- Size (LWH): 5.89 inches, 0.3 inches, 2.9 inches
- Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Battery Type: Lithium
BLU Life One X Unlocked 4G LTE GSM Smartphone (Black)
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|Voice / Text||2G Data||3G Data||4G LTE Data|
- Unlocked Dual SIM smartphone, Android 5.1 Lollipop
- 5.2" full HD display with Corning Gorilla glass 3. connectivity - Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Micro USB 2.0
- 16GB Internal memory 2GB RAM, 1.3 GHz Octa-Core Mediatek 6753 with MALI T720 GPU
- 13MP Main Camera with Phase Detection Autofocus and 5MP Front Camera with LED flash
- 4G LTE, (2/4/7/12/17), 4G HSPA+ (850/1700/1900/2100). GSM Quad band: US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Straight Talk, Pure Talk USA, and others
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From the Manufacturer
Essence of Design
The Life One X blends technology and design into an incredible package. Crafted out of aircraft aluminum, the middle housing is finished with a premium sand blasted matte finish.
Leather pattern coated in a super smooth paint selection ensures the back cover is soft to the touch and provide great hand held experience.
The Mediatek 6753 1.3GHz Octa-Core processor works simultaneously with 2G of RAM, so that you get an impeccable experience each and every time you use your Life One X. To store your movies, music, and pictures you have 16GB of internal storage expandable up to 64GB via Micro SD card.
The Life One X 5.2 inch screen is perfect for viewing and holding in one hand.
A Full HD 1080 x 1920 pixel display results in a 420ppi screen for the ultimate viewing experience.
Capture Your Life
Enjoy top quality pictures with the main 13 Megapixel camera with 5P Glass Lens and added Blue Optical Filter, for a professional finishing touch.
Need For Speed
Stay connected with speeds of up to 10x faster than 3G. No matter where you are in the country you’ll always have internet access.
Whether it is a personal number and a business number or a personal number and an international sim, The Life One X has dual sim capabilities that allows you to have 2 phone numbers in one device.
|Pure XL||Studio Energy 2||Energy X||Studio Selfie||Vivo Air LTE||Life One X|
|Networks||GSM|HSPA +42 Mbps | LTE||GSM|HSPA +42 Mbps | LTE||GSM|HSPA +21 Mbps||GSM|HSPA +21 Mbps||GSM|HSPA +42 Mbps | LTE||GSM|HSPA +42 Mbps | LTE|
|Display||6.0 Inches||5.0 Inches||5.0 Inches||5.0 Inches||4.8 Inches||5.2" Full HD|
|Cameras||24 MP Main w/ BLU Bright + | 8MP Auto Focus Front||8 MP Main w/ BLU Bright + | 5MP Front||8 MP Main w/ BLU Bright + | 2MP Front||5MP Autofocus Main w/flash| 5MP autofocus Front w/flash||8 MP Main w/Flash + | 5MP Front||13 MP Main | 5 MP Front|
|Memory||64GB | 3GB RAM||16GB | 1.5GB RAM||8GB | 1GB RAM||8GB | 1GB RAM||16GB | 2GB RAM||16GB | 2GB RAM|
|Processor||2.0 Ghz Octa-core||1.3 GHz Quadcore||1.3 GHz Quadcore||1.3 GHz Quadcore||1.2 GHz Quadcore||1.3 GHz Octa-Core|
|Operating System||Android 5.1 Lollipop||Android 5.1 Lollipop||Android 5.1 Lollipop||Android 5.1 Lollipop||Android 5.0 Lollipop||Android 5.1 Lollipop|
|Battery||3500 mAh||5000 mAh||4000 mAh||2000 mAh||2050 mAh||2900 mAh|
|Dimensions / Weight||164 x 82.2 x 9.6 mm | 207g||144.7 x 71.2 x 10.1 mm | 175.2g||141 x 70 x 8.9 mm | 154g||145 x 73 x 8.9 mm | 149g||141.9 x 68.1 x 5.1 mm | 98g||149.5 x 73.6 x 8.6 mm | 141g|
What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
Top Customer Reviews
Build and Size:
The phone is nice and feels very sleek. I purchased the white version and it looks beautiful. The back cover feels nice. I absolutely love the golden edges of the phone, it looks good with the white. This is actually a very thin phone and comparing it to an iphone 6s, it is almost as thin. However, it is bigger than an iphone 6s. I actually thought it was going to be too big for my small hands, but I think it is a perfect size. Overall, the phone does not feel or look cheap at all. I have gotten compliments on this phone and when I tell them the price, they are in shock. This phone looks like it costs more than it does.
The performance is great.I have not experienced any lag on this phone. I have a 32gb sd card that is almost full installed on this phone and it has not made the phone lag. I have not tried any games on this phone, so I can’t say how well it performs in that area, but all other apps work great. I have a ton of apps installed and there is no lag at all. I have a Tmobile sim card in this phone and 4g works great. Calls, texts, MMS, and data usage is great on this. No problems at all in that area.
