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Here's what a $150, big-screen Android phone looks like (hands-on) For the 5.5-inch Blu Vivo XL, low cost is the name of the game.

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If you absolutely must have a large-screen, low-cost phone, the Blu Vivo XL announced here at CES in Las Vegas is throwing its hat in the ring. Its $150 price tag (or about £100 or AU$210) is ridiculously low for a 5.5-inch screen, and that's how Blu is building its brand.

We don't know yet when it goes on sale.

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Although Blu phones mostly sell throughout Latin and South America, it is only one of many lesser-known phonemakers taking advantage of US customers' growing opportunities to buy lower-cost phones without a contract by going through third-party stores or directly through vendor websites.

In the case of the Vivo XL, cost matters more than the performance, but the specs are higher than they could be for a phone at this cost, and it looks promising in person, thanks to a fresh interface that takes a different spin on Android than many we've seen out there.

The Vivo XL is very similar to the all-metal Vivo 5, but has a smaller internal memory bank while being made with plastic rather than a metal chassis. The Vivo XL here also comes in more colors: midnight blue and rose gold in addition to silver and gold.

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Hardware specs:

  • 5.5-inch 1,280 x 720-pixel AMOLED display
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop (upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, 1080p HD video capture
  • 5-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1.3GHz octa-core Mediatek 6753 processor
  • 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM
  • Dual-SIM card slots
  • 3,150mAh nonremovable battery