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    Over the past few months, I’ve been the lucky recipient of some weird phones. I don’t mean “weird” as in oddly shaped, or anything like that, but the phones I’ve used have been outliers in the industry. They have been mostly five and one half to seven-inch phablets. One common problem that all these phones have shared is, “how do you use the thing one handed?” There have been some software attempts, and even a hardware attempt to answer this question, but it’s elusive. One of the better examples that I’ve seen is the Blu Studio 7.0. Blu, you may remember is a distributor ...

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    Another year, another International Consumer Electronics Show behind us. Was 2015's one that will go down as a banner year in the annals of history? We didn't see any huge show-stopping announcements, nor surprise reveals of everyone's-talking-about-it hardware, but the show we did see unfold over the course of last week was still a totally solid offering, packed with lots of great phones, tablets, wearables, and accessories that all came together to place us on some solid footing as we get ready for the rest of this quarter's launches. As we start thinking about gearing up for MWC in ...

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    Yes, these are two different phones from BLU (the makers of the Vivo Air and Studio Energy), but they difference lies in the screen sizes. One is a five-incher, and the other one packs a slightly larger screen, at 5.5-inches, both with 720p resolution. The rest of the specs are pretty much the same, and the design is also common to both. Behind the Gorilla Glass 3 there's a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, helped by the Adreno 306 GPU. The BLU Life One and BLU Life One XL both pack 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a pair of 13- and five-megapixel cameras, ...

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    While manufacturers are racing for the title given away to the one manufacturing the thinnest smartphone (including BLU, and its Vivo Air), there's a significant part of the market that couldn't care less about how thin a phone is; these users don't want to sacrifice battery life, even if that means having to carry a beefier device. Check out the BLU Studio Energy, the smartphone that rocks a 5,000mAh battery, which will surely last you a couple of days, and some more. The specs aren't in line with all the flagships on steroids out there, but they're not bad either: five-inch 720p display, ...

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    Every year, it seems like we say, “OK, our smartphones are thin enough. Let's give this race to the bottom a rest and focus on something else.” And every year, manufacturers still manage to release some super-thin models that, despite our protestations, end up leaving us wowed at these feats of engineering. Now the latest push is towards hardware that skirts the 5mm-boundary, and at CES 2015 we got to check out one of these devices in the flesh, the 5.1mm-thick BLU Vivo Air. The Vivo Air may not directly compete against quad HD, 4GB RAM monsters, but there's still a lot of hardware ...

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    There's probably never going to be a hard-line answer to the question “how big is too big to be a smartphone?” Manufacturers will continue to push limits, and as long as these phablets that encroach into tablet-sized spaces continue to attract shoppers, new devices will keep on arriving. The latest to catch our eye is the Studio 7.0 from BLU, a lower-end phablet that tries to get some attention due to its large size and budget price. How low end? Well, even at seven inches, that display is only 1024 x 600 – an odd resolution to be sure, especially at a size where 720p feels like the ...

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    BLU Products, a (so far) Android OEM, has teased an upcoming Windows Phone at the end of last month. It looks like they had every right to do so, as the manufacturer has been added to the official list of new Windows Phone hardware partners. Another OEM, K-touch, was also part of the announcement, where new Windows Phone hardware partners were unveiled. With the occasion of the Qualcomm Reference Design and Wireless Innovation Summit in China, Microsoft has expanded the list of official Windows Phone OEMs to 17. Joining the big guns like Nokia, HTC, and Samsung, are Miami-based BLU ...

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    Despite being based out of the US, Blu is not a smartphone manufacturer we end up talking about often. We may need to start rethinking how much attention Blu gets, as today's announcement of the affordable Blu Life Pro offers a decent combination of size, sleek design, and a low sticker price. At just 6.9mm thick, Blu calls the Life Pro the thinnest smartphone around with a five-inch HD display, and we're inclined to agree. However, you won't find any 1080p panel here: the specs are decidedly mid-range, with a 720p screen, 1GB of RAM, no LTE support, and a MediaTek quad-core A7-based SoC. ...

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