BLU Vivo XL3 Review
BLU Vivo XL3 Review

Buying a phone from a Chinese company wasn’t a trustable thing to do back in time. But now, with a lot of Chinese companies in the market which care about the users. One can think of buying a smartphone which has been manufactured by a Chinese smartphone manufacturer. Blu is one of them, it has launched several smartphones with great features for a much cheaper price.

After one of our editorials on Best Blu Phones, we got a lot of queries from our readers who asked us to post individual reviews of the product. So we decided to buy one by one and start posting reviews. After 4 weeks of regular usage, this is our review on the Vivo XL3. In a hurry? Let’s begin with the review!

DISCOUNT Amount: $91.51
BLU VIVO XL3
  • 5.5" HD+ 18:9 widescreen curved Corning Gorilla Glass display
  • 13MP Main Camera with LED flash + 13MP front Camera with LED Flash and beautifying software
  • 32GB Internal memory 3GB RAM MicroSD up to 64GB; 1.3GHz Quad core MediaTek processor with Mali-T720 GPU
  • Android 8.0 Oreo, facial recognition and fingerprint sensor
  • 4G LTE, (1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/28), 3G HSPA+ (850/900/1700/1900/2100): US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Straight Talk, and others

Following the short debut window, the purchase price will return to its normal cost of $189.99. Like most of the Blu devices, this phone also would be directly sold to the customers or can be paired with other GSM providers. So let’s introduce you to the specifications of the device:

  • 5.5-inch Display with a Screen resolution of 720×1440 pixels.
  • 293 PPI (Pixels per inch) and 18:9 aspect ratio
  • The screen would be protected by the Gorilla Glass 3.
  • Quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3GHz
  • 3GB RAM & 32 GB Storage (Supports SD card up to 64GB)
  • Powerful 3,000mAH battery
  • 13 MP rear camera with LED Flash and 8 MP Front-facing shooter with LED Flash.
  • Runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo (Latest version as on the published date)
  • 4G LTE; Bands supported: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/28

When it comes to specifications, the Vivo XL3 punches things up just enough to be eligible for an upgrade. It arrives barely a year after its predecessor and gets the correct changes set up. For starters, we get a version of Android that’s just two releases newer.

The Vivo XL3 also adds into a (rear) fingerprint reader and also embraces the increasingly popular 18:9 aspect ratio. Neither of these are cause for celebration but are really worth expected to be in a successor. Previously this thinner layout was earmarked for high-end telephones so that it’s wonderful to see on other edge of the spectrum. It does not hurt that it also picks up some extra support for other 4G bands, too.

Design

BLU VIVO XL3 Design
BLU VIVO XL3 Design

The Blu Vivo XL3 comes with an impressive design. It leaves an impression for a long time in our minds. However, the back is a complete fingerprint magnet. So, if you’re someone who hates the fingerprint prints on the device, you’ll probably have to buy a case.

It feels great to hold, but at times it’s slippery and we’ve experienced it fall while taking it out from our pockets (Based on test on 7 people from our staff.) But, this can also be avoided by having a rugged case. In fact, we would suggest all of the device owners to have a case, as it won’t just protect the device from physical damages, but also fingerprint marks and slipping down.

Coming to the fingerprint marks, you can simply remove them by cleaning them. It was easy to remove them, but we understand that no one would buy a phone to keep it clean. That’s the reason why we’ve added this as a feedback to the brand, so expect less of this issue on their upcoming devices.

The Vivo XL3 holds nicely in the hand thanks to its thinner 18:9 aspect ratio for the display. Moreover, the curved edges make this phone a treat to handle. Just one speaker sits beneath the screen using a microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack on the exact bottom. It provide the phone more of symmetric look and helps in the total department of aesthetics.

Screen

Even though it features the exact same 5.5-inch general screen size, this season’s version uses a slightly different resolution and aspect ratio. As mentioned previously, the 18:9 signifies a thinner and longer image.

Sometime this past year includes a 720 x 1,280 resolution, the Vivo XL3 goes marginally higher at 720 x 1,440 pixels. We don’t take much difficulty with it, particularly when you consider cost. You simply have to make concessions if you would like to start a device at a fraction of the cost of others. Fortunately screen resolution is a place where it is difficult to identify the difference for many casual use.

Reading text is fine for the most part, and video and images play and we’d like. Given that a number of the things we watch is dumbed down to lower resolutions, we’re content with it. T-Mobile, for example, will adapt video streams to”DVD quality” or 480 pixels. In other words it is negligible in most cases.

The lower resolution not only helps to keep down the cost, but it also helps to extend battery life. That, coupled with the newer version of Android watched this phone lasting more than the Vivo XL2 though the battery was smaller.

1 thing to remember, though, is that if you plan on using your phone in a VR headset, then you will realize the difference. At that distance and magnification you’d certainly notice.

Colors were true within our testing; we never actually ran into a situation where white had a tint. We noticed in our review last year that the telephone tended to skew red. That’s not true here. For what it is worth you can also adjust the color style to one of 3 settings to match your requirements.

Software

Blu did a great job balancing the inventory Android experience with just minimal advancements in the area of pre-loaded software. As we have mentioned in other reviews this is pretty much the default option for Blu apparatus.

