BLU Life One XL hands-on

Extra large, that’s clearly the take when we read the “XL” part of the BLU Life One XL. Not surprisingly, it’s a new smartphone announced by BLU during CES 2015, which boasts similar specs to the BLU Life One, but it’s naturally larger in size. In particular, it’s sporting a larger sized 5.5-inch 720 x 1280 display, which also contributes in giving the smartphone a wider feel in the hand – so it’s more of a handful to manage.

Despite that, one thing that instantly jumps out is the availability of a fabric finished model – on top of the usual plastic ones it’s offered in. Needless to say, it’s something that’s different from the other models sold by BLU, as the fabric material has a soft touch to it. Beyond that, everything else about this phone is identical to its smaller sized sibling. Therefore, the BLU Life One XL features a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 64-bit based quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chip, 1 GB of RAM, and stock Android 4.4 KitKat.

So, what’s the price of this you ask? It’s actually $199 outright, which is pretty banging when that’s the only cost you’ll need to fork over to pick it up. There’s plenty of value in a device that’s priced like this, especially when you won’t be tied down to some sort of contract. As it currently stands, the BLU Life One XL is expected to launch in March, so it might be an option worth thinking about if you seriously want to go cheap.

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Life One XL
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2820 mAh(27h 3G talk time)



1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Sort of awesome. It's kinda like a cheap low end version of the OnePlus One. The fact that it actually has LTE makes this totally usable. I'm interested in the BLU Studio Energy but I have one issue. I have AT&T and use a OnePlus One and a 2013 Moto X regularly. However I also have a Lumia 520 which whenever I put my SIM card into it AT&T changes my data plan to a 3G provisioning which then blocks my LTE phones from connecting when I switch the SIM back. So the Energy probably will have this same issue...

2. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

OnePlus One ripoff lol

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