BLU’s unlocked Android 4.2 smartphones start shipping for $230 and up

Budget smartphone maker BLU’s latest Android smartphones feature quad-core processors, Android 4.2 software, and relatively low price tags. The BLU Life Play is now available from Amazon and eBay for $229.99 — and that’s the price for an unlocked, dual SIM phone.

BLU will launch two new models, the Life One and Life View soon for about $300 each.

BLU Life Play

BLU Life Play

All three phones feature MediaTek MT6589 ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processors, 1GB of RAM, dual SIM card slots, IPS displays, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software. BLU’s phones also tend to ship with a version of Android that’s pretty close to the stock experience you’d get with a Nexus device.

The phones support GSM and HSPA networks, and should work on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks in the United States, although you may not get HSPA speeds on T-Mobile in all areas.

BLU Life Play

The cheapest member of the BLU Life family sports a 4.7 inch HD display, 4GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and an 1800mAh battery.

It has an 8MP camera on the back, with support for auto-focus and an LED flash, On the front, the BLU Life Play has a 2MP camera.

The phone measures about 7.9mm thick, and it’s the first BLU Life phone to go on sale in the US.

BLU Life One

For about $300, BLU offers a model with a 5 inch curved HD display, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a 2000mAh battery.

This model has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. It’s a little thicker, at 8.9mm thick.

BLU Life View

BLU’s also got a $300 model that rivals the Samsung Galaxy Note in the big-ole phone space. It has a 5.7 inch curved glass HD display, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a 2600mAh battery.

The BLU Life View has a 12MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera, and measures 8.9mm thick.

While none of these phones is going to give the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4 a run for its money in terms of specs, it’s hard to beat these prices for an unlocked phone with a decent processor and up-to-date Android software unless you order a phone from China.

via Droid Life and BLU (on Facebook)

  • John Morris

    You get a Nexus like experience because customizing the interface would require time and resources, neither of which being things Blu is interested in. They just take the reference design and plop a logo on. Which is both good and bad, depending on how good the reference design is.


    I looked at picking up a Blu phone (primarily as a backup) but reading the reviews on Amazon they seem to have a quality control problem. Not to mention the lack of accessories. If they could get their quality control problem fixed it would be worth it to buy one as a spare phone. Apparently those who receive one that works consistently are fairly impressed for the money.

  • islevegan

    1gb of ram is the biggest problem. Modern android devices should have 2+ to increase their useful lifetime. 1gb means the device will become unusable much sooner.