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Meet the world's cheapest phablet!

The Gadget Show  Wednesday 13 March 2013

Meet the world's cheapest phablet!

Smartphone upstart Blu Products has dished out three brand new Android-powered smartphones, each of them aimed at different users and price points – but it’s the biggest one that’s caught our eye. Fancy a 200 quid phablet? Look no further than the Blu Life View.

Despite measuring in at 8.9mm thin, the Blu Life View packs in a 5.7-inch HD display along with a beefy 12-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and a five-megapixel front-facing camera. There’s plenty of storage space on the phone thanks to the 16GB of flash memory built-in, which can also be expanded up to a further 32GB thanks to the microSD memory card slot, plus a healthy 1GB of RAM to help you multi-task with ease. Ringing up at $299 (£200), who needs a £465 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 when this phablet gives you plenty of viewing space for less than half the price?

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The Blu Life One, on the other hand, is a fully aluminium-clad, five-inch smartphone, that’s protected by Gorilla Glass 2. Much like the View, the One also shares the same price point and specs, but in a smaller and more manageable chassis. If you’re after something even cheaper, Blu Products has you covered with its Life Play, which is priced at $229 (£153). The low-range model measures in with a 7.9mm thin design, a 4.7-inch display and a five-megapixel rear camera. The storage built-in stacks up shorter, as there’s only 4GB of space, but that’s also upgradeable via microSD.

Each phone in the Blu Life series comes packing the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean release, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and even dual-SIM slots, so you can have one number for work and one for play. The whole line is US only, but if you’re looking to import, they go on sale at the end of April.

Are you looking for something that sizes up for less, or are you holding out for Samsung’s next-gen Note? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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blu products, Android, mobile, phablet

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These look brilliant! Not only are their designs excellent, am I right in thinking this is running stock android? If so, that would make it really easy to update instead if waiting an extra year for an update on a samsung. I'm an iPhone user, but if I were going for an android it would take something pretty special to make me look past these.

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