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Android phone hero war: Flagship VS Flagship

Android phone hero war: Flagship VS Flagship

Back in the days, it was quite easy to classify phones into high-end, mid-range, and entry-level categories. Thanks to advancements in technology as well as increasing affordability of components and materials, smartphones are now all over the place. The brands usually associated with budget devices are starting to churn out classy smartphones. Budget smartphones no longer require buyers to make compromises in performance and features. Features once determined by price tier no longer adhere to that old convention. In short, the Android smartphone market has become a lot more diverse, and also a bit more confusing. Here we take a look at some of the latest and finest across the whole range and see how the come quite close to one another.

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BLU VIVO 5, VIVO XL tote metal bodies, USB-C

BLU VIVO 5, VIVO XL tote metal bodies, USB-C

To some extent, you could probably say that BLU Products is the American Samsung in the sheer number of devices it unleashes on the mid-range, unlocked smartphone market in the US. Naturally, it didn't miss the opportunity to unveil new products at CES 2016. The new VIVO 5 and VIVO XL are almost like twins, fraternal twins, that is. Both flaunt metallic designs on 5.5-inch bodies, MediaTek processors, and USB Type-C ports. But only one of them can boast of a more premium unibody structure.

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The best budget Android phones of 2015

The best budget Android phones of 2015

With the turning of the year sometimes comes the need for a new mobile device. Not everyone, however, will have the budget for a flashy highend smartphone. But just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you have to miss out on many of the strapping of a well endowed smartphone. Luckily for you, there is almost an Android for every need and wallet. Unluckily for you, there is indeed that many choices. To help narrow down that list, we present to you five of the most notable and affordable Android smartphones of the year.

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BLU pits MediaTek-powered Life One X against Moto G

BLU pits MediaTek-powered Life One X against Moto G

BLU Products is one of the more prolific makers of budget-friendly low to mid range smartphones in the US. It doesn't exactly try to compete with the big guys, which could be a futile exercise, preferring to flood the market with unlocked, affordable handsets instead. With the new Life One X, however, BLU is changing its tune a little. With Motorola's Moto G trying to encroach on its territory, BLU feels the need to defend itself and show just how more performant it is at half the price.

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BLU Studio 7.0 LTE is one of a phone as large as your tablet

BLU Studio 7.0 LTE is one of a phone as large as your tablet

Some might think that the BLU Studio 7.0 LTE is one of those things that give the word "phablet" a bad name. Not that it has a good name to begin with. The large-sized phone, and indeed BLU Products reallyThewants you to see it as a phone, is really as large as the smallest tablet in the market. Even bigger if you think there are 6-inch tablets. The advantage is that you really have a 2-in-1 device. The disadvantage, you'll probably want to have headphones always with you, ready to take a call at a moment's notice.

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BLU Studio Energy 2, Energy X banish battery anxiety

BLU Studio Energy 2, Energy X banish battery anxiety

They say there is nothing certain in this world except change. That and BLU Products putting out smartphones that try to give the best bang for your buck, give or take a few choice features. This time around, the theme is "how to not worry about whether your destination has a wall outlet or not." Following the theme of its Energy line of handsets, the BLU Studio Energy 2 and BLU Energy X do away with power worries thanks to their 5,000 and 4,000 mAh packs.

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BLU outs Pure XL with MediaTek Helio X10, Vivo Air LTE

BLU outs Pure XL with MediaTek Helio X10, Vivo Air LTE

In showbiz, bad publicity is still publicity and that might have somewhat worked for Qualcomm lately. Now rival MediaTek needs a bit more exposure, and good ones at that, as well and it will be doing so with some help from BLU Products. The US-based smartphone maker has just announced the Pure XL, the first device in the US to bring MediaTek's new Helio X10 chip to that market. Of course, that is not its only defining feature, as it also sports a QHD screen and a 24 megapixel main camera.

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BLU Products’ new line brings selfie to budget market

BLU Products’ new line brings selfie to budget market

Selfies. Can't live with them, can't live without them. And when you've got super affordable smartphones to satisfy that selfie crave, why suffer living without? That might be the line of thinking behind BLU's three new smartphones. Although the VIVO Selfie is the leader of the gang when it comes to that criteria, the oddly named C 5+5 and the Energy X Plus do also boast a bit of selfie-centric features. Best of all, like any BLU smarpthone, these devices come unlocked and with tempting budget prices.

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BLU Products out Life One (2015), Life 8 XL budget choices

BLU Products out Life One (2015), Life 8 XL budget choices

BLU is at it again, providing Android smartphone buyers with more affordable choices beyond the Samsung's and LG's in the market. Following its announcement early this year, the Florida-based smartphone maker is making available its 5-inch Life One, now branded as a 2015 edition. Along with it comes the Life 8 XL which is, you guessed it, a larger version of the Life 8 that the manufacturer launched last year. They may not come with the latest and greatest hardware, but they won't burn a hole through your wallet either.

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Blu Studio C smartphone sports quad core CPU and Android 5.0

Blu Studio C smartphone sports quad core CPU and Android 5.0

If you are shopping for an unlocked smartphone and you are on a tight budget but want a device with decent specs and nice looks, the new Blu Studio C might be the ticket. This smartphone is offered in five different colors including standard grey and white colors along with bright atomic orange, salmon pink, and mint green colors. The smartphone also has a large 5.0-inch display.

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Blu Selfie is the perfect smartphone for narcissists

Blu Selfie is the perfect smartphone for narcissists

Blu is releasing a new, unlocked Android smartphone, catering to millennials and selfie enthusiasts everywhere. The aptly named Selfie, focuses on generating high-quality selfies, but doesn't neglect its other features. Most smartphones let focus on the main camera while taking a light-handed approach to the front-facing lens. Selfie boasts two 13MP cameras with Sony IMX135 sensors. The main camera can record HD 1080P @ 30 FPS. An 88-degree, wide angle expands your range of possibilities for the perfect shot. The front-facing camera features a "glam flash" designed to output flattering lighting in a low-lit club for a no-filter selfie.

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BLU Win HD LTE shows up at MS Store, ready for Windows 10

BLU Win HD LTE shows up at MS Store, ready for Windows 10

Florida-based BLU Products might be more known for its budget Android smartphones, but it does have a few Windows Phones on its shelves. One of those, the BLU Win HD, silently got a much needed upgrade. Appearing at Microsoft's Store, the Win HD LTE brings more than just new LTE connectivity. It also bears a more powerful processor but still with a lovable budget price tag. And though it only runs Windows Phone 8.1, it comes with the promise of Windows 10 once the latter starts rolling out.

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