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BLU Life One X: Pros and Cons

Android OS v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)
Mediatek MT6589T
PowerVR SGX544MP2
2 GB / 16 GB
5 inch (1080 x 1920 px)
13 MP, 4128 x 3096 px, autofocus

BLU announced the launch of the Life One X smartphone in 2014. The manufacturer is offering this smartphone with 5 inch IPS display, Mediatek MT6589T SoC, and 2 GB of RAM. The Life One X series was launched with Android OS v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) pre-installed, but it is upgradable. The IPS display panel has good color accuracy. It can display a wide range of colors, this makes visuals look more lifelike and vivid This smartphone has a single camera on the back (13 MP, 4128 x 3096 px, autofocus). Does this phone justify its price tag? I hope to provide clarity by the conclusion of my review.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the BLU Life One X smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device. The specifications below are from the official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you've seen any mistakes or things missing in these specifications, please let us know.

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BLU Life One X specifications

BrandBLU
NameLife One X
ModelL133L
Release date2014

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight4.69 oz
Dimensions5.65 x 2.82 x 0.34 inch
Colorsblue, white
SIM typeMicro SIM

The weight of BLU Life One X is about 4.69 oz with battery. This is average for smartphones of the same size. A micro SIM is a smaller version of the standard SIM card used in mobile devices.

System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)
SoCMediatek MT6589T
CPUQuad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A7
GPUPowerVR SGX544MP2

The BLU Life One X comes with Android OS v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) out of the box. Google has integrated many services with Android. These include Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Drive. The mid-range CPU can deliver fast, efficient performance for many tasks. PowerVR GPUs have a reputation for being power-efficient and delivering strong performance.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeIPS
Screen size5 inch
Resolution1080 x 1920 px
Multitouch supportyes

The 5 inch IPS display has better features. These include optimal viewing angles, color accuracy, and unchanging color reproduction. The 5 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The size of the screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner.

Memory, storage

RAM2 GB
Internal storage16 GB
Memory card slotno

The smartphone has 2 GB of RAM. It can run many apps at once without much lag or slowness. Having more RAM alone does not guarantee better performance. Most people think a smartphone needs at least 32 GB of storage. The Life One X has only 16 GB. The internal storage of the BLU Life One X (2 GB) cannot be expanded.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera13 MP, 4128 x 3096 px, autofocus
FlashLED
Selfie camera5 MP

The single camera can be enough for many smartphone users. It depends on their photography needs and preferences. The Life One X does not have optical image stabilization (OIS).

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0
GPSA-GPS
NFCno
FM radioyes
USBmicroUSB 2.0
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The 3G is obsolete now, because most phones can use 4G and 5G networks. The phone is capable of connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The Life One X smartphone is capable of connecting to Bluetooth devices. The GPS allows this smartphone to find their exact location. It provides accurate navigation and mapping. The phone isn't NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. NFC is not essential for basic phone functionality, but it can be useful. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows you to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 2000 mAh, non-removable

The Li-Ion 2000 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. The battery of Life One X isn't removable without voiding the warranty.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, gyroscope, proximity
SpecialsDual SIM

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer provides information about the smartphone's movement in three axes. These are X (horizontal), Y (vertical), and Z (depth). Dual SIM is great for businesses. They want to give staff a device with separate numbers and bills for personal and business use.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this BLU phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • Dual SIM support

Cons

  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient internal storage
  • non-expandable storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 4G support
  • no 5G support
  • no NFC feature
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no fingerprint reader
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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