There are a lot of manufacturers looking toward the low priced yet premium phone space, but Blu is one of the only companies trying to do that from within the US. Founded in 2009, Blu has been impressing Americans with its range of devices – which are designed in the country but manufactured in China – over the last few years.
Blu Vivo 6 Full Specification, Features, Price, Release Date And Review
It packs some high-end specs, but comes with a lower price than you may expect from looking at it.
Blu Vivo 6 price and release date
- Out now in the UK
- Originally cost £184.99, but the price went up to £239.99
- Now cheaper on Amazon at £179.99
You can buy the Vivo 6 right now, but only in the UK currently. Blu listed the phone on Amazon at £184.99 on Black Friday, but the price then went back up to £239.99.
Blu dropping the price is a big deal and makes this a much more attractive option in a market of fantastic cheap phones.
- Fast fingerprint sensor that’s not always on cheaper phones
- Premium feel design makes it something to behold
We’ll talk about the design of the Blu Vivo 6 in-depth in a moment, but it’s a big feature of the phone and is worth highlighting.
This feels like a premium phone, it has a good weight in the hand but is also easy to hold and doesn’t feel fragile to the touch.
There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone below the screen – that’s something you won’t always get at this price point. This is slicker than on other affordable phones like the Moto G4 Plus, and sits flush with the rest of the body.
Another big headline feature of the Vivo 6 is the 4GB of RAM under the hood. That’s the same amount as you’d find on much more expensive devices including the Huawei Mate 9 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Design and display
- Impressive metal design considering price point
- Full HD display is also a big highlight
- Limited colour choices is a big disappointment
When you first pick up the Vivo 6 it’s notable how premium the device feels. It’s large, but still light and sits in the hand comfortably considering this is a big phablet device.
On the front of the phone there’s a 5.5-inch 1080p display. The picture quality and viewing angles look good and if you fiddle with the settings you’ll be able to get it quite bright.
The auto-brightness mode isn’t that impressive though, and made the screen come across a little more dull than it should have been. You’ll want to manually tweak the brightness, but that’s simple to do.
But by opting for a higher resolution the Vivo 6 has an ideal size and quality screen for watching short bursts of video and browsing through apps.
The rest of the device has a full aluminium unibody that feels soft on the palm of your hand, while the Blu logo is indented into the back of the phone and looks slick.
The Vivo 6 also has chamfered edges, which give it a particularly high-end look that’s not usually found on devices at this price point.
You especially notice how good it appears when looking at the all-metal back of the phone. There are certainly elements of the iPhone design at play here, but Blu is also trying to do its own thing with the look of the Vivo 6.
Both are bold choices and it’s a shame there’s not a grey, white or black version as well, because not everybody wants a vibrantly coloured phone.
On the bottom of the phone sits a USB-C port alongside the stereo DTS speakers. The volume rocker and power button sit at the top on the right hand side of the phone, making them easy to tap for right-handed users.
On the top edge there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is appreciated considering not all phones include the tech anymore.
Below the screen there’s a fingerprint scanner – something you won’t always get at this price point – which is easy to set up and doubles as a home button.
All in all, the Vivo 6 is a good looking smartphone and you won’t be disappointed when you take it out of the box.
- A 3,130mAh cell that’s good for a Full HD phone
- Strong Extreme Power Saving Mode for emergencies
Battery-wise there’s a 3,130mAh unit to keep the phone running, and an Extreme Power Saver Mode for real battery emergencies.
We put the Vivo 6 through our battery test – where we play a 90-minute video at full brightness with connectivity options on – and the phone had 81% battery at the end.
It means the Vivo 6 lost 19% of its charge, much like the Honor 5X did in this test. The Moto G4 Plus lost less battery at 17%, while the Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus lost a lot more at 24% of its charge.
In terms of daily use we found the Vivo 6 to be OK and usually make it to the end of an intense day with about 10% of its battery left over.
If you’re going to be doing a lot with your handset, you may want a phone with a slightly longer life and it’s a big shame Blu didn’t see fit to include fast-charging here to ensure you’re always charged up.
The Vivo 6 is charged up via USB-C, which is a welcome addition to the phone and makes it easy to plug in the cable when it comes to that time of day.
- The rear camera has a 13MP Sony lens
- This isn’t the best affordable camera phone, but it’s acceptable
- Its 8MP selfie camera may impress you
The Blu Vivo 6 won’t give you the high-quality photography you’d expect to see from some smartphone cameras, but the results here are quite good compared to competition in the affordable space.
The Moto G4 Plus is the one to beat in this area, and quite a few of the examples we took showed the Vivo 6 can hold its own.
There’s a 13MP Sony lens on the rear of the Vivo 6 and it proves impressive in terms of raw shooting ability.
When shooting in good lighting and with a stable phone, the Vivo 6 produces a high-quality image that’s a touch better than the images from most phones you’d find in this space.
You can get a great image if you take a bit of time, but the nature of most smartphone photography is that you’re usually taking photos at speed and putting your phone back in your pocket immediately after.
The camera app on the Vivo 6 is simple to use and the interface is very easy to navigate. There aren’t many complicated features here – it’s just a case of choosing the setting you’d like and then taking a snap.
But there are some things you can tweak, including a lens feature that’s a big help if you want to create arty images and don’t want to download photo editing software to your phone.
Blu’s Vivo 6 also comes with a HDR mode, which is something often missing from phones at this price point. If you want a more vibrant image from the Vivo 6 we’d recommend switching this on immediately when you get the phone.
For the front camera, there’s an impressive 8MP sensor. That’s usually the level you’d find on a Chinese smartphone in 2016 and it can take quality shots by front-facing camera standards.