super phone is the seldom heard words in the world of smartphone, but that won’t stop BLU Products from claiming its new flagships, the LIFE 8 and VIvo IV, as super phones. and to top that off, it also stake the claim as the first mobile devices to be available in Americas with “true octa-core mobile processing.” both devices are powered by MediaTek’s MT6592 SoC featuring an advanced eight-core processor and Mali 450-MP4 GPU, promising “industry-leading multimedia capabilities and excellent power efficiency.” kicking off the duo is the Vivo IV, now into its fourth iterations, sporting a 5-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display with protection offered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. it has 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard memory, but no mention of expansion slot, so we are assuming it is a no, which means you will have live with the meagre 16GB.
however, we are sure you will look past this ‘shortfall’ if you knew has an amazingly affordable price tag of $299. unlocked and contract-free. other details on the Vivo IV include 2G/3G radios, HSPA+ 21Mbps support, 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, a built-in 2,300 mAh lithium polymer battery, wireless ac, Bluetooth 4.0 technology, plus the usual servings of connectivity and sensors. it also worthy to mention that this device measures a cool 5.5mm thin and is no doubt designed as an eye-pleaser. just check out the angular design with large chamfer edges. we though it looks pretty elegant and sophisticated.
up next is the LIFE 8, which though share the same processor and GPU, is only blessed with one GB of RAM and a super modest 8GB of storage. but storage is expandable up to 64GB with microSD card. in fact, there is really nothing to shout about other than the eight-core processor. expect details like a 5-inch HD IPS display with OGS Touch display and Full Lamination technology, a 8MP rear shooter and a 2MP front-facing imager, wireless ac, Bluetooth 4.0, a non-removable 2,000 mAh battery, dual sim support, plus the garden variety of connectivity and sensors. then again, the LIFE 8 has a really attractive price point: it is expected to retail for $199, unlocked and contract-free, of course. both device will run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean at launch, but expect a jump to Android 4.4 KitKat in June 2014. keep your eyes peeled on Amazon as they will be available through Amazon.