The BLU Vivo XI (above) and BLU Vivo XI+ (below) are compatible with Verizon. What's more, Verizon is offering a $150 prepaid MasterCard card for customers who bring an unlocked BLU Vivo XI or Vivo XI+ onto Verizon's network.
BLU has packed the Vivo XI with a 5.9-inch 1520x720 display, 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor, and 3GB of RAM. There's 32GB of storage built in and a microSD card slot, too. The back of the Vivo XI is home to a dual rear camera setup with 16MP and 5MP snappers, while the notch on the front of the phone houses a 16MP selfie cam with flash. The Vivo XI also offers a 3000mAh battery, Android 8.1 (upgradeable to Android 9.0 Pie in 2019), and a rear fingerprint reader.
As its name implies, the Vivo XI+ is a bit more high-end, boasting a 6.2-inch 2246x1080 display and 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor. There's 64GB/128GB of built-in storage along with 4GB/6GB of RAM, too, as well as a microSD card slot, 3050mAh battery, and Qi wireless charging. As with the Vivo XI, the Vivo XI+ includes 16MP and 5MP rear cameras and a 16MP front camera on the Vivo XI+. It's also got a rear fingerprint reader and 3D face recognition for added security.
The news that BLU now offers smartphones that work with Verizon is big news for the company. Verizon is the biggest wireless carrier in the U.S., and so the fact that BLU now has Verizon-compatible phones means that the Vivo XI and Vivo XI+ are now options for the more than 150 million customers on Verizon. While most U.S. consumers still buy their phones directly from their carriers, any Verizon customers who are interested in unlocked phones now have BLU as an option, and that's good for the Android device maker.