Blu Vivo 8 offers a metal body, Android Nougat and other nice features for under $300


If you're in need of a new unlocked Android smartphone that doesn't cost too much but still offers a nice set of specs, perhaps you'll be interested in the Blu Vivo 8, officially announced today.

Succeeding the Vivo 5R and Vivo 6 (with the mention that the latter is not sold in the US, being available only in Europe), the Blu Vivo 8 is an Android 7 Nougat handset that's mainly made out of metal.

Sporting a 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, the smartphone is Blu's latest flagship, and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek 6755 Helio P10 processor clocked at 2.0 GHz. The device has a 13 MP main camera on the back, while the front hosts a 16 MP "Super Selfie" camera with its own flash, plus a fingerprint scanner (at the bottom). Furthermore, the Vivo 8 features LTE, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory, and microSD card support. Last but not least, the handset packs a pretty generous 4,010 mAh battery that should last at least a full day. The battery supports fast charging, and should go from 0% to 100% in under 90 minutes.

The Blu Vivo 8 is available from Amazon for $299.99 in two color variants: gold and black. For 48 hours (from August 31 to September 1), Blu will take $100 off the phone's price, offering it for just $199.99. In case you're wondering, the handset is fully compatible only with GSM/LTE carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. Interested?


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14 Comments

14. CAVBR

Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

BLU Vivo 8, also known as Gionee A1, or Quantum Sky.

8. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

This is a great phone for the price, i cant find a better phone for 199.99 new

9. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Yes you can. The LG G5.

6. warrenellis93

Posts: 567; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Its strange that they decided to put a 16 mp on the front, and 13 on the back, i dont know which one is the better sensor but it sounds like they want to spy on you

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You can always stick a Matt Scott tape to blind the front camera. I did that with my Notebooks. No reason to do it to my smartphone yet but we are getting there.

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

So this is really a rebadged Gionee A1.http://m.gsmarena.com/gionee_a1-8581.php At $199 I sort of want this for it's 4,000 mAh battery as a secondary "work" phone. Currently I carry around a BLU PURE XL as a secondary phone to my Axon 7. I dunno, I've been pretty impressed with the PURE XL, I'd hate to have to put it away. TORN!

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

http://m.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=8835&idPhone2=7558 Eh, I guess besides the larger battery, smaller footprint, and the newer version of Android it's not really worth dropping another $199+tax. Buying BLU phones at retail price feels wrong, I found a deal on Craigslist and bought my BLU PURE XL for only $60, it had been dropped a couple times but the screen was perfect. Paying $220(after tax) for something arguably "as good" as what I already have is illogical. PASS!

11. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Why don't you just get the new zte blade z max from metro for $29 with port in? It has 6in 1080p screen too.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Have been looking up for Gionee A1 as its one of the phone that under Google security update list.

3. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Get the xa ultra.

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2715; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Blu... Come on... At least use the P20...

5. Furbal unregistered

Yeah p20 wound have made it worth it. P10 is far too inefficient

1. Jacksie66 unregistered

I'd rather a decent phone that won't steal my personal data..

10. PhoneGuru42

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 25, 2017

That's already been proven false

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