BLU Life One X hands-on: Dual-SIM & unlocked for under $150

When you’re a small fish in a big pond, it’s tough trying build up a reputation when you have so many others to contend with. That’s certainly BLU’s predicament, as they’ve been constantly trying to make some sort of headway in the lucrative US smartphone market. Well, they’re not slowing down as we approach the end of the holiday season, seeing that they’ve just announced yet another dual-SIMed, unlocked phone.

The BLU Life One X, much like the rest of the things in its device portfolio, carriers an affordable price point that makes it a great replacement (or supplement) to whatever you’re currently using. And if you really love someone and want to get them a special surprise this holiday season, you won’t go broke buying them this either. From a specs standpoint, it’s pretty indicative of what we expect out of an entry-level smartphone. The specs consist of the following:

  • 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 IPS Display

  • 64-bit octa-core 1.3GHz MediaTek 6753 processor

  • Mali T720 GPU

  • 2GB RAM

  • 16GB internal storage

  • microSD card slot

  • 13-megapixel Phase Data Autofocus main camera

  • 5-megapixel front-camera with LED flash

  • 1080p video recording @30 FPS

  • Bluetooth 4.0

  • Wi-fi b/g/n

  • microUSB 2.0

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop

For a phone of its caliber, the design is humbling as it can get – it’s totally not a wash, but it’s neither original at the same time. They’ve kept it somewhat trim with its 8.4mm chassis, which mostly consists of an aircraft grade aluminum trim and a leather-esque rear cover. We’re not totally won by its design, considering that we’ve seen better from BLU (think Vivo Air), but at least it doesn’t come off as being cheapo.

BLU makes bold comparisons against another handset, the 3rd generation Moto G, in saying how its octa-core MediaTek 6753 processor is superior against it. Indeed, the various benchmark tests we ran indicate that, however, as we play around with the phone, it’s apparent that it’s not quite as lickety-split with its performance as we’d like. In fact, there have been occasions when it’s just delayed with its responses – such as loading up a web site or something. And if you intend on playing some games, just stay far away from those demanding titles because choppiness is a constant fear with its performance.

The Android experience itself is mildly entertaining, as it commits to BLU’s stance on keeping it somewhat stock-like. While that’s fine and dandy, the biggest area of concern here is whether or not it’ll ever receive future software updates. It’s already behind the curve with Lollipop, as are many other phones out right now, but BLU’s devices have this reputation of never getting updates – so that’s something to think about if you’re really particular about the latest and greatest.

For a basic phone, the BLU Life One X can surely get the job done. It’s inexpensive and won’t break the bank, but its value is elevated above most other things because it’s unlocked and features dual-SIM slots out of the box. And even though it’s normally slapped with an MSRP of $149 through BLU, it’s currently being treated to a $50 discount through Amazon – that’s a cool $99 to buy this phone. Don’t spend too much time thinking about getting it or not, just because this discount ends December 12th when the clock strikes midnight EST.

source: Amazon



2. Furbal unregistered

If blu can get some sort of support going for their phones, they'll have a pretty good thing going. The Pure XL is pretty nice, but needs some new camera framework and marshmallow so the fingerprint scanner can be used properly.

3. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Didn't blu update a bunch of phones to Lollipop? All the Android OEMs seem to be getting better about updates

5. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Their website is surprisingly sparse on that info. I'd love to know too. Their Energy series has my interest. I want more screen on time than anything.

7. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

No. They promised updates when the phones first went on sale then never delivered.

4. prashant1707

Posts: 83; Member since: Nov 13, 2015

this phone is basically Micromax canvas 5 which is selling here in India for a price of roughly 180 dollars.

6. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Gionee one X

8. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

For $99 this blows most other budget handsets out of the water. This could give the Nexus 5P a run for its money barring gaming performance and perhaps camera quality. I think I'll pick one up for a friend of mine who doesn't have a cellphone right now.

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