Blu on Monday revealed the Vivo 5R as yet another smartphone in it’s quickly growing Android-powered portfolio. Priced at a mere $200, the unlocked handset can be paired with AT&T, T-Mobile, and other GSM networks.

Blu Vivo 5R unboxing and first impressions

Whereas its last model, the Pure XR was aimed at the upper end, the Vivo 5R has the middle range in mind. And, more specifically, it’s somewhat of a refresh of the Vivo 5 which launched only some eight months ago around CES.

Powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Vivo 5R offers up a 5.5-inch display at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Key hardware includes an octa-core processor (MediaTek 6753 1.3GHz) with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Yes, it seems that 3GB is now considered par for the course in the middle of the pack.


In terms of cameras, the Vivo 5R features a 13-megapixel rear sensor and front-facing 8-megapixel shooter. Rounding things out we find a 3,150mAh battery, microSD card slot for external storage, and a fingerprint sensor located on the rear.

Where to Buy

Available in Slate Grey and Lush Gold options, the Vivo 5R is designed with premium materials including aluminum and curved glass. Customers interested in purchasing the phone can go to Amazon or Best Buy; shipping is currently listed as starting from September 21.

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