Bluboo S8 Hands-on Review : First Impressions

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Bluboo officially landed in the Philippines just this month and one of their offerings is the Bluboo S8. It sports a 5.7-inch 18:9 display, MediaTek MT6750T octa-core chipset, 3GB RAM, and a very familiar design. Check out our initial thoughts on the device below.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Bluboo S8 once you take it out of the box is its design. The name alone says it all as it looks very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8. Design-wise, it looks good. Even though it imitates the Galaxy S8, the feel and specs are totally different.

Up front is a 5.7-inch IPS display with 1440 x 720 resolution which equates to 282ppi, and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Placed above it is the earpiece, sensors, notification light, and 8MP front camera. Since it uses on-screen navigation buttons, the bottom part doesn’t have capacitive keys. Covering the entire front is a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

Looking to the right, we have the power/lock button, while on the right are the volume buttons. The buttons are metallic, firm, with good tactile feedback.

Right up top is the microphone and a hybrid SIM tray that can accommodate nano-sized SIM cards or a microSD card at the SIM 2 slot.

Down at the bottom are the USB-C port, main microphone, and the loudspeaker.

Flip it on its back and you will see the dual-rear camera’s consisting of a 13MP main and 3MP secondary, the dual-LED flash, and fingerprint scanner. The placement reminds us of the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018). The back panel, on the other hand, is made of plastic but the glossy finish and metallic paint job gives an impression that it is glass.

In the hands, the Bluboo S8 is easy to hold thanks to its narrow body and curved front and back panels. It’s also premium thanks to its metal frame but it’s too thick and hefty than we prefer. If ever we drop this phone, we’re pretty confident that it’s going to break the display or receive a huge dent. Good thing it comes with a jelly case and screen protector in the package.

Software-wise, the Bluboo S8 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with 360 OS 2.0. The interface is simple and easy to navigate but comes pre-installed with apps like 9Apps, UC Browser, UC News, Kika Keyboard, and your usual Google apps. As for its performance, it is powered by a MediaTek MT6750T octa-core processor and 3GB RAM.

Bluboo S8 specs:
  • 5.7-inch 18:9 HD IPS display @ 1440 x 720px, 282ppi
  • 2.5D Curved Gorilla Glass 4
  • 1.5GHz Octa-core Mediatek MT6750T
  • Mali-T860 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • 13MP + 3MP AF Dual rear cameras w/ dual LED flash
  • 8MP front camera
  • 4G LTE Cat.6
  • Dual SIM (hybrid), Dual Standby
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • USB-C
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 3450mAh Li-Poly battery w/ fast charging

(yugatech.com, https://goo.gl/yY6rrn)

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