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BLU Life One X: Unboxing and Hands-on

BLU Life One X

With the demand continually going up for budget devices that aren’t cheap pieces of plastic and silicon, BLU is an American company that appears to be leading the charge. Designed in Miami, one of BLU’s newest devices called the Life One X, has landed on our doorstep. The device is placed at the top of BLU’s lineup, a device that can surely compete against any other budget-priced smartphone from last year or the upcoming 2014 lineups.

The device features a 5″ 1080 display, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, a 2,000mAh battery, and comes running Android 4.2.1 out of the box. For the price of just $264.99 off contract, this is a steal for someone who doesn’t need access to 4G LTE, and can instead rely on HSDPA speeds to get them through a full day. 

So far, we can tell the device is well made and easily lives up, if not succeeds, any of our initial expectations. The only thing we really wish is that these devices launched with newer versions of Android. How hard could it be to put Kit Kat on a nearly stock device? As for the 13MP camera, it is quite good – the responsiveness so far beats out even the G Flex, and the photos look quite promising. We will definitely put it through the paces though.

Check out the device gallery and full unboxing and hands-on video below. Got questions? Shoot them down below in the comments section.

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Hands-on and Unboxing

  • waverunner4u

    All BLU phone are getting KitKat on May 1st per Facebook.

  • Charissa

    Non removable battery is a real downer..what if the phone freezes . Is there a hard reset ?

  • waverunner4u

    I just bought the new BLU Life One X and kitkat is coming May 1st. Awesome.

  • kevin cushing

    I just bought the BLU Life One X phone and KitKat will be coming on board May 1st. Awesome.

  • tiffany

    Can you do screen shot on this phone

  • cardi dark

    this is great for a not so tech minded android user

  • Daniel

    Would totally rather a Moto G over this if I was giving up on LTE anyway…

  • superdry

    Is there any Android device running a Mediatek SoC that’s on at least 4.3? It seems a lot of devices running MT stuff launches with 4.2.2 the latest and that’s about it. I presume Mediatek hasn’t updated support to newer versions of Android.

  • Gr8Ray

    I was looking through the BLU product lineup on their website yesterday and was just confused. They make it impossible to determine which product is their flagship, and I couldn’t understand the use of Cortex-A7 processors in all of their lineup. It really seemed like their flagship was basically the equivalent of a Moto G. Now that I see the company is targeting low-end and mid-range markets, it makes a little more sense.

    • JeffColorado

      This is definitely not a Moto G. 1080p display? Quad core CPU? 13MP camera? (and 5MP front camera?). If anything this is competing with the Moto X, not the G. Frankly I think I might rather have this than the Moto X.

      • Gr8Ray

        If you think a quad core Cortex-A7 based MediaTek processor (basically a Snapdragon 400 without the developer support) is better than a Dual Core Krait-300 Snapdragon S4Pro, then you should run out and buy this phone. And PS, the Moto G has a quad core Snapdragon 400. MediaTek is entry-level budget silicon.

  • Ryan Lounsbury

    Interesting choice to go with capacitive buttons for the system buttons instead of going with Android’s on screen option. Seems like a waste of space; this thing could have had a dramatically smaller chin and made it a bit more hand friendly.

  • Mike McDaniel

    @Timotato:disqus You are getting increasingly badass at reviewing products.

  • geedee82

    Why does every single tech product now days have either a “One” or an “X” in it’s name (or both)???

    • JoshGroff

      Is it because everyone secretly loves Three Days Grace?

    • Menger40

      I know. Moto X, HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Droid X, Nexus One, and now the BLU Life One X… did I miss any?

      • geedee82

        Xbox One…among others.

  • stabone

    Razr USB was on top.

  • http://idle0095.com/ IDLE0095

    I get BLU device through my master dealer for dirt cheap. We sell them all day in our two store fronts. The BLU Life Pure is a really nice device as well.

  • Will Wells

    I’d still go with a Moto X for $329 16GB or $379 32GB. LTE alone is worth the extra $65, not to mention the ability to customize it.

    • JoshGroff

      I paid 350 for mine with the cyber Monday sale, totally worth it!

  • jrop

    Everyone checked their phone at 0:42…

  • jeff manning

    When you are struggling to remove something you say ‘come on big boy’?

  • Franz

    Hopefully they don’t get sued by HTC for their “One X”…

  • Kevin

    Just remember this is sporting a MediaTEK CPU, so you won’t be finding any CM10/11 support thanks to them not releasing the drivers. It’s going to be up to BLU to support this for the foreseeable future.

  • Ian

    Needz moar batteryz!

  • Wallpaper <3er

    Can you please upload that wallpaper and any other wallpapers from this phone?

  • Guest 1

    http://shopap.lenovo.com/in/en/smartphones/ Here’s what they have already, some good specs on screen and camera.

