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BLU Dash 4.5 starts shipping for $139 unlocked

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BLU Dash 4.5 starts shipping for $139 unlocked

We've seen a bit from BLU Products recently, and it has been a very interesting manufacturer. The aim of the company has been to build solid Android smartphones at very inexpensive prices. The newest addition to the BLU lineup is the Dash 4.5, which has started shipping, and costs just $139 unlocked.

At that price, it shouldn't be a surprise that the BLU Dash is running a MediaTek MT6589M 1.2 GHz Quad-Core chipset with a PowerVR Series SGX544 GPU. The Dash also has a 4.5" display, but again you can see the cost cutting, because it has just a 480 x 854 resolution. To round out the spec sheet, the Dash has 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a 5MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, and support for HSPA+ 21Mbps. 

The best part of the spec sheet is that the device is running stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and specifically states that there has been no customization. And, the other impressive bit is that the phone is Dual-SIM compatible, and Dual Active, so you can have active calls on both SIMs at the same time. 

Obviously, BLU doesn't make devices for spec nerds, but if you're looking for a solid device at a very low unlocked cost, this is definitely an interesting entry.

source: BLU

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posted on 11 Jul 2013, 18:38 1

1. evil_slayer (Posts: 50; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

really good specs for the price
the only thing that would stop me from getting it is the 512mb ram...if only it was 1gb :(

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 18:57 1

2. greyhulk (Posts: 162; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)

512 MB of RAM? Barf! I'd gladly pay another $20 if it meant having an adequate amount of RAM for the phone to work correctly.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 20:00

4. antifanboy14 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)

512 MB of RAM in this day and age is just too little. doesn't matter if their manufacturing budget-friendly smartphones, 512 MB of RAM just isn't enough.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 20:28 1

7. tomn1ce (Posts: 228; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)

All this will do is give those who buy these type of devices a bad experience and then think that all Android devices function the way this device would.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 20:14

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Yea even 1GB isn't enough on the latest android builds, I mean it can do the job, but it'll eventually start showing it's slow down.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 23:46

8. antifanboy14 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)

I could see how it could work if they tried making budget-friendly smartphones with at least 1GB memory, but 512 MB is a joke.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 20:23 1

6. tomn1ce (Posts: 228; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)

Why not make it at least 1GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM and price it at $170...I got excited until I saw 512GB RAM and 4GB ROM...How much more expensive are those high GB modules to the ones in this phone. I know these are not meant to be a power house device but come on. This would've been a great device for when vacationing abroad.

posted on 13 Jul 2013, 18:13

9. blackspot (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)

Wouldn't mind having this as a back-up phone. Wouldn't mind at all.

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