BLU wants to kick off 2016 right after a great showing last year. It had a head start last month — yep, 2015 — with the BLU Life One X (2016) edition. With an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC and a full HD screen, you’d be scratching your head at how this phone only costs $150 on Amazon (it was introduced for a quick period at $99). It comes up way better than its predecessor.
And the Miami-based company wants to keep the good qi going with the debut of the BLU Vivo 5 and BLU Vivo XL.
We’ll get where, when and how much out of the way: the Vivo XL will be on Amazon and BestBuy.com for $149 starting this month while the Vivo 5 comes next month for $199 at the same marketplaces.
The Vivo XL’s build is “inspired by liquid metal,” and looks to be much like what we saw from the BLU Pure XL. You’ll be able to choose from Gold, Silver, Midnight Blue and Rose Gold finishes. The more expensive Vivo 5 is as such for a reason: a single-piece, solid aluminium body from front to back with chamfered edges to boot. This comes in only silver and gold colors.
Build will be the main differentiation here. Both will retain the octa-core MT6753 chipset and have 5.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED screens, Android 5.1 with Marshmallow promised to follow, the same cameras, — a 13-megapixel unit on the back with wide aperture and phase-detect autofocus, 5 megapixels on the front — a 3,150mAh battery, USB Type-C and GSM band compatibility for the Americas. The Vivo 5 gets 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage while the Vivo XL drops it to a 2/16 split.
There isn’t much setting apart these two with the BLU Life One X (2016): slightly bigger bodies, but less resolution; and an option for more memory with the Vivo 5.
Stay tuned, we might just get our grubby mitts on these lively handsets.