May 30 AT 8:06 PM Dima Aryeh 14 Comments

BLU releases two new unlocked devices, the Life 8 and Vivo IV

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BLU Products may not be a big player in the US market – in fact, the company is practically unknown – but with the devices that it’s been releasing lately, we could see the company growing quickly. Today, BLU announced two new devices called the Vivo IV and the Life 8.

The BLU Vivo IV actually has me pretty intrigued. The device comes in at an incredible 5.5mm thick and is made almost entirely out of metal. In fact, 98 percent of its frame is made out of aluminum and glass. It’s milled from a solid block of aluminum too, so you build quality enthusiasts are sure to like it.

Inside is a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.7GHZ octa-core MediaTek MT6592 (a true octa-core) processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front facing camera and a 2,300 mAh battery. For the most part, this screams high-end. And as for the price? The Vivo IV now available unlocked for only $299.

The BLU Life 8 is a little more budget-oriented. It shares the same octa-core processor, but with a 5-inch 720p IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage with a microSD card slot, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, a 2,000 mAh battery, dual-SIM capabilities and a thickness of 7.5mm. It’s now on sale for $199.

It should be noted that both devices have no support for LTE, just HSPA+ 21, which is a big downside for folks in the US. Also, they ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean preinstalled. The good news is that their KitKat updates are promised by the end of June.

These handsets pack some serious specs for the price point, especially the BLU Vivo IV. The lack of LTE is a disappointment, but otherwise, I’d love to give one a shot. If you’re interested in seeing more details about these devices, hit the source link, and tell us what you think of them in the comments!

Source: PR Newswire

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • jamal adam

    Those are definitely some great specs for such an awesome price. However, in regards to the thinness of the phone, I’d personally prefer it to be a little thicker if it meant a bigger battery. Nowadays, LTE is simply a must.

    • fechhelm

      Making it thicker for better lasting battery would be preferred, but LTE isn’t a must for everyone. I regularly get 10-15 Mb/s on my non-LTE Galaxy S3 on T-Mobile. I’ve never needed more than that and I watch MLB.tv live streaming games without a hitch.

  • BlazeHN

    $200 for True Octa Core? Very good stuff.

  • Denise

    You say the Vivo iv is available now for $299. Where can I buy one?

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      It’s supposed to be on Amazon right now, but it isn’t yet for whatever reason. BLU’s site doesn’t have a buy option either. We might have to wait a little while.

    • Jason Lickliter

      I know that best buy carries my blu studio 5 so they might have the new ones as well.

  • UncleRobMac

    I’ve owned two BLU cell phones and used on Cincinnati Bell Wireless and T-Mobile. They work great and operate very well both on data and wifi. I use the Google Now launcher and everything worked fine downloading from Google Play store. Only thing I’d like to have is Bluetooth 4.0 LE for some low power devices. HIGHLY recommend, bought right off Amazon.

  • BLU4ever

    Maybe it was the excitment to announce the two new models, even before they hit the shelves, so far BLU is the company in the mobile phone industry that launched and have the biggest portfolio in the whole world.

    • Broseph Stalin

      I think you forgot about Samsung.

  • scott

    So i’m looking to have a friend in the US bring something like this or the Blu life Pure back to Europe. I am having some trouble figuring out if they will be compatible with 3g frequencies here and else were, anyone have any ideas on this?

  • Daniel Exavier

    I would like to give the blue phone a try…

  • Chuck

    Are there any of your large screen phones equipped with 4g and or 4g lte?

  • Bob

    I hope they improve their option to buy. There are several models where it says buy now and it goes to amazon and best buy and the phone is not there and you ask blu where do I get it and they say sorry we dont sell phones on our site ????? Frustrating!

  • Yaweh. Charlies

    The Blu vivo IV would be a very good phone only if it were that slightly different but from the following I would only go for the cheapest since there are three of these. First, it was the Gionee Elife s5.5 and then the Allview X2 Soul and now the Blu vivo IV. All these phones have the similar specs such as the 1080 display, 16gb flash memory and the 2gb memory, 13mp primary and the 5mp rear cameras, and lastly they all have 1.7Ghz and a 2300mAh battery. Amazingly the designs are perfectly the same. All devices do not have LTE capability, 5 inch screens and a bardesign. There are about three differences according to me, 1. The phones arre manufactured by three different industries, the Gionee and the allview are both 5.6mm thick and the Blu vivo is the slimmest at 5.5mm. Lastsly, Gionee was released in March, and the last two in May this year.