This smartphone has been provided to us to review by the good folks at GearBest.com. The Xtouch is Bluboo’s 2015 flagship smartphone and aims to bring a lot of value at a competitive price ($179.99). We have put it through two weeks of usage in order to properly test it for all-day usage.
Below you will find our findings in our hands-on review of the Bluboo Xtouch smartphone. While the trend, especially by Chinese manufacturers, is to focus on the bigger screen sizes (5.5 inch), the Xtouch chose to produce a slightly smaller phone with a 5 inch display. Which can be considered as a smart move since there is still a strong niche market for these kind of phones by those of us with either smaller hand or pocket sizes — i.e. those of you who believe that less is more. Bluboo tries to deliver a top of the class smartphone in the 5 inch market segment. In order to review this attempt, let’s start off by listing the specifications.
Bluboo Xtouch – Specifications
Dimensions: 71 x 143 x 7.5 mm
Weight: 158 g
SoC: MediaTek MT6753
CPU: ARM Cortex-A53, 1300 MHz – 8 cores
GPU: ARM Mali-T720 MP3, 700 MHz – 3 cores
RAM: 3 GB, 800 MHz
Storage: 32 GB ROM
Memory cards: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Display: 5.0 inch FHD Screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Battery: 3050 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Camera: Front 8.0MP + Rear 13.0MP cameras
SIM card: Dual SIM dual standby, Micro-SIM, Micro-SIM / microSD
Wi-Fi: a, b, g, n, Wi-Fi Hotspot
USB: 2.0, Micro USB
Positioning: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Fingerprint Recognition: Built into the physical home button
Network: 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz; 3G: WCDMA 850/900/2100MHz; 4G: LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz
FM Radio: Earphones act as antenna
NFC: Not supported
Bluboo Xtouch – Benchmark
As you have probably noticed it is a pretty decent phone with some good specifications. It might not be killing the competition in the market on specifications, but at least it stands it ground as a good alternative. When we ran the AnTuTu benchmark v6.0.1 on it we got back an overall score of 48.815 points for the Xtouch. When we brake up the score in the different sub-parts we got: 7.408 pts for 3D; 25.777 pts for UX; 22.875 pts for CPU; and 6.755 pts for RAM. However when we view the phone in the ranking list it scores 10.000 points lower (38.815 pts) and ends up below phones such as the Vivo X5Pro and the Lenovo K3 Note. But since a benchmark score on itself only says so much we’ve tested it’s usage ourselves as well.
Bluboo Xtouch – CI Opinion
Overall the phone is pretty responsive and fast enough while using mainstream apps like Chrome, Gmail, Calendar, Google Maps, WhatsApp and Spotify. The camera usage from a software perspective is decent. However, while playing Asphalt 8 on the Bluboo Xtouch we experienced a bit of lag, even while setting the video graphics to ‘low’. You can still enjoy yourself while playing games on it but don’t expect a power house in this area, if that is what you’re looking for you need to upgrade your budget slightly. All in all it delivers pretty good performance in speed for it’s price, which is at the time of writing $179.99 at GearBest.
Bluboo Xtouch – Camera
We really liked that in addition to the 13MP rear camera it also comes with a 8MP front camera – in this price range you often end up with a 5MP front camera. Photos from both the rear and front camera can be found further below. And the fingerprint scanner built in the home button is also a fun feature, allowing for a very fast secure login while coming out of standby. It worked pretty well for us, although from time to time we needed to wipe the button to clean it up for quicker recognition. However, if you have greasy fingers like us you will be giving your screen a wipe with a cloth once a day anyway.
Bluboo Xtouch – Dual SIM
The dual SIM connectivity is really useful if you have both a private and business SIM card and don’t want to carry around two phones, or in case you get your data connectivity from a different provider than your calls and sms bundle (out of price reasons). The only minor drawback from our perspective is the lack of NFC support in this phone. NFC is starting to integrate into the payment terminals within shops and banks and other payment services are rolling out apps to support this kind of fast payment methods, therefore we would have really appreciated the NFC support.
Bluboo Xtouch – Daily Use
The 32GB ROM is more than enough for our day to day usage, but if needed you can plug in an additional microSD card to extent your storage space. The 3050 mAh battery is more than good enough to last us through the entire day, especially after installing an App such as Juice Defender. Of course this will be heavily dependent on the type of usage. We also enjoyed the FM radio option while carrying out a daily run through the park. However, not being overly smart about it one of us decided to run with it while carrying it lose in his pocket. While executing an enthusiastic sprint it slipped out of his pocket, landed on the ground and got stamped on. Producing an excruciating, grinding sound. However after dusting off the sand and giving it a good wipe with a t-shirt it came out remarkably well. Only a few small scratches can be identified while holding it in a certain angle to the light. Now, while we don’t recommend doing this yourself it gave us the confidence that the Corning Gorilla Glass can take some degree of abuse and survive. For those of you who like to take it with you during a run we recommend you to always use an armband to keep your phone safely fixated and protected against the rain.
Bluboo Xtouch – Overall
Overall we really like the Bluboo Xtouch and think it an excellent choice if you are looking for a reasonable priced 5 inch smartphone. A good alternative might be the Oneplus X, which has a similar screen size and Dual SIM support. However, although the Oneplus X might pack a little more power under the hood, it also costs more than an additional $100 (~$285). Therefore we conclude that the Bluboo is a very competitive offer in terms of performance at its price range ($150-$200). Our thanks goes out to GearBest for recommending this phone to use and enabling us to write a review about it.
Some pictures of the device itself (shot with another phone):
And as promised you can find below some pictures taken with the Bluboo Xtouch. First the 13MP rear camera:
And the 8MP front camera:
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