Although they’re vanilla builds of Android, each Blu version is a tossup in terms of customization and configuration. Especially, an individual might get an app drawer whereas another release will not. Or, like the flagship encounter for 2018, the Vivo X, it may not have access to configurations in the telling pull-down.

The Vivo XL3 is the sort of Android build we like. It is modern and pretty much exactly what Google had in mind. In fact, we have grown fond of the UI in the pull-down menu.

We’re very pleased to see that Blu has been able to load Android 8.0 Oreo here rather than older versions. It was clearly absent in the flagship Vivo X that found only a few weeks back.

Does this give us a more robust operating system with additional features, it’s also more efficient and secure. Security patches are another area of concern so it’s refreshing to locate the January 2018 release in place.

Camera

Blu will do a very good job with its camera and app experience. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with this particular model. It’s alright, but nothing like we’ve come to see in others.

Pictures are taken quickly and the camera are good, but the outcomes are only so-so. Approximately half of the pictures we shot were washed out or looked like they had been desaturated. Shade was generally fade and the colors weren’t accurate as well.

The lower the light states, the more mixed the outcome. We did manage to catch some fine pictures under better illumination, particularly outside. We should not expect much from a phone priced as low as this, but we have become accustomed to better from Blu.

As far as the program itself, we were surprised at the dearth of shooting modes. While we have a couple choices at our disposal, we still don’t have HDR or Pro manners. After snapping a few images in the very first day we anticipated that we could change over to something that would give us a better, more realistic colour or finer tuned picture. Regrettably, there is nothing useful.

Do not get us wrong, there are some neat little options and entertaining thing to play with in the Vivo XL3 camera app. They are unique and interesting, but nothing which brings to”better” pictures. So if you’re plan is to buy a smartphone which allows you to capture some great pictures, then this is not the smartphone you should be thinking of. However, it does capture good pictures, and an update in the future could solve the issue, but we aren’t sure about an upcoming update.

Also keeping in mind the price of this device, we think the camera is good enough!

Performance

We have been looking at mobiles with 3GB RAM and quad core chips for what seems like decades now. Well, to be sure, that is a true statement. The high-end stuff of 2016 gave way to the mid-range of 2017 and is slowly making its way into the”bottom of the barrel” in 2018.

At the exact same time, our demands haven’t changed all that much over the past couple of years. Ask yourself whether you’re pushing your telephone to do things which you previously couldn’t. For a large segment of readers that the answer to that is going to be no.

Today, just like we did in 2016, we are using mobiles for social networking, messaging and communicating, casual gaming, and little more.

We’d have enjoyed a better camera, especially for sharing over interpersonal networking. We might have also appreciated a much better sounding audio experience. MicroUSB is exactly what it really is, and should be USB Type-C by today, but anything. At least we’ve got a quick charging that does not take long. None of this, though actually changed the experience so much that we had been unhappy with the total package.

Generally , we liked the operation of Vivo XL3. Our specific needs are not that rough and we guess that the target user base is similar. That said, we feel that the telephone delivers on its promises.

Conclusion

It has been some time since we reviewed a sub-$200 cellphone that made us wonder if we could use it as a daily driver. The Vivo XL3 is one of these devices that has us asking if there’s really much more that we want in a telephone. If push came to shove, we may have the ability to put up with some thing like this for our smart phone requirements.

To be fair, we’re not saying this can run with the likes of a flagship handset. We are not even close to the performance and glamour of say, a Samsung Galaxy S9. However, at one-fourth of this price, the Vivo XL 3 begs the question of if the average man need longer in early 2018.

We did not love the camera experience in any way. Given most of us are using a Pixel, Pixel two, or even a flagship handset, we’ve come to truly appreciate what people provide. But, were we not to accepting as many photos as we are, we all could see this being a good alternative.

The simple fact that we are looking at still another phone using a microUSB port doesn’t make us overjoyed. Our response to seeing one at the flagship Vivo X has been much more powerful; the price point is low enough that we’re able to provide this a reluctant pass.

Although this phone bears a significant resemblance to the R2 Plus concerning hardware, this package is much prettier. Literally, you get a sexier phone for roughly precisely the exact same money.

Outwardly, the Vivo XL3 has the look of a more superior phone. Internally, it’s a rather good mid-ranger that does not punch above its weight. The telephone is evenly balanced in that no specification stands out above others; and, nothing lags behind the rest of the package, either.

Should you utilize T-Mobile or AT&T, or among their respective prepaid brands, this phone works good and produces 4G LTE rates. We would have no problems recommending it for someone seeking to replace a telephone that is 2-3 years old. What’s more, it’s an excellent starting point for a new smartphone user.

DISCOUNT Amount: $91.51
BLU VIVO XL3
  • 5.5" HD+ 18:9 widescreen curved Corning Gorilla Glass display
  • 13MP Main Camera with LED flash + 13MP front Camera with LED Flash and beautifying software
  • 32GB Internal memory 3GB RAM MicroSD up to 64GB; 1.3GHz Quad core MediaTek processor with Mali-T720 GPU
  • Android 8.0 Oreo, facial recognition and fingerprint sensor
  • 4G LTE, (1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/28), 3G HSPA+ (850/900/1700/1900/2100): US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Straight Talk, and others

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