Blu announces Vivo 5 and Vivo XL, two cheap premium-looking smartphones

Blu recently announced Vivo 5 and Vivo XL, two new elegant devices that will soon be released in the US. Blu steadily became one of the better obscure OEMs out there because it recently managed to create some truly beautiful and inexpensive smartphones. Now, two new devices confirm that the Vivo line is indeed comprised of some of the most beautiful smartphones that anyone can buy.


Blu VIvo phones



Blu Vivo 5 and Vivo XL are elegant, slim and they have metal bodies. Both devices share some features and differ greatly in others. The similarities are the 5.5-inch 1280×720 super AMOLED displays, the 1.3GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6753 processor with a Mali 720 GPU, USB Type-C 2.0 charging, 3,150mAh battery and the 13MP/5MP camera combo.


In addition, Vivo 5 sells itself as a sort of a flagship with 32GB of storage and a microSD slot for extra space, 3 GB of RAM and the unibody metal construction.


Blu VIvo 5



On the other hand, Vivo XL is completed by 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage plus a microSD slot and a patterned metal body. Both Blu devices will run on Android 5.1, but Blu promises to bring on an Android 6.0 update soon after release.



Vivo XL


Release date and price


Blu Vivo 5 will launch in February and it will be priced at $199. Vivo XL will be available much sooner, in January, and it will be priced at $149. These smartphones will be great value choices, especially by the way they look. No one will ever think that you paid 200 bucks tops on one of these when they see ’em!


Source: PRNewswire


News Updates/Software

BLU updates its devices to Android Lollipop, first in line Studio X and Studio X Plus

BLU, one of the smaller US retailers out there, is updating its devices to Android Lollipop these days. Two of the more important handsets to get the OTA are Studio X and Studio X Plus. The Miami-based retailer is sort-of famous for its low-spec and low-price devices made by overseas partners.


BLU Studio X



The recently released Studio X and Studio X Plus are the first to get the Lollipop update which is rolling out as we speak. The other eight devices getting their fair share of sweetness are as follows:

  • Studio G
  • Star 4.5
  • Studio 6.0
  • Life One 2015
  • Life One XL
  • Vivo Air
  • Life 8 XL
  • Studio Energy

The update itself is the regular Lollipop stock version with just a hint of tweaks here and there. It is not confirmed yet, but the safest bet is that the devices are getting Android 5.0.

Source: PR Newswire


Blu Life Pure XL – a mid-range smartphone at an affordable tech build

Blu launches a new mid-range device that doesn’t cost that much but has one of the best tech build on the market. Life Pure XL is a fairly cheap phone with great specs including a 16 MP rear camera and a QUALCOMM Snapdragon 8000 quad-core processor. Its display is not that bad – 5.5 inch full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and a decent battery.

Sadly, Blu Life Pure XL doesn’t have LTE connectivity but the quad core processor along with 3 GB of RAM or 2 GB for the 16 GB version will sustain pretty much any app you try. The device will get on Amazon on May 2nd at the price of $399 for the 32 GB + 3 GB of RAM version and at $349 for the 16GB + 2 GB of RAM version.

The device is available in white, black, pink and blue color variants.

Source: PRNewswire