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BLU Energy XL Review

Skye Hudson 21-10-2016

Tired of your phone dying before the day is even over? Well, I bet with the BLU Energy XL, you could make it at least two days without charging. This phone is a battery beast, and at only $300, it’s less than half the price of most flagship smartphones What's the Best Android Smartphone in 2016? Buying an iPhone is simple -- if you want the best device, you buy the newest one. If you want a cheaper one, you buy one that's a year or two old. Read More .


With pretty decent hardware specs, amazing battery life, and a low price, is there anything the BLU Energy XL can’t do? Definitely. The camera isn’t great, and the software is outdated and heavily modified (and BLU’s reputation with software updates isn’t the best).

Still, if you’re in the market for a budget device, you’ll definitely want to check out this phone.


  • Chipset: Octa-core 1.3GHz MediaTek 6753 Processor with Mali-T720 GPU
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 13MP rear-facing, 5MP front-facing
  • Size: 160.9mm x 81.2mm x 8.4mm (6.33in x 3.20in x 0.33in)
  • Weight: 208g (7.34oz)
  • Screen: 6.0″ Super AMOLED  1920px by 1080px with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Expansion: microSD card slot up to 32GB
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Operating System: Heavily customized Lollipop 5.1
  • Extra Features: FM Radio, Fingerprint sensor, LED notification light

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BLU is known for making cheap, plasticky phones BLU Studio Energy Review and Giveaway For only $150, the BLU Studio Energy packs a massive 5,000mAH battery that lasts for days - but is it more than just a huge battery? Read More that you can tell right off the bat are budget devices — but not with the Energy XL. This device is made of nice, sturdy aluminum. There are plastic caps around the top and bottom to house the antennas, but they offer a nice accent to the phone. The curved glass even makes the edges feel smooth and much nicer in the hand than you’d expect for $300.



The power button, volume rocker, and microSD card slot 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a MicroSD Card Buying MicroSD cards may seem simple, but here are a few critical mistakes to avoid if you don't want to regret your purchase. Read More are on the right side. Storage-wise, the Energy XL has a massive 64GB inside, and the microSD card allows you to expand that up another 32GB officially, though some people have reported getting 64GB microSD cards to work as well.


On the bottom, you’ll find the USB Type-C port What Is USB Type-C? Ah, the USB plug. It is as ubiquitous now as it is notorious for never being able to be plugged in right the first time. Read More and headphone jack No Stereo Jack, No Problem: Why the iPhone 7 Sounds Great It's official -- Apple has removed the standard 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7. But don't worry, this is a good thing. Read More . The left side has the dual SIM card slot, and the top is bare. You’ll notice there’s no removable back here, and that means the giant battery is non-removable — but given how much juice it holds, I doubt you’d ever need to replace it.



The most noticeable thing about this device is how huge it is. The 6″ screen doesn’t have a ton of bezel, so it’s not impossible to hold in one hand, but it’s certainly a challenge. This thing eclipses other modern “large” phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and iPhone 7 Plus. It’s heavier and thicker as well, but not by much. Whether or not it feels good in your hand will really just come down to personal preference.

And while the screen might make it a little difficult to hold, it sure is a good quality. It gets reasonably bright, and the fact that it’s Super AMOLED instead of LCD Common Mobile Display Technologies You Should Know When you're comparing different mobile devices, whether they're phones, tablets, e-readers, or laptops, one of the differentiating features can be the display technology. But do you know the differences? Read More means darker blacks and brighter colors. Sure, it’s “only” 1080p, but you really can’t see any pixels at all.


At the bottom of the front, you’ll find a physical home button along with two capacitive keys for Recents and Back. The home button is also a fingerprint scanner, though it’s just a hair slower than most other fingerprints scanners, like those on the iPhone or Moto phones. It’s enough to make it inconvenient to use, in my opinion.



With a rear-facing 13MP camera and a front-facing 5MP camera, the BLU Energy XL looks pretty good on paper. Unfortunately, its photos don’t quite live up to the specs.


The dynamic range is poor (as you can see in the sample photo below where the top of the photo is blown out) and the photos are just less crisp than what you’d get out of high-end smartphones. That said, taking into account its $300 price, it’s really not bad. It’s usable.



The software interface itself isn’t bad. There are a bunch of fancy modes for filters, HDR, improved selfies, professional controls, and so on. There’s even a burst mode if you hold down the shutter. But at the end of the day, you’re only going to be able to squeeze mediocre photos out of this thing.



The rear-facing speaker on this device is pretty loud, but it’s biggest flaw is that it’s located on the back. You can cup your hand around it while watching videos, but it’s still not an ideal placement. Plus, any audio that comes from it sounds a good deal more tinny to me than it does coming from other smartphones I’ve tested.


Powered by a 1.3Ghz octa-core MediaTek processor, you really shouldn’t expect the Energy XL to be a processing beast. MediaTek processors are known for being weaker, cheaper chips, and this one is no exception.

That being said, the difference seems to be getting less noticeable. In past BLU devices, I’ve encountered severe lag to the point of getting frustrated using the device at all, but with the Energy XL, that didn’t happen. Sure, apps open marginally slower than on competing devices, but for the amount of money you’re saving here, it’s not a huge sacrifice. Multi-tasking and pulling down the notification shade all happens quickly enough.

Also, 3GB of RAM really isn’t a bad deal for a phone at this price range. It’s not the 4GB that most Android flagships are shipping with (and it’s definitely not the OnePlus 3 OnePlus 3 Review OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 were tricky to get hold of, despite attracting favorable reviews. This time around, things are different. Read More ‘s 6GB), but it should be good enough for most people.


