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Yay, more affordable 5-inchers - Blu Mobile announces new additions to its Blu Life series, price cuts, and KitKat updates

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Yay, more affordable 5-inchers - Blu Mobile announces new additions to its Blu Life series, price cuts, and KitKat updates

Young Miami mobile maker Blu Mobile revealed the new additions to its budget-conscious series of Android smartphones and tablets - Blu Life. The flagship model is the Life One X, followed by the mid-range Life One M, Life Play X, and Life Play S. A tablet, the Life View TAB, completes Blu's lineup for the next six months.


According to Blu CEO, Samuel Ohev-Zion, the company has continued the principles of the original Life Series by using high-quality materials and components, while keeping an affordable price. More good news is that updates to Android 4.4 for devices from the entire Life One, Life Play, and Life View series are planned to appear before the end of Q2 2014.


Additionally, the original Life Series smartphones - Life Play, Life View, and Life One will receive immediate price cuts. The Life Play now costs $199, while both the Life View and the Life One now cost $269. They will remain in production until the end of the first half of 2014.


All new Blu Life products are targeted towards the US market and will be sold unlocked without contracts. The Life Series handsets support multiple band HSPA+ for all carriers in North America, including 850, 1700 and 1900MHz. Unfortunately, LTE is not in their list of abilities. The Life One X and Life Play X are shipping now, while the Life One M, Life View Tab and Life Play S will be shipping before the end of January.  


Below you will find more details, along with complete specifications and prices for the new Life Series products.

Life One X

Yay, more affordable 5-inchers - Blu Mobile announces new additions to its Blu Life series, price cuts, and KitKat updates

The flagship models boasts a 5-inch LCD 1080p display from Sharp with a striking pixel density of 441ppi. Its internals are not exactly sport-car like, but a quad-core MediaTek MT6589T 1.5GHz CPU with PowerVR SGX544 GPU and 2GB RAM is nothing to frown at. It also has a 13MP rear camera, along with 16 or 32GB of storage and a 2000mAh battery. It costs $279 for the 16GB and $299 for the 32GB version.

Network2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps) 850/1700/1900, or 850/1900/2100
Display 5.0 inch HD 1080 x 1920, with OGS and Full Lamination Scratch Resistant Touch Panel
ProcessorMediaTek MT6589T Quad-Core 1.5GHz Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
OSAndroid v4.2 Jelly Bean
Rear Camera13.0 megapixel, BSI Sensor, autofocus with LED Flash, Video Record 1080p @ 30fps
Front Camera5.0 megapixel, Video Record 1080p @ 30fps
ConnectivityWiFi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot, micro-USB, FM Radio
Memory32GB or 16GB internal memory, 2GB RAM
Dimensions128.3 x 71 x 8.6 mm, 133 grams
BatteryLi-Ion 2000mAh
ColorsSteel Blue, White
Price$279 (16GB), $299 (32GB)

Life One M

Yay, more affordable 5-inchers - Blu Mobile announces new additions to its Blu Life series, price cuts, and KitKat updates

The Life One M is a more modest version of the Life One X. Its display is 720p, while the quad-core MediaTek CPU is coupled with 1GB RAM. The camera is 12MP, and the battery is 2000mAh. Strangely, the One M is slightly heavier and thicker than its big brother, coming in at 9mm and 144 grams, which is not what we'd expect considering its reduced battery capacity. Still, at $199 unlocked, this is one solid Android smartphone.

Network2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps) 850/1700/1900, or 850/1900/2100
Display5.0 inch HD 720 x 1280, with OGS and Full Lamination Scratch Resistant Touch Panel
ProcessorMediaTek MT6589T Quad-Core 1.5GHz Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
OSAndroid v4.2 Jelly Bean
Rear Camera12.0 megapixel, BSI Sensor, autofocus with LED Flash, Video Record 1080p @ 30fps
Front Camera2.0 megapixel
ConnectivityWiFi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot, micro-USB, FM Radio
Memory4GB internal memory + microSD slot expandable up to 64GB, 1GB RAM
Dimensions144 x 74 x 9 mm, 144 grams
BatteryLi-Ion 2000mAh
ColorsSteel Blue, White
Price$199

Life View Tab

Yay, more affordable 5-inchers - Blu Mobile announces new additions to its Blu Life series, price cuts, and KitKat updates

The Life View Tab tablet is an alright 8-incher with a resolution of 1024x768, quad-core MediaTek CPU clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM and 4500mAh battery. Priced at $199, it's not exactly a Kindle Fire killer, but every train has its passengers, right?

