The BLU Energy XL is an affordable mid-ranger with a big screen and an even bigger, 5000 mAh battery


BLU Products announced today the launch of its new flagship device – the BLU Energy XL, featuring a 6.0-inch screen, a metal build and a massive 5000 mAh battery at an affordable price.

The BLU Energy XL sports a huge 6.0-inch 1080 x 1920 px Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 coating, capable of producing 367ppi. Under the hood, there's a MediaTek 6753 octa core CPU clocked at 1.3 GHz coupled with a Mali-T720 GPU – which is an underwhelming mid-range combo that's to be expected from a phone in this price range – backed with 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of expandable internal memory and the aforementioned 5000 mAh battery which is obviously the highlight of the product.

No surprises in the camera department, as the Energy XL comes equipped with a 13MP rear shooter, capable of recording 1080p video at 30fps, and a 5MP front-facing camera. Other features include a fingerprint scanner under the home button, a USB Type-C 2.0 port, and support for quick charge with promised charge times from 0 to 15% in only 10 minutes, and from 0 to 43% in half an hour.

BLU is promising some 72 hours of battery life for “standard usage” for its new flagship and upwards of 30 days of standby, but we all know that those figures might be a tad off. The Energy XL is available now on Amazon for $299.



source: BLU Products via: PRNewswire

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22 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Just want to know the thickness lol because that battery is ginormous. gotta be at least 8.5mm right?

8. joacomonte

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 05, 2016

8,4mm

12. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Holy s**t that was some great guess work I did lol.

13. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

That is thinner than many phones including the HTC 10 which is 9mm and only has a 3000mah battery.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Just like any other Blu, the camera will be inferior to that of a $40 Lumia 640.

17. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I had a BLU Studio Energy and it took good pictures even in comparison to my $11.99 Lumia 640. BLU phones are pretty good overall, good enough that I almost bought a Pure XL instead of my Nexus 6P.

3. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Stop using mAh for measuring battery capacity, use Wh, Chinese manufacturers r misusing this stat by using batteries with lower voltage output. mAh cannot be compared across phones unless they have the same output voltage.

4. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

The voltage varies from 3.6-4.3V, this may seem small at first but a 4.3V battery and a 3.6V with the same mAh, the 4.3V battery actually holds about 20% more charge.

9. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Yes, except PCmag has already done an early review and the battery life tested on the BLU Energy XL was the best they tested this year beating the previous winner the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active which has a 4000mah battery.

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2215; Member since: May 04, 2015

Gionee Marathon M5 Plus in disguise. Probably doesn't have US lte either.

10. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

It has LTE support and support for the following: HSPA+ 42 Mbps 4G LTE: Up to 150 Mbps 3G: 850/1700/1900 4G LTE 2/4/7 I CAT 4 It is missing 12 & 17, but according to PCmag who did an early review it is not a problem in Manhattan. Thus, it is probably up to your location and needs.

16. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

No band 17 is a no no out here in flyover country ;)

6. Fona13A unregistered

Kind of tells you the state of affairs when a Mid-Ranger has to be declared "Affordable" when that should be the basis of Mid-Range hardware. That said, not a bad looking phone. BLU personifies the youth-central design language in all of their hardware.

7. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

$300? 250 would be nice right with the zenfone 3 and far enough from oneplus 3 which is $100 more.

11. JcHnd

Posts: 275; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Android 5.1 and they "promise" to update at the end of the year... right... just save while you wait and get a One Plus 3 for $100 more

14. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Well the appeal here is the 5000mah. If battery life is not the most important, than definitely the One Plus 3 is the better phone. The appeal of Blu phones to me was even if they don't get upgraded to the latest Android OS, they are so cheap that you can afford to by the next model the following year. Essentially you would come out ahead. You would have a new phone and the latest OS at an extremely affordable price. That has mainly been Blu's strategy. Now at $300, it is little on the expensive side to follow that business model, and it does need software updates to be worthwhile.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

crappy processor and questionably future update :-/ just get MiMax if you dont mind about phone size, lol

18. tyer205

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I like big screen to enjoy movies

19. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Does anyone still remember the Galaxy Note 4?

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

???? Don't mind me but what do you actually mean by that?

21. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I mean, you can get the Note 4 with practically the same price (to the extent of dirt cheap) but with better specs :) though you'll be stuck with Marshmallow (last update)

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Marshmallow is currently the latest one, and the note 4 still has chances to be updated to Nougat, maybe in a span of an year. Perhap you didn't realise that the note is fundamentally 32 bit, doesn't have a metal body, has a smaller battery, and has a slightly higher price; specs are very different. It all comes down to user experience and I personally might choose this over the Note. Yeah samsung has brand recognition and the s-pen but its phone from an old era.

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