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Review: Blu mash XR

For many, Blu is a somewhat unknown brand so it is well worth a presentation: it’s an American brand based in Florida that rebreandea phones and sells them more affordable than traditional brands.

A couple of months, Blu came to Chile with several models including the Blu mash XR, the most advanced model of Blu, which is actually a team of high average range, that has some good interesting things and other not so much.


  • Screen: 5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 pixels, Super AMOLED and Gorilla Glass 3
  • Processor: MediaTek P10 Helio’s eight-core 2 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Operating system: Android 6.0.1
  • Cameras: 16 Megapixel rear, front-8 megapixel
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • MicroSD slot with support for up to 64 GB



Aesthetically, the XR mashed Blu has nothing pompous or overly conspicuous at a glance. The phone has good straight edges, is not too heavy and could seem one Xperia any.

In general everything feels quite firm in the XR Pure and there is never the feeling that the phone is going to break the first fall (not I threw it on the floor or I dropped, it is worth clarifying). The only ugly detail in terms of the construction of the equipment is in the physical buttons: both the front button and the sides were loose. Consulting with other people who used the equipment, the case was repeated in several so it seems to me that it is not a question of one team but the full game. And Yes, can seem a mere detail but is is of buttons that are use of form constant and definitely the sensitivity not is the best.

Almost as if the phone is was disarming or as if those buttons had been assembled to it fast.

The XR mashed Blu screen is not bad. The colors are vivid and it has a glow even in the worst light conditions. It brings also a fingerprint reader on the home button that works reliably even when the same button is loose.

Performance, puts is slow or not?


But importantly, more even as you can see, is its performance. And in that sense I have no complaints about this team, which runs with Android 6.0.1 and during weeks of use had practically crashes or none of those problems that affect Android as more and more applications are installed.

The team runs fluid almost always, despite that small layer of customization that brought from factory. In my case, I have as a rule to install Google Now in all equipment with Android that I use and this was no exception.

While Pure XR is not a team of low range, it is not uncommon that even more powerful computers become slow due to lack of memory, something that grows if applications there are bloatware, either the manufacturer or the operator, which cannot be removed.

Blu is a bit curious because few applications “extra” brand that brings are some Amazon who have little sense that exist in the U.S. market, but none on the Chilean or Latin American market. Now, probably the company didn’t bother to remove them thinking about the cost-benefit of doing so, perhaps because they do not annoy or who is I.

But as in the case of them buttons loose, is a detail that speaks of the care (or the lack of) at the time of assembling the product.

So what are my photos?

The camera takes good photos, always considering its range. It is not far the best camera on the market, but it is not the worst.

As expected, everything depends on the conditions of the environment light. Day and with natural light photos in general have colors correct, with some “noise” but nothing so terrible that makes them see evil. Night obviously the quality gets worse, but – still comfortable staff – photos in complicated environments such as panoramic aerial of half light near a city or Thomas are more than acceptable.

The topic of photos is in general associated with the price of the equipment. We know very well that even high-end phones are infallible taking pictures at night or in low light. In the end, everything is a matter of knowing that demand on the phone and in the case of Pure XR, it seems to me that the quality of the images is acceptable for your range.

Conclusion: A good team, but in Chile a little expensive


One of the graces of Blu and this model in particular is having a pretty competitive price in its original market. Pure XR in Chile costs CLP $330,000, which sounds a little expensive beyond that is a phone with pretty good performance in general.

The ‘problem’ comes to put it side by side with other brands which offer similar yields and better prices. I repeat: XR mash is a good team but has few things in which it differs from other models such as the Moto G4 or the new Idol 4, which can cost much less.

Ignoring that – importantly – detail, the XR mashed Blu is quite nice phone that no color fastness in nothing but in the same way also has some feature that does too much stress over their competitors. “Sober” would be the best word to define it and even though it is not a bad alternative, but that unfortunately its price plays him against.

Anyway, there are worse cases. Much worse.

The good news:

  • The Chamber, of very acceptable quality
  • Good battery life
  • Pays well, despite the customization of Android (Google Now is a must)

The bad:

  • The buttons are loose, what there is Blu?
  • Price: nope. For CLP $100,000 less talk

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