Hands-on with Pliris Blaze+

Femi Alade of PlirisMobile

Yesterday, I spent some time with Femi Alade, CEO and chief ideas man at PlirisMobile. He came along with a pre-production model of the Blaze+ for me to play with. The Blaze+ is the next generation PlirisBlaze smartphone, and it is looking like a winner. Join me as we examine this interesting device.

At first glance, the Blaze+ looks and feels decidedly superior to the original Blaze. This is a well built smartphone.

Blaze+

The first thing that I checked out on the Blaze+ is the display, and I was pleasantly surprised. The 4.3-inch capacitive display is super responsive and matches anything that I have seen from any manufacturer. Yes; any manufacturer. Swiping is buttery smooth all the way.

Blaze+ Notifications

There’s 2.5GB internal storage, and there’s a microSD expansion slot with support for cards of up to 32GB storage. PlirisMobile say they are shipping the Blaze+ with a 4 or 8 GB card.
Blaze+ Gallery

Like its predecessor, the Blaze+ is a dual active SIM device with 3G capabilities available to both SIMs. The dual SIM functionality works fine too. There’s a 2200 mAh battery to provide juice. According to Femi Alade, the Blaze+ runs for a full day with an always-on 3G connection, active GPS, some game play, among regular phone activities. Sounds nice.
Blaze+ top bar

While the pre-production model that I played with ran Android 4.0.3 (ICS), I was told that the device will be shipping with Gingerbread (2.3.6), because of certain issues with getting ICS to run properly. I don’t have all the technical details of that though, but that is the information I have.
Blaze+ homescreen icons

Blaze+ apps

In terms of performance, the Blaze+ runs like a champ. Everything that I tried on it ran smooth, including playing Samurai Vengeance. The 1.2GHz processor seems to handle everything without any stress during the period that I had the Blaze+.

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Samurai Vengeance loading on Blaze+

Samurai Vengeance on blaze+

For cameraphone enthusiasts, the Blaze+ has an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash built in. I didn’t have the time to give it a run though, so you will have to wait for the full review when the phone hits the market.

Blaze+ 8 megapixel camera

Conclusions
The Pliris Blaze+ is very promising. I am certainly excited and looking forward to seeing this out soon. With a target sales price of N40,000 (fourty thousand naira) only, this looks like a winner.

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0 thoughts on “Hands-on with Pliris Blaze+

  • May 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm
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    This sounds interesting. I’ll be waiting patiently for the full and more comprehensive review when the phone eventually hits the market!

  • May 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm
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    For that price with those functions I won’t mind getting a couple. Bring it on Mr Mobility I mean the review.

  • May 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm
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    This is definitely much better than the previous one. The price is also more reasonable.

  • May 16, 2012 at 10:57 pm
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    For forty k. I am getting one serious. I will start gathering the cash now. This is lovely.

  • May 16, 2012 at 11:40 pm
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    Make I no lie, this package is on point.
    Hoping its pure ginger bread and ICS update will come later.

  • May 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm
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    Nice! Definitely a winner. Can’t wait for it to hit the stores.

  • May 17, 2012 at 4:26 am
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    It is now sounding more like they mean business. The hardware seems impressive and the pricing looks right. We will be waiting for the final product and hope it maintain same or better hardware specs.

  • May 17, 2012 at 6:50 am
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    I’m really looking forward to getting the PlirisBlaze….enough of smart phones that hang and don’t give you the ability to do certain functions…..well done and the price is a steal!……

  • May 17, 2012 at 8:59 am
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    The Thomas syndrome. we await mass deployment before we will finaly say.
    however,pliris got it right by listening.a big plus.dont forget a lowend android phone i talked about.you could sell 3 units before selling 1 for 40k

  • May 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm
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    Impressive . .and imma get one for myself when the full load is out . . .Hope the class and quality of this pre-production build remains the same . . .This is a good deal . .

    So proud of the “Can do” Nigerian spirit . . .

  • May 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm
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    the and specs are definitely a killer, looking forward for a full review

  • May 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm
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    the price (40K) and specs are definitely a killer, looking forward for a full review.

  • May 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm
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    Cant wait for the official release of this phone. The
    hardware spec is killing. I hope the touch response is as good as Apples’.

  • May 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm
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    Much better!. I would have preferred if it came with ICS though but I guess we can’t always get what we want. At the very least, I hope ICS would be an update option in a not too distant future after launch (with a nifty desktop application to smoothen the upgrade process ofcourse. Prilisblaze FTW!

  • May 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    It has 700mhz processor which will be too laggy to run Gingerbread! 512mb rom am not impressed by that… Wtf! No GPU!

  • May 19, 2012 at 9:05 am
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    Can someone tell me how much for the 1st Blaze and where to get it from?

  • May 19, 2012 at 10:43 am
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    if we can be getting this quality and more at such reasonable price in this country, why long for HTC, Samsung and Sony with all their expensive devices?
    looking forward to the release date.

  • May 20, 2012 at 11:29 am
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    Nice,… Dual sim android phone, good. This why i go 4 galaxy y duos(dual active) but internal memory very low,..but with this 2.5GB i gonna change it,.

  • May 20, 2012 at 8:55 pm
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    Looks so nice, but why cant we have the ics version and also where do we get it ??? buy in Lagos?

  • May 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm
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    This is good, I won’t mind getting one.

  • May 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm
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    I want to buy this phone like by month end. I hope these guys are ready by then

  • May 30, 2012 at 7:43 am
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    Can’t Mr. Mobility and people at Pliris Mobile tell us where to buy the phones, or they don’t have sales outlets in Nigeria?

  • June 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm
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    @Good: the pliris blaze + is set for launch for the end of June but I just ordered mine via the Mobility BB group and it shud be arriving by Monday

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