Network2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps) 850/1700/1900, or 850/1900/2100
Display8.0 inch HD 768 x 1024, Scratch Resistant Touch Panel
ProcessorMediaTek MT8389M Quad-Core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
OSAndroid v4.2 Jelly Bean
Rear Camera5.0 megapixel, autofocus with LED Flash, Video Record 1080p @ 30fps
Front Camera5.0 mega pixel
ConnectivityWiFi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot, micro-USB, FM Radio
Memory16GB internal memory + microSD slot expandable up to 32GB, 1GB RAM
Dimensions205 x 138.5 x 8.95 mm, 404 grams
BatteryLi-Ion 4500mAh
ColorsSteel Blue, White
Price$199

Life Play X

Yay, more affordable 5-inchers - Blu Mobile announces new additions to its Blu Life series, price cuts, and KitKat updates

The Life Play X is another 720p droid commando, but it's display diagonal is a more reasonable 4.7 inches. Its internals are largely the same as the Life One M's, but its camera sensor is 8MP, and its battery capacity is set an at even lower 1800mAh. However, this model is 7.9mm thin and weights only 125 grams. The $219 unlocked price doesn't seem half bad.

Network2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps) 850/1900, or 850/2100
Display4.7 inch HD 720 x 1280, with OGS and Full Lamination Scratch Resistant Touch Panel
ProcessorMediaTek MT6589T Quad-Core 1.5GHz Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
OSAndroid v4.2 Jelly Bean
Rear Camera8.0 megapixel, autofocus with LED Flash, Video Record 1080p @ 30fps
Front Camera2.0 megapixel
ConnectivityWiFi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot, micro-USB, FM Radio
Memory16GB internal memory + microSD slot expandable up to 64GB, 1GB RAM
Dimensions137 x 68.4 x 7.9 mm, 125 grams
BatteryLi-Ion 1800 mAh
ColorsSleek Black
Price$219

Life Play S

Yay, more affordable 5-inchers - Blu Mobile announces new additions to its Blu Life series, price cuts, and KitKat updates

The Life Play S is the most budget offering. Basically, it's the Life Play X with less internal storage (4GB) and a 1.3 GHz CPU, paired with the good old Mali-400 GPU. According to Blu, it weights a miniscule 109 grams. Its price unlocked is $199.

Network2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps) 850/1700/1900, or 850/1900/2100
Display4.7 inch HD 720 x 1280, Full Lamination Scratch Resistant Touch Panel
ProcessorMediaTek MT6582 Quad-Core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 with Mali-400 GPU
OSAndroid v4.2 Jelly Bean
Rear Camera8.0 megapixel, autofocus with LED Flash, Video Record 1080p @ 30fps
Front Camera5.0 megapixel
ConnectivityWiFi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot, micro-USB, FM Radio
Memory4GB internal memory + microSD slot expandable up to 32GB, 1GB RAM
Dimensions137.5 x 67.5 x 7.8 mm, 109 grams
BatteryLi-Ion 1800 mAh
ColorsSteel Blue, White
Price$199

source: Blu Mobile via Android Authority

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posted on 08 Jan 2014, 10:47 2

1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1194; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


$300 for 5 inch 441ppi, 1.5ghz quad core, 2GB RAM, 13MP, 32GB ROM, and 3000mAh battery. I wouldn't mind getting one :D

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 19:15 1

5. JGuinan007 (Posts: 619; Member since: 19 May 2011)


look again at the battery 2000mah (well article and chart are conflicting) no lte, under powered processor (might not matter as much when kit kat hits) but price is good

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 04:56

6. luis.d (Posts: 97; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Yep, it's a 2000mAh battery. Sorry for the typo!

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 01:30

7. Doakie (Posts: 1099; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Actually Amazon has them for $279.99 + shipping. Super cheap.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 10:52 2

2. mottykels (Posts: 364; Member since: 15 May 2013)


I think asus zenfone 5 and 6 is much better for this

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 01:34 1

8. Doakie (Posts: 1099; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I would probably agree. The one thing I dislike the most about BLU phones is the non standard button layout. Give me the back, home, multitask layout please! Asus at least did that right. Now the true question about the Zenfones is how well does a dual core Atom really run? I had a single core Atom in my Fonepad. It ran like crap. If reviews say it runs smooth I'll sell my Note 3, pocket a bunch of money and pick up a Zenfone 6 for $200.

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 02:00

9. n5hammerhead (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)


Where are you guys finding the zenfone for $200? It's not even released yet, and all the pricing I find on the 5 and 6 is $600+

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 11:16

3. alextheZowner (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Jan 2014)


Wow not bad. I was thinking of getting a zenfone 6 actually for just 199$ but now this got me thinking I wouldn't mind paying 100$ more for dubble the screen resolution the ram and.the front facing camara
All im.actually looking for is another phone for another carrier to just have 2 haha my main phone is the Z10.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 12:11

4. hurrycanger (Posts: 767; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Life One X? From the look of the device, it should be called Life View Mini. The casing is exactly like the Life View. Anyway, having a 5" 1080p 32gb 3000mAh phone for $300 is not bad at all. It also has the 1700mhz frequency for T-Mobile hspa+. Oh, back to the battery, it is one thing that can beat the heck out of the Nexus 5. My Life Play with a 1800-1900mah battery and a 4.7" screen can last me through a full day with 4-5 hoursscreen on.
Just be aware BLU phones are not built to last. Charger failure and usb port failure (to take charge) are quite common (as I've seen people saying on amazon and Google+). Beside, the models with micro SD slot can be a pain. My Life Play killed 2 of my cards (over $40 loss). Personally I won't buy a BLU phone again.

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