To say that BLU had a miserable summer would be an understatement. The Miami based company was hit with several privacy concerns and malware issues on their phones which, at one point, was so bad that Amazon removed their products from their site.
Yeah, it was bad.
But BLU has rebounded with a vengeance. They have patched up all of their issues, committed to more scrutiny of their firmware build and have even come out with a few new phones. The latest, the BLU VIVO 8L, was released yesterday and it is Today’s Deal.
The 5.3″ VIVO 8L is on an introductory price of $149.99 on their Amazon storefront and will work with GSM carriers here in the US. Here is what you get for that price.
The phone is powered by the MediaTek 6753 octa-core processor that is clocked at 1.2GHz. It is coupled with the Mali-T720 GPU for graphics performance. Onboard is a healthy 3GB of RAM and it comes with 32GB of Storage built in but that can be expanded up to an additional 64GB thanks the the MicroSD slot. Powering all of this is a 4000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge technology.
As for cameras, the main camera is a 13MP shooter with Sony optics while the front facing selfie camera is a whooping 20MP shooter with screen flash.
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Today’s Deal is on the solid performing BLU VIVO 5R. This 5.5″ phone as a 13MP Sony-built camera, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and today, is on sale at Amazon for $179 for the gold version of the phone. That’s a great price for a phone with the specs of this phone. The phone is for GSM carriers here in the United States so it will work with the likes of AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS and Straight Talk. It has multiple bands for LTE (2/4/7/12/17) and for HSPA+ (850/1700/1900/2100). Unfortunately for readers on Sprint, Verizon or U.S. Cellular, this phone isn’t for you as it won’t work on those CDMA networks.
The VIVO 5R is a beautiful device with a curved glass display, a slim 8.1mm design constructed of aluminum and it has a Fingerprint Scanner.
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BLU’s latest offering, the Life One X2, is now available for pre-order at their store front on Amazon. The phone comes with either 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM for $135 or you can get the much better deal 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM model for $180. That’s a great price for a well appointed budget phone, something that BLU is well known for producing.
As for the specs, it isn’t too shabby. The Life One X2 is a 5.2″ display device that is curved and gives you Full HD rendering. It is protected by Gorilla glass 3 as well. Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. That’s an octa-core processor running at 1.4GHz. It’s not the fastest processor out there but keep the price point in mind here folks. As mentioned, the phone has two options from a storage/RAM perspective at 16GB/2GB or 64GB/4GB. That storage can be expanded up to an additional 64GB as it has a MicroSD card slot.
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Budget friendly phone manufacture BLU has announced their latest phone, the VIVO 5R, which is well appointed for a phone that is $199. The new 5R will be available starting September 21st in either grey or gold and will be available through Amazon or Best Buy.
Feature wise, the 5R is not too shabby. It has a 5.5″ Full HD display that renders 1080 x 1920 for just over 400 ppi. It is powered by the MediaTek 6753 1.3GHz Octa Core processor and is coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. That storage can be expanded an additional 64GB thanks to the MicroSD slot. The VIVO 5R also has a fingerprint scanner for additional device security and is powered by a 3150 mAh battery.
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Today’s Deal over at Amazon is on the powerful but friendly priced BLU VIVO 5. Right now the 5.5″ device with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage is down to $199.99 in either Gold or Silver. BLU has made a name for themselves by having low cost devices that pack a fair amount of punch for the price. The VIVO 5 is no different. It is a full metal body design with a 5.5″ AMOLED display that gives you full HD quality, it has 3GB of RAM and has 32GB of storage built into it. You can expanded that up to an additional 64GB of storage (96GB total) thanks to the MicroSD slot in the chassis. The phone is powered by the MediaTek 6753 processor which is a 1.3GHz octa-core processor so you should find it nicely responsive, especially coupled with the 3GB or RAM.
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If you have been waiting for a great deal on an unlocked Android phone, Amazon has a great deal on the BLU Advance 5. This dual-SIM unlocked Android Lollipop based phone now is only $47.99 for today only. You can pick it up in either black or white for that price but the price is only for today only. While this phone isn’t going to set the world alight from a spec perspective, it is a great phone to pick up as a backup phone, one for the kids or a travel phone.
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If you are looking for a budget Android phone with great specs, the BLU Vivo Air LTE could be an option for you. Today over at Amazon, you can pick one up for only $149, a savings of $50 and you can still get it in time for Christmas with 2-day shipping. The US based company BLU has become known as company that offers Android and Windows Phones at a competitive price with reasonable specs. The Vivo Air LTE is a great example of this and while the specifications aren’t going to set the world alight, they still aren’t anything to dismiss.
- Super AMOLED 4.8-inch HD Display;
- 8MP Camera with Sony IMX 219 Sensor + LED Flash with HD video recording (1080p), 5MP Wide angle Front Camera
- 16GB internal with 2GB RAM,
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, 64-Bit 1.2 GHz CPU
- 4G LTE: T-Mobile: Supported Nationwide with Bands 2/4 including MVNO’s on T-Mobile such as Metro PCS, Simple Mobile, Go Smart, Straight Talk, AT&T: Limited Support for markets where AT&T has rolled out Band 2 and 4.Does not support Band 17
Keep in mind that the 16GB of storage on board is what you will get – there is no MicroSD slot. Again, for some this isn’t a deal breaker but you need to be aware of it if you are considering picking one up for yourself or a gift. And as you probably have sorted out for yourself, the phone is unlocked and will pretty much work with any GSM carrier.
You will also note that it will have Android Lollipop running on it. What about Marshmallow? More on that after the break.
BLU Vivo Air LTE – SALE $149- Amazon
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