BLU’s heavily customized version of Android 5.1 Lollipop is probably the most disappointing thing about this phone — unless you want an iPhone clone, that is. The software here takes a lot of cues from iOS, including not having an app drawer and having a “control center” if you swipe up from the bottom.


The notification shade lacks any settings or shortcuts to your settings — that’s all accessed by swiping up, which can take some getting used to if you’ve used any other Android device.


Plus, the very fact that it’s based on Android 5.1 Lollipop is disheartening, given that 6.0 Marshmallow has been around for a while and 7.0 Nougat is slowly rolling out. And BLU has a terrible track record with updates, so I wouldn’t hold your breath for a Marshmallow update, much less a Nougat update.

The built-in apps are colorful and have a very distinct feel to them, including the Notes and Gallery shown above. The overall design seems to be soft, bright, and simple — but it does feel cartoonish at times.


Some other little tweaks have been added too. Notifications no longer show on the lockscreen (you’ll need to swipe down from the notification bar to see them), and BLU has thrown some “smart gestures” and other possibly-gimmicky features into the settings.


A few of the changes are genuinely useful, like having a battery percentage in the notification shade and using double tap to wake, but for the most part, they feel like the kind of confusing features Samsung likes to pack their devices with.

Overall, I’d say that Android purists would hate this software. On the other hand, if you like a more iPhone-esque design, you might appreciate it.

Battery Life

Battery life is really the Energy XL’s biggest selling point. The 5,000mAh battery lasted me two days of heavy usage, and could last even longer with light usage 10 Proven and Tested Tips to Extend Battery Life on Android Suffering from poor battery life on Android? Follow these tips to get more juice out of your Android device's battery. Read More . 5,000mAh is almost double the capacity of many modern smartphones, which usually fall somewhere between 2,500mAh and 3,500mAh. But BLU just went and smashed them all out of the park.

It also uses USB Type-C for quick charging, which allows this massive battery to fill up ridiculously fast. There’s no wireless charging here, but it does get fully charged in around 2 hours.


$300 for this phone does seem like a great deal to me. You are making some sacrifices, but you could buy two of these in the place of one Samsung Galaxy S7.

However, it’s also worth mentioning that BLU includes a lot of extras in the box: headphones, a screen protector, a case, and a USB OTG cable What Is USB OTG? 5 Cool Ways to Use It on Android What is USB OTG and how can you use it on Android? We explain the feature and the many ways to utilize it. Read More . In terms of bang for your buck, BLU is way ahead of the game.

Should You Buy It?

The pros and the cons of the BLU Energy XL seem pretty clear cut to me. It has great battery life, a good screen, good build quality, and a low price. That’s countered by a weak camera, a mediocre processor, and sloppy software.

Your only other consideration might be the enormous size, but some people like giant phones while others don’t.

Our verdict of the BLU Energy XL:
If your main concern is price and battery life, get it. If you’d prefer a phone with a better camera and a nicer operating system that will receive updates, look elsewhere.
7 10

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  1. Robert Smith
    December 27, 2016 at 5:34 am

    hello great information , I think BLU Energy XL has great features and good compatibility as compared to another phone . This phone is made for every person students , employee, old age person .

  2. fernando
    November 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    lol how come you not even pick a winner yet and you already making another giveaway wdf are this real or you just trying to getting viewers or subscriber only?

  3. Alfred C
    November 3, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    This is worth it.

  4. Giorgio Tulio Scampini Chin Aleong
    October 29, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    An of them things that more I called the attention of the Blu Energy XL is your great battery, since my activities daily by work in activities maritime require of it use constant of communication, this great battery of 5000 mAh I would arrive at the end of the day and more

  5. Giorgio Tulio Scampini Chin Aleong
    October 27, 2016 at 2:07 am

    I had the opportunity of becoming the owner of a studio 5.0 blu c hd for almost a year tenial dislike of 16 gb of internal memory, a great smartphone, unfortunately I it was robbed, so I know the brand and their teams, for what would be extraordinary to again have a smartphone of this brand, its 5000 mah battery, its 3 gb ram and its internal memory 64 make it the perfect device for my needs is why I hope to win this great smartphone

  6. S
    October 26, 2016 at 7:23 pm


  7. Oh yina
    October 25, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Amazing! Hopefully I can get this free giveaway as I really wished to try this phone special features stated. Hope I can get it.

    Thank you very much and best regards

  8. Pamela
    October 25, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Interesting phone! I'm loving the long battery life. The only real downside I can see is the camera not being the greatest, but I'm not too thrilled with any smartphone's camera at this point. I don't understand why you say it won't receive updates for OS? Thanks for sponsoring this, and for the great review!

  9. jimvandamme
    October 25, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I bought a Blu Dash X for $70 and am impressed.

  10. kumar
    October 23, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    The storage is gigantic +32
    it sure is lollipop ......
    and a huge battery life ............. mmmmmmmmmmm
    that sounds tasty ....... ok thats for the phone

    but if I get it from a fairy like beauty@Riley J. Dennis
    would definetly be a souvenir for me...................... with a permanent wallpaper print of your pic on back cover (yay i mean it..... and yep its a gentlemans promise )

    its like the beauty and the beast.... woh ho ho yaaay .. tempting

  11. James Eriksen
    October 22, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I've been using it for a little over a month, now. Big display, big battery, USB-C charging - I can watch 1% uptick per minute while it’s on the charger. Yes, I replaced the launcher and keyboard, and I imagine it’s running 5.0 because it’s a known variable, and they can tweak out more battery-life than they could 6.0, which has been promised before the year is out.
    I'm holding onto this one for a while...

  12. fernando
    October 22, 2016 at 4:07 am

    nice phone i hoping winning this time since i never win anything in my life from this giveaway