bluboo X550

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Since the series of Chinese phones with huge battery started about three weeks ago, we’ve seen so many little known brands whose common denominator is large battery and in most cases very low cost. The Blueboo X550 is one of such smartphones.

bluboo X550

What makes Bluetooth X550 slightly different from the other phones we reviewed in the series is this: the X550 is the first time we are going under 6000 mAh. Even at 5300 mAh, the battery is still massive. And not surprising too, the phone is very cheap at just under $140 on most online stores.

When the phone was launched last year, the pitch was that it was the ‘world’s first Android Lollipop smartphone with a 5300 mAh battery.’ That was a bold statement to make even if it is a little confusing if you try to make sense of the pitch. Anyway, the claim is enough to make phone aficionados take a closer look at the phone. What else is there apart from the battery.

For a start, the phone is huge. In today’s smartphone world, a 5.5” display is tagged phablet, the nexus between a tablet and a phone. The huge display is complemented by the thickness, which at 9.5mm makes it a rather chunky phone. That could easily be explained as one of the consequences of fitting in a huge battery in a small frame.

bluboo X550Under the hood, Bluboo X500 has a MediaTek MTK 6735 chipset supporting a 64-bit quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 1GHz. An ARM Mali-T720 GPU is also included to handle the graphics operations. Bluboo X550 has an installed RAM of 2GB with internal storage at a modest 16GB. But this can be expanded with a microSD card, though Bluboo did not indicate the maximum capacity of the external storage card.

The screen resolution stands at 720 X 1280 pixels. This is decent enough to display clear and sharp pictures and videos from the 13 MP rear camera and 8 MP front camera. At 8 MP,the front camera in theory should be able to capture some amazing selfies.

If you are thinking about how long it would take to charge the battery, fear not. The Bluboo X550 supports quick charging, taking advantage of Mediatek’s PumpExpress Plus solution.

Since the Bluboo X550 was launched, the official price has fluctuated between $150 to $170, but it now now sold for about $136 on Gearbest and $130 on geekbuying.

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Full Specifications

Screen Size: 5.5″
OS: Android 5.1, Supports OTA Update
Style: Touch Screen Phone
Processor Cores: Quad-core, 64-bit
CPU Models: MTK6735P
CPU Frequency: 1.0GHz
GPU: Mali-T760
Shell Material: Plastic
Color: White
4G: FDD-LTE, Band 1 (2100MHz), Band 3 (1800MHz), Band 7 (2600MHz), Band 20 (800MHz)
3G: Band 1 (WCDMA 2100MHz), Band 5 (WCDMA 850MHz), Band 8 (WCDMA 900MHz)
2G: GSM 850MHz, GSM 900MHz, GSM 1800MHz, GSM 1900MHz, Band 2, Band 3, Band 8, Band 5
Screen Type: HD, IPS, OGS Full-Lamination, 720P, Touch screen, Capacitive, Holographic Display
Screen Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
Screen Material: TFT
Multi-touch: Multi-touch
Battery: 5300mAh, Built-in Battery, One Battery, Use it as a power bank
Unlocked: Yes (without contract)
Screen Lock: Slide, Pattern Unlock, PIN Unlock, Password
Standby: 2 SIM 2 Standby
SIM Card: Standard SIM Card, Micro SIM Card
Data Transfer: LTE, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA, HSPA+
Storage: TF card not included, 32GB Extendable
Back Camera Megapixel: Back 8.0 MP
Front Camera Megapixel: Front 2.0 MP
Camera Functions: Auto-focusing, LED Flash
Sensor: Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor
WiFi: WiFi hotspot, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
Ports: Micro USB, 3.5mm Audio Jack, TF Card slot
Language: English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, German, French, Portuguese, Dutch
Installed Apps: Gmail, Audio Player, Flashlight, Clock, Calendar, Google+, Youtube, World Clock, Stopwatch, Browser, etc.
Other Feature: Quick Charge, OTG, One-handed operation, Holographic Display, Message, FM Radio
Video Resolution: 720P, 1080P
Video Format: AVI, MP4, 3GP, MOV, MKV
Audio Format: WAV, MP3, AMR, MID, OGG
Picture Format: JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG
E-book Format: TXT, CHM, UMD, PDF, Relevant app need to be downloaded
Office Format: Word, Excel, PPT
Package Content: 1 x Mobile Phone, 1 x USB Cable, 1 x OTG Cable, 1 x Battery, 1 x Charger NOTE: Right plug of adapter would be sent according to your shipping country, 1 x Silicon Case, 1 x Screen Protector, 1 x User Manual
Size 148 x 78x 9 mm
Net Weight 180g (with a battery)