firm).

“Maybe BPhone is not suitable for you. But you should understand that security is a concern for anyone, from heads of states to policemen and common people,” he commented.

Many young people agreed with D’s comments.

Tran Cong V, 27, said the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of VND10 million for BPhone is equal to the price of Oppo R5 from China. Meanwhile, BPhone is more powerful in configuration.

The launching of BPhone has caught the attention of Asian newswires. Tech In Asia on May 26 reported about the event with the title “Here’s Vietnam’s first homegrown smartphone”.

According to Tech In Asia, BKAV strives to build BPhone into a smartphone with high security and safety, like the image attached to BlackBerry.

China News Agency has also reported about the launching of BPhone, focusing on its outstanding features, including the TransferJet, the wireless data transmission technology. BPhone is designed by a security firm, and therefore, it has outstanding features in security, anti-virus and anti-spy software.



BKAV meets foreign partners in an attempt to export BPhones

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Blog

BKAV, the manufacturer of BPhone, a 100 percent Vietnam-made smartphone, is moving ahead with its plan to export BPhones, ignoring doubts that a Vietnam-made high-tech product can be sold in the world market.

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A senior executive of BKAV said BKAV and Qualcomm have negotiated with large distributors in the US and regional mobile network operators to bring BPhone into Indonesian, Thai and Indian markets.

The executive revealed two weeks ago that BKAV and Qualcomm would meet with distributors and network operators at a global conference on mobile telecom technologies in Hong Kong held by Qualcomm in mid-September.

The meetings took place as scheduled. BKAV met True Move, the Thai third largest mobile network operator, in September. True Move said the meeting with BKAV was the ‘most impressive’. The two sides would meet again to discuss further details for cooperation.

BKAV also met the representatives of mobile network operators from Indonesia and India, and a network from Europe on the sidelines of the conference.

Thieu Phuong Nam, Qualcomm’s CEO in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, said Vietnam has the opportunity to jump into the manufacturing of telecom terminal devices thanks to competitive production costs. He said Qualcomm was willing to help Vietnam develop the industry.

Vietnam has become one of the world’s largest production bases of mobile devices with the presence of big manufacturers such as Samsung and Microsoft.

“The production costs for terminal devices in Vietnam are very competitive, which is the reason why some big companies have decided to set up factories in Vietnam,” Nam said.

Though the CEO noted that there are many smartphone models available in the market, he thinks it is feasible for BKAV to bring BPhone to the world market.

However, what BKAV needs to do is make BPhones from the next generation with 4G support, because 4G technology is a new technology trend worldwide.

It is still too early to say whether BPhone can become well known, but it is clear that BPhone has been a hot topic among high-tech experts.

CNET, a US technology website, recently published an article about BKAV and BPhone, which aims to compete with Apple’s and Samsung’s products.

CNET said that to some extent BKAV was following the steps of Xiaomi, a Chinese firm, but unlike Xiaomi, BKAV has focused on high-end products.

Meanwhile, an analyst commented that BKAV was ‘overly ambitious’ trying to sell BPhone in the international market, where Samsung and Apple products dominate.

“This is really a bold move,” he said. “It is highly possible that BKAV would not be welcomed, even though it has high quality, because BKAV and BPhone remain unfamiliar brands in the world market.”

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Bphone offers smartphone exchange

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Blog

BKAV started a program recently on the Bphone fanpage that allow customers to exchange their old smartphone for a new Bphone, saying the idea came from consumers.

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Smartphones eligible for the exchange are iPhone 5 and higher, Samsung Galaxy S5 and higher, Sony Z3 and higher, and HTC One M8 and higher.

For other smartphones not included on the list, users can leave their phone number with BKAV and it will contact them with an answer on whether the phone can be exchanged.

BKAV will evaluate the value of the customer’s old smartphone and offer them the chance to pay extra to make up the difference in value between a new Bphone and the old smartphone.

This is a new form of promotion and it seems quite popular, with many retailers adopting it to push up sales.

Last August, during a visit to Bphone’s factory, BKAV leaders said they will not reduce the price of the Bphone until the Bphone 2 is released.

