blu Stories September 5, 2019

After Hours: Googling a vacation home, Facebook Dating, Telegram features, more

IFA 2019 is in full swing today with tons of big announcements, and we also got three major leaks for Google’s Pixel 4. In some of today’s smaller stories, Google is making it easier to get a vacation home, Facebook Dating hits the United States, and more.

blu Stories November 28, 2017


Firmware updates for Android devices typically bring new features, the latest security patches, bug fixes, and much more. But for owners of the Life One X2 from Blu, the OTA update rolling out right now is locking them out of the handset and has made it impossible to recover any of their data…

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blu Stories August 30, 2017

Blu Vivo 8: Android 7.0 Nougat, fingerprint scanner, and a 4,010 mAh battery for just $299

Blu’s been making affordable Android phones for a few years now, and following a misstep with Amazon earlier this month, the company has announced its latest smartphone — the Blu Vivo 8. The Vivo 8 won’t knock your socks off, but the features and specs it offers are quite impressive for its price.

blu Stories August 5, 2017

Blu phones are back on Amazon following a ‘false alarm’

At the beginning of last week, Amazon removed Blu smartphones from its website following the finding of a “potential security issue.” However, after a little less than a week since this announcement was made, all appears to be well once again.

blu Stories July 31, 2017


According to a new report from CNET, Amazon is suspending sales of smartphones from Blu. The move comes as Blu phones are increasingly the subject of privacy concerns related to user tracking and data collecting.

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blu Stories December 18, 2016

The $50 BLU R1 HD is back on sale at Amazon just in time for the holidays

Earlier this year, Amazon and BLU revealed the first “Prime-Exclusive” Android smartphone, the BLU R1 HD. The metal/glass budget smartphone turned heads earlier this year with its outstanding price point, but after some controversial software was discovered on the device, it was pulled off the market. Now, it’s back.

blu Stories November 15, 2016



There are a lot of fantastic budget smartphones on the market today, but there are always concerns with smartphones that are super cheap. One of those is security, an increasingly important part of any smartphone. Now security firm Kryptowire has uncovered an alleged backdoor hidden within some budget Android smartphones.

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blu Stories September 23, 2016



It seems that the stream of cheap and capable Android phones is never going to end. Today, it continues with the launch of the BLU Life One X2, a well-specced but wholly unremarkable Android handset that comes at a price that just about sort-of makes it a notable entry… expand full story

blu Stories August 29, 2016



After teasing it a few weeks ago, BLU has today announced its latest flagship device, the Pure XR. The new smartphone brings a powerful set of specifications, a good looking build, and all of the features you would expect from a flagship device.

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blu Stories July 27, 2016


BLU Products Announces the Studio Touch, 4G LTE, Metal, and Fingerprint Scanner starting at $99 2016-07-27 15-46-33

The seemingly constant stream of new super-cheap-but-capable Android phones continues, with the announcement today of Blu’s Studio Touch priced at just $99. The phone sports a metal body, a fingerprint sensor, 4G LTE, a 5-inch HD display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and more…

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blu Stories July 7, 2016



There are new smartphones hitting the market constantly, but which is the best to pick up when you’re trying to save a buck or two? We’ve seen some great launches this year and we’re only expecting more over the coming months, but for now, let’s go over the best budget Android smartphones you can go pick up today.

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blu Stories January 7, 2016



BLU is continuing its tradition of launching affordable, but well-specced smartphones with the new range of Vivo smartphones at CES 2016. The BLU Vivo 5 and BLU Vivo XL share many of the same features and specifications, albeit in two different forms…

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blu Stories December 11, 2015



As low-end smartphones go, few are as popular on Amazon as BLU’s unlocked budget-friendly Android phones. If it already had a reputation for offering great bang for your buck, it will only get stronger with the newest device in its lineup. The BLU Life One X has just been launched, it costs under $100 (for a limited time) and comes with a full HD 1080p display…

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blu Stories September 8, 2015



UPDATE: BLU has officially announced the new device. The device is made predominantly from metal, like many of the current high-end phones on the market. BLU has partnered with MediaTek and claims the Helio X10 chip being used to power the new smartphone is among the fastest chips available on the market, and scores some of the highest benchmark results on AnTuTu. What’s more, the camera on the back is covered by sapphire crystal while the 8MP front camera is wide angle, to fit more in to your selfies…

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blu Stories July 13, 2015

BLU Life One goes on sale July 17th, pre-order now for $99 unlocked

BLU has a growing reputation for admirable devices that cost very little, and its latest handset looks to continue that trend. The BLU Life One goes on sale at the end of this week, on July 17th and is currently available to pre-order for just $99 unlocked and SIM-free.

blu Stories February 26, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: BLU Studio 6 w/ 4G $130, Speck Nexus 5 case $17, Unlocked LG G2 $210, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

BLU Studio 6.0 HD 8 GB 4G unlocked for GSM carriers in white or black: $130 shipped (Reg. $180)

Speck (sitewide 50% off) CandyShell LG Nexus 5 case: $17.47 shipped (Reg. $35)

LG G2 w/ 32GB flash storage, factory unlocked for GSM carriers: $210 shipped (Reg. $300)

Small States: Etwas builds timeless bags with legacy and heirloom design in mind – giveaway worth $380

More new gear from today:

Jabra Solemate Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker w/ NFC in black $60 shipped (Reg. $95+)

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