Hands-on with Pliris Blaze+

Femi Alade of PlirisMobile

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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+.

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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  2. This sounds interesting. I’ll be waiting patiently for the full and more comprehensive review when the phone eventually hits the market!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!……

  5. 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

  6. 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 . . .

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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,.

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