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BLU has just announced seven new low-cost Android handsets at CES 2015
There are a few device manufacturers that really take the words ‘budget-friendly’ and run with it. BLU Products is one of those device makers, and they’ve basically built their entire business model around it. Not only do they (usually) produce quality devices, but they’re constantly churning them out. Just last week, the company announced three new affordable LTE devices. That’s nothing compared to today, though, as BLU has just announced seven new smartphones to be unveiled at CES 2015. While all of the devices are launching with Android 4.4 KitKat, BLU assures us that the devices will get an update to Lollipop in the coming months. There’s a lot to cover here, so let’s jump right in.
BLU Life One (2nd Generation) & Life One XL
The BLU Life One (2nd Gen. – pictured above) and Life One XL come toting 5.0-inch and 5.5-inch 720p displays, respectively. They both are running on a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor with 1GB of RAM, and also come with only 8GB of on-board storage. To soften the blow, each device has a slot for microSD expansion up to 64GB. Both of these 4G-capable devices also have 13MP rear-facing cameras, 5MP front-facing cameras, and are both available in Sandstone Gray, Ceramic White, Blue and Gold. The Life One (2nd Gen.) has a 2420mAh battery, while the Life One XL comes with a 2820mAh battery. These devices will go on sale at the end of March on Amazon in dual-SIM unlocked variants for $179.00 and $199.00, respectively.
BLU vivo Air
Next we have the vivo Air, the thinnest of the bunch. Coming in at only 5.1mm and weighing sub 100g, this is one of the thinnest and lightest handsets available on the market. This one has all-around decent specifications, coming in with a 4.8-inch 720p screen, 8MP rear cam, 5MP front cam, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 2100mAh battery. The device will be available in mid-January in White-Gold or Black-Gun Metal variants, and will cost $199.00.
BLU Studio Energy
Next up is the Studio Energy, the beefiest out of all of the announced devices. It has a 5-inch 720p screen, a 8MP rear-facing shooter, 2MP front-facing shooter, a 5000mAh battery, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot with expansion up to 64GB. This is definitely a device you should consider if you’re looking for a low-cost option that will never run out of juice. The Studio Energy handset will be available in mid-January on Amazon in Ceramic White, Sandstone Gray, Blue and Gold, and will cost only $179.00.
BLU Studio X & Studio X Plus
If you’re looking to save some money on your next handset, take a look at the Studio X or Studio X Plus. These devices come with 5.0-inch and 5.5-inch 720p screens, respectively, and both have 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6582 processors, 8MP rear cams, 2Mp front cams, 1Gb of RAM and will be available in Black, White, Blue, Pink or Gold. The Studio X has a 2100mAh battery, and will launch in mid-January for $129.00. The Studio X Plus has a 2600mAh battery, and will be available at the same time for $149.00.
BLU Studio G
The BLU Studio G is the cheapest of the bunch, while also offering the lowest-end specs out of them all. It has a 5.0-inch screen with a 480 x 854 resolution, a 5MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 512MB of RAM, and only 4GB on on-board storage with microSD expansion up to 64GB. It also has a 2000mAh battery and will be available in Black, White, Blue, Pink or Gold. This device will also launch sometime in January on Amazon for only $89.00 off-contract.
[press]BLU Products Debuts New Smartphones at 2015 International CES in Las Vegas
MIAMI, Jan. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — BLU Products, the market leader in unlocked devices in the United States, introduced new smartphone devices at International CES in Las Vegas, January 6-9, 2015. BLU Products will be showcasing their latest smartphones, located at Central Plaza, Exhibit # CP7.
“BLU is dedicated to delivering choices to the consumer, driven by the demand for great looking smartphones that can do amazing things, priced for everyone,” said Samuel Ohev-Zion, CEO of BLU Products. “With our new device launches customers will see our unrelenting focus on improving design, quality and user experience in addition to continuously driving down pricing.”
The VIVO Air is the fifth generation of the BLU VIVO series featuring Super AMOLED display technology, featuring remarkable advancements in technology and design, resulting in the thinnest (5.1mm) and lightest (sub 100g) smartphone device available in the Americas. Built out of one solid block of aluminum magnesium alloy using the latest CNC and antenna technologies, then covered with a Corning Gorilla glass 3 shell on both the front and back for improved damage resistance. The result is a remarkably premium and beautiful device with a lasting first impression and unique feel in hand.
The vivo Air is powered by a MediaTek MT6592 chipset, which translates into an Octa-Core Cortex-A7 processor at 1.7GHz, Mali-450MP4 GPU and 1GB of RAM resulting in an AnTuTu score of over 30,000. Images come to life with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 306ppi, resulting in an extremely vivid and bright display, coupled with an 8.0 mega pixel main camera plus 5 mega pixel front facing camera.
