BLU Vivo XL Price Features Review & Comparison with Elephone S3 Plus: Full Metal Body

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BLU is an American-based mobile phone manufacturer founded in 2009. This phone maker manufactures budget Android smartphones targeted at people living in developing countries and emerging market like India, Latin America and Africa. All of BLU products are designed in its base of USA and then manufactured in China, which is the manufacturing base of global smartphones. BLU Vivo XL is released by BLU in January on CES 2016, coming with most common features with a budget and affordable price. We would like to review the BLU Vivo XL price, features and comparison with another mid-range smartphone from China phone maker, Elephone S3 Plus.

BLU Vivo XL Price Review

BLU Vivo XL is with a midrange price from $149 to $225, there are different prices because of different suppliers and different color options: Chrome Silver, Midnight Blue, Rose Gold and Solid Gold. BLU Vivo XL is available on Amazon right now. The price of BLU Vivo XL is affordable and acceptable by most of the users, after you know the features of BLU Vivo XL.

BLU Vivo XL Feature Review – Design

BLU Vivo XL is made out of full metal, metal front shell, metal middle frame and metal back cover. The front shell of BLU Vivo XL comes with a 5.5 inch HD capacitive touch screen and two metal bars, where standard buttons are disappeared and moved to the touch screen field. On the middle metal frame, volume controls and power buttons are on the right side, the headphone jack and Type-C USB port are on the top and bottom side separately. On the metal back cover of BLU Vivo XL are the primary 13MP rear camera with a LED flash and BLU logo. Overall, the design of BLU Vivo XL is simple but beautiful, after all, metal smartphones are always intriguing for most of the users.

BLU Vivo XL Feature Review – Hardware and Storage

Positioned as a midrange smartphone, BLU adapts with MediaTek MT6753 processor, which features octa core CPUs of 1.3GHz Cortex-A53, along with the ARM Mali-T720 GPU and 2GB of RAM, so BLU Vivo XL works well on multitasking and playing games. The 16GB of built-in storage might be small and not enough for some heavy smartphone users, but for users who only want a midrange smartphone with affordable price, 16GB of storage is OK.

BLU Vivo XL Feature Review – Camera

The camera of BLU Vivo XL is not outstanding while comparing with high end smartphones with up to 21MP camera. The BLU Vivo XL features a 13 primary camera on the rear cover with many common functions, such as phase detection autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and HDR. The selfie shooter on the front is 5MP, really common as most phones with a price tag around $200.

Above is a simple review of BLU’s major features like design and display, hardware and storage and camera. For the same-level smartphone, we would like compare it with another metal Unibody smartphone – Elephone S3 Plus, which is one of the bezelless smartphones featuring edge-to-edge display. And below are the features comparison of BLU Vivo XL and Elephone S3 Plus. By the way, the latter smartphone is available for rebranding now as M5100 Plus on the OEM phone platform and global buyers can contact for inquiry and quote for this phone at your need.

Comparison of BLU Vivo XL and Elephone S3 Plus



Elephone S3 Plus


MediaTek MT6753 octa-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 with Mali-T720 GPU

MediaTek MT6753 octa-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 with Mali-T720 GPU


5.0 inches IPS capacitive HD touchscreen of 720 x 1280 pixels resolution display with 267 ppi pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass for protection

5.2 inches IPS capacitive FHD touchscreen of 16M colors and 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution display with 2.5D Arc technology and Corning Gorilla Glass for protection. Bezelless edge-to-edge display


Full metal body

Metal Unibody


2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM, up to 64GB with MicroSD Card

3GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM, up to 128GB with MicroSD Card


13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera for selfie

13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera for selfie


155.3 x 76.7 x 7.5 mm

142 x 70.5 x 8.3mm


Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)

Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)


Li-Po 3000 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 2100 mAh battery

Network bands:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 7(2600), 12(700), 17(700)

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800  / 1900
WCDMA 900 / 1900 / 2100 & CDMA: BC0
FDD-LTE: B1/B3/B7/B20 (2100/1800/2600/800 & TDD-LTE: B38/B39/B40/B41

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