BLU Vivo XI+ quietly goes on sale with Android 8.1 onboard, guaranteed Pie upgrade

BLU Vivo XI+ quietly goes on sale with Android 8.1 onboard, guaranteed Pie upgrade
How many scandals can one smartphone vendor survive? Quite a few, it seems, even though it remains to be seen if BLU’s revised strategy will make people forget about the US company’s numerous user privacy, security, and software updating missteps.

In case you couldn’t already tell from the total recent silence on the product release front, the “New BLU” aims to focus on quality rather than quantity at last, working only on “devices with a purpose”, as well as “better performance and quality than ever before.”

That means far fewer launches and a more streamlined handset portfolio going forward, according to a statement discreetly released by the company’s CEO last week, but on the undoubtedly bright side of things, it also means “guaranteed software updates & support.”

This “New BLU” era was supposed to start “at the end of the month” with a phone (confusingly) named Vivo XI+. The 11th generation of the Vivo line hasn’t been formally unveiled, and its specifications are not listed on the company’s official website, but an eagle-eyed Reddit user spotted the handset on Amazon, where it’s already up for grabs.

Priced at $349.99, this big guy isn’t exactly crazy affordable by BLU’s usual standards, but as promised, the Vivo XI+ (Eleven Plus) is the first of its kind to offer a whopping 128GB internal storage space in addition to 6GB RAM.


Unsurprisingly, the 6.2-incher follows pretty much all the latest industry trends, embracing the infamous notch, sporting dual AI-enhanced rear-facing cameras, as well as “3D True Depth” Face Unlock technology.
 
Of course, it seems extremely hard to believe a relatively cheap Android device can feature similarly advanced facial recognition capabilities as the iPhone X, so the 3D mention is either intentionally misleading or an innocent error on Amazon’s part.

What’s certain is the BLU Vivo XI+ packs a respectable Helio P60 processor with built-in AI support, running Android 8.1 Oreo out the box on the software side of things, with a 9.0 Pie upgrade guaranteed to go down sometime in 2019.

Other solid specs and features for the aluminum-made phone’s price point include a 16MP “Super Selfie” front shooter, Full HD+ screen resolution, trendy 19:9 aspect ratio, microSD card slot, wireless charging, fingerprint recognition, and last but not least, full LTE compatibility with GSM networks nationwide. Still, the question remains - can you really trust BLU Products anymore?


source: Amazon via FacebookReddit

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25 Comments

1. jpennito84

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I can confirm that it does have real iris-powered 3D facial recognition and wireless charging. I caught one on eBay for the same price and got it last Friday. I've had several notched Android phones and this is the only one that actually utilizes the full area of the notch like the iPhone X, besides maybe the LG G7 ThinQ, but not entirely sure about that as that's one phone I haven't actually had.

19. RepublicImages

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Are you able to confirm USB-C or Micro USB? Literature online shows both. I saw your video the other day and wasn't able to tell, although the supplied cord I could see appeared to be USB-C. Also are the setting available through swipe or buried in the app drawer?

21. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

It's funny because it took me FOREVER to find any info on what port it has, only place I could find it saying USB C was in the Sales Guide. Looks like BLU isn't going to call attention to the fact that this is their first USB C phone. The micro USB charging port is what failed on my BLU Pure XL and I've heard that after a long time BLU phones tend to have that issue so it's nice to see them move off to something more sturdy.

25. 21Buzzards

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 04, 2018

USB-C for sure. And they include a decent headset with the phone.

2. ZombieHunter

Posts: 268; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

I like the look and feel of a lot of the Blu phones, but thats about it. Once they put the phone out, they look the other way. Also, the performance seems to start suffering right away and never gets better. If they want to succeed, they need to look at Oneplus. One or two phones and support them, instead of ignoring them. Customers remember. This looks like a nice offering, but fool me once.....I'll never buy another Blu product. If I recall, they guaranteed a lot of software updates and upgrades but never delivered... I don't believe jpennito84's post, appears to be a shill.

