No one questions the fact that quality is costly. However, the examples of the Moto G, OnePlus One or BLU phones are a living proof that it’s possible to offer devices with decent specs and do not charge people horrendous sums of money. And speaking of BLU Products, following the announcement of the LTE-capable Studio 5.0, the company unveiled another smartphone, the Blu Life Pure XL. Actually it’s a phablet that offers a solid set of specs including 5.5-inch 1080p display and 16MP camera yet keeps the price at a budget-friendly level.
5.5-inch Blu Life Pure XL Phablet
The unlocked Blu Life Pure XL phablet will go on sale priced at $349 and going up to $399 if you want more memory. The 32GB model is up for grabs from Amazon beginning today, while the 16GB variant will go on sale on May 9th.
Wondering what that kind of money can get you? Surprisingly, quite a lot. For starters, the Blu Life Pure XL features a huge 5.5-inch display with Full HD 1080p resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Cheaper devices usually come with weak processors and little RAM. Not the Life Pure XL, though. The handset is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip clocked at 2.2 GHz and, depending on the version, offers either 2 GB of RAM with 16 GB of internal memory or 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of storage. You have to admit, that it’s pretty impressive for a phone of its class.
But wait, there’s more. The handset is equipped with a 16-megapixel rear camera with Largan M8 lens and 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second. There is also one feature that even the best of the best don’t include – a front-facing camera with a stunning 8-megapixel sensor. It’s going to feel like heaven for selfie enthusiasts. In terms of connectivity, the phone offers NFC, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, GPS navigation, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi Hotspot and micro-USB.
So far, the Life Pure XL phablet sounds like an outstanding device for the price. And we would gladly call it so if it wasn’t for a few teeny tiny details. The max speed you can get of the device is 3G HSPA+ 42Mbps, since there is no LTE radio. Moreover, the phone runs on somewhat outdated version of Android, the 4.2 Jelly Bean iteration. BLU promises 4.4 KitKat update “some time in the future”, however, it wasn’t disclosed how long we would have to wait for that.