BLU Studio X Plus hands-on

When we see the word “Plus” to any smartphone, it normally means that it’s a larger version of a handset. Well, it’s no surprise that’s what exactly the BLU Studio X Plus is all about, seeing that it’s basically a larger variant of its sibling in the BLU Studio X.

Visually, the handset is wider and more hand encompassing, so it’s quite cumbersome trying to handle it with a single hand. Beyond that, this smartphone bears the same design language of its sibling. It’s pretty generic looking we’d say, more so when it’s available in only black and white paint jobs. The increase in size is due to the handset’s 5.5-inch 720 x 1280 display, which of course, is what makes it different from its close sibling.

Beyond that, it’s the same spec’d smartphone as the 5-inch model. Therefore, that means it features a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6582 chip with 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a stock Android 5.0 Lollipop experience. Another thing that makes it different is its price, which is a little bit more at $149. Naturally, the increase in price point is justified as it’s sporting a larger sized screen, but the cost is still impressively affordable. Not everyone will be tempted by its specs sheet, but it can make for a decent temporary phone – or possible daily driver to those who prefer a simple and basic smartphone.

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Studio X Plus
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(16h 3G talk time)



1. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

If you have Tmobile or Walmart Family Mobile, go to Walmart, spend $30 more, get the ZTE ZMax. It's a super good midrange. That Chinese ZTE is a lot better than any "American" BLU phone. The Zmax has a much much better cpu and gpu, twice the ram, LTE, nice and clean display with great viewing angle, and solid build quality overall.

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I don't agree. I tried Blu life play before for 4 months and it was awesome phone and very affordable.

3. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I actually enjoyed my Life Play at first, but I found too many things wrong about it in the first 2-3 months owning the thing. And it's only affordable comparing to much better phones like the Nexus 4, Galaxy S3, S4, and others, which perform much better and also offer more HSPA+ bands or even LTE. When I got the Life Play, it was $220. About 4 months after that or something, the Moto G came out with everything better than the Life Play (and yet, cheaper). So far I'm not gonna recommend any BLU phone to anyone, but I still like to follow up to see what's going with BLU and what they offer next. Right now the Life One X seems good to me, as least on specs sheet. If that thing has solid build quality, great, but I'll wait and see other customer reviews first.

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