BLU Vivo Air hands-on


BLU has been making some waves of late at CES, where they announced a staggering 7 new smartphones running Android. One of them in particular, the BLU Vivo Air, stands out profoundly more than the other models because of its incredibly ultra-thin design of 5.1mm. It doesn’t necessarily break any records, but it’s still something that’s noteworthy. Best of all, too, is the fact that this Android smartphone will be sporting a retail price of $199 when it launches stateside in mid-January.

Design


Whoa, this smartphone is extraordinarily svelte and lightweight, which is barely noticeable as we hold it in our hand. For something so skinny, it’s quite pleasant to know that the BLU Vivo Air doesn’t come off fragile or anything. In fact, it feels pretty solid for the most part, as its unibody aluminum magnesium body is strengthened by the addition of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. As much as we praise it for it razor thin construction, it begs the question of whether or not there’s any sort of compromise to its battery.

Display


Complementing its skinny construction is its 4.8-inch 720 x 1280 AMOLED display, so it’s pretty detailed, crisp, and clear. Naturally, it bears all the hallmarks of the display technology – like its over saturated color reproduction and exceptionally wide viewing angles. From a straight-on look, the screen glows with a lot of iridescence to capture the attention of our eyes, but we wonder how it handles against direct sunlight.

Interface


Running Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, we do notice that it’s running BLU’s customized skin – where they’ve eliminated the traditional apps panel, so everything is placed directly on the homescreen. From the looks of it all, the interface is pretty much a minimalist one that doesn’t try to overpower us with a ton of software tricks or features. Until we’re able to spend more time rummaging around it, we’ll save our reservations for now.

Processor and Memory


Powering the BLU Vivo Air is an octa-core 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 processor with 1GB of RAM, which seems to provide the phone with some snappy responses with basic functions. On paper, it’s nothing menacing in comparison to what else is currently out there on the market right now, but for what it’s worth, we’re pleased by the phone’s general performance so far. Nevertheless, we can only speculate what the performance will be like with more processor intensive things like heavy multimedia and gaming.

With its 16GB of internal storage, that’s more than plentiful enough for most users.

Camera


Somehow, even with its super skinny construction, the company is able to tack on an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. Hopefully, snapshots will have some reasonable detail and quality to make it a usable thing, but its video recording performance taps out at 1080p @ 30FPS.

Expectations


BLU surely has something enticing here with the Vivo Air! We’re already digging its crazy thin construction, lightweight feel, and solid feel in the hand, but what’s even more mind boggling is that the company is going to be selling it for $200 when it launches – and that’s the full, outright cost of the phone! Needless to say, we’re eagerly waiting to check out this phone!



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Vivo Air
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(12h 3G talk time)

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15 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Sony Z3 rip off.

5. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Whatever troll. The Z3 has a sh1tty display and it's iPhone ripoff. Now go troll on some xperia blog site.

6. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Dude, the Z3 does NOT have a bad display.

7. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

I have the Z3C and its display is a pos. I'm sure the whole dam Z3 line are the same. To sum it up, an eBay $14 aftermarket display on my old iPhone 4 is better than the Z3C display. Now go to the store and check it out for yourself.

8. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I have a stock Z3 direct from Sony and the display is one of the best on the market.

9. alrightythen

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Are you on crack??

10. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Look, troll. Let's pretend you have a Z3. Now get a cloth and clean the display. Then let some light reflects on its display. If you don't see those touch panel grids, u must go check with an eye doctor. And if you can see those grids, get another phone with IPS panel and best with the same PPI. I bet you won't see any grid on the other phone. Wait, there's more. Have the same picture loaded on both phones. Now tell me which one looks clearer. Sorry I'm treating you like a stupid child but please don't blame me because you're one.

11. alrightythen

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

What the hell are you talking about?? I have to clean my display and purchase another phone just to know that its still a piece of sh1t screen???

12. alrightythen

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

My first comment of "are you on crack" was directed to camera531 comment.....

13. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Yeah I know and my comment in response to #8. It clearly tells you right there on the right of the date and time at the top of the comment. Lol

15. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Maybe I should make it clearer The number on the left of your name is the post number Your comment (post #9) was posted 2 days ago at 15:11 in response to post #8 My comment (post #10) was posted yesterday at 01:30 also in response post #8

2. clirim

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

Great design for the moneys ,and amoled is better looking screen than lcd. They'll get a lot of consumers . Its privileg to have and hold such a thin device.

3. alrightythen

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

I think ill keep my flip

4. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Reading a few reviews for the Gionee Elife S5.1 (which is what Blu has rebranded here) it seems to get modest battery life.

14. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Congratulations to Sony trolls. The f**king spyware Baidu in my Z3C has come back after I had deleted it. What I don't understand is why a Japanese company would embed spywares in their phones' firmwares for the Chinese spy? All of you Sony trolls and Sony can go f**k yourself because today I'm gonna root this phone and disable all your spying. People with Sony phones should head over to xda-developers and xperia blog to get help. This is a serious issue. Those f**kers are stealing info from us. Sony motherf**kers, you'll never get a dime from me again and I'll make sure all my family members and friends won't buy anything that has the name Sony on it.

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