In December, however, the price of the Bphone was indeed cut by VND3 million, despite the Bphone 2 not being released as yet.

Even with the price cut Bphone has not become as popular as other brands. The appearance of Bphone in stores has been limited under its distribution policy.

Apart from the BKAV SmartHome online retail and showroom, the Bphone is only available in one retail chain. Many believe the exchange program is in preparation for the release of the Bphone 2.


BPhone maker has trouble in domestic market

Posted on July 17, 2015 in Blog

BKAV initially stated that the first batch of products would be delivered to customers on June 11. However, at the last minute, BKAV said the delivery would come one week later.

Do Thu Hang, BKAV’s PR Director, said since there are some changes in upgrading some apps on operating systems in the MADA (Mobile Application Distribution Agreement) signed between Google and OEMs (original equipment manufacturer), BKAV will need more time to update the upgrades.

Do Hoai Nam, a technology expert, said he advocates the BKAV decision on delaying the delivery.

“I don’t think the delay w.ould cause big problems,” he said.

However, many people are dissatisfied about the delay. “BKAV may try to run against the clock to upgrade BPhone and fix problems,” he commented.

The blogger said he accessed BKAV’s website some days ago and surprisingly saw the image of a new version of BPhone, which is more beautiful and modern than the one introduced at the BPhone launching ceremony.

“This seems to be abnormal,” he commented. “In general, the best version needs to be introduced at ‘hot’ moment”.

Also according to the blogger, technology experts have pointed out that BOS is not a perfect operating system. Meanwhile, some clients have had negative feedback about BPhone.

“These could be reasons why they did not feel confident enough to market the products at this moment,” he commented.

Some days ago, there was heavy criticism from the public when local newspapers reported it had asked FPT Shop to give back the demo version of BPhone.

Some domestic websites then reported that BKAV had to recall BPhone products because of the errors found.

However, a representative of BKAV said that BKAV lent the product to FPT Shop so that the distributor could show the product to customers.

The representative also denied the ‘recall’ of products.

Meanwhile, a local newspaper showed pictures believed to be the images of the BPhone manufacturing factory in Cau Giay District in Hanoi.

“The place which is believed to be the BPhone factory is located on a small alley surrounded by car sale showrooms,” the newspaper reported.

However, BKAV said this is a workshop that makes components for its SmartHome solutions.

BKAV launched BPhone in late May, a product which is “Designed by BKAV – Made in Vietnam” and described by the manufacturer as “incredibly wonderful”.

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12,000 units of Bphone Bkav has been sold in one day

Posted on July 17, 2015 in Blog

Some days before, I gave you one news about Bphone made by Bkav in 4 years and I make sure that the Vietnamese will feel proud of their first flagship. With the latest news from the manufacturer It makes sense that Bkav has sold about 12000 units phone in the first selling day. To Bkav, it is a good sign for the preliminary technology industry and it shows the community solidarity of the Vietnamese, of course.

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Anyway, let’s see what does Bphone Bkav really have inside:

  • Operation System: BOS (based on Android 5.0 Lollipop)
  • Network category: HSDPA 21.6 Mbps
  • Screen LCD TFT 5”, 1.920 x 1.080 pixel, pixel density up to 441 ppi
  • Tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 13MP of the rear camera , supported by OmniVision sensor and bi Focus
  • Supporting to record 1080p@60fps/30fps, 720p@120fps,
  • 5MP of the front camera , wide spotting angle up to 88 degree.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801AC with the clock speed of 2.5Ghz
  • Three types of ROM: 16GB / 64GB / 128GB
  • No external SD card
  • All current connection : Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, 2 băng tần, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, Glonass, TransferJet
  • MicroUSB, 3.5mm port
  • Special thing: FLAC, ALAC, 24-bit/192kHz
  • Mic anti noise FluenceHD
  • Li-Po 3.000 mAh of battery
  • Quick Charge 2.0 Plus technology
  • Dimension : 14,1 x 6,9 cm
  • Colour case: black, white, yellow champagne, Gold 24K
  • 7.5mm of thinness.

