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BLU vivo Go might be the company's best Android Go phone yet (Updated)

Blu's upcoming Android Go phone retails for $90, and includes a few features you won't find on other Android Go devices.

Published onOctober 26, 2018

A look at the front and back of the BLU vivo Go.

Update, October 26 at 12:53 a.m. ET: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the vivo Go is BLU’s first vivo phone. That is incorrect — BLU already has an Android Go phone called the BLU Advance.

We regret the error and have updated the story to reflect the correct information.

Original article, October 26 at 3:37 a.m. ET: Blu is reportedly set to launch the BLU vivo Go sometime soon. News of the phone’s existence comes via a now-deleted article on The Verge (spotted by 9to5Google). And it looks like you’re getting plenty of phone for $89.99.

The BLU vivo Go isn’t the most powerful Android Go phone, offering a budget-focused MediaTek MT6739 chipset (quad-core Cortex-A53 at 1.5Ghz) and 1GB of RAM. The latter in particular means that multitasking more than a couple of apps will be a chore. But the rest of the spec sheet holds up to scrutiny, featuring 16GB of expandable storage, a 6-inch 1,440 x 720 display (18:9), a 2,600mAh battery, and dual-SIM support.

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Blu’s phone also has a number of features you aren’t guaranteed to receive on an Android Go device. Some of these uncommon features include a rear fingerprint scanner, and three cameras (two 8MP shooters and a 0.3MP snapper). The exact nature of the camera setup wasn’t revealed, but we’d assume that you’ll get an 8MP+0.3MP rear pairing for depth of field tricks, and an 8MP front-facing camera for decent selfies.

The BLU vivo Go is reportedly set to go on sale next month via Amazon. BLU will apparently toss in a free screen protector, case and earphones in the box.

The phone certainly seems like a much better device on paper than the Nokia 1, while offering a few advantages over the Alcatel 1X Android Go model (dual cameras, and a slightly bigger battery). It also trades advantages with the slightly more expensive Xiaomi Redmi 6A. Xiaomi’s phone lacks a dual-camera setup and fingerprint scanner, but offers a bigger battery, more RAM, and a more power-efficient chipset on paper.

Would you buy the BLU vivo Go? Would you buy Android Go phones at all? Let us know in the comments.

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