The screen is my favorite part of this phone. Has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It is crisp and clear. Watching videos on this phone is great and compared to my ZTE Zmax, which had a lower resolution (720 x 1280 pixels), the screen is beautiful to me. The colors are rich and vivid. The brightness on this phone is wow. Not sure if this would be a con for some people, but this phone is super bright on the highest brightness setting. On the lowest setting, it is still pretty bright. The screen also has good viewing angles. One thing though, like others have mentioned, the screen does not register you touch or swipes sometimes. That doesn’t bother me, but some might find it annoying.
The battery is okay. Coming from a ZTE Zmax that had a battery of 3400mAh and used to last me almost a whole full day of use (heavy usage and lasted about 17 hours), the BLU life one X is somewhat a letdown (for me anyways). Yes I know the battery on this phone is 2900 mAh, but the most it had lasted me, with heavy usage from 100% to almost dying, was about 8 hours. Yeah that is pretty good for others, but for me, not really. I guess I just have to get used to it. However, sometimes when I am not even using it, the battery drops quickly. I always make sure to close all apps, clear cache, and what not. I feel like I am constantly charging this phone. My old phone only had to be charged every other day. I do the same things on this phone that I did on my old phone.
The call quality is decent. I am able to hear the other person, not super clear, but it is fine. One thing though, off topic here, but when you are talking to someone and you have the phone pressed to your face, the screen turns on sometimes. This causes you to press random buttons with your face.
I honestly expected the speaker to be horrible, like some reviews have mentioned. It is not terrible, but it is not good either. It is not the loudest, but I think you can still hear things with no problem. I installed an app called Speaker Boost that makes the volume a lot louder. It really makes a difference, but the sounds sometimes sounds distorted if too loud.
I have a love/hate relationship with the cameras on this phone. I have uploaded pictures for this review that show how the pictures it takes look like. Also, some comparisons between this and my ZTE ZMAX.
-What I love:
The 13 mp camera takes great pictures in the daylight. The front facing camera takes better pictures than my old phone (8mp camera). The LED flash makes front facing pictures look better. I adore that it has a front flash.
-What I hate:
The main camera does not focus. Apparently it has Phase Detection Autofocus, but not on my camera. If you get close to something and want to focus, it will not focus at all. Also, pictures come out blurry and multiple attempts at taking a picture have to be done. In low light, pictures aren’t that great. The front facing camera adds a soft effect, making pictures look bad. I have tried everything to fix that, but the only remedy is using the LED Flash to add more sharpness to the picture.
Comparing BLU’s camera to my ZTE ZMAX, there were times when the ZTE did a better job than the BLU. Now, both phones cost about the same. I am not sure if anyone else has problems with the camera, but maybe mine is defective? I guess I shouldn’t complain for $150, but it is sad that an 8mp camera is just as good as Blu’s 13mp.
Overall, I think this is a great phone for anyone on a budget. If you don’t care too much for the camera and if you aren’t a heavy user, then this is a great phone to get. It gets the job done and it is a beautiful phone. I will keep on using it and hopefully things get better with future updates (if they ever release updates). For the price, it is well worth it.
I installed the free app "Z-Device Test" and the specs tested out as advertised (noting that amount of memory is never exact when expressed in Gbytes - e.g., 1.87 GB is rounded up to 2 GB of RAM). Also, this does NOT have NFC capability installed.
Performance in hand was fairly snappy with an AArch64 processor with 8 cores that can run at 1.30 GHz. When I test this just as a wifi Android device I have no issues at all with playing videos, pulling up street view on Google Maps, and taking pictures and videos. Almost all apps I've installed run fine, with one exception: this is not rated for, and does not work with, Google Cardboard. I was actually able to look at some stills in 3D with a Google Cardboard headset, but the Cardboard app itself is incompatible with this phone. That is NOT a deal breaker, but thought I should note it. Two different apps tell me this phone does not have a gyro, even though I know of one reputable site that lists that it does have one.
I actually prefer my Moto-G in my pocket. This phone is more along the size of an Apple 6, actually a bit larger. The screen weighs in at 1776 x 1080 pixels (Z-Device Test) and is visible from all angles.
This comes with a screen protector which I ignored (just don't like them) and a very nice snap in case with window for seeing time and pop up announcements.
Greatest phone ever? Nah. Excellent over all phone for the price? Definitely.
UPDATE 16 DECEMBER 2015 (just later in the day):
Based on questions in the comments, I thought it might be useful to list all of the features the free app Z-Device Test says this phone does and does not have:
Does NOT have . . .
* temperature sensor
* pressure sensor
* relative Humidity
* antenna (though you can plug in headphones as an antenna for FM radio)
* gravity sensor
* linear acceleration
* rotation vector
* step detector
* step counter
DOES have . . .
* main camera
* secondary camera
* accelerometers (X-Y-Z axes, medium accuracy, app. 74 Hz sampling rate)
* compass (magnetic X-Y-Z, medium accuracy, app. 15 Hz sampling rate)
* USB (micro)
* headphone jack
* light sensor
* proximity sensor
Also has a notification LED that is capable of two colors, red and green. Works with the free Android app "Light Manager."