I feel like the new Life One X was somewhat of a turning point for Blu—they've always offered good phones for the price, but the LOX is a truly great phone for the money. It launched at just $99 for the first three days, which was an absolute steal; even now at $149, it's still a great deal for a phone that performs much, much better than its price suggests.

Today, at the Consumer Electronics Show, Blu pretty much confirmed my thoughts (that they're going to start offering even more bang for the buck moving forward) with the announcement of the Vivo 5 and Vivo XL. The Vivo line has long been my favorite from Blu, as everything that carries the name is pretty much guaranteed to be beautiful. The 5 and XL are basically no exception, with metal bodies and elegant design all around.

Despite names that may suggest otherwise, both devices actually feature 5.5-inch 1280x720 Super AMOLED displays, as well as the same 1.3GHz Octa-core Mediatek MT6753 processor with Mali-720 GPU, 3,150mAh battery, USB Type-C 2.0 charging (with Mediatek Fast Charging Technology), and 13MP rear/5MP front cameras.

From there, however, the Vivo 5 takes the lead as the "flagship" of the pair, with 32GB of storage plus microSD card slot, 3GB of RAM, and unibody metal construction. The Vivo XL, on the other hand, will ship with 16GB of storage (and microSD card slot), and just 2GB of RAM. It also features a patterned metal body, though it's not full unibody construction like the Vivo 5. Both devices will run Android 5.1 out of the box, but Blu is already planning on Android 6.0 updates shortly after release.

Like with most Blu phones, most of the value comes into play when you start talking price: the Vivo 5 will be released in February for just $199, and the XL in January for $149. As always, these sound like they're going to be great phones for the money—we should have review units as soon as they become available, so keep your eyes open for a closer look at these phones in the coming weeks.

Press Release

BLU Products Announces Latest BLU VIVO Series Smartphone Devices at the 2016 CES in Las Vegas, Focused On Design and User Experience

New BLU Vivo series include vivid SUPER AMOLED displays, powerful 4G LTE Octa-Core processor by Mediatek, and design that incorporates metal and state of the art finishing – all affordable and unlocked.

Las Vegas, Jan 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/--BLU Products, the market leader in unlocked devices in the United States, introduced two new smartphone devices at the 2016 CES, with the latest in the BLU VIVO series, which has always been known for high-end phenomenal design, performance, and a focus on user experience.

"The Vivo 5 and Vivo XL are the most advanced and stunning smartphones that BLU has ever launched in this price range. Our devices utilize a powerful yet efficient 8-core 64 Bit processor by MediaTek, in addition to a beautiful and vivid SUPER AMOLED display for a user experience that is far superior to its competitors." said Samuel Ohev-Zion, CEO of BLU Products. “However, the highlight is unquestionably the innovative and unique design, including our first ever full metal body design.”
The BLU Vivo 5 and Vivo XL are both powered by a MediaTek 4G LTE MT6753 Tru Octa-Core 64 Bit processor, which benchmarks prove blow away the competition as evidenced by the graph below:
Test BLU Vivo 5 (32+3GB) BLU Vivo XL (16+2GB) Moto G (3rd Gen) 8+1GB
AnTuTu overall 38,542 37,309 22,767
Geekbench 3 Single-Core 636 621 524
Geekbench 3 Multi-Core 2,453 2,802 1,580
Vellamo Chrome Browser 2,747 2,796 2,042
Basemark OS II 854 843 549
GFX Open GI 3.1 high Level 442 353 295

With a continued emphasis on high end user experience, the BLU Vivo 5 and Vivo XL both feature a 5.5-inch SUPER AMOLED display bonded with a scratch resistant and durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3, fine-tuned for an incredibly responsive touch experience, and an immersive color and contrast experience, unlike any other device in this price range in the world today. Camera performance has been perfected with several software enhancements and features including AF and AE separation, Magic Focus, Ultra Pixel, Smart Scene and more, with a 13MP main camera including f2.0 Aperture, 5 piece sapphire blue lenses, and Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) that captures focus in one tenth of a second. In the font is a 5MP wide-angle camera, for a quality front camera selfie experience, and software features such as Face Beauty.

