BLU Vivo XI+ goes officially official with 3D facial recognition, notch, Android Pie promise

BLU Vivo XI+ goes officially official with 3D facial recognition, notch, Android Pie promise
BLU Products, one of the most controversial smartphone vendors around, which managed to quickly build a reputation for selling unusually powerful and good-looking unlocked devices at unbeatable prices, is revising its strategy to focus more on product quality, software updates, and support.

The first handset released by the “New BLU” runs Android 8.1 Oreo out the box, spyware hopefully not included, with a solemn promise of an official over-the-air 9.0 Pie update rolling out by “the end of Q1 2019.”

As long as that doesn’t end up bricking the Vivo XI+ (pronounced Eleven Plus), it’s definitely a key selling point and distinguishing feature for a phone fetching just $249.99 for a limited time.

That’s right, while the BLU Vivo XI+ was prematurely listed on Amazon at $349.99, “lucky customers who are first in line” following today’s formal announcement can score a sweet $100 discount.

The introductory markdown truly makes this 6.2-incher impossible to ignore, what with a trendy extra-wide 2246 x 1080 “notched” screen in tow, as well as a snappy and energy-efficient octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor, and a whopping 6GB RAM paired with 128GB expandable internal storage.


The BLU Vivo XI+ is obviously not without bezels, but the 82 percent screen-to-body ratio advertised by its vendor easily beats most other devices in this frugal price bracket. There’s an almost obligatory rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, as well as 3D facial recognition technology.

Yup, you read that right, this is the very first Android phone officially launched in North America with iPhone X-rivaling “Real 3D Face ID” capabilities boasting a “built-in A.I. powered Infrared Face Recognition Sensor” with support for “live 3D Scanning, Infrared Detection, and Anti-Hack protection.”

That’s a lot of buzzwords crammed together into an already remarkable spec sheet for BLU’s 11th flagship Vivo series generation, but before we get a chance to examine the real-life convenience of this 3D facial scanning system, we have to admit that “Anti-Hack protection” feature sounds pretty sweet. There’s allegedly no tricking the biometric recognition mechanism of the Vivo XI+, be it with photos, masks, or even wax sculptures.

The AI-enhanced 16 + 5MP dual rear-facing cameras and 16MP selfie shooter also sound great for $250 or even $350, while that 3,050 mAh “super battery” is certainly unimpressive, nonetheless supporting wireless charging functionality for the first time on a BLU handset.


source: Amazon via PR Newswire

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12 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 1099; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I just bought one.

2. redmd

Posts: 1939; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I think the 2018 iPhone will be called iPhone XI and iPhone XI+

3. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

Blu copy name vivo? Lol.

4. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

It’s a product line of theirs from way back. Also why buy this when essential phone is cheaper?

5. baldilocks

Posts: 1516; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Some people would rather have some of the newer tech and a much larger screen.

11. yalokiy

Posts: 1008; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Essential has connectivity issues with wifi/bluetooth/mobile data, touchscreen issues, spontaneous freezes and reboots. I still love the way it looks though.

6. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Notch and chin, typical android style these days..

7. ahmadkun

Posts: 591; Member since: May 02, 2016

Another day.. another iPhone X copy, no shame for failure

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6793; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Never thought fugly would become such a huge trend, but here we are.

12. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Another day.... another person whining about a rectangular phone...

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

But PA didn't write anything about "3D-face scanner" in Vivo XI review, and somehow PA didn't include it's review link in this article.

10. JMartin22

Posts: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

If they HAVE to use the bezeless solution, then they should make the whole display uniform then on the bottom. The process to fold the OLED panel up is more expensive and difficult to do, but the current way that they’re using notches, just looks asymmetrical and awkward as a result. They’re better off just making the top bezel slimmer and keeping that strip for uniformity.

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