BLU Life series

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  1. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Anyone at all interested in any of these? Unlocked, running Android 4.2 (more up to date than the HTC One; shame on HTC!), and all under or equal to Nexus 4 in price. Specs below.

    http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/15/blu-life-series-smartphones/


    BLU Life Play


    $229

    The smallest of the bunch is the BLU Life Play, as it sports a 4.7-inch display. More of the phone’s specs below:

    Quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek MT6589 CPU
    PowerVR Series 5XT GPU
    4.7-inch HD IPS display with One-Glass-Solution technology
    1GB RAM
    4GB internal storage with microSD support
    8MP main camera with LED flash and 2MP front cam
    HSPA – Dual-SIM, Dual Active
    1,800mAh battery
    Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
    134 x 68 x 7.9 mm


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    BLU Life One


    $299

    Next is the BLU Life One, which comes in an aluminum shell and boasts a 5-inch display with Gorilla Glass 2. Here’s more of its specs:

    Quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek MT6589 CPU
    PowerVR Series 5XT GPU
    5-inch HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 2
    1GB RAM
    16GB internal storage with microSD support
    13MP main camera with LED flash and 5MP front cam
    HSPA – Dual-SIM, Dual Active
    2,000mAh battery
    Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
    144 x 73 x 8.9 mm

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    BLU Life View


    $299

    If you live by the mantra “the bigger the better”, the BLU Life View won’t disappoint with its 5.7-inch screen. At only 8.9 mm, the View is pretty thin as well considering its monstrous display. Fest your eyes on the View’s specs:

    Quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek MT6589 CPU
    PowerVR Series 5XT GPU
    5.7-inch HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 2
    1GB RAM
    16GB internal storage with microSD support
    12MP main camera with LED flash and 5MP front cam
    HSPA – Dual-SIM, Dual Active
    2,600mAh battery
    Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
    161 x 82 x 8.9 mm

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  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Yeah, but wouldn't trust international warranty services, and the mediatek processor isn't the greatest.
     
  3. akuma13 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm interested in these phone solely for my parents. I like that they are inexpensive, unlocked and some come with dual sim support (my parents live abroad).
     
  4. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    Not at the moment. Not until they have some sort of test run and ill let someone else do that, lol. Seems the battery's on all of them are a bit undersized as well.
     
  5. onthecouchagain thread starter macrumors 604

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    I had similar thoughts too. Can you post some impressions if you end up getting them?
     
  6. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    Who or where are those made and are they even available in the US?
     
  7. onthecouchagain thread starter macrumors 604

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    BLU is apparently a US company. They'll be sold in the US unlocked through retailers like Amazon (who have a great return policy).

    That's all I know about them, though.
     
  8. blairh macrumors 68030

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    Don't you guys read the Verge? They did a small feature about Blu recently.

    There offerings to date have been for the budget smartphone market however it looks like their upcoming products aim for a more premium line. (See also their upcoming Quattro line.) I'm seriously considering the BLU Life View. If I don't like it I'll send it back and get the G Pro if and when it comes to AT&T in Q2. I am more than ready for an IPS phablet.
     
  9. onthecouchagain thread starter macrumors 604

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    Do post impressions!

    I really like that they use capacitive touch buttons and put the home capacitive button center. Neither HTC nor Samsung could get that right ;)
     
  10. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    Hmm, well, i will keep on eye out for the specs when they are released on Amazon. Dont care for teh 5.7" screen but the 5" i would. I assume no microSD slot as well.
     
  11. TheHateMachine macrumors 6502a

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    So so resolution, sub par battery (We all know how inefficient Android is), Mediatek SOC and supposedly BLU is really terrible about updates and seem to lack support in the dev community... nice pricing though and kudos on metal. Would personally pass.
     
  12. 3bs macrumors 603

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    I wonder how you'll open up the recent apps though? Press and hold the home button maybe.

    I don't get why the 5.7" model only has a 2600 mAh batter! :confused:

    Edit: It seems that it is thinner than the Note 2 for example (8.9mm vs 9.4mm) but I still think most people would prefer a bigger battery.
     
  13. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    Yeah they look cool but the batteries seem to be undersized and only 1 GB of RAM.
     
  14. blairh macrumors 68030

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    It does have a SD slot. 258 ppi is fine. My concern is the chipset (MTK MT6589) and the RAM (1GB). Still worth a shot for $299 until the G Pro comes to the North American market.

    I'll most likely wait for the G Pro but if the Life View is available soon I'll get it just to try it out.
     
  15. Peterg2 macrumors 6502a

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    As long as you guys know, Blu is like Micromax, a major "distributor" of cell phones in India. The latter is bigger than Blu and was started just a few years ago by 4 Indian entrepreneurs.

    Neither company designs anything. They simply go to the same Chinese manufacturer and have their brand names stuck on the phone with case colour differences and a change of wallpaper. This is why they are able to release phones with JB so relatively early on.

    Warranty, QC etc I would have major concerns about. Just read about the fuming Indian buyers of Micromax. Micromax is expanding into many regions.
     
  16. datagrab macrumors newbie

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    I'm planning on buying BLU life View on release. Anyone here who can tell me what site I can buy this awesome phone? I really couldn't care less about the warranty considering the price.
     
  17. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    The life one looks interesting but I'd rather buy a white nexus 4
     

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