The BLU Vivo 5 and Vivo XL also each include a 3,150mAh in a slim 6.9mm body for Vivo 5 and 7.5mm for Vivo XL, resulting in incredible battery life, while marvelously maintaining a thin design, with the latest in USB Type-C 2.0 Port for easy charging, plus Fast Charging Technology. Additional Features include Hi-Fi DTS Sound for an enhanced audio experience.

The differences between the new Vivo Series devices can be found in the design, construction materials, and memory options.

Vivo 5

The BLU Vivo 5 is the fifth generation of the Vivo Series, which has always included the best performance, and design in its price category. With a focus on premium high end design, the Vivo 5 is the first BLU device to feature a full metal body including a metal back, crafted from a single block of aluminum resulting in a solid metal uni-body construction, finished with chamfered edges for unique beauty and feeling in hand experience. The BLU Vivo 5 includes an impressive 32GB internal memory with expandable Micro SD slot, coupled with 3GB of DDR3 RAM for incredibly fast multitasking, and never having to experience any system lag.
The Vivo 5 will be available in White-Silver and Solid Gold. Launch date set for February on Amazon.com and Bestbuy.com, unlocked with Dual Sim, 4G LTE, and VoLTE support at $199.00 compatible with all GSM Network operators in the Americas.

Learn more: www.bluproducts.com/index.php/vivo-5

Vivo XL

The BLU Vivo XL combines technology with nature, inspired by liquid metal, to form an exquisite finish that is stunning, and exclusive. A mirror like finish wraps around the device couples with a fine pattern detail resulting in a fashionable and unique design emphasizing a premium smartphone.
The BLU Vivo XL can tackle multiple tasks with ease including 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory plus expandable micro SD Slot.
The BLU Vivo XL will be available in Liquid Gold, Chrome Silver, Midnight Blue and Rose Gold and will go on sale in January on Amazon.com and BestBuy.com unlocked with Dual Sim, 4G LTE support at $149.00, compatible with all GSM networks in the Americas.

Learn more: www.bluproducts.com/index.php/vivo-xl

Full Specifications:
Vivo 5
Network: (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, (4G HSPA+ 21Mbps) 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz, (4G LTE Up to 150Mbps) 2/4/7
Display: 5.5-inch 720 x 1280, HD Super AMOLED
Processor: Mediatek 6753, 1.3 GHz Octa-Core with MALI-T720 graphics GPU
OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop Upgradeable to Android M 6.0
Camera:
Rear – 13.0 megapixel, PDAF with LED Flash, (1.12mm pixel size, 1/3 inch sensor, 2.0mm aperture)
HD [email protected] video recording
Front – 5.0 megapixel
Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot, Type C-USB, FM Radio, VoLTE
Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB Internal Memory
Dimensions: 151.9 x 74.6 x 6.9 mm
Battery: Li-Ion 3150mAh
Available Colors: White-Silver and Solid Gold

Vivo XL
Network: (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, (4G HSPA+ 21Mbps) 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz, (4G LTE Up to 150Mbps) 2/4/7/12/17
Display: 5.5-inch 720 x 1280, HD Super AMOLED
Processor: Mediatek MT6753, 1.3 GHz Octa-Core with MALI-T720 graphics GPU
OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop, Upgradeable to Android M 6.0
Camera:
Rear 13.0 megapixel, PDAF with LED Flash, (1.12mm pixel size, 1/3 inch sensor, 2.0mm aperture)
HD [email protected] video recording
Front 5.0 megapixel
Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot, Type C-USB, FM Radio
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB Internal Memory
Dimensions: 155.2 x 76.6 x 7.5 mm
Battery: Li-Ion 3150mAh
Available Colors: Liquid Gold, Chrome Silver, Midnight Blue and Rose Gold