Blu Vivo V raises the budget smartphone bar

Vivo V

Blu announced the new Vivo V at CES yesterday along with the new Vivo XL. Both new phones will be available in February from Amazon and BestBuy.

Vivo V Spec Highlights: Uni-body aluminum construction, Android 5.1 Lollipop, 5.5 inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display, MediaTek 6753 1.3 GHz Octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage expandable via microSD card for an additional 64GB of storage, 13MP rear and 5MP front cameras, 3150 mAH battery, LTE 2/4/7, dual sim capable and ready for GSM carriers. Price: $199

Vivo XL

Vivo XL

The Vivo XL will differ in the following ways: Build is not aluminum, has 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, according to the product page it supports more LTE bands (2/4/7/12/17), and price: $149.

My Thoughts

I’m hoping that the Vivo V supports all of the LTE bands listed on the Vivo XL product page as well. If not, The XL may be your better budget option here in the US despite the improved specs and build quality of the Vivo V. While lacking the now common place fingerprint sensors available on many new devices (not really a problem if you’re not interested in mobile payments via NFC), this is an attractive pair of smartphones if you are on a tight budget but still would like to own a capable Android phone that will likely see at least Android 6.0 Marshmallow in an update. Give me all of the LTE bands and I would consider picking up the Vivo V for at least a couple of weeks to give it a review. These phones are both less than $200, would you consider carrying one of these new phones?

I will attempt to clarify with Blu if the LTE bands listed on each product page are correct, I’ll update the post if I get a response.

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