BLU Vivo 5 hands-on

Miami based smartphone maker BLU has been making great strides over the course of the last year, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’re generating even greater news out of CES 2016. Known for its affordable set of smartphones, they’re continuing the trend with its BLU Vivo 5, which interestingly enough, is accompanied with its most premium design to date. Good looks combined with great pricing, what more can you ask for?


Quite simply, the Vivo 5 capitalizes on the svelte construction that the Vivo Air series is known for, but instead of glass surfaces, its body is an all-metal one that screams premium. Well, the design has an uncanny resemblance to the iPhone 5/5S, in how it features a chamfered beveled trim. Despite that, the Vivo 5 is remarkably svelte and super lightweight, showing us that it’s possible to achieve such a meticulous, premium design on such a light budget.


Okay, for the price and all, the BLU Vivo 5’s 5.5-inch 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED display is warranted given that 720p resolution definitely fits its price point. Details are decent enough to make out with our eyes, plus, it’s accompanied with all the typical qualities of AMOLED technology – like its over-saturated color tones, pitch black color, and wide viewing angles. Needless to say, it’s a dazzling feast to the eyes with its brilliant glow, but more importantly, it has all the suitable traits to complement its premium design.


Running BLU’s custom Android 5.1 Lollipop experience, it follows in the same capacity as other affordable smartphones we’ve been seeing of late – in how it eliminates the apps panel from the interface. Of course, that means that the homescreen is saturated by a ton of icons, which can become a bit disorganized if you’re not constantly managing them. For what it’s worth, the basic function of Android are all present here, but don’t expect the same kind of experience that power users are exposed to on other custom experiences.

Processor and Memory

In order to achieve its low cost, the BLU Vivo 5 is powered by an octa-core 1.3GHz MediaTek 6753 processor coupled with the Mali-T720 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The RAM alone is something that stands out, especially for a BLU product, so we really hope that this combination will help propel the handset to perform decently to a certain degree with hardcore gaming. Most entry-level phones usually falter in regards to this, so we’re a bit cautious about recommending this one for that exact purpose.

Stuffed with 32GB of internal storage, it’s a capacity that we have to mention is pretty generous – made better knowing that there’s a microSD card slot for expansion as well.


Also, it’s looking to be the kind of thing that’ll come in handy when it comes to snapping all sorts of photos on the fly, since it’s fashioned with a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera combination. BLU’s phones have never been known to be strong performers when it comes to their camera performances, however, things might hopefully change with the introduction of this smartphone. Let’s pray it does!


Almost hard to fathom, the BLU Vivo 5 will launch with a hard-to-believe outright cost of $199. Taking into consideration its premium design, it’s something that’s worth commending because it doesn’t look or feel like most phones in the sub-$200 range. Not only that, it’s an unlocked GSM phone with dual-SIM slots – allowing global travelers to easily switch between accounts on the fly without having to swap cards. There’s a ton of value right from the onset with this one, but we’re curious to see if there’s any substance and backing with its real-world performance.



1. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Everything on this seems like a steal just dont agree with a 5.5 with that resolution

2. prashant1707

Posts: 83; Member since: Nov 13, 2015

honor 5x is a best product in the 200 dollar category.

5. ShadowHammer

Posts: 207; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

I think it trades blows with the Vivo 5. The SoCs are quite similar. Honor 5X gets a fingerprint scanner and a nicer res screen. Vivo 5 gets more RAM, more internal storage, and a slightly larger battery. Honestly, what you can get for $200 these days is pretty impressive compared to just a year or two ago.

3. prashant1707

Posts: 83; Member since: Nov 13, 2015

honor 5x is a best product in the 200 dollar category.

6. Droidboy29

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 25, 2015

The only thing the honor 5x has on the vivo 5 is the screen resolution and the fingerprint scanner and honestly I'd rather have the lower resolution with super amoled than have a ips screen. But the fingerprint print scanner is sweet I have it on my BLU pure xl.

4. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks blu used to make 2 Windows smart phones I hope they continue to do so and ake a cheaper Windows 10 mobile Continuum capable smart phone than the 950/950XL made by Microsoft. Japan makes the the cheapest Windows 10 Mobile continuum class smart phone costing under 370 USA dollars. The Japanese manufacturer of these smart phones says he needs 500o orders from America to justify selling them in America. If I were Microsoft I would buy 10000 Japanese Windows 10 mobile smart phones and resell them in the Microsoft store since Microsoft is not currently selling any Windows 10 Mobile Continuum mode capable smart phones at the price range. Americans may not buy many windows smart phones buy enough are sold world wide for Microsoft to continue to sell them. Like they say it's better to have some presense than no presense. at least Windows smart phones have some chance to grow

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