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BOLD N1 is a $250 smartphone with some premium features (AMOLED display, 128GB storage, wireless charging)

The BOLD N1 is a smartphone designed to offer flagship-level specs at a low price, and it… kind of delivers? With a 6.4 inch, FHD+ AMOLED display, metal and glass body, dual rear cameras, in-display fingerprint sensor, support for wireless charging and wired fast charging, the BOLD N1 sure sounds like a flagship. So why […]

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BLU has a software fix for users locked out of Life One X2 smartphones

If you’ve been unable to login to your BLU Life One X2 smartphone for the past week, there’s finally a fix available. BLU rolled out a software update in November that left users unable to unlock their phones using their existing PIN or patterns. But now the company says affected users can email [email protected] to […]

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Users can’t login BLU Life One X2 phones after software update

Budget smartphone company BLU is often criticized for failing to roll out operating system updates for its Android phones. But this week the company did roll out an update… and it’s causing serious problems for users. The latest update for the BLU Life One X2 won’t let users login to their phones after it’s installed. BLU […]

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Amazon (sort of) suspends sales of BLU smartphones due to security/privacy concerns

It’s been a little over half a year since security researchers at Kryptowire discovered software running on some budget smartphones that sends sensitive data to a server in China without notifying the the user of the phone. One of the phones in question was the popular (and dirt cheap) BLU R1 HD. BLU released a […]

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BLU launches a $180 phone with FHD display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage

Budget smartphones have come a long way in the past few years. Smartphone maker BLU’s latest is the BLU Life One X2 Mini. It sports a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chip. Sure, that octa-core processor mobile platform isn’t exactly going to win […]

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BLU Tank Xtreme 5.0 is a cheap, rugged Android phone

Budget phone maker BLU’s latest device is a $130 Android smartphone that has a rugged, shock-absorbent and water-resistant case. And that… is probably the best thing about the BLU Tank Xtreme 5.0. As far as specs? It’s kind of a lousy phone. I’m not sure I’d recommend anyone use it as a primary device. But […]

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Some smartphones have been secretly sending text messages, other data to Chinese servers

Researchers at mobile security firm Kryptowire have discovered software running on some smartphones that sends sensitive data to a server in China without clearly making that clear to users. One of the phone makers with affected models is Florida-based Blu Products, maker of the popular BLU R1 HD smartphone that Amazon sold for as little […]