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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 […]

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BLU Life Max and Studio G Plus HD smartphones hit the FCC

This week BLU introduced a new 5.2 inch smartphone with a full HD display, a fingerprint scanner, and a starting price of $150 (or less). But it looks like the company has at least two more phones coming soon. Documents for unannounced smartphones called the BLU Life Max and the BLU Studio G Plus HD […]

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BLU Life One X2 smartphone up for pre-order for $135 and up

BLU’s parade of low-priced smartphones with attractive specs continues. The company is launching an update to last year’s BLU Life One X… and the new model is cleverly called the BLU Life One X2. Like last year’s model, the new phone has a 5.2 inch full HD display and a starting price of $150. But the […]

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BLU launches $200 Vivo 5R smartphone with FHD display, octa-core CPU

BLU’s newest smartphone is a budget Android phone with a 5.5 inch 1080p display, an 8-core CPU, a fingerprint scanner, and a 3,150 mAh battery. The BLU Vivo 5R is basically an updated version of the Vivo 5 that launched earlier this year. But the new model has a higher-resolution screen, an improved camera, and […]

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$300 BLU Pure XR smartphone has 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, FHD display

Budget phone maker BLU’s phones are looking less and less like, well, budget phones. As expected, the company’s latest handset is a $300 model that features an octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a fingerprint scanner. The BLU Pure XR is now available for $300. The phone has a 5.5 inch, curved […]

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BLU Pure XR is a $299 smartphone with 4GB of RAM (launching Aug 29th)

Budget smartphone company BLU has a habit of offering smartphones that are better than you’d expect if you just looked at their price tags… even if many are just rebranded versions of smartphones that are already available in China. Now the company is getting ready to launch its first phone featuring 4GB of RAM. The […]

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Amazon & BLU’s $50 smartphone hacked: Root & custom recovery now available

It’s been less than a month since Amazon started selling two deeply discounted smartphones that come with ads on the lock screen and notification tray. Unsurprisingly it didn’t take long for someone to root the Moto G4 Prime Exclusive and eliminate the ads on that $150 version of the phone. But Amazon also offers an even cheaper […]

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You can remove the ads from Amazon’s Prime Exclusive Moto G4 (or pay $50 more to just get the ad-free version) Update: Blu R1 HD too

Amazon recently started offering Prime Exclusive Phones which are basically regular smartphones that are sold for $50 off their list price… and which come with ads that are displayed on the lock screen and in the notification tray. They also come bundled with a bunch of Amazon apps including the Amazon shopping, Kindle, Video, and […]

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BLU Energy XL: $300 smartphone with big screen, big battery

Budget smartphone company BLU’s latest phone is one of the company’s most expensive to date… but it’s also got some of the best specs. The BLU Energy XL features an octa-core 64-bit processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a fingerprint scanner, and a 1080p display. But its most impressive feature is probably the battery: […]