Budget phone maker BLU is adding two new smartphones to its lineup, and both feature octa-core processors.

The BLU VIVO IV is positioned as a top premium phone with a full HD display, a high resolution camera, and other premium features, while the BLU Life 8 has less impressive specs and a lower price tag. Both phones are relatively cheap though: Prices start at just $299 for the Blu VIVO IV and $199 for the BLU Life 8.

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BLU Vivo IV

This $299 inch phone has a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, a MediaTek MT6592 8-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, ARM Mali-450 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.

It has a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera, and the phone supports 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and FM radio. The phone has a 2300mAh battery.

Like most BLU phones there’s no support for 4G LTE, but the GSM phone does support HSPA+ networks for speeds up to 21 Mbps.

The BLU VIVO IV ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but an Android 4.4 KitKat update is scheduled to launch in June.

The phone comes in white-silver, rose gold, and black colors and launches today in the US and Latin America.

BLU LIFE 8

The cheaper model has a 5 inch, 1280 x 720 IPS pixel display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 2000mAH battery, an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front-facing camera.

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But this phone does have some nice touches including a microSD card slot, the same MediaTek octa-core CPU as the more expensive model, and 802.11ac WiFi (as well as Bluetooth, GPS, and FM Radeio).

Like the VIVO IV, the BLU Life 8 ships today in the US and Latin America and it’ll initially ship with Android 4.2 with an Android 4.4 update coming in June.

The BLU Life 8 comes in orange, pink, yellow, or white.

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4 replies on “BLU introduces 2 new Octa-core smartphones”

  1. More rabrands… The Vivo IV is the Gionee Elife S5.5 and the LIFE 8 seems to be the Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus.

  2. That CPU isn’t fast enough for 1080p. The memory bandwidth is just way too narrow.

  3. a small testimonial from another liliputing regular. my partner and i bought a moto g and a blu life play to use with t-mobile in los angeles. after a few months of daily use, the blu still has great performance and battery life. i will not hesitate to buy another phone from them in the future.

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