BLU Tank Xtreme Pro ultra-rugged smartphone quietly introduced in the US

US-based Android OEM BLU has just revealed yet another rugged smartphone in the Tank Xtreme series. The new handset is listed on BLU Products’ website without a price tag, but BLU Tank Xtreme Pro is expected to hit the shelves at Amazon soon.

BLU Tank Xtreme Pro is a bulky phone, bigger and heavier than the Samsung Xcover 4, another rugged smartphone that recently made its debut on the market. BLU’s device measures 146 x 74.8 x 13.9mm and weighs no less than 206g (battery included).

The smartphone is IP68 certified, which makes water and dust proof like no …


BLU rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Life One X (2016)

Despite the fact that it’s 2017 and in just a couple of months Google is expected to launch Android O, some companies continue to deliver Marshmallow updates to their smartphones. Naturally, that’s not a bad thing, but it’s definitely quite unexpected.

BLU is one of the handset makers that have decided one of its smartphones, the Life One X, is worth getting an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. BLU Life One X (2016) was originally released on the market back in December 2015, which makes it almost two years old.

Although the company promised to provide Life One X users with …

BLU readying another affordable smartphone with 3,000 mAh battery

It looks like a BLU R1 HD sequel is now in the works and will probably be officially introduced in the coming weeks. Few details about its specs are available at the moment, but at least we have several pictures showing the smartphone from all angles.

BLU R2 has been recently listed at FCC (Federal Communications Commissions), so it will probably not be long until the smartphone gets revealed. The documents filed at FCC confirm the R2 will be powered by a 3,000 mAh battery.

Also, the affordable smartphone will sport a 5-inch display and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The …

BLU R1 HD update brings T-Mobile VoLTE and Band 12 support for non-Prime customers

BLU released a maintenance update for the R1 HD back in November, which would enable support for T-Mobile VoLTE and Band 12. However, the update was only available to Amazon Prime exclusive version of the smartphone.

Today, more than seven months after the initial release, BLU allows customers who purchased the standard R1 HD model to download and install the update.

The official changelog mentions the update adds the VoLTE client for T-Mobile and Band 12 support, as well as the Android Security Updates. Unfortunately, it’s unclear what security patch the …

Need a solid budget phone? The BLU Pure XR is down to $179.99, the lowest price we've seen to date!

ProductLocationItem ConditionCurrent PriceOffer ExpiresBLU Pure XR 64GB
(Unlocked, Gold)B&H Photo VideoNew$179.99 ($289.99) 48% offN/A

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If you’re in the market for a decent smartphone that won’t put a sizeable dent in your pocket, look no further! B&H Photo Video has put up the unlocked North American variant of the BLU Pure XR at $179.99, which is a discount of $110 or nearly 48% off its regular price. Keep in mind that …

BLU Grand XL spotted ahead of official unveil

We’ve recently reported about a new budget-friendly BLU smartphone that was recently granted FCC’s approval, the BLU Studio J2. However, this doesn’t seem to be the only handset the US-headquartered company is likely to launch in the next couple of weeks.

An unannounced BLU smartphone has been spotted at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today, which could be the sequel to the Grand X, a mid-range handset launched on the market back in January.

There’s not much information filed at FCC, but since this might be the sequel to the BLU Grand X, we believe …

Only hours remain for you to buy the BLU R1 Plus for $109.99 from Amazon or Best Buy

Just the other day, we told you about Miami based BLU’s latest handset. The BLU R1 Plus features a Gorilla Glass 3 protected 5.5-inch display, albeit with a 720 x 1280 HD resolution, and is powered by the MediaTek MTK6737 chipset. That means that the handset carries a quad-core CPU and the Mali-T720MP2 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of expandable native storage. A 13MP camera adorns the rear of the phone, with a 5MP selfie shooter in front.

Although the device is running on the previous-generation Android 6.0, the handset does come with a 4000mAh battery which means that you …

Affordable BLU R1 Plus packs a large battery, old version of Android

If you’re in need of a new and affordable unlocked smartphone, you may want to check out the R1 Plus, the latest handset released by Miami-based BLU. 

Priced at $159.99, the BLU R1 Plus succeeds last year’s R1 HD, offering a larger display (5.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels) and a beefier 4,000 mAh battery. According to BLU, this battery should last “for more than one day” on a single charge. 

Built around an aluminum frame, the new handset is powered by a 64-bit, quad-core MediaTek MTK6737 processor, further featuring 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, …

LG is suing budget phone maker Blu over alleged patent infringement

At this point, most people should be aware of the existence of Blu, makers of a number of budget but quality smartphones, which has been steadily gaining popularity in the United States for the past few years. But it appears making it big among consumers also makes you a fresh target for patent lawsuits, one of the smartphone industry’s oldest and most cherished traditions: today, LG Electronics has announced it is suing the company for infringing upon five LTE-related patents.

The Korean giant has also requested a ban on sales of all of Blu’s smartphones …

Blu Life One X2 Mini is more expensive and more powerful than its larger brother

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone that’s around $200 or less, the options you have to choose from today are more plentiful and worthwhile than they’ve ever been before. Blu is a company that consistently releases new hardware within this price bracket, and the latest handset from the Miami-based business that aims to offer a fair amount of phone for not a lot of dough is the Blu Life One X2 Mini.

The Life One X2 Mini is a smaller and more compact version of the Life One X2 that Blu released last September, and this is noticeable right off the bat with the Mini’s 5-inch …