The Bluboo S8: dual camera, slim bezels, slimmer price tag
It was just three weeks ago when Bluboo launched the futuristic Bluboo S1. But the company is not done with bezel-less phone releases for the summer, it seems. It has now announced the Bluboo S8 — a familiar-looking handset with midrange specs and a stellar price tag. Let's take a quick look!
Naturally, we have a metallic handset. Its frame is made from a Zinc-Titanium alloy and its back has a concentric brush texture. As you will notice from the pictures, it's a tall display design — the Bluboo S8 rocks a 5.7-inch screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Flipping the phone around reveals a dual camera module and a fingerprint scanner that has been placed in the center, right below the secondary lens.
The hardware on board is decidedly midrange. The 5.7-inch screen has a 720x1440 pixel resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 282 PPI. The chip that hums inside is an octa-core MediaTek MT6750T clocked at 1.5 GHz and coupled with 3 GB of RAM. The phone comes with 32 GB of storage and can hold a microSD card of up to 256 GB. All of this is kept running by a 3,450 mAh battery pack in the back.
Now, on to the cameras. We have a 16 MP main snapper with a 3 MP assistant. This means that the secondary sensor is used to collect object and distance data and is mainly used during "blur" modes, such as Portrait. The main sensor uses phase detection autofocus tech and has an aperture of F2.0. On the front, we have an 8 MP selfie snapper for detailed mugshots.
The Bluboo S8 has the company's own 360 OS software suite laid on top of Android 7 Nougat. It includes a security center, which Bluboo proudly says is deeply integrated with the system and provides real-time intelligent file protection.
Now for the price. The Bluboo S1's retail price is $179.99 (minus any possible shipping and tax fees, of course), but will be available at a special pre-sale price of $149.99 for the first half of August. Not only that but from the 1st to the 7th of August, the first 10 phones to sell for every day will cost $79.99! A little birdie told us that an entry-level Bluboo S8 lite, with the same cool looks but more basic hardware, is also in the works and would cost around $80. And for those that prefer their phone to pack a bit more punch, word is that a larger, more powerful Bluboo S8+ might also make an appearance, but data on it is scarce. For more information on the phone as well as the pre-sale promotion page, follow the links below: