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Blu Unveils the Life Pro, Currently the World’s Thinnest 5″ HD Smartphone

Blu Life Pro

This morning, Blu Products announced the Life Pro, the newest member in a family of affordable and decently spec’d out smartphones. The main features of the Life Pro that will have people talking is its incredible thin design, measuring in at just 6.9mm – which just so happens to make it the world’s thinnest smartphone sporting a 5″ HD display. As for the display, it is a full 5″ HD panel, with a resolution of 1280 x 720.

The device is powered by an unnamed 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, allowing just the right amount of power, but still not too much to allow the price of the device to be kept quite low. 

The Life Pro will go on sale shortly through online retailers such as Amazon, priced at the reasonable amount of $299 off contract.

Specs:

  • 5″ 720p display
  • 1.5GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 12MP rear-facing camera
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 2500mAh battery
  • 6.9mm thin
  • HSPA+ connectivity

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  • dasdsa

    alcatel idol x is same 6.9 mm thick and is 1020p 5inch screen so dont know what you saying other than a misleading title

  • Sporttster

    Don’t they make electronic cigarettes?….

  • Grant

    Interested in seeing how the Camera and Battery life are. Shouldn’t take too much to beat my Nexus 4.

  • GentlemanScholar

    Is it just me or is the lady’s voice in the commercial annoying? It sounds like a high schooler or something.

  • J Dub

    What do they offer in terms of competing with the Moto G?

  • TopXKiller

    Guess who is getting sued by Apple!

  • [A]dri[A]n

    Pretty nice phone :) If only it had more internal storage, or an SD slot.

  • mustbepbs

    A brand new phone released with 4.2?

    Come now.

    • [A]dri[A]n

      Well you can’t really expect such a small company to release a phone with 4.4. That’s just delusional. You could say that it could at least have 4.3, but 4.3 offers nothing important over 4.2.

      • mustbepbs

        Delusional? We’ve got 15 year olds making custom ROMs for devices and adding features from scratch.

        I think you’re delusional and apologetic.

        • [A]dri[A]n

          Other than a Nexus device. No manufacturer launches on the current software even if it’s been out for like a month or two. So why should this small company? When Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC can’t even do it, and they have way more money to invest on software development.

          • mustbepbs

            Because this looks to be running a stock build, and Samsung, HTC and LG all have heavy customizations and many devices?

          • LANCE

            you meant “bastardizations” right :p

  • Phil Mocevic

    jesus christ the navigation buttons they put on these phones are ridiculous, nexus for life!

  • Intellectua1

    Great phone for my kid.. He want’s a S4 and I’m like hell no either he gets the iphone or this, most likely this since it’s only $299 and if he breaks it it won’t be a big deal..

    • TJWaterskier

      Moto G

  • fauxshizzl

    If “yes, it is that thin” then why the digitally rendered pencil instead of a real one?

    • Stefan Trabajos

      Because they used the same pencil that Apple used for the iPad Air commercial.. You know, the one that the iPad Air is actually thicker than?

  • greyhulk

    I would love to meet the jackass who decided to put a 12 mp camera on the rear, a 5 mp camera on the front, and then give it only 1 gb of RAM. Seriously.

    • zurginator

      Probably has 1gb because of a MediaTek processor. Don’t think they have a 2gb version.

  • tt

    going to suck with 1gb of ram.

    • Maxim∑

      its by Blu. Even if it had 4GB of RAM it will still suck

  • a3uge

    That button layout…

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  • Tim242

    This new web design might just turn me away from this site. Everything is huge, and that share bar is a waste of space and obnoxious.

    • MikeCiggy

      I like the share bar because it also has the home button which is useful. On the last layout the home button would get covered by an ad. I really don’t like the floating related stories + ad in between the story and the comments. It’s not a terrible design it just needs some tweaking here or there. I know their plan was to have a scalable page with big beautiful pictures but they should also adhere to Web 3.0 design guidelines.

      • droidify

        I can’t believe people still see ads. I haven’t seen an ad in a couple years.

    • EdubE24

      Throw in that floating ad at the bottom and the mobile experience is becoming hard to take!

      • Tim242

        Yeah, this site made me turn on ad blocker. If they don’t get that share bar out, I’m out

        • droidify

          Don’t forget to take your ball

          • Tim242

            I’m going to leave the ball for you kiddos.

          • Wahmbulance Dispatch

            Wahhhhh!!! There’s a share bar on site I don’t own and I don’t pay to use !!! I’m leaving… Hmmpf! I’m outta here…. Wahhhhhh!!! Boo freaking hoo.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Feel free to leave your thoughts on the “welcome to 3.0″ post where we are using your comments to fix bugs and tweak the layout. Give us some time to work the kinks out. If you don’t wish to view the site while we do that, come back in a month. Just make sure you are directing your comments towards those who care and can see them, like me! We appreciate your patience during this time of transition……

      • droidify

        Thank you. That was needed

  • Andrew Remmers

    Still a bigger battery than the Galaxy Nexus.

    • Wagner

      and Nexus 5 ;)

  • EdubE24

    Kellen/Tim can we please please get rid of the floating ad at the bottom of the screen. I know it helps pay the bills, but with the new layout(which I like a lot) half my screen is now taken up!

    • droidify

      AdBlock

      • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

        I had to stop running AdBlock b/c it prevented me from commenting.

        • greyhulk

          You must have been using some third world version of Adblock then. No issues here.

      • EdubE24

        I try and respect what they are doing to give us this content for free. I love seeing people get paid. But that damn ad is an eyesore. It also slows up the browser when scrolling.

        • Tyler

          I turned off adblock for this site. The way I see it, if I come across an ad I don’t like I can just right click and block that specific one. Best of both worlds.

          • Justin W

            Wait, I’m on Chrome and can’t right-click block single ads – are you on FF?

          • Tyler

            I’m on chrome, I’ll link the extension and check if I have a setting checked.

          • Justin W

            I found it. For some reason, it doesn’t work on Windows 8, but it doesn’t bother me anyway – I just didn’t know you could do it.

            For those of you wondering, if using AdBlock Plus, it’s under General Settings. You can right click – Block Element to block a specific (I think?) ad.

          • Tyler
        • Justin W

          Adblock disabled for this and other respectable blogs I read.

    • Col_Angus

      My current ad is an eBook ad with Steve Jobs… Irony.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Funny you should mention, we’re currently trying to locate which ad provide is generating that. We don’t like it either. :)

      • EdubE24

        Thanks Brother!!

    • Big_EZ

      For me the Grey DL banner at the top takes up about a third of my screen.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Nobody cares about thin. Add three mm of girth and stuff in some mAH.

  • calculatorwatch

    It’s always nice to see more manufacturers join the Android game. I just wish anyone besides Samsung would put a microSD slot on their phones. And seriously does anyone care about having the thinnest phone anymore?

  • samosa king

    Why are phones nowadays looking anorexic? Put some battery muscle into it OEMs. OEMs take note of what LG did with their LG G2.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      This this this (dont forget about the camera also)

      • Cesar

        Yep. Also, MicroSD slot. I can’t believe so many manufacturers aren’t adding MicroSD slots to their phones.

        • JetRanger

          MicroSD is going to go the way of the DoDo bird … having to deal with partitioned storage is a thing of the past. Coming from my Galaxy Nexus and N7, having to deal with moving pictures and apps to an SD card feels so archaic. I just got the update today on my GS4 which allows App to SD, I fired up the app and had flash backs of my old Droid X and Thunderbolt.

          • jonzey231

            I feel the exact same way brother. Even with the droid x thing lol. Had that phone and thought it was so cool to move apps to SD until I needed that app’s widget lol. Good times back when the Froyo to Gingerbread update was HUGE haha!

    • Thomas Westrick

      2500 mAh should be plenty with a phone with these specs

    • TekBoi

      Two phones come to mind, under $300 over 4000mAh, and quad-core.
      1) Lenovo P780
      2) Huawei Ascend Mate

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    Nexus 5, Moto G, Blu Life Pro…I love the way the off-contract prices are creeping down. And more than 1 to choose from for those low prices.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Yes, but they always find a way to cheap on them somewhere

      • zurginator

        Because they need to make money. Google’s system of piggy-backing off the R&D of another device is the most effective, but at the same time it’s hurting the very market that makes it possible.

        • Big_EZ

          Nexus phones aren’t hurting anyone else’s sales. Nexus 7’s, however, are taking a good bit of market share.

          • Justin W

            So, how many of us would actually have gotten an LG G2 or SGS4 or HTC One/One Max or Moto X if we didn’t know about/didn’t have the Nexus 5 available as an option? Probably everyone who got a Nexus 5. It is hurting other sales in that they aren’t making those sales because the Nexus 5 is being sold – it’s that simple. While there might be those that wouldn’t have gotten a new device otherwise, there are those that purchased it because it’s cheaper and off-contract than others, which causes other manufacturers to not get the sale.

          • BlackBoy88

            But can you even say for those who brought a Nexus 5 would have selected a high end phone instead of a mid tier/ low tier device? Also, the other benefit of the Nexus 5 is that is unlocked as well and that is even available to purchase off contract and noncarrier branded. Out of the phones you listed only the HTC One developer edition and Moto X could be purchased directly by the manufacturer.

          • Justin W

            Regardless, nearly every Nexus 5 sold removes sales from another OEM. If there was no Nexus, people would be buying other devices, correct?

          • Guest

            See the comment in reply to Big_EZ

          • Big_EZ

            If you seriously think that the miniscule numbers of the Nexus 5 had much on impact on any of the big players you are kidding yourself. The modding community is less than 1%, and not all of the community bought a Nexus 5. We’re talking a few thousand out of about a hundred million or so smart phones sold in a year.

          • Justin W

            Think about it this way – Google isn’t advertising the Nexus 5 to just the modding community anymore – I know several people who don’t mod their devices and have Nexus 4’s, and keep up with Nexus news. At any rate, even if only one Nexus 5 was sold, it took a sale away from another OEM. It does affect other OEM’s, whether you want to admit it or not. If someone introduces a device that can potentially save money over signing another contract, and being able to go contract-free with a less expensive (yet still flagship-like) device vs. paying less for a device to give away another two years of your life to a carrier (with monthly payments near or over double that of a prepaid carrier with similar coverage), a lot of people would choose the former (cheap flagship device off-contract).

            On your statistics, let’s assume it was a flat 1% of total smartphones sold. According to Gartner, in 2012 http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2335616, 207.7 million smartphones were sold. At just 1% of that, Google would have sold around 2,007,700 Nexus devices (that is, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 only, assuming 1% is accurate). Even if it were just .5%, it’s still a massive number, and probably around 60% or so of that number are people who would have bought another device anyway, had the Galaxy Nexus/Nexus 4/Nexus 5 not been available to them. Those sales could have gone to HTC or Motorola, who actually need the sales, versus Google, who doesn’t sell the devices for a profit. Regardless of how you divide up the numbers, the sale of Nexus devices does effect OEM’s.

            Lastly, on the accuracy of Nexus sales, while I don’t know if two million devices have been sold over the life of one device (that is, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, or Nexus 5 currently), they are fairly popular, and it’s highly likely they’ve sold around 500K+ per device. Look at the Nexus 7 for example – rumors were that it sold around one million per month. Is that not possible with the Nexus 5, and did it happen with the Nexus 4? We’ll never know because Google won’t release the numbers to us.

  • Bobby Cornwell

    Nexus 5 with beefed up hardware for $299.99 or this phone with bleh hardware for $299.99… Decisions, decisions

    • Tim242

      Nexus 5 is $350,,and $400

      • Bobby Cornwell

        That was a typo =P good call!

  • bd1212

    Not bad at all, I’d buy it as a backup device. Then again, I’ll never be able to since I’m on Verizon.

  • http://petervideos.com/ Peter Mansour

    I feel like this is a direct insult to the ipad air commercial

    • Kevin

      Apple are a bunch of liars. Like how they say iPad air is the world’s thinnest tablet. *cough Xperia Tablet Z *cough

      • Maxim∑

        Im not seeing that anywhere on Apples website

        “You have to hold iPad Air to believe it. It’s just 7.5 millimeters thin and weighs just one pound.”???

      • michael arazan

        Love how Apple combat the Moto X commercials “assembled in america” with “Designed in America” in their commercials. We employ a few people to design our products in the states instead of a whole brigade of people to build them.