  • jose

    I am currently using the blu one
    And haven’t had any issues in three months I have been using
    It.

  • Colton

    Dang, this actually sounds like a really awesome phone for the price. I need (well..WANT) 4gLTE though. But so far from what I read, i like what BLU is doing! Keep it up!

  • Droid Ronin

    Why did Motorola have to leave Google? Why?

    • [A]dri[A]n

      Motorola didn’t leave. Google got rid of them Lol

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    They seem to have a pretty broad reach. Was in the Caribbean over the Christmas and they had a slew of devices in stores.

  • Tony Byatt

    So…no DL show tonight?

    • John Legere

      Let them mourn the loss of Moto in peace. ;)

  • Russell Bridges

    This is very tempting. Only thing I’m concerned about is the community support (dev support). Anyone can chime in on how BLU’s previous offerings faired in relation to custom roms?

    • John Legere

      At that point, might as well pick up a Moto G, Moto X, or Nexus 5.

  • middlehead

    I had a Blu phone for a while to try out AT&T signal in my area, I had zero problems with the idea of using it daily as far as interface performance. The only problem I had is one that unfortunately seems to be common for them: the USB port is often not engineered well and quickly requires pressure inward to maintain connection. I couldn’t charge that phone unless I pressed the USB socket towards the screen.

    If they get that issue worked out, I’d easily recommend them to anyone that doesn’t need LTE. If they fix that and add LTE radios, I’d buy the hell out of one myself.

    • John Legere

      That’s a known problem with Micro USB. Need to get rid of it.

      • middlehead

        I’ve never once had the problem with any other micro USB device versus wide reports of it happening on Blu’s phones and seeing it on my own within the first day of having it. The evidence may be anecdotal, but it tells me that something in their manufacturing makes their products more susceptible.

  • http://www.techreviewshop.com/ JP

    Right here in Florida! I’m in Oregon…

    • Chris

      Same here. This site is based out of Portland.

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    Test the camera plz.

    • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

      4 downvotes lol

  • Ryan

    Whats HSDPA? Is it supposed to be HSPA+?

    • middlehead

      You clearly have an internet machine in front of you, this is the time to use it.

  • Justin W

    OG Droid Razr had the Micro USB port on the top.

    • Diablo81588

      Why is this being downvoted? It did have it on the top, along with the MicroHDMI port.

      • John Legere

        I wish they would expose the cowards. Oh well.

        • PriceIsWrongBeeeeyoch

          Says the coward who hides behind various fake profiles he changes up more than his panties…

          Oh the idiocy.

          • John Legere

            You’re thinking of Chris. Not me. Goodnight.

      • Menger40

        This site has gone crazy with downvotes lately. I just expect everything I post to get at least 2. Here they come in 5…4…3…

        • Abgar Musayelyan

          its been 11 minutes and no downvotes.. don’t worry.. i wont let you down.

          • Menger40

            Thanks man :P

        • Jeralmac

          I just put you at 2. You’re welcome.

          • Menger40

            Much appreciated

  • Eric G Canoy

    ugh, why can’t verizon get phones that we want to get…

  • Nayners

    I still think my money is better spent on a Lenovo Moto G. Afterall, it’s already running 4.4.2.

    • John Legere

      Can’t beat $99. Or $199.

    • NorCalGuy

      Excepts for all the internals, the upgrade in software can be taken care of with an update you can’t update the internals of the g to compete with this blu phone

      • Nayners

        Not worth the increase in price, in my opinion.

        • NorCalGuy

          Unless you are getting the Vz editon of the g then its $80 for a better display WAY better cameras and not to mention the ram difference 2gb vs 1024mb which may not be noticeable the first day but will certainly be noticeable once you get a few apps installed and that ram is toast.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      If it has any support with the dev community things like that tend to not be as important. This device is cheap enough that it could attract attention and get unofficial updates … if the 4.4 update doesn’t come soon.

  • anezarati

    maybe lenovo can scoop them up too

    • Marikel

      Too soon, I’m still mourning.

  • Philip J. Fry

    Definitely better than over half of the cheap android phones out nowadays.

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

      It is actually. Really surprised by the work BLU is pumping out.

      • John Legere

        Sucks that LTE is so expensive. Maybe one of these days it won’t be.

        • drparty

          I’m curious why the LTE chip seems to be so much more expensive, more so than even the processor these days.

          • Abgar Musayelyan

            im pretty sure its just licencing. probably has nothing to do with the hardware.

      • EdubE24

        Tim is possible to ban these idiots that are making it harder and harder to read the comment section? Use to be a cool informative place, now it has turned into a “you’re a troll” fest. Been here since the OG days!!

        • Philip J. Fry

          I can’t help if people are coming in here attacking me.