The vivo Air will be available in White-Gold or Black-Gun Metal, and will go on sale Mid-January at Amazon.com and other retailers unlocked for $199.00
Learn more: http://www.bluproducts.com/index.php/Vivo-air
The Studio Energy is the latest device in BLU’s Studio series delivering premium build quality, with a focus on user experience, using advancements in technology to pack a super 5000 mAh battery, while still maintaining a 10mm design. The Studio Energy is the perfect solution for users suffering from the low battery performance on standard smartphones. The Studio Energy delivers up to 4 days of battery life with standard usage, including an industry leading up to 52 hours of talk time and 45 days of standby time. Along with the powerful battery the Studio Energy also supports Reverse Charge to enable consumers to use their smartphone as a power bank to charge other devices.
Built inside the Studio Energy is a 5.0-inch HD display with 294ppi, utilizing full lamination, IPS, and OGS technologies with an incredible color reproduction, brightness and quality for a perfect viewing experience. Dual Cameras include an 8.0 mega pixel main camera plus 2 mega pixel front facing camera. The Studio Energy’s memory configuration includes 8GB built in storage plus 1GB RAM, with an expandable Micro SD slot of up to 64GB. Additional features include Dual SIM Dual Active technology for multiple SIM card support.
The Studio Energy will be available in Black, White and Gold colors, and will go on sale End-January at Amazon.com and other retailers unlocked with dual sim support for $179.00
Learn more: http://www.bluproducts.com/index.php/studio-energy
Life One Series
The creation of the second generation Life One began with the inception of element and material. Referencing the natural beauty of the elements around us, sandstone and metal were the inspirations for the design texture and feeling. Ergonomically inclined, yet attention to the feeling in hand, the design of the new Life One is a balance of nature and technology.
Aside from the texture and material the next characteristic that is noticed will be the form factor with an amazingly thin body that houses an 4G-LTE enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, the intuitively placed buttons are made with beautiful anodized aluminum to match the sleek design of the side metal decor, made from aluminum, using CNC technology and treated to achieve the most aesthetic appeal. The result is a thousand tiny details that add up to something big in the second generation of the BLU Life One, totally redesigned and better in every way than before.
The second generation Life One has improved in every way when it comes to design and performance. Powered by a Qualcomm 64-Bit 1.2GHz Quad-core Processor designed to provide blazing 4G-LTE speeds, high performance capability, and long lasting battery efficiency. There is also improved performance and quality on cameras, including faster autofocus and clearer images, with a front facing 5.0 mega pixel front camera, and 13 mega pixel autofocus on the back, with 8GB expandable memory and 1GB RAM.
Display Options include a brighter than before 5-inch HD display for the New Life One, and a 5.5-inch option on the Life One XL, both protected by Corning Gorilla 3 glass, with the latest Android Lollipop 5.0 OS. There is no doubt the user experience in the second generation Life One has been totally upgraded.
The New Life One will be available in Black, White, Blue and Gold colors, and will go on sale End-March at Amazon.com and other retailers unlocked with dual sim support at $179.00 for the 5.0-inch Life One, and $199.00 for the 5.5-inch Life One XL.
Learn more: http://www.bluproducts.com/index.php/life-one-life-one-xl
Studio X and Studio X Plus
The Studio X Series comes with a promise that smartphones don’t always have to come with high prices and the belief that people shouldn’t have to compromise on quality, design or experience. With bright and large screens, great cameras, and fast processing, available in 5 trendy and gorgeous colors, the Studio X Series gives you freedom of choice – exceptionally priced.
Powered by a fast Quad-Core 1.3GHz processor, achieving 4G HSPA+ speeds nationwide on any GSM Network in the United States, with multiple band support. Both devices focus on incredible camera and display performance you have to see to believe, in addition to exceptional design, utilizing a minimalistic and stunning form with natural curves and smaller bezel and frame, all never available before at this price point.
The Studio X series feature amazingly bright and vivid HD displays with IPS, and Full Lamination Technologies either in 5.0-inch for the Studio X or a 5.5-inch option for the larger Studio X Plus. Capture remarkable photos and videos with an advanced performance 8.0 Mega Pixel autofocus rear camera, including LED Flash, and Full HD 1080p recording, in addition to a 2.0 mega pixel front facing camera, 1GB RAM, and 8G expandable memory up to 64GB, in addition to Android Lollipop 5.0 OS.
The Studio X series will be available in Black, White, Blue, Pink and Gold colors, and will go on sale End-January at Amazon.com and other retailers unlocked with dual sim support at $129.00 for the 5.0-inch Studio X, and $149.00 for the 5.5-inch Studio X Plus.
Learn more: http://www.bluproducts.com/index.php/studio-x
The BLU STUDIO G focuses on ultimate value with a remarkably incredible user experience for the price point. Featuring a large and brilliant 200ppi 5.0-inch display with IPS for clearer and brighter images displayed from all viewing angles, the BLU Studio G maximizes on the best viewing experience ever in its class. Powered by a 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor and 5.0 Mega Pixel autofocus camera with a frontal camera for selfies, the Studio G provides 4G HSPA+ speeds across all GSM networks in the US, along with support for the latest Android Lollipop 5.0 OS.
The Studio G will be available in Black, White, Blue, Pink and Gold colors, and will go on sale End-January at Amazon.com and other retailers unlocked with dual sim support at $89.00.
Learn more: http://www.bluproducts.com/index.php/studio-g[/press]