US smartphone maker Blu has launched its first phone in the UK, the Vivo 6, as part of a wider plan to bring its devices to new markets around the world.
The handset is one of the higher-spec devices the US company has made, offering a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a MediaTek Helio 10 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor. On paper, it’s certainly no slouch. Potentially less impressively, the rear-facing camera is only a 13-megapixel sensor – if photography is your key buying decision, the Vivo 6 probably isn’t the phone for you. On the front, there’s an 8-megapixel sensor for the obligatory selfies.
On the software side of things, the Vivo 6 offers a lightly tweaked version of Android Marshmallow that mostly keeps things as you’d expect them, with the exception of the quick settings normally found with a swipe down from the top of the screen. Now, quick actions (like switching Bluetooth on/off, etc.) are found with a swipe up from the bottom of the screen instead, but notifications remain at the top.
There’s no removable battery, but it is a 3,150mAh unit and the handset does support microSD cards up to 64GB.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Vivo 6 is the price, however. At £239.99, it offers a great balance of specs for money, provided the hardware can live up to the promises it makes on paper. It’s also available, for a limited time, for just £184.99 from Amazon UK as part of a Black Friday promotion.
Blu, which stands for ‘Bold Like Us’, says that if the UK launch is successful, it’ll consider bringing devices to other countries in mainland Europe too.
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