- Analysis by KJ David
A 2017 expansion model to BLU's unlocked Vivo Android family, the BLU Vivo 8 is an upscale model whose biggest pro is its selfie camera, which overshadows its rear-facing shooter -- a rare facet as of its August 2017 release. By this, we mean that it sports a high-resolution 16-megapixel front-facing camera with a dedicated LED flash , while on the rear is a 13-megapixel Sony-IMX258-sensor camera that records FHD-1080p videos .
Supporting its relatively-ambitious cameras is a robust 4010mAh battery that promises up to 2 days of non-stop usage on a single charge . It also comes with BLU's own 18W Ultra Quick Charge technology . Having a massive pro on the power department causes the Vivo 8 to take a hit in terms of portability, though, since its 180g weight is way-higher than the 150g average as of this review.
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The Vivo 8's pros and cons rely on high-caliber processing specs, including MediaTek's Helio P10 engine, which is a true-eight-core chip peaking at 2GHz , with a high-class 4GB RAM joining in as well. Moreover, it comes with a dedicated Mali-T860 graphics processor to help out on graphic-heavy games or applications.
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Relative to the forenamed selling points, the Vivo 8's 64GB-only internal memory is a slight con, knowing that high-end models with 128GB memories are no longer that rare. Even worse, it supports only up to 64GB of memory expansion , whereas some premium 2017 Androids boast 256GB and even up to 2TB top-up storage allowances.
Some of the Vivo 8's other niceties include a fingerprint detector and the MAXXAudio audio system that claims to enhance its overall audio quality. Lastly, tying all its pros and cons together is a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) In-Cell screen toughened by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 finish , which we would say sounds like a fitting screen for its assortment of mid- and high-end features.
Overall, the BLU Vivo 8 does not impress us with its mellow storage capacity and burdensome-sounding 180g body, but its high-resolution (and rather rare, by 2017 standards) selfie shooter as well as massive battery make for a solid combo for selfie addicts who are in the market for a heavy-duty Android phone.
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