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BLU announces two shiny entry-level handsets: Vivo 5 and Vivo XL

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BLU announces two shiny entry-level handsets: Vivo 5 and Vivo XL

BLU is here at CES 2016 and the company has announced two shiny new handsets, entry-level but focused on beautiful aesthetics. The phones are named Vivo 5 and Vivo XL and are very similar in specs, with the XL variant being slightly downgraded.

The handsets are equipped with Mediatek's 64-bit MT6753 octa-core SoC, and both have a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, covered with Gorilla Glass 3. Their main cameras are equipped with a 13 MP sensor with an F2.0 aperture and phase-detection autofocus, which BLU says will achieve focus speeds of one tenth of a second. The front cameras are 5 MP wide-angle snappers. Both handsets have a 3,150 mAh battery in the trunk to keep their lights on.

So, where are the differences? Starting with design, the Vivo 5 is the first BLU smartphone to feature a full metal body. Its shapes are stark and its edges are chamfered, and the design is a bit familiar, yet beautiful none the less. The Vivo 5 comes in two color variants – White Silver and Solid Gold. The Vivo XL, on the other hand, does have a metal frame around it, while its back is of another material, covered in a shiny, almost reflective patterned finish. It will be available in 4 different colors – Liquid Gold, Chrome Silver, Midnight Blue, and Rose Gold.

Hardware-wise, the Vivo 5 is the more powerful device, with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, expandable via microSD. The Vivo XL has 2 GB of RAM and only 16 GB of expandable storage. Both handsets are to become available in the US via Amazon.com and Bestbuy.com, priced at $149 for the Vivo XL and $199 for the Vivo 5.

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posted on 07 Jan 2016, 07:13 1

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3616; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Haw!!! They're naming phones using other brand names now??
How about Samsung LG XL?
Or Huawei Mi Note X?
Apple iGalaxy? Hell Naw!

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 07:59

6. ibend (Posts: 3862; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


their next flagship will be BLU samsung galaxy S7 and BLU apple iPhone 7

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 15:34

10. Acer_Predator (unregistered)


beautiful iphone 5/5s in gold

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 15:56

12. Acer_Predator (unregistered)


in future there will be only one design of phone for all... implanted in brain

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 07:26 1

2. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1235; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


The Vivo 5 is a really good bang-for-buck proposition

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 15:55

11. Acer_Predator (unregistered)


yes mine Vivo X5Pro is beautiful

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 07:34 1

3. hafini_27 (Posts: 878; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Vivo's phones are amazingly good for the price.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 07:40

4. GreatBigPhoney (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


If they're both 5.5 inch screens...why is the XL called the XL? Is that referring to the bezel? It has less RAM and less storage...what is XL about it? I also find it interesting that BLU never includes band 5 LTE on their phones which AT&T uses...though I guess that's not nearly as common as their Band 17 deployment. Still, they offer pretty decent value for people not looking for an expensive flagship.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 07:59

5. catze86 (Posts: 692; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Hardware
Software
And Underwear are XL

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 09:39

7. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)


That Vivo 5 will putting pressure on the Honor 5X at the same price point.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 13:10

8. B-power (Posts: 242; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


Not half bad. Vivo 5 where better if screen was FHD and soc was SD 65, But that would raise the price quite heavily.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 14:37 1

9. ShadowHammer (Posts: 95; Member since: 13 Mar 2015)


It's strange that Blu's website says that the cheaper phone (XL) has more LTE bands than the other phone (5). Otherwise, except for RAM and storage, these phones are very similar.

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