Although there will be more problems and difficulties for Bkav, but we should hope them more successful in the near future with Bphone brand.

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Bphone by BKAV – Is the Vietnamese Smartphone Better than iPhone?

Posted on July 17, 2015 in Blog

The new BKAV Bphone has been creating a lot of buzz lately, at least in Vietnam. This is not the first Vietnamese smartphone (we’ve already had some from Mobiistar, Rovi and VNPT) but consumers are expecting a lot from this phone because none of previous products are successful in the market.

Unlike other manufacturers that are targeting the low or mid-range market, Bphone was claimed to be a high-end smartphone. Nguyen Tu Quang, BKAV’s CEO, even said the phone has a better design than iPhone 6 and delivers better sound quality than the Sony Xperia Z3. Many people have been doubtful because Quang was well-known for expressing excessive confidence about BKAV’s products.

The BKAV Bphone has just been officially introduced on May 26, 2015 at National Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam. Let’s see if it can compete in the high-end market that is dominated by iPhones. Can this be a historic milestone for the electronics industry in Vietnam?


The Bphone is said to be the first smartphone in the world featuring flat design. I’m quite impressed with the sleek design. It has a 5-inch display only, so you can see it is smaller than recent flagships like iPhone 6 Plus or Samsung Galaxy S6.

You might find it familiar because it looks like a hybrid of iPhone and Sony Xperia in my opinion. It also reminds me of some Oppo products.




iPhone 6 Plus, Bphone and Samsung Galaxy S6

Features and Tech Specs


Bphone vs iPhone 6 Plus Specs. Image credit: VNExpress
  • OS: BOS (forked Android 5.0 Lollipop)
  • Network: HSDPA 21.6 Mbps
  • Display: 5-inch Sharp LCD TFT, full-HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), 441 ppi
  • Gorilla Glass 3 on front and back
  • Rear camera: 13MP OmniVision sensor, Ubi Focus, Sapphire lens cover, supports recording 4K, 1080p@60fps/30fps, 720p@120fps videos
  • Front Camera: 5MP, wide 88-degree angle
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad Core 2.5GHz
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal Memory: 16GB / 64GB / 128GB
  • External memory card: not supported
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, 2 bands, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, Glonass, TransferJet (500 times faster than NFC), microUSB
  • Audio: Supports hi-res FLAC, ALAC, 24-bit/192kHz
  • Microphone:noise-canceling FluenceHD
  • Battery: Li-Po 3.000 mAh supporting Quick Charge 2.0 Plus
  • 5GB of storage on Bdrive
  • Secured with built-in Firewall and BKAV Security
  • Size: 14,1 x 6,9 x 7.5 mm
  • Colors: black, white, champagne gold, 24K gold
  • Price: 9,990,000 VND (460 USD) for Black – 16GB edition, 12,960,000 VND (593 USD) for Black, White, Champagne Gold – 64GB edition, and 20,200,000 VND (925 USD) for 24K Gold – 128GB edition

I will post a review as soon as I have a chance to test the Bphone. What do you think about the made-in-Vietnam smartphone, does it have any chance to compete with Apple or Samsung?


BKAV’s BPhone hacked by group of coders

Posted on July 17, 2015 in Blog

BPhone, the first Vietnam-made smartphone, was introduced by BKAV, its manufacturer, as the safest model in the world. However, it has been rooted (meaning hacked or jailbroken) by a group of coders from

It took the engineers two minutes on June 26 afternoon to root BPhone. “Root’ is understood as a ‘jailbreak’ for iOS-based smartphones or ‘hack’ for Windows Phone.

BKAV had said that BPhone was the safest smartphone in the world thanks to security measures it had applied to prevent users from interfering with the system.

The statement, considered a challenge thrown by the manufacturer, has prompted Vietnamese engineers and technicians to try to hack the phone.

Buu Dien newspaper on June 26 reported that Xnohat, an administrator of HVA Online, Vietnam’s largest hackers’ forum, failed to interfere with BPhone’s operating system.

The person with the pseudonym Hong Phuc Nguyen on his Facebook page had 8 hours to hack the BPhone, but he did not succeed with usual operations.

