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BLU Vivo XL Review

BLU Vivo XL 7.5

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BLU Vivo XL Review

BLU Vivo XL Review
BLU Vivo XL Review
BLU Vivo XL Review
BLU Vivo XL Review
BLU Vivo XL Review
BLU Vivo XL Review

A breakout year for the company, Miami-based BLU left its mark in the mobile space throughout 2015, but 'it's wasting no time in directing its momentum. In fact, it announced not one, but two new affordably priced smartphones that don't sacrifice in style during CES 2016.

We're checking out the cheaper of the two, the BLU Vivo XL, which chimes in with a devilishly hard-to-resist starting price of $149.00. Visually appealing from head-to-toe, it's undeniably fabulous that its design is a central focus, but let's cross our fingers that other aspects of the phone aren't compromised.

The package contains:

  • BLU Vivo XL
  • Wall Charger
  • USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable
  • Stereo headphones
  • Silicone case
  • Screen protector
  • User guide


If this is what we can expect from a sub-$150 phone, we have higher expectations from the competition.

BLU doesn't disappoint with the Vivo XL, thanks in part to balancing the combination of having a slick design, svelte construction (0.3in/7.5mm), and lightweight figure (5.4oz/152 g). Honestly, it's almost unfathomable to believe 'everything has been crammed in such a thin, compact body.

What draws us in the most to the phone's design is the mirrored finish of its rear casing. It's highly reflective and makes for a great mirror for those quick peeks of yourself, while a stitching pattern accentuates the Vivo XL's premium-esque looks. Specifically, BLU refers to the finish as liquid metal, but in reality, it's far from metal – more like a glossy plastic coating that covers everything.

Even though it seems like BLU emphasizes on design above everything else, there's still utility in mind – evident in the fact that the phone features a removable battery, dual-SIM slots, and a microSD slot. What's most striking, though, is that a USB Type-C 2.0 port is present on the Vivo XL, ensuring that it's up to snuff with the times.

6.11 x 3.02 x 0.3 inches
155.3 x 76.7 x 7.5 mm
5.36 oz (152 g)


Motorola Moto G (2015)
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.48 inches
142 x 72.4 x 12.2 mm
5.47 oz (155 g)

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Honor 5X
5.96 x 3 x 0.32 inches
151.3 x 76.3 x 8.15 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)

Honor 5X

OnePlus X
5.51 x 2.72 x 0.27 inches
140 x 69 x 6.9 mm
4.87 oz (138 g)

OnePlus X

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

BLU Vivo XL Review


It's a throwback to the AMOLED screens of yesterday; super saturation and a weak brightness output.

In complementing its dazzling aesthetics, the 5.5-inch 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 is absolute in garnering attention with its iridescent glow, over-saturated colors, wide viewing angles, and the typical deep black that AMOLED screens are known for producing. This, from what we can gather, embodies all of the typical characteristics of the technology.

While Samsung has perfected the technology, the one used by BLU here harkens back to the AMOLED screens of old. For example, it washes out and fades under direct sun due to its feeble peak luminance of 289 nits. And other qualities about it indicate an inferior screen here, like its colder ~8000K color temperature and over-saturated, unrealistic color reproduction. You know it's representative of AMOLED technology of the past, due to the amount of saturation produced by it – such as in how yellows appear greenish and teal leans on the bluish side.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
BLU Vivo XL 289
Motorola Moto G (2015) 449
Honor 5X 585
OnePlus X 298
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posted on 29 Jan 2016, 07:13 5

1. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3359; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

7.5/10 That's very generous of you PA.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:51 1

8. Coconut00 (Posts: 485; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)

It's like an 11 for them.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 17:40 1

14. Jango (Posts: 337; Member since: 24 Oct 2014)

How does this phone get 7.5?

-terrible camera
-weeeaaak display
-laughable graphical prowess

Higher than the Z5
Higher than the V10
Lumia 950s
BB Priv

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 19:52 1

15. Coconut00 (Posts: 485; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)

I said that because PA lately has been giving super low scores on their reviews. Not saying anything about the phone itself.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 03:15

17. Jango (Posts: 337; Member since: 24 Oct 2014)

Exactly right. Then this Blu phone get more than the Z5 and the V10? LMAO.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 07:25 2

2. Wiencon (Posts: 2017; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)

I thought this phone has been already reviewed like 3 times now :P

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 07:59 1

3. Jorgemerino97 (Posts: 68; Member since: 05 Apr 2014)

So, for PA... Blu vivo XL is better than Xperia Z5?

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 08:32 8

5. pooma (Posts: 60; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)

seriously dude?? BLU Vivo XL is wayyy cheaper than z5,

cost/product worth analysis

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 16:07 2

12. SenorThrottles (Posts: 284; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)

You can't compare the scores given to a budge phone with one given to a flagship phone

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 08:28 2

4. pooma (Posts: 60; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)

nice job P.A ...is there any idiot who wants to say 7.5 is new 9

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 08:46 1

6. Acdc1a (Posts: 358; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)

With words like unacceptable and lackluster littered throughout the review I'm surprised that this phone got a 7.5

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 11:54

11. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3359; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

My thoughts exactly, I think 7.5 is a pretty generous score when you consider the stuff they were saying.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:07 1

7. elimartinez7 (Posts: 22; Member since: 16 Apr 2015)

its only $99 till 1/31 on best buy's website, check out blu's website, just bought me one

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:01 1

9. Ghost04 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 May 2014)

It's probably a great phone .
It got higher marks then LG V10, Huawei Mate 8 , Xperia Z5 .

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 10:28 2

10. ibend (Posts: 6610; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

dear PA, if you decide to give some bad score to some phone, please give recommendation for better smartphone with the same PRICE RANGE and shortly explain why its better...
with that it will make your scoring system more legit, tq (and of course you should recommend phone with better score within same price range)

or just get rid of that scoring system, since its so useless this way

or at least, mention one phone around $150, that get higher than 9/10 and obviously better than this one

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 15:43

13. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)

PA please fix the flaws on the phone at the specs, it says it has NO flash, when it does.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 00:23 1

16. bobby2803 (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)

Wow did JV get laid before reviewing this phone. He gave 0.5 more than his favourite numerical.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 09:33

18. sebstin (Posts: 143; Member since: 03 Dec 2015)

Why still phones are being released with Android 5.X. Why not 6.x in 2016?.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 20:33

19. geoffphuket (Posts: 50; Member since: 08 Feb 2016)

Or you could spend considerably less on an Umi 'Rome', and get 3GB RAM, Sony cameras and the same AMOLED screen. :-)

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OS: Android 5.1
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Display5.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (267 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera13 megapixels
MediaTek, Octa-core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size6.11 x 3.02 x 0.30 inches
(155.3 x 76.7 x 7.5 mm)
5.36 oz  (152 g)
Battery3150 mAh, 16 hours talk time

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