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As value-focused China-based Android device manufacturers like LeEco, Xiaomi or Meizu (too) carefully devise their proper US expansion plans, domestic unlocked phone specialist BLU continues its uncontested rise to fame.

Granted, sub-$400 competition stateside has been heated up by recent Moto, Honor, ZTE or OnePlus releases, but if you only have 150 or 200 bucks to spend, it’s hard to find better gadgets, at least on paper, than the Vivo 5R or Life One X2.

The latter model has literally just seen daylight as an incremental upgrade over last year’s “top selling and reviewed” Life One X, with an identical starting price of $150. For its first 48 hours of pre-orders however, the BLU Life One X2 gets an instant 15 percent rebate on Amazon, setting you back $135 in an entry-level configuration, or $180 instead of $200 with 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage, as opposed to the base 2 and 16 gigs specifications.

If you can afford it, the higher-end variant is probably substantially superior, though both of them offer the same key features otherwise: 5.2-inch Full HD displays, Snapdragon 430 processors, 16/8MP cameras, Quick Charge 3.0-enabled 3,000mAh batteries, 4G LTE connectivity on GSM networks, and pre-loaded Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The two BLU Life One X2 versions are available in your choice of rose gold or gunmetal grey colors, with aircraft grade aluminum designs, “diamond cut polished” edges, and a fingerprint reader baked into the frontal physical home button.

Sources: Amazon, BLU PR

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