The Florida-based manufacturer Blu never stops in their tireless parade to offering wide array of budget-friendly phones to the customers on the stateside. Now they’re trying to push their luck in by bringing large-screen Vivo XL. Does it managed to stand out? Let’s dig it out in this review.

PROS:

  • Big capacity battery
  • AMOLED display
  • Polished design

CONS:

  • Mediocre camera
  • HD display

blu-vivo-xl-strong-batteryThe company offered textured gold case as the default option in this handset. On the back you’ll notice a patterned finish similar to Xiaomi Redmi 3 but in all-plastic. The edges are polished to resemble aluminium form factor and we must admit that the glaring color helps in making an elegant impression too. Blu realize the case isn’t that scratch-resistant, so they pack along a protective case in the box.

It comes with a 5.5-inch screen that stands at 720p resolution resulting in 267ppi. We’ve seen plethora of mid-range phones in similar size packing 1080p, but considering the price, you can’t argue for too much. It’s AMOLED too, so brightness and contrast won’t be an issue here.

Moving to the powerhouse department, the Vivo XL features 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 coupled with 2GB/3GB of RAM. There’s Mali-T720 GPU that will bolster any heavyweight multimedia app performance.

Blu offers the device in 16GB and 32GB inbuilt storage, but you can make an expand up to 64GB via dedicated microSD slot. It comes with standard connectivity features and 4G LTE network support – however, those who subscribe AT&T in rural areas may experience difficulties due to the Band 5 lackluster.

The device sports a 13MP primary camera with PDAF and an LED flash. It does quite well in daylight condition with decent amount of color production, but can’t speak too much on low-light situation. Round to the front, a 5MP unit is present and should be enough to cater your selfie routine.

It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with customized interface skin. Blu toppled the app drawer, so if you are keen to 2014-lower budget Lenovo devices, you’ll experience pretty the same here. The company also delete the functionality lock screen notifications which is, well, weird.

Vivo XL’s operation is supported by a 3150mAh battery which arguably will stand enough for a full day in single charge, given the 720p display and pretty small powerhouse. Anyway, it’s removable, so you won’t have trouble replacing it with a spare.

The 2GB/16GB currently sells at $149, while the 3GB/32GB variant sells for $50 pricier. There are several better contenders at the exact price level, but not many will offer the exact value prepositions like this one.