Today we're going to take a look at one of the more interesting BLU phones that I have seen, and that is the BLU Pure XR.
As mentioned earlier, the BLU Pure XR is one of the more unique BLU phones for a few reasons. The main reason being that it’s the first phone that I have reviewed (and that exists in the states) that has 3D Touch capabilities and is NOT an iPhone. Before we get into this though, let's talk specs and what's inside the box.
The main story here is not what comes inside the box, even though you get all of the normal Blu goodies and necessities, such as your USB-Cecharging cable, wall adaptor, a pair of headphones, a case, and an additonal screen protector. No, the real story here, are the specs of the Pure XR. The phone is a bit pricier than normal, coming in at $299 off contract, but the specs of this phone is still well worth the price.
The BLU Pure XR is rocking:
- 5.5” SUPER AMOLED Dispaly at 1920x1080
- An octa core 2GHZ 64 bit processor
- 16mp rear facing and an 8mp front facing camera
- 64GB of Internal storage with 4GB of Ram
- A 3,000 mAh battery with USB type C quick charge
- A fingerprint sensor
- 3D Touch
Overall, the design of the BLU Pure XR is fairly nice, but also pretty similar to the rest of their more recent phones. It does feature an all aluminum body design which feels magnifcent in the hand. It's extremely light and thin coming in at only 7mm thick.
On the bottom, you'll find your USB-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack. The right has your power and volume rocker, and the left is where your Dual SIM card tray is located. In the center of the back lies your fingerprint sensor.
The sensor so far is super accurate and fast, but does feel a bit weird. It is a physical home button but it feels a bit loose when lightly touched. It's a little hard to explain.
Finally, the software is BLU’s spin on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The phone is pretty similar to the other BLU phones that have this specific skin but there are a few interesting features that we will have to touch more on in the full review. The most intriguing feature is the additon of 3D Touch and some apparent edge features.
Of course these features model the iPhone and Samsung flagships. For the most part, they work quite well. When you 3D Touch some of the stock apps, more options come up like on the Camera app, you can take a quick selfie or launch into the video camera. The design even looks A LOT like the iPhones but hey, some might not be on board with BLU’s choice to include 3D Touch but I think it's a nice touch. No pun intended.
The edge screen feature is a bit different than what you would find on the Note 7 or S7 edge. It only works as an app switcher and you have to tell it which apps you want it to work inside of. Also, you have to find the right spot and I have no clue where that spot was at most of the time.
This feature is definitely a work in progress.
Finally, the 16mp rear facing camera, for now, seems to be one of the BEST cameras I have used in a BLU phone. I have only taken a few photos so far but in my full reiview, I will have more information about this camera.
That's all for now guys, please let me know what you would want to see in my full review of the new BLU Pure XR and of course, links to purchase this phone can be found below.