To access the BPhone operating system (BOS), Xnohat tried three different levels – accessing ADB Shell, unlocking Bootloader and rooting.

At the lowest level, Xnohat connected BPhone and computer, then used ADB as the intermediate tool to access from computer to BPhone’s systematic file.

When the device was connected, BPhone accepted the ADB regime and the PC also accepted ADB. However, when scanning with PC, BPhone could not be found.

Xnohat guessed that BKAV had prevented the ADB interference on BPhone.

At a higher level, Xnohat tried to unlock Bootloader, a computer program that loads an operating system or other systems installed by manufacturers in smartphone memories. However, he failed again.

Xnohat also tried to root BPhone, the highest level of interference into a smartphone. Anohat copied a system file into BPhone, then activated it and conducted some operations to hijack the phone. The file copying succeeded, but the interference failed.

Xnohat on Tinh Te, a forum for high technology lovers, wrote that he did not have much time, while he did not dare make rough interference on the BPhone, a borrowed one.
He failed to hack BPhone.

However, just one day later, TekCafe’s engineers affirmed that they successfully rooted BPhone and installed Custom Recovery on it.

They also tried to use ADB (Android Debug Bridge), an error fixing tool provided by Google, to cause interference from the computer into BPhone. However, they did not gain anything with the method.

Believing that BKAV disabled the feature, TekCafe conducted operations on BPhone with Android Terminal Emulator, successfully rooting the phone within two minutes.

TekCafe said the method only roots the phone temporarily, which means the gains will be lost if original data is reset. However, the complete rooting will be done soon.


Is BPhone a product of Vietnam?

Posted on July 17, 2015 in Blog

Like Apple’s products, which bear the words “Designed by Apple and assembled in China” on their backs, BPhone shows the words “Designed by BKAV – Made in Vietnam”, which has raised curiosity.

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Vietnamese doubt that BPhone is made in Vietnam. And they have every reason to be doubtful about BKAV’s statement that it is a 100 percent Vietnamese made product.

There are many smartphone models bearing Vietnamese brands, but they are, in fact, made in China. This means that Vietnamese companies order Chinese partners to make the products in accordance with their design and import to Vietnam to sell under their brand names.

Vietnamese people don’t believe that Vietnamese technologies are advanced enough to create such high-technology products like smartphones.

It is obvious that the father of BPhone is a Vietnamese. However, it is unclear if it is a Vietnamese product or is it  just a product bearing a Vietnamese brand? This has been a hot topic on technology forums.

Meanwhile, Tech In Asia, a well known technology website, on May 26, when mentioning the launching of BPhone, reported that this was a “homegrown” smartphone.

Hoang Tuan Anh, an administrator of a website, commented that the “birth certificate” must not be the only basis referred to when identifying the “nationality” of a product.

“The words ‘made in Vietnam’ mean that the product is made in Vietnam, either by multi-national groups or Vietnamese companies,” he commented.

“Samsung Galaxy S6 is well known as a South Korean product, even though it shows the words “made in Vietnam’ on its back,” he said. “Intel’s CPUs are assembled and verified at Intel’s factory in Vietnam, but its nationality is the US.”

Nguyen Tu Quang, president of BKAV, said BKAV spent four years and multi-millions of dollars on researching and designing BPhone.

BKAV’s staff designed the appearance of the device, set up many details and systematic configuration and customized Android 5.0 into BOS – its own operating system and integrated some BKAV’s technologies and applications.

After completing the design, BKAV bought over 800 electronics and mechanical engineering accessories from 82 suppliers in the world and created the finished BPhone in Vietnam.

BKAV, with its current capability, cannot organize production with a large scale like Samsung or LG. It has to outsource components to foreign factories and assemble BPhones in Vietnam.

An expert, relating the process of BKAV designing BPhone, said that BPhone is “a product developed by Vietnamese”.

The definition “Vietnamese product” will determine many things, including the pricing policy.

Ha Manh Tuan from Hoang Ha Mobile, a phone distributor, noted that VND7 million would be more reasonable for a Vietnamese product. He noted that VND11 million is high, which makes BPhone uncompetitive.