          • EdubE24

            That’s true…buts it’s almost every story on this site anymore. I’m an iPhone user and visit this site daily for the content provided. And use to love the comment section, not so much anymore.

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

            Yup, I completely agree. We’ll get on cleaning this up immediately.

            Thanks for sticking around, we really appreciate it!

          • Jarred Sutherland

            I’m just surprised the downvote police didn’t come in and get you just for saying that you’re an iPhone user.

          • EdubE24

            I generally use the iPhone as my main phone. But still buy and use android phones. I just got rid of the G2 which was an awesome. But having 2 kids and a wife with a house full of apple products it just works out better for me.

        • John Legere

          Maybe if the world wasn’t full of stupid people. I agree, let’s kick Chris and Tim out.

    • Tim242

      No different than the trolls like you that give Android users a bad name.

      • Chris

        @disqus_8aEJh3Jmb0:disqus is just a kid.

        • calculatorwatch

          Actually I’m pretty sure he’s been frozen for like 14 years.

      • Chris

        @disqus_8aEJh3Jmb0:disqus is just a kid

      • Philip J. Fry

        I don’t know who is more ignorant, you or chris.

        • Tim242

          Your comment was not serious. It was typical troll elitism.

          • Philip J. Fry

            You are seriously delusional. You need mental help.

          • Tim242

            I wish your posts were just delusions. Then I could take medicine and you would go away.

          • Philip J. Fry

            Don’t see that happening anytime soon.

          • Tim242

            Of course not. You won’t leave your mother’s basement long enough.

          • Philip J. Fry

            You can’t be more creative than that? that’s a Typical troll comeback.

          • Tim242

            “I Don’t see that happening anytime soon.”

            And that was so creative, right?
            What a comeback!

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

            Alright guys, here’s an official warning for both of you. Cut the crap, please. No one cares about it. Take it somewhere else. This concludes the warning.

            Goodnight.

          • Justin Larmay

            Long arm of the law steps in!

          • Tim242

            Couldn’t respond to that, eh. Bow down troll.

          • Philip J. Fry
          • Tim242

            Weak.

          • Philip J. Fry

            Like your responses.

          • Tim242

            At least I had a response.

          • Philip J. Fry

            Some people actually have real life get in the way sometimes, probably something you would know nothing about.

          • Tim242

            Real life? You have multiple accounts that you switch between on here. Then you took the time to post an image. You don’t have a real life.

          • Philip J. Fry

            Nah, that’s you and your buddy Chris or are you chris? Or is chris you?

          • Tim242

            You post more comments than Chris and me combined.

          • Philip J. Fry

            Yea, ok. I only have 412 comments. Try again.

          • Tim242

            Under this alias…

          • Philip J. Fry

            I can’t help but to laugh at your stupid responses. Thanks

          • Tim242

            Speaking of stupid responses, here’s yours again…
            “I Don’t see that happening anytime soon.”

          • Philip J. Fry

            Is that all you got? Keep using the the same response post after post? How original

          • Tim242

            Constantly asking if that’s all I got, instead of an actual response is not very original, mister.

          • John Legere

            I like how they say that you use multiple accounts when they’ve been caught doing it.

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

            Here’s an official warning for both of you. Cut the crap, please. No one cares about it. Take it somewhere else. This concludes the warning.

            Goodnight.

          • Abgar Musayelyan

            Tim, can we add the word “troll” to the blacklisted words? i’m not sure it’d solve anything, but it would sure piss off the people that screw up the comment section.

          • Ian

            Omg, now tell him to go get a job. Same sh*t with you….different day

          • Tim242

            You mad bro? Try to watch that. It isn’t good for your blood pressure.

          • Ian

            Nah brah, never lose my cool. Troll on.

  • Menger40

    Too many ones and X’s in this space.

  • bd1212

    The front kinda looks like the Moto X… ya know, the company owned by Goog… I mean Lenovo. *tear*

    • Kevin

      Don’t you mean the moto g?

  • Scott

    Not bad… Better then the moto x specs.

    • John Legere

      than*

      • Scott

        Ha!

    • Alex

      Errr… older, slower Mediatek A7 processor, no companion cores, smaller battery, no LTE, old version of Android. Not quite. The 1080p screen and 13 MP camera beat the 720p screen and 10 MP camera of the Moto X on paper, but I’ve seen plenty of terrible looking 1080p screens and plenty of awful 13 MP cameras, so I don’t think you can definitively say those aspects are better.

      • John Legere

        No use reasoning with trolls.

        • Scott

          Speak for yourself. You’re the number one troll on this site and also you have more than one name on here. I’ve heard about you.

          • John Legere

            Oh have you now? Good for you.

          • Chris

            bad

      • Scott

        I suppose you’re right.