Today’s Deal over at Amazon is on the solid performing BLU VIVO 5R phone from BLU. This 5.5″ phone with 3GB of RM and 32GB of storage is down to $149 if you pick it up in either white and gold trim or black and grey. While BLU has always been known for their budget friendly phones, over the past year the company has made great strides in the quality and performance that you get for that budget price. The VIVO 5R is a great example of this fact.
The phone comes with a 5.5″ Full HD curved glass display that gives you an eye appealing ~401ppi. It is powered by the MediaTek 6753 octa-core processor running at 1.3GHz and is coupled with 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. That storage can be expanded up to an additional 64GB thanks to the MicroSD slot. Powering all of this is a 3150mAh battery which should keep you going all day. The phone ships with Android Marshmallow but it is expected that BLU will update it to Nougat at some point – but when or if is unclear.
As the BLU VIVO 5R is sold unlocked on Amazon, cellular frequencies become part of the equation. For those of you on GSM networks like AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket and others, you should be good-to-go. Here are the supported bands on the phone:
- 4G LTE 2/4/7/12/17
- 4G HSPA+ – 850/1700/1900/2100)
Unfortunately the phone does not support CDMA carriers like Sprint or Verizon.
Finally, from a camera perspective, you won’t be disappointed with the VIVO 5R. It has a 13MP Sony IMX258 rear camera with Phase Detection autofocus while the front camera is a wide-angle
8MP shooter. That front camera also has a front facing flash.
While I personally have not used the BLU VIVO 5R, my daughter uses one as her daily driver. I had the chance to tinker with it over the holidays and I’m impressed with it. It is a solid phone with solid performance.