BLU Pure XL launches this month as the cheapest Quad HD smartphone in the US

BLU Pure XL launches this month as the cheapest Quad HD smartphone in the US
BLU, a US-based company best known for launching a wide variety of affordable Android handsets, today announced the Pure XL, a high-end smartphone that's going to be available starting September 29, exclusively via Amazon.

The BLU Pure XL is the company's most advanced handset to date. Running Android 5.1 Lollipop, the device sports a 6-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, and is powered by a 64-bit, octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor clocked at 2.0 GHz. According to BLU, the Pure XL is the first Helio X10-based smartphone made for the US market.

A highlight of the new smartphone is its 24 MP rear camera, which is protected by sapphire glass, and features phase detection auto focus, optical image stabilization, and a dual-tone LED flash (of course, we'll have to test this camera in order to see if it's any good). On the front, the Pure XL has an 8 MP camera. The handset's other features include a fingerprint scanner on the back, LTE connectivity (compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile), 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of expandable storage space, and a 3500 mAh battery.

BLU will sell the Pure XL unlocked, for $349, making it the cheapest Quad HD smartphone in the US (at least when we take into consideration prices at launch). Is anyone intrigued by this affordable Quad HD handset?

sources: Press release, BLU



1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Now All The Need Is A 5in 1080p Device With The Same Specs For $300. I Don't Think Many People Are Looking For A Device With A 6in Display Are They?

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015


9. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

For such a list of features and for this price, I am pretty sure many won't be bothered by the fact that it has a 6" screen, a QHD one.

29. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

Zenfone 2 4gb ram with 64 gb storage, lte goes for $299, not a bad deal for this phone though

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

For me, only a 6" would do, 5.5" is the minimum, a compromises as there is no lack of large screen phones. My eyesight is not getting better.

25. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

No, they are not.

2. GoogleUser101 unregistered

Interesting. A $350 devices with a QHD+ 6 inch screen, fingerprint scanner, nice camera, and fast chipset. Still too big of a device.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

... This is truly amazing honestly. I really want to test it out in person.

5. mr2trce

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

I want it! I am one of the minority that wants a big phone. A z5 Ultra is my first choice but that is only a dream so far

31. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I can guarantee you that you're not in the minority. The fact that all flagships are going giant means the market research shows that's the trend. We just have a very vocal minority here on Phone Arena that love smaller phones.

6. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

This is the rebranded Gionee Elife E8 I wish the screen was 5.5'

27. willy42

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

How is that possible? I thought I saw Gionee was asking US$700 for the Elife E8.

7. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

I would definitely scoop this right up!

8. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

I thought Super AMOLED was reserved only for Samsung devices? I know it's just branding, but still.

11. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am not sure if it is a Samsung panel, but Samsung does produce amoled panels for other OEMs. Plus there other amoled screens makers. Latest news is that Huawei will get flexible amoled panels from Samsung for it's upcoming dual edged phone.

10. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I would consider it if it ran Windows 10 Mobile. I want some large screen Universal Windows Apps and Continuum for phone. Since it runs Android, I will just keep using my Nexus 5.

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Want a 6" display that looks fantastic? A camera with REAL 20MP capabilities and for less than $300? Get a Lumia 1520.

23. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

But it's 10 years old with sd 800.

32. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

But it still kicks the crap out of this BLU. A Nokia 808 is 20 years old and kicks the crap out of any smartphone camera. I'm 50 and I'll let any 20 year-old try his game on me. Old doesn't mean ineffective or weak.

14. Classique

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I'd love to see a review for this

15. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I can't seem to find if it has NFC on their specs page or not. I'm guessing it doesn't? Still, a really interesting value budget phone to go against OnePlus 2, Moto X Style, and the new Nexus.

20. technos

Posts: 3; Member since: May 20, 2015

Other forums are suggesting that it does. NFC is going to be pretty important with payment systems, so not having it is pretty inexcusable for flagships.

18. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Intrigued by the phone but not the processor

22. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I'll get one just for navigation for my car and tuning my quadcopter fpv racing.. nice.. so cheap.. iphone 6S plus and sony Z5 premium and this will be my new toys as soon as they come out..

24. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I'll get one for my 3yo son, so he could stop playing with my edge plus and note 5.

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Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 03, 2015

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28. willy42

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Does this require ingestion of either eye of newt or toe of frog?

30. Telemike

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

This really packs a punch. I think I would take the ZTE Axon over this though, but I'll wait for the reviews.

33. Jairudy

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

You can be sure that this phone will get good reviews. But what about resale? Both ZTE and Huawei have been sold by Carriers. Sony M4 Aqua in white is my choice, waterproof like Sam Active, Sony camera, Snap 615 with 64bit OK with me. 720p help battery. Sony much bigger ten Blue!

34. Jairudy

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

Many reviews saying Quad HD is for Flagship Status, publicity, but companies release same phone in series with lower screen resolution afterwards. Also, Android competition in India driving designs. Right now we have Quad HD, Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra was just released with Z5 Ultra, Z5 and Z5c have lower Res., but all coming in March??? Blue Ray took years to become common, people were happy with DVD! Quad HD just eats battery. If camera is important why not try a Sony, if you are going for a non-carrier, unlocked phone. Pixels are not only part of the camera that determines best functions. Huawei and ZTE are both big in China. Asus phones are fromanother well established company!

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