Introduction


CES 2015 has come and gone, resulting in a decent number of announcements regarding smartphones – with some more prominent devices like the LG G Flex 2, Samsung Galaxy A5, and Asus ZenFone 2 being unveiled at the show. One company in particular, BLU Products, piqued our interest when they announced a total of 7 brand new smartphones at CES. Among them, the BLU Vivo Air stands out primarily for its super svelte profile of 5.1mm, making it one of the slimmest smartphones. For many, it’s a name that not too many consumers might be familiar with, but it's also interesting to note that it's actually a rebranded Gionee Elife S5.1 – a smartphone that was recently recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s thinnest smartphone.

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Design

Lightweight and incredibly skinny, there’s also a premium quality attached to its construction that makes it a joy to hold.

No doubt, we’re utterly blown away by the BLU Vivo Air’s incredibly thin construction of 5.1mm! It’s super skinny and lightweight, but unlike other smartphones that claim to have svelte constructions, the BLU Vivo Air’s profile is uniform – meaning, it’s flat straight through with no camera lens sticking out or one side of the phone being thinner/thicker than the rest.

At the same time, it’s not fragile because its plastic body is reinforced by the high quality aluminum magnesium alloy bezel around its trim, and Gorilla Glass 3 that completely covers both the front and back of the phone. Taking into account its low outright cost, we’re absolutely astounded by the premium quality that accompanies the phone.

Even though its design language will draw many comparisons to another beloved smartphone (think iPhone 6), it’s pretty nice to know that the Vivo Air is uniformly flush all around – the only things to stick out from its body are the power button and volume controls on its sides. Our particular model sports a white casing accented by the gold trim bezel, but they also offer it in black with a silver trim.

Looking around the sides of the phone, it also features a 3.5mm headset jack, microphone, microUSB 2.0 port, and microSIM slot. Rounding things out, we find its earpiece, light & proximity sensors, capacitive Android buttons, and 5-megapixel camera around its front side – while the rear is home to its speaker grill and 8-megapixel camera with LED flash.


BLU Vivo Air

BLU Vivo Air

Dimensions

5.5 x 2.65 x 0.2 inches

139.8 x 67.4 x 5.1 mm

Weight

3.42 oz (97 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Dimensions

5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches

132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm

Weight

4.06 oz (115 g)

Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon Fire Phone

Dimensions

5.5 x 2.6 x 0.35 inches

140 x 66 x 9 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

BLU Vivo Air

BLU Vivo Air

Dimensions

5.5 x 2.65 x 0.2 inches

139.8 x 67.4 x 5.1 mm

Weight

3.42 oz (97 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Dimensions

5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches

132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm

Weight

4.06 oz (115 g)

Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon Fire Phone

Dimensions

5.5 x 2.6 x 0.35 inches

140 x 66 x 9 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

Talk about over-saturated colors! The display stays true to all of the qualities we expect from AMOLED technology.

The compact feel of the BLU Vivo Air is attributed to its 4.8-inch 720 x 1280 (720p) Super AMOLED display, which dishes up a respectable screen-to-body-ratio of 67.55%. Clearly, the specs aren’t anything to write home about, but we find it more than effective enough to deliver sharp enough details.

Being AMOLED and all, it exhibits all of the qualities we find with the technology – like its over-saturated colors, wide viewing angles, and that true deep black color. Naturally, the screen glows in a vibrant manner, but it’s quite noticeable that the colors are far from being the most accurate. In addition, its maximum brightness output of 243 nits makes it unusable under direct sunlight – that’s unless it’s shielded, of course.



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12 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, this is the rebranded Gionee Elife S5.1. Nice phone.

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 27, 2011

True, also known as the Allview X2 Soul Mini in eastern Europe.

3. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Romania.

11. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Or Kazam Tornado 348.

4. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

"For most of us here in the US, we’ve been spoiled by 4G LTE connectivity in our smartphones – so for some folks, it’ll be a test in patience with its HSPA+ connection. " Oh, the hyperbole...

5. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

I may give it a look when the Lollipop update actually is released. Blu has a history of promising updates that never happen.

6. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

Not a bad phone for the price...it's got some flaws, but it's definitely another option for me when my time comes (soon, hopefully) to have the means to swap out my Atrix HD. It's been a nice run, but it's time to move on.

7. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

why couldn't they spend $5 or $10 more for the better SOC. I will buy it but not with this performance

8. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

the biggest downfall of this device for me is the limited non expandable storage, 16gb like seriously blu. put in a damn micro sd card slot if you want to make the device cheap

10. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Fantastic price to performance ratio

12. tala9999

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 31, 2015

Blu Vivo Air - This phone has flawed design and got many complaints about its screen which is very easy to be broken with a slight drop or when being put in the pocket. BLU may have spent a lot of money to promote and advertise this product in internet but they cannot hide this fact. Search in internet for this issue and you will be surprised with number of customers reporting the cracked screens just after few months using it. BLU will ask you to pay $125 to replace the screen. This is two-thirds value of a brand-new phone ($180). You cannot find any other shops to fix this with a lower cost.

13. reiquaza268

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 07, 2015

When is lollipop gonna be available for the vivo air???
Vivo Air
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(12h 3G talk time)

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