Blu intros 7 new Android smartphones, including one with a huge 5000 mAh battery

Blu intros 7 new Android smartphones, including one with a huge 5000 mAh battery
Blu Products, which presents itself as “the market leader in unlocked devices in the United States”, today announced no less than 7 new Android smartphones, with a few interesting models among them.

First of all, we’ve got the Blu Vivo Air, which, at only 5.1 mm, will be the thinnest smartphone in North America when it launches in mid-January. The handset runs Android 4.4 KitKat, sports a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 pixels, and is powered by a 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor. Other features include 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, and a 2100 mAh battery. The Blu Vivo Air seems to be based on the Gionee Elife S5.1 (it wouldn’t be the first time when Blu rebrands a Gionee handset). The smartphone will be sold unlocked, for $199.

Next up, we have the Blu Studio Energy, a 5-inch (720p) handset which comes with a massive 5000 mAh battery. Blu says that this battery can provide “up to 4 days" of standard usage, 52 hours of talk time, or up to 45 days of stand-by time, while also being capable of charging other devices. Running Android 4.4 KitKat and measuring 144.5 x 71.45 x 10.4 mm, the Studio Energy further features a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor, 8 MP rear camera, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable internal memory. The handset costs $179, and will be released in late January.

Also powered by quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6582 processors are the Blu Studio X ($129), Studio X Plus ($149), and Studio G ($89). The Studio X and Studio X Plus feature 720p displays (5 inches and 5.5-inches, respectively), plus 8 MP rear cameras, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable storage space. The Studio G is a modest device, offering a 5-inch display with 480 x 854 pixels, 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of expandable internal memory.

Finally, for those who just don’t want MediaTek processors, Blu also has a couple of Snapdragon-based handsets: the Blue Life One and Blue Life One XL. Both feature 64-bit, quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 chipsets, LTE, 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front-facing cameras, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable internal memory. The Life One sports a 5-inch 720p display, while the Life One XL offers a 5.5-inch 720p screen. The two smartphones will go on sale in March for $179 and $199, respectively.

Blu says that the Studio X, Studio XL, Studio G, Life One, and Life One XL will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. It’s not clear if the Vivo Air and Studio Energy will also get the new version of the OS. In any case, all seven Blu smartphones will be available in the US via Amazon and other retailers. Interested?


source: Blu / PR NewsWire

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34 Comments

1. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

For a 5,000 MAH battery, its not as bulgy as I expected it to be

5. sgodsell

Posts: 6585; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The other thing is it comes with a price tag of $179 for the unlocked 5000mha battery. The only negative thing is its running with a mediatek processor, and its not clear if the Studio energy will get lollipop update.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It'll never see an update in its life. I don't ever recall hearing a BLU device being updated to a new software version.

23. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Crappy CPU, no OS update, but cheap, long lasting battery with a cheap price tag? People just want a phone would love this. I bet if i go outside right now and ask a random person what version of OS your phone is running on right now, I bet 8 out of 10 I'll just get iOS (or Apple....), Android, or Window.

26. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

It is however a dam good phone to buy your for your kids as there 1st phone. IMO

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It embarrasses the droid turbo, a much bigger battery despite being slimmer and looking much better

2. ilovephablets

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

I only care about flagships, i hate all the other phones

15. mixedfish

Posts: 1540; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

That just tells me you're a spec whore and aren't actually interested in tech. Lower end models can also be interesting for having experimental features like being thinner.

27. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

LMAO spec whore hahaha

31. TechNeck

Posts: 612; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I laughed my fking face off!!! +1

3. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

That vivo air is probably the nicest phone i've ever seen.

12. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

It does look nice. The top and bottom parts of the bezel could be a bit smaller. I hope it has MicroSD card slot. I'll get it for sure if it does.

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

5.1mm and no protruding camera? Apple should take note...

7. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Apple will sell 100mln of their protruding camera phones, while Blu will sell 100k. I wish people rather stop buying iPhones instead of expecting for them to improve.

13. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

I'm totally with you about the protruding camera. That's the whole reason I didn't get any Samsung even tho I love Super AMOLED.

17. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The protruding camera doesn't matter,

18. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Protruding camera causes wobbling when use on desk, table or hard flat surfaces. It also absorbs greater impact with such small area (the edge of the protruding camera) when put on hard surface like counter top. And in landscape mode, it's not leveled. It doesn't matter to you because you probably use the phone in your hands every time and never put it down, even while charging. I guess there are more idiots in this world than I thought.

22. Jason2k13

Posts: 1434; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

People who use cases on their phones are not idiots, therefore protruding camera wont matter to them.

30. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Are you saying that phones with protruding camera are designed to be used with cases? Why do they even bother to make phones thinner and with smaller bezels if that's the case?

33. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

That's your opinion...

32. TechNeck

Posts: 612; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Like I said before, Protruding cameras are all the rage

6. imkyle

Posts: 1110; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I have the Blu Vivo IV and the Nexus 5. While I love stock Android, it is nice switching to the Vivo IV once in a while.

10. hurrycanger

Posts: 1741; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I really like the design of the Vivo IV. Even the protruding camera on it has a really nice look.

11. imkyle

Posts: 1110; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I'd rather the camera be flat, but it is a really nice looking phone. Not going to win any awards for bench marks but still plenty quick.

8. iPhoneboy597

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

the vivo studio energy seems like a pretty sweet deal

9. hurrycanger

Posts: 1741; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

just keep in mind that its cpu is pretty crappy, especially for games. Plants and Zombies 2 ran so freaking stupidly slow on my other BLU phone (Studio 5.5s) with that same cpu and same 1gb of ram (and a 540p display, not even 720p). But yea, when putting that aside, the phone would probably serve its purpose very well. It lasts long, and there are many people who just use their phone for browsing the web and using a few apps.

25. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

I don't play games on my mobile phone.

28. hurrycanger

Posts: 1741; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

And that's great. I'm just pointing out about its performance because I think people should know that and what they should expect.

14. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Just kind of sucks that they aren't saying that it will be updated to Lollipop. And well what hurrycanger also said about the processor.

19. smacsteve

Posts: 86; Member since: May 16, 2012

If you want a phone that isn't going to fail in less than 6 months then don't by blu. I work in the smartphone sales for a living and every time a customer comes in with a blu it's either in just terrible shape or not working at all. You get what you pay for people.

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