Blu has been in the smartphone game for a while and although they are hardly a household name, Blu has put out quite a few quality budget phones. Like anyone trying to keep tight controls on their margins, Blu phones typically cut down on things like storage, LTE radios, and screen quality. Builds have been unapologetically plastic but have felt good in the hand and were OK on the eyes for the most part. Their newest phone, the Life ONE X mostly continues that trend but for the price seemingly cuts less corners than usual to deliver an even better value.
First, lets get to the pricing. The Life ONE X actually costs $149 but buying one today saves you $50, making the whole thing cost only $99. That “whole thing” also includes a screen protector, a leather case and not-terrible headphones. Not shabby at all for under a hundred bucks.
Of course the phone is what really matters so let’s take a closer look at what you get.
Phone: Life ONE X – Unlocked Dual SIM smartphone
- Dimensions: 5.89 inches, 0.3 inches, 2.9 inches
- Weight: 4.8 ounces
- OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
- Screen: 5.2″ full HD display with Corning Gorilla glass 3
- Processor: 1.3 GHz Octa-Core Mediatek 6753 with MALI T720 GPU
- Memory 2GB RAM
- Battery: 2900 mAh
- Storage: 16GB Internal memory, expandable SD up to 64GB
- Camera: 13MP Main Camera with Phase Detection Autofocus and 5MP Front Camera with LED flash
- Radios: 4G LTE, (2/4/7/12/17), 4G HSPA+ (850/1700/1900/2100). GSM Quad band: US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Straight Talk, Pure Talk USA, and others.
Nothing here screams top-of-the-line but that includes the low price. The octa-core chip and 2GB RAM will be able to handle just about any modern app and game and they should look just fine on that 1080p, 5.2 inch, Gorilla Glass 3 covered screen. The cameras will undoubtedly be less than great but should suffice for Instagrammed lattes and avocado brunches. Early reviews also peg the speaker to be somewhat quiet and disappointing. However the 2900 mAh battery, although sealed, reportedly gets you thorough the day and more without any issues. And the fact that the phone launches with an older version of Android shouldn’t scare you off either since Blu has promised an upgrade to 6.0 Marshmallow around Q1, 2016 (I wouldn’t expect too many updates after that though). The things Blu left out are hardly deal breakers. Your $99 will not be getting you NFC or a fingerprint sensor. But it will include a Dual-Sim set up, which is an important feature to plenty of folks.
If you can overlook the small exceptions and mid level specs throughout, you are left with one hell of a deal for decent piece of hardware from an established, albeit smaller manufacturer.
Just a reminder, the $99 deal is only good for today, December 12th, afterwards the phone will be available for a still-value-packed $149.
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Last Updated on November 27, 2018.