Bluboo Xfire is a beautiful ‘4G Android phone on budget’
While Bluboo isn’t a new name in the mobile tech community, the company’s latest product, “Xfire” surely is. The Bluboo Xfire was recently unveiled and it caught our fancy and appropriately deserves a shout out even as dozens of smartphones get introduced from China every single day.
Firstly, the Xfire is a pretty phone — you’ll notice this by mere looking at the phone for the first time. The LTE-enabled handset is boxed up in a premium-looking polycarbonate body which measures 140.2 x 71.5 x 9.3 mm and tips the scale at 145 grams. There’s a microSIM slot on board as well as a memory card port for storage expansion.
The phone’s display is a 5-inch IPS touchscreen with quarter HD resolution (540 x 960 pixels), summing to a pixel density of 220 PPI. The software department is run by Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system.
Moving down under the hood, you’ll find a 64-bit MediaTek MT6735M chipset clubbed with a 1GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM powering the engine. The Xfire supports Bluetooth 4.0 as well as Wi-Fi and A-GPS for positioning.
In terms of taking photographs, Bluboo Xfire is armed with an 8-megapixel rear shooter and a 5-megapixel front facing camera for taking selfie pictures. Finally, the device is backed by a 2750mAh user-removable battery unit.
Pricing and availability
Bluboo Xfire is available across scores of international-shipping Chinese retailers. The official SRP (suggested retail pricing) of the mobile phone is $60 however we found Geekbuying offering the said product at $84.59. The Geekbuying price includes shipping and other logistics.
The Bluboo range of affordable smartphones is also awaiting another device called Bluboo Xtouch in time before Christmas shopping begins proper. The Xtouch is said to be packing a whopping 4GB RAM, 64-bit CPU and fingerprint sensor but the product’s price wasn’t made known to us when we enquired from Bluboo executives who spoke with us.
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