BLU announces two shiny entry-level handsets: Vivo 5 and Vivo XL


BLU is here at CES 2016 and the company has announced two shiny new handsets, entry-level but focused on beautiful aesthetics. The phones are named Vivo 5 and Vivo XL and are very similar in specs, with the XL variant being slightly downgraded.

The handsets are equipped with Mediatek's 64-bit MT6753 octa-core SoC, and both have a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, covered with Gorilla Glass 3. Their main cameras are equipped with a 13 MP sensor with an F2.0 aperture and phase-detection autofocus, which BLU says will achieve focus speeds of one tenth of a second. The front cameras are 5 MP wide-angle snappers. Both handsets have a 3,150 mAh battery in the trunk to keep their lights on.

So, where are the differences? Starting with design, the Vivo 5 is the first BLU smartphone to feature a full metal body. Its shapes are stark and its edges are chamfered, and the design is a bit familiar, yet beautiful none the less. The Vivo 5 comes in two color variants – White Silver and Solid Gold. The Vivo XL, on the other hand, does have a metal frame around it, while its back is of another material, covered in a shiny, almost reflective patterned finish. It will be available in 4 different colors – Liquid Gold, Chrome Silver, Midnight Blue, and Rose Gold.

Hardware-wise, the Vivo 5 is the more powerful device, with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, expandable via microSD. The Vivo XL has 2 GB of RAM and only 16 GB of expandable storage. Both handsets are to become available in the US via Amazon.com and Bestbuy.com, priced at $149 for the Vivo XL and $199 for the Vivo 5.

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12 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Haw!!! They're naming phones using other brand names now?? How about Samsung LG XL? Or Huawei Mi Note X? Apple iGalaxy? Hell Naw!

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

their next flagship will be BLU samsung galaxy S7 and BLU apple iPhone 7

10. Acer_Predator unregistered

beautiful iphone 5/5s in gold

12. Acer_Predator unregistered

in future there will be only one design of phone for all... implanted in brain

2. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

The Vivo 5 is a really good bang-for-buck proposition

11. Acer_Predator unregistered

yes mine Vivo X5Pro is beautiful

3. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Vivo's phones are amazingly good for the price.

4. GreatBigPhoney

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

If they're both 5.5 inch screens...why is the XL called the XL? Is that referring to the bezel? It has less RAM and less storage...what is XL about it? I also find it interesting that BLU never includes band 5 LTE on their phones which AT&T uses...though I guess that's not nearly as common as their Band 17 deployment. Still, they offer pretty decent value for people not looking for an expensive flagship.

5. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Hardware Software And Underwear are XL

7. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

That Vivo 5 will putting pressure on the Honor 5X at the same price point.

8. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Not half bad. Vivo 5 where better if screen was FHD and soc was SD 65, But that would raise the price quite heavily.

9. ShadowHammer

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

It's strange that Blu's website says that the cheaper phone (XL) has more LTE bands than the other phone (5). Otherwise, except for RAM and storage, these phones are very similar.

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