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Blu Announces The Vivo 5 And Vivo XL, Feature Octa-Core Processors, 3/2GB RAM, And All-Metal Construction Starting At Just $149

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.

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[Deal Alert] Pick Up A Blu Vivo Air LTE For $150 ($50 Off) From Amazon For A Very Limited Time

Look, if you want a phone that won't break the bank, there are a lot of options worse than the Blu Vivo Air LTE. It's an upgrade over the original Vivo Air in many ways—the addition of LTE, more RAM, and on-screen buttons easily make the shortlist. I was kind of disappointed in the Snapdragon 410's performance overall when I reviewed it, but it's not atrocious by any standard.

For a very limited time—about five and a half hours at the time of publication, in fact—you can score the Vivo Air LTE for just $150. That's $50 off the normal price of $199, so it's a pretty solid deal.

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Blu Life One X (2015) Quick Review: The Perfect Balance Between Price And Performance

 

Back in January of 2014, Blu released what I then called my "favorite Blu phone to date"—the Life One X. At the time, it was a solid budget phone, but affordable smartphones have come so far since then. The last year or so has been great for the budget phone scene, and we've watched devices get more and more powerful while prices kept dropping.

Today, Blu announced the new version of the Life One X, and guess what? It's probably the best budget device I've ever used. One might even say it's probably "my favorite Blu phone to date," save for maybe the new Pure XL.

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Blu Announces The Massive 7-inch Studio 7.0 HD LTE For Those Who Want A Tablet Trapped In A Phone's Body

Sometimes in a person's life, they just need a huge phone. And I'm not talking Nexus 6 huge — think bigger. Like, sometimes you just want to be able to talk on something more along the lines of a Nexus 7, right? I mean, even if that's not something you actually want to do, it's now an option with the new Studio 7.0 HD from Blu. Yes, this is a 7-inch phone.

Seven. Inches.

Specs:

  • Display: 7-inch 1280x720 with Blu Infinite View Technology
  • Processor: 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Camera: 8 MP rear camera; 2MP front
  • Storage: 16GB internal with microSD card slot
  • Wireless: 4G LTE bands 2/3/4/7/12/17/28; 3G 850/1700/1900/2100; BT 4.0, Wi-Fi, Hotspot; dual SIM
  • Dimensions: 190 x 99.8 x 8.5 mm; 266g
  • Battery: 3,700 mAh
  • OS: Android 5.1.1
  • Price: $199
  • Available Colors: Ceramic White, Midnight Gray, Rose Gold, and Navy Blue
  • Buy: Amazon

So it's a big phone with otherwise underwhelming specs.

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Hands-On With The Blu Studio Energy 2 And Energy X: All Day (And More) Battery Life On A Budget

There's an interesting line drawn in the sand between smartphone users and smartphone makers: for the longest time, many companies thought users wanted the thinnest, lightest phones on the planet (and for a time, I think they may have actually been right). But now, that's not how it is. Users don't care how thin their phone is most of the time — they just want it to last all damn day. All-day longevity translates in one way when it comes to form factor: thicker and heavier. That's basically the opposite direction the industry was heading up until recently, and now we're finally starting to see large batteries show up in phones.

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Blu Announces Two New Phones In The Energy Series: The 5,000mAh Studio Energy 2 And 4,000mAh Energy X

 

Blu isn't really known for slowing down when it comes to announcing new phones, and the company is keeping the pace we've all come to expect with the arrival of two new phones in the Energy line: the Studio Energy 2 and Energy X.

The Studio Energy 2, like its name suggests, is the successor to the original Studio Energy, which hit the scene back in February of this year. The new model features the same 5,000mAh battery, but most of the other specs have been improved: 5-inch 720p panel protected by Gorilla Glass 3, 1.3GHz Mediatek 6735 Quad-Core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD card slot, and Android 5.0.

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Blu Pure XL (2015) Finally Available For Pre-Order On Amazon

A few weeks ago, we spent some time with what's easily the most powerful phone Blu has ever released, the 2015 Pure XL. Not only is it packing the best specs we've ever seen in a Blu phone, but at $350, it also comes in at a great price point. And now, it's finally available for pre-order on Amazon.

In case you need a reminder, here's a look at what the Pure XL has going on under its hood:

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[Deal Alert] BLU Vivo Selfie Is On Sale For $99 ($50 Off) Today Only In The Amazon Goldbox

How's your selfie game doing? Is it mediocre? I bet it is. What you need is a phone with a front-facing 8MP shooter with a flash. Yeah, that's the ticket. Amazon is selling the BLU Vivo Selfie for just $99, but this deal is good for today only.

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Blu Pure XL (2015) Review: Blu's First Real Flagship Contender Is A Strong One, But Its Future Is Uncertain

We've talked about Blu phones a lot in the past, and I've personally gone hands-on with essentially every phone the company has released over the last couple of years. I've seen everything from the cheapest of the cheap to the higher-end stuff from Blu, but never anything like the 2015 Pure XL. Sure, it carries the same name as one of the higher-end devices that the company put out last year, but trust me when I say this one is nothing like that phone. This is on a whole different level. This is easily the highest-end, most flagship-quality phone the company has ever done.

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Hands-On With The Blu Vivo Air LTE: Now With 100% More 4G Speed

Earlier this year, Blu released what would end up being my favorite phone from the manufacturer today: the Vivo Air. It was super sleek and thin, had a beautiful display, and was a generally great phone for just $199. Today, Blu announced the Air's successor, the Vivo Air LTE.

This phone basically corrects the weaknesses found in the original Air by bumping the RAM up to 2GB and adding LTE. This, of course, means the processor has also changed, and Blu has chosen to go with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 this time around. Otherwise, most of the other specs are the same:

Specs

Display 4.8-inch 1280x720 Super AMOLED with Gorilla Glass 3
Processor 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
RAM 2GB
Camera 8MP rear, 5MP front
Storage 16GB
Ports microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm audio
Wireless GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100, LTE 1700 (4) / 1900 (2) / 2600 (7), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
Dimensions 141.9 x 68.1 x 5.1mm, 98 grams
Battery 2050 mAh
OS Android 5.0.2 (slated to get Marshmallow in Q1 2016)
Available colors Black, White
Price $199
Buy Pre-Order exclusively on Amazon

It's really an incremental update, but it's a pretty significant incremental update...if that makes sense.

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