5. jpennito84

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

No it's not, I did a little crappy unboxing on YouTube Friday. I say crappy because I don't do a lot of them. I have a lot more devices then just the ones I do unboxings for. Just search "BLU Vivo XI+."

8. OneLove123

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I search and can't find anything.

15. yalokiy

Posts: 1101; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

really? I found it in first try :https://ibb.co/nj0JL9

17. OneLove123

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I tried and it's not coming up.

18. OneLove123

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Got it, I had to type the whole thing in

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I had a BLU Pure XL and a BLU Studio Energy and had a great experience on both. My Pure XL was a beast, the specs on that were the best BLU phone ever released up until the VIVO 11+. Not thrilled because my phone just stopped charging though. But I'll give them another chance. I think I'm going to buy a Vivo 11+ and give it a run as my primary phone for a little while.

16. yalokiy

Posts: 1101; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

My friend had BLU Life Play, a device from 2013 and it worked for him for about 2 years without any issues. It was even receiving android updates. Then he just sold it, still, fully working.

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

That price is ok. You can get the pocophone f1 for that price.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

What is the battery size?

22. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

3050 mAh fixed. I dunno, that battery size is pretty small for a BLU phone so I'm wary on the battery life. But I'm going to give it a shot anyway.

6. ZombieHunter

Posts: 268; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

What phones do not utilize the full area around the notch? They all do, hence.... the notch... The whole reason for the notch is to use the sides.... My Oneplus 6 does, and so do the rest with the notch.

9. jpennito84

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

What I mean by that is, besides stretching the screen, the notch a lot of times only needs to be the size of the Essential's because they're only hosting the selfie cam, the proximity sensor, and the front facing flash. The notch doesn't have to be as wide as it is on most of these phones, hence the return of the "waterdrop" notch. The width that these are, if they're actually utilizing the space, would feature actual IR/Iris hardware for more secure facial recognition like the iPhone X.

11. jpennito84

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

The OnePlus 6T will have a much smaller notch because the regular 6, which I had, didn't utilize the entire space. I'm a fan of the notch and stretched screens, don't get me wrong.

7. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'm sure the face unlock is completely secure, and cannot be defeated by a photo of the owner.

10. gamehead unregistered

Last blu phone i had kinda bricked on me and this one has a notch...

13. urbanrunner

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 07, 2017

i'd like to see the facial unlock work, as well as work for more than just unlocking the phone. I watched the youtube unboxing. looks like a nice phone, but i would like to see the facial unlock in action plus see the performance/UI on it. In the past, BLU's UI was terrible. That said, the price is right, cameras any good? never seen a blu phone with good lens!

14. urbanrunner

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 07, 2017

Also in the video, you state the phone is running the p20 chipset as you point to the specs stating p60. The p60, while a decent chip, is meant for midrange phones. Only advantage is the added AI features built in.

20. Sparkxster

Posts: 1245; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Blu putting out something good possibly? I'm very surprised! P60 chip is decent but they should have went for the snapdragon 710 or 670 but everything else is looking solid. If Blu gives good updates and support it will be a good change that will gain them more customers.

23. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I love how Phone Arena almost treats BLU phones as second class citizens. It takes forever for them to put BLU phones up on the specs list page, or when they do it doesn't show up on the New Phones list. I think the same thing happened on BLU's last flagship phone the VIVO X.

24. 21Buzzards

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 04, 2018

I bought this Sep 1st and have been putting it through it's paces. A lot of great things to say about this phone, but two shortfalls that mean I'll likely return it through Amazon. It doesn't work with Android Auto. There is no short term work around. And the Bluetooth interface with my vehicle is undependable and intermittent. These are basic functions of Android. If it weren't for those things, I'd keep it. It's a good phone with compromises compared to premium phones and it definitely has fantastic storage. If you don't need it for gaming or pristine photography or NFC and are okay with the shortcomings I ran across, it might be for you.

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