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Meet the BLU Vivo 4.8 HD - a thin quad-core midranger with HSPA+ capabilities

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Meet the BLU Vivo 4.8 HD - a thin quad-core midranger with HSPA+ capabilities
BLU, the smartphone manufacturer from sunny Florida, launched the budget BLU Vivo 4.8 HD smartphone. The device comes with HSPA+ capabilities and is very, very thin – 6.9mm, to be exact. The Vivo 4.8 HD is priced at $249 and might actually live up to be an honorable adversary to the Moto G.

The BLU Vivo 4.8 HD is powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor, which is clocked at 1.5GHz. In addition, the device has 16GB of internal memory and 1 GB of RAM on board. Unfortunately, there is no external card slot, so you can't expand the storage capacity of the device. The display of the BLU Vivo 4.8 HD is a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED one, with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, which results in a pretty decent pixel density of 305ppi.

The Vivo 4.8 has a BSI 8MP rear snapper, equipped with autofocus and an LED flash. The camera is capable of capturing 1080p video at 30 frames per second. A 5MP snapper can be found on the front of the upcoming device.

BLU's gadget runs Android 4.2 out of the box and is powered by a 2000mAh battery. The Vivo 4.8 comes with the same unibody design, which is typical for the manufacturer's other smartphones. The ultra-thin device is available in several colors – apart from the usual white and black, the Vivo 4.8 HD also comes in green and pink.

"We are dedicated and will continue expanding our VIVO smartphone series of smartphone devices, known for their Super AMOLED Technology displays, resulting in remarkably bright and vivid color reproduction, with the best viewing experience and contrast ratio available on a mobile phone today. Additional to the extraordinary display quality, the VIVO 4.8 HD focuses on amazing design, resulting in a gorgeous and unique device for consumers which appreciate fashion and exclusivity," - said Samuel Ohev-Zion, the CEO of BLU Products.

The BLU Vivo 4.8 HD is available from select online retailers and is priced at $249.

And here are the full specifications of the BLU Vivo 4.8 HD:

  • Network: 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps) 850/1900, or 850/2100. Single Micro SIM Card Slot.
  • Display: 4.8 inch HD 720 x 1280, Super AMOLED HD, Scratch Resistant Touch Panel
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6589T Quad-Core 1.5GHz Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • OS: Android v4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Camera: Rear – 8.0 megapixel, BSI Sensor, autofocus with LED Flash, Video Record 1080p @ 30fps, Front – 5.0 megapixel
  • Connectivity: WiFi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot, micro-USB, FM Radio
  • Memory: 16GB internal memory, 1GB RAM, no External Card Slot
  • Dimensions: 137 x 70 x 6.9 mm, 135 grams
  • Battery: Li-Ion 2000mAh
  • Colors: Matte Black, Ceramic White, Electric Neon Yellow, and Glimmer Pink


source: BLU Products via SlashGear

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posted on 27 Jan 2014, 10:21 1

1. hurrycanger (Posts: 957; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


*Facepalm* every time I see BLU's phones being advertised. All I can say is: avoid it.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 10:34

2. Doakie (Posts: 1174; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Really? Which model did you own? Also what happened?

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 12:57 1

9. hurrycanger (Posts: 957; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


BLU Life Play.
The goods:
- battery life
- quite beautiful display (which seems to be pretty battery-friendly)
The bads:
- the stock launcher
- the mediatek cpu (which is actually fine for web browsing and some apps, but some good games don't support it)
- cheap built in general. My unit's charger died after 2 months. Some other people reported the same problem on Amazon's review section. Many others have the charging/USB port dead, which is way worse. Looking at the phone from the sides, you can see how loose the device is. Looking from the bottom of the phone, I can see through it and see the light of the capacitive buttons very clearly. Call sound quality isn't good. It's not loud enough either. Signal reception is also very weak (comparing to my Samsung Galaxy Mega at both 2G and the same 1900mhz 3G/4G frequency). The headphone jack is not like any of those on phones made by Sony, HTC, Samsung, LG, Moto, etc. It supports only a specific type of headphone. I have 6 pairs of headphones and I'm glad the 3 I usually use work with that phone, lol.
The battery is also getting weird looking now, which I just noticed recently.

I think it's better to settle with other phones at the same price range. The Moto G is a great option now.
Oh, my Life Play also smoked 2 of my SD cards while using the phone (once when I was copying apps to SD card and once when I was browsing photos). That cost me a total of over $40. -_-

There is something not very related but I want to point out: BLU phones all come from a chinese phone kitchen for mass. It's sold everywhere with different brand names. BLU doesn't even know what the phone is like until the phone comes to the hands of consumers. (I followed their facebook page for a while, and man oh man, BLU really embarrassed itself it it kept saying the Life View had an SD card slot and told customers to check "both the top and bottom of the phone" to find the slot, which the phone doesn't have)

Wow, I feel so bad now after writing all this. I got a real POC...

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 20:51 3

11. ScottSchneider (Posts: 313; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


MAN... U should be writing reviews for tech sites...

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 12:41

13. hurrycanger (Posts: 957; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


lol. To be honest, I would love that job. I get all curious and excited every time I have my hands on a new device.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 10:45

7. Adrian38 (Posts: 110; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Why? They're good phones. Are they the best? No. But they're good nonetheless. Especially for the price, and this is coming from someone who's owned a few of their phones.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 10:35 5

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1316; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Lumia 820 and Xperia L went to bed and this is the result.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 10:37 2

4. teja171 (unregistered)


I would prefer getting a nexus 5 instead of this one. Too boring to read the specs of the device itself.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 10:38 1

5. AfterShock (Posts: 2535; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Moto G puts this down.
Never mind the X.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 10:39

6. Doakie (Posts: 1174; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Seems to me with specs like these the closest spec and price competitor is the Moto X. Only thing the Vivo is really missing is LTE. The Moto G is still a way better deal than this at $199 for 16 GB. $50 cheaper is significant when you consider how good the G really is.

I'm anxious to see what the Zenfone 5 and 6 pricing would be in the USA.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 12:01

8. DANTExphone888 (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I'm hoping that it will most likely be the same.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 12:58

10. kotan24 (Posts: 22; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


HTC first?! O.o

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 00:02 1

12. bkzebraphone (Posts: 36; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


Only thing I don't like about most their phones is that they only support hspa+ for att. Price isn't worth it imo but that's just me. Lol.

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