Blu refreshes its ‘Life’ product line with 4 new phones, 1 new tablet

by: Shawn IngramJanuary 8, 2014


On Tuesday Blu Products announced a slew of new devices in its Blu Life line for budget-conscious users looking for off-contract phones.

The new top-of-the-line for the Blu Life line is the Life One X, a 5-inch smartphone with a 1080p LCD display from Sharp. Inside it has a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, dual SIM slots, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 13MP rear-facing camera.

Like the Blu Life View before it, the Life One X has an all aluminum body that comes in either White or Steel Blue. The Blu Life One X comes with either 16GB of storage for $269 or 32GB for $299. There are options for different GSM bands, but unfortunately the phone, like all the new Blue devices, doesn’t support LTE.

The Blu Life One M is very similar to the Life One X with the same processor and front-facing camera in a very similar aluminum body that comes in White and Steel Blue. To keep costs down the Life One M uses a 5-inch 720p IPS display, 1GB of RAM, and a 12MP rear-facing camera. Instead of storage options, the Life One M has just one 4GB model that costs $199 with a microSD card slot for expanded storage.

Blu also upgraded its Life Play smartphone with the new Life Play X and Life Play S. Both phones have a 4.7-inch 720p display, but have very different specs.

The Life Play X uses a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 5MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing camera, and 1GB of RAM. The $219 smartphone comes with 16GB of storage with a microSD card slot for expanding the storage.

The Life Play S has a slightly slower quad-core 1.3GHz processor, the same cameras as the Life Play X, and the same 1GB of RAM. The phone costs $199, and only comes with 4GB of storage with a microSD card slot.

Last but not least, Blu announced a new tablet alongside the four new handsets. The new Blu Life View Tab is an 8-inch tablet with a 768×1024 display. The tablet uses a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 5MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing camera, and 16GB of storage. Like the Life One X, the Life View Tab comes in Steel Blue and White and two different GSM models.

All of the new devices from Blu run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, but Blue promises that upgrades to Android 4.4 KitKat are on the way soon.

What do you think of Blu’s latest lineup, interested in any of their products or would you rather go with a better-known budget device like the Moto G?

  • Jack Jennings

    Another ‘One X’ ?? Are they serious?

    • MasterMuffin

      I can’t believe how coming up with names is so hard

    • Andrew Grush

      Hey now, the name is “Life One X”— that’s totally different. ;) lol

  • CPVideoMaker101

    I’m fine with my Goophone i5c. $130 Dual core phone with 512mb RAM JB 4.2.2

    • Jack Jennings

      Good for you. Advertise somewhere else.

      • I noticed this was a bad comment after a whille. thanks for the feedback though. I’m not a bot XD

        • Jack Jennings

          Ah, fair enough. I’ll calm it.

  • vamsi

    as like micromax turbo and magnus who is copying who’s product

    • Tuấn Ankh

      No one. Both of them are the exact same phone made and designed by some Chinese manufacturer with with usual cheap-chinese-stuff quality. They design only the logo on the phone. BLU team doesn’t even know what the product is like until the first batch is shipped to BLU (Yes, I’m serious).

  • Elise Wolski

    I Just ordered a Blu Life Play and I hope the older products will update to KitKat as well.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      Once you get your hands on the phone, don’t update to the new OTA V13 generic. That has caused issues for quite a few people. I mean you can, but I don’t recommend it at all.

      • Elise Wolski

        Okay, thanks for the warning.

  • Vedran Mušica

    It’s nice that one has 1.2 GHz processor, other 1.5 GHz…. pure numbers doesn’t give performance info. Is it Cortex-A7, Cortex-A9, or weak Cortex-A5 processor? That is important info… Pure GHz doesn’t mean much… OK, number of cores is important, but in pair with processor architecture…

    • Sinan çağrı Kurt

      they use only armv7 architecture(mediatek mt6589t and other mediatek SoC All Armv7 architech) to Sum up it isnt snapdragon 800 but CPU’s are decent.

      • Vedran Mušica

        Sinan, I agree, ARMv7 is decent CPU type, not a speed record breaker, but it works quite well. If user isn’t hardcore gamer, or it doesn’t use too much apps at the same time (15+), this CPU type works good enough.
        My post is just to point on a missing info, not to troll article or BLU phones…
        Anyways, thanks for info Sinan, it seems to me that BLU is phone for me (if I could find one in this God forsaken country :-) ).

  • IronHeart

    You can expect Micromax phone with same specs in India.

  • [A]dri[A]n

    Can’t wait to get my Life Pure tomorrow :)

  • jose

    I have recently purchased a blu life one.the life one is super fast.
    And the quad core mediatek processor works perfectly. I most likely will upgrade to the all new
    ONE X in a few months.

  • Vera Noza

    Where can i buy the life one m i cant find it anywhere please help

  • bigsexy 916

    Was just wondering what blu phone is the most like the galaxy note 3