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BLOX3 ANNOUNCED! A mixed review…

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If consumers weren't weary enough about the Florida based company, BLU, has finally announced the "predecessor" to the Blu Life One X2 by announcing (while the x2 users suffer massive lockouts see fix here) the BLU life One X3. Despite the X2 series being arguably one of the best phones on the BLU lineup the company seems to have taken an odd turn for the X3 by downgrading the specs to 3GB RAM with 32GB ROM, expandable with an external SD-card slot that supports up to 64GB bringing total memory to 96GB. Compared to the X2, the X3's battery is notably larger, at 5,000 mah BLU claims "the LIFE ONE X3 will make running out of battery a thing of the past." Going on to say that on a single charge users will have a 30 day stand-by time and 2 days of standard usage. It seems they will continue the trend of using 5V/2A quick charge technologies in the X3 as well as making the battery non-removable. As for the processor, BLU has opted out of using a snapdragon like they previously used in the X2 series devices but replacing it with a MediaTek 6753 1.3GHz Octa Core With Mali-T720 which to some (including myself) seems to be a downgrade as the snapdragon makes the X2 devices snappy and powerful. Most people flocked to the X2 simply because it was one of the very few phones sporting a snapdragon at mid-range phone prices ($200) when announced. Over all the look of this phone resembles a nice mix of the original X2 and the X2 mini - having an aluminum back and frame making the phone look and feel sturdy in the hand. Not to mention, allows for a seamless feel between the 5.5" curved glass display to the metal frame - which is a feature that I love on my X2 Mini. The screen itself doesn't offer anything to be too excited about, offering "HD" 1080 x 1920 at 400ppi which is to be expected from slightly cheaper budget phones but should get the job done. The cameras will most likely be roughly the same as the X2 series as for quality. However BLU upgraded the front facing selfie camera to a 13 MP w/ flash and a F2.2 aperture allowing for video recording up to 1080p at 30fps. Which they have also conveniently placed on the back as well. But knowing BLU's track record for their cameras don't expect to be taking professional level photos any time soon, especially in low light conditions. One of the most notable upgrades for the Life One X3 is the long-awaited Nougat ROM that many X2 users have dreamed of since day one. However, strangely enough it will be 7.0, making the phones software outdated at the time of launch as 7.1.2 seems to be the standard now, other than Oreo 8.0. As of the time of this writing the phone appears to only come in black and prices have not been yet released. The phone is expected to be factory unlocked to work with any GSM based network operator just like the X2 series.

 

Full Spec Break Down

Processor:

  • MediaTek 6753
  • 1.3GHz Octa Core
  • With Mali-T720

Camera:

  • 13MP Main w/Flash
  • 13MP Front Selfie w/Flash
  • HD 1080p Video @30fps

Battery:

  • Non-Removable 5,000 mAh
  • 5V/2A Quick Charge
  • 30 days stand by, 2 days standard use

Ram/Storage :

  • Internal 32GB | 3GB RAM
  • MicroSD up to 64GB

Network/connectivity:

  • GSM Quadband
  • 3G: 850/900/1700/1900/2100
  • 4G LTE: 1/2/3/4/7/12/17/28
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wifi, Hotspot
  • Micro USB V2.0

Screen:

 

  • 5.5" Full HD
  • 1080 x 1920 400ppi
  • Curved Glass Display

Andriod Version:

  • Nougat 7.0

 

 

 

It will be interesting to see how many (if any) X2 owners will flock to the X3 after the November security update fiasco. Will you be "upgrading" to the new X3? Let us know in the comments below!

Further reading:
Official Product Page
Detailed Product Guide (PDF)

One thought on “BLOX3 ANNOUNCED! A mixed review…

  1. jose chacon says:

    I don´t think so, I was expecting the new X3. But I Have 64 GB internal / 4 GB RAM
    The battery and selfie camera aren´t enough to change my phone. I´ll expect a real new look

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