$60 Bluboo Xfire shows you how little money can go far


What can you get for just $60? Sure, a few meals, a little gas for transportation, a few months of Netflix, and now even an Android smartphone form Bluboo!

First, let’s get some of the more tech-savvy standard expectations out of the way. The Bluboo Xfire features a 5-inch, IPS LCD screen, a 64-bit, 1Ghz, MediaTek MT6735 processor, colorful back covers to choose from (black, white, and blue), dual-SIM slots, a 2,750mAh battery, and Android 5.1 Lollipop, the latest from Google (though Android 6.0 Marshmallow is set to arrive September 29th with the new LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P).

The company says that the 2,750mAh battery can get you through a day of heavy usage or two days with normal use, and it seems sufficient for a 5-inch display. To put this battery into perspective, recall that Google’s own LG Nexus 5 from 2013 featured a 4.95-inch display with an ~2,350mAh battery.

Now, for the surprises. First, the Bluboo Xfire has dual mics, one to improve call quality and one for noise reduction – making the Bluboo Xfire the first entry-level device to have the feature. Next, while 8MP cameras are an industry standard with mid-range smartphones nowadays, Bluboo provides a 5MP front camera that competes with high-end “selfie” smartphone cameras. The recent 5MP front camera trend was inaugurated by HTC on its high-end One M7, but has since been picked up by Sony, Samsung, LG, and others.

Bluboo Xfire

Two more surprises remain about this device. The Bluboo Xfire provides gesture controls that let you dictate how you wake your screen, play back your music, and quick start the device camera. For those who want to customize even further, Bluboo says that the Bluboo Xfire will have ROMs and that the “official will provide” CyanogenMod and MIUI ROMs later.

You get all of this for just $60. If you wanna see how far your small money can take you, head on over to www.bluboo.com.cn or a Bluboo online retailer. Are you impressed by how far your $60 can travel?

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10 Comments

  1. Muhammad Yasir
    September 19, 2015

    is this an AD ?!

    didnt sound like an article :/

    • Max
      September 20, 2015

      sadly it does sound and feel like an ad. i get the feeling that there are a few “not-so-talented” editors on this site, besides yash and andi (and chris from the german iteration). some stuff on here is badly investigated or simply wrong, some sounds like an ad and some stuff is just weeks too late to be “news”. and that new design is aweful… please andi, don’t let this once good site go to waste!

      • Muhammad Yasir
        September 20, 2015

        where is Chris… i miss chris 🙁

  2. manos manolis
    September 19, 2015

    Where can you find it for 60$.alsothe

  3. Jim Shortz
    September 19, 2015

    Thats mind boggling stuff. Almost sounds too good to be true. Device review needed.

  4. Yeti hand
    September 19, 2015

    So where is the 60 dollars price tag?

  5. Chandra
    September 20, 2015

    The article is misleading on this phone price. Each and every retailer is seeling this above $84. So my question is who is selling this for $60 ?.

  6. kupoo
    September 20, 2015

    You should mark advertisement as such, otherwise there is no reason to visit this site.

  7. balcobomber25
    September 20, 2015

    I like it, especially that blue color. It’s different than normal white and black phones with the occasional metallic color. But I agree with everyone else where is it being sold for $60?? Every reseller has it for at least $80.

  8. The Special Juan
    September 22, 2015

    Another Diedre advert. Been a few of these lately.