The “market leader in unlocked devices in the US” has always had a knack not only for building stellar overall affordable smartphones, but especially endurance champions available for a fraction of a mainstream Android flagship’s price.

Following in the footsteps of the warmly received Studio Energy 2 and Energy X LTE, the BLU Energy XL today takes it all to the next level. By “all”, we mean battery capacity, as well as other specifications and retail costs, this being one of the Miami-based outfit’s most expensive handhelds yet.

While BLU insists in its latest press release that we’re dealing with a true “flagship” here, offering “everything someone can ask for in terms of specs and performance in a high-end smartphone”, the Energy XL falls short of matching the Galaxy S7’s or LG G5’s hardware and software excellence.

A 1.3 GHz octa-core MediaTek 6753 processor is hardly the best money can buy, and the same goes for the 3GB RAM under the 6-incher’s hood, pre-loaded Lollipop, or its huge but not particularly sharp FHD display.

Still, the 5,000 mAh battery alone makes this a smart buy at $300 on Amazon, in gold or white-silver, with LTE support for AT&T and T-Mobile. Promising a month of stand-by stamina, or 3 days of “standard” usage on a single charge, the cell is even endowed with fast-charging capabilities, and somehow allows this all-aluminum beaut to measure 8.4 mm in depth. Impressive!

Sources: PR Newswire, Amazon

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