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BLU Vivo Air 4.8-inch is a 5.15mm thin phone

by on06 February 2015

MediaTek MT6592 Octa-Core at $199, no contract

We are keeping a close eye on Meizu and Xiaomi, along with other Chinese phone and tablet manufactures, and companies like One Plus One. These brands have invested a lot in marketing and presented their phones as very desirable, with good specs and design at a tempting price tag. 

There are even smaller companies that can surprise and one of them is Blue Vivo. The BLU Vivo AIR smartphone deserves its name, as this is currently the world's thinnest phone that measures just 5.15mm, making iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 looking like a fat old men. The iPhone 6 is 6.9 millimetre thick, or thin.

The BLU Vivo Air is 95 gram 139.8x67.5x5.15mm phone with a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display with IPS technology. It comes with 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8-megapixel f2.4 rear camera and , 5-megapixel front camera. It has a 2100 mAh battery, but sadly there's no microSD slot. The phone was launched in early January at CES 2015 and is already available.

It uses an octa-core MediaTek MT6592 with eight Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. The SoC packs an ARM Mali 450 GPU. It doesn’t support LTE, but it will work with HSPA+ 21Mbps (850/1900/2100MHz) which is enough for most of mainstream phones. The phone has Bluetooth 4.0 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, but there is no NFC. The camera can record 1080p Video at 30fps.

One of the best things is that BLU Vivo AIR phone looks a bit more expensive that it really is, as it sells for $199 in the US, contract free. BLU also included Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides, as well as some DTS surround technology for better sound. The phone ships with Android 4.4.2 and the company promises an upgrade to Android 5.0 by July 2015. It is important to mention that this is a unibody piece aluminium phone with some magnesium bits inside. In other words, it shouldn't feel cheap thanks to the metal and glass finish. 

The phone is available on Amazon right now. Although it lacks some features like LTE, microSD and a bigger storage option, it sells for $199 which is hard to beat given its spec and appearance.

Last modified on 06 February 2015
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