Budget Phones Showdown – Bluboo Xfire vs Blackview BV5000 vs Oukitel K4000

(l-r) The Bluboo Xfire, Blackview BV5000, and the Oukitel K4000.  Image c/o
(l-r) The Bluboo Xfire, Blackview BV5000, and the Oukitel K4000. Image c/o

Looking for a dirt-cheap smartphone that offers good bang for the buck?  Aside from the usual suspects, such as the Moto G or any one of Nokia/Microsoft’s cheaper Lumia phones, there are other options out there, including the Bluboo Xfire, the Blackview BV5000, and the Oukitel K4000.  And we’re here to compare these three devices and see which one could give you the best value for your money.


Looking at the three devices, none of them will be mistaken for a sporty, flashy iPhone or HTC One any day of the week.  But if aesthetics are what you’re looking for, the Bluboo Xfire is the winner in this category, due to its rounded edges and 9.3mm thickness.  The Blackview BV5000 and Oukitel K4000, respectively, are 11.99 and 11mm thick, making them positively chubby compared to the Xfire, much less your average stylish flagship.

WINNER – Bluboo Xfire

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It goes without saying that none of these phones will give you standout specs.  But here’s how they stack up in terms of the fundamentals.  The Bluboo Xfire, for starters, has a 5-inch display with 960 x 540 resolution (220 ppi), a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory with microSD, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, and Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The Blackview BV5000 has the same 5-inch display, but this time with 1280 x 720 HD resolution.  It also has a quad-core MediaTek chipset with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage with microSD, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, and once again, Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Last, but not least, the Oukitel K4000 comes with the same display size and resolution, the same quad-core processor and RAM combo, the same internal storage with microSD support, and the same cameras as the BV5000.  Like the other two, it features Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.  So how can you tell these two phones apart in terms of the basics?

As it turns out, it’s battery life – the BV5000 comes with a 4,780 mAh battery, while the K4000’s battery is rated at 4,000 mAh.  Both phones trump the super-low-end Xfire, which comes with a 2,750 mAh battery underneath.

WINNER – Blackview BV5000



We’re skipping special features for this comparison, as all three phones are budget phones that don’t come with the bells and whistles you can expect from a flagship, or even a mid-ranger.  We’re going straight to pricing, and as you may expect, the Bluboo Xfire is the cheapest, selling for as low as $84.60 USD on DealXtreme and $89.99 on AliExpress.  You can get the Blackview BV5000 for $179.99 via GeekBuying and AliExpress, while the Oukitel K4000 sells on GeekBuying for $139.99.

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WINNER – Bluboo Xfire



At the end of the day, it’s all up to you – if you want a nice selfie phone for less than a hundred U.S. dollars, you’ll want the Bluboo Xfire.  Its lack of display resolution, however, may be an issue.  The Blackview BV5000 has an impressive battery, on the other hand, as well as far superior specs across the board, but is it really worth an additional $40 over the Oukitel K4000, given their other basic specs are exactly the same? 4,000 mAh for the K4000 (hence the name) is still a LOT of battery juice, after all, much more so for a budget phone.

Yes, it may come as a surprise to you, but the winner of this comparison is the one phone that didn’t win any of the above categories.  When it comes to specs and sheer bang-for-your-buck value, we’re going with the Oukitel K4000 as our pick among the three budget phones.

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