Bluboo launches Xfire 4G budget smartphone
Add Bluboo to your list of rising Chinese smartphone manufacturers as the company is launching its new inexpensive Xfire Android smartphone with dual SIM and 4G LTE compatibility. The plastic smartphone has an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio and a removable back cover for the battery, SIM slots, and MicroSD card. While the outer chassis is plastic, the inner frame is Titanium alloy for better resistance against twists and shock.
Perhaps more notably, the manufacturer claims that the Xfire will ship with a pure version of Android 5.1 Lollipop with no third-party applications pre-installed. Users can then choose to install CyanogenMod or MIUI if desired.
Core specifications for the Xfire include:
- 5-inch IPS display (1000:1 contrast, 450 nit brightness)
- 960 x 540 resolution
- Quad-core MediaTek MT6735m SoC
- 1 GB RAM
- 8 GB eMMC + MicroSD
- Dual SIM (Cat. 4 150 Mbps, FDD-LTE)
- 802.11b/g/n. Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/AGPS
- 2750 mAh battery
- Rear 8 MP camera (F/2.0, 28 mm wide-angle) + front 5 MP camera (wide 88 degree)
- 149 g
- 9.3 mm thickness
The manufacturer has also released a set of pictures taken with the rear camera to compare against the iPhone 6. The images, as seen below, show Xfire pictures on the right and iPhone 6 pictures on the left. Unfortunately, the comparison is in low resolution and likely on purpose to hide the differences in details. Nonetheless, colors appear more natural and without a blue overcast on the Apple.
The Bluboo Xfire is now available for about $85 USD, which makes it one the cheaper phones you can get with 4G support. Colors come in Black, White, and Blue.