BLU Win HD hands-on


If the BLU Win Jr is just too cheap for your liking, then you’ll be glad to know that the company has a slightly better spec’d and designed smartphone in the BLU Win HD. This smartphone, first and foremost, stands out partly for its impressive low cost for $180. We’re talk about $180 and nothing more attached, so you’re not tethered to any sort of commitment when picking it up.

Design


From the moment we pick up and hold the BLU Win HD, we’re instantly reminded about the HTC One M7’s design – it closely resembles it. Yes, it’s constructed from plastic, one that’s available in a variety of colors, but the overall design language and outline of the phone closely matches HTC’s former flagship phone. Regardless of that, the BLU Win HD clearly has a sturdier construction than its other model, the BLU Win Jr, thanks in part to its more solid frame and hard lined design.

Display


Besting its close sibling, the BLU Win HD, as its name so happens to imply, is sporting a 5-inch 720 x 1280 display. Compared to some of today’s smartphones, the resolution is still behind what we’d expect to find elsewhere, but it’s still good enough for basic things. However, it can’t escape that lower-end status because of its poor viewing angles – where the display shows visible distortion at wide angles.


Interface


As its name implies, the BLU Win HD is running Windows Phone 8.1 – so it’s greeted to the same set of features as any other Windows Phone 8.1 running device. Therefore, the Start screen is dominated by these dynamic looking tiles that aggregate all sorts of information. On one hand, there’s that productivity element in play with the experience, but the phone is hardly the kind that caters to multimedia and gaming folks.

Processor and Memory


Strangely, the BLU Win HD is running the same processor in its even lower-end sibling in the BLU Win Jr – a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC. However, it bests its sibling by being outfitted with double the RAM at 1GB. Clearly, its performance is slightly smoother, but it still doesn’t have the tight snappiness we get in some other better spec’d Windows phones. Nevertheless, it’s still effective enough to handle most of the essential tasks.

Yet again, the phone receives double the storage space of its sibling in the BLU Win Jr – 8GB of internal storage to be exact. If that’s still not enough for you, then you’ll be happy to know that it can be supplemented thanks to its available microSD card slot.

Camera


Around the back, the BLU Win HD is treated to an 8-megapixel snapper, which on paper looks a lot better than the BLU Win Jr’s 5-megapixel one. Honestly, though, we can’t expect a whole lot from something like this, but it’s simply there for the sake of convenience.

Expectations


We’ll certainly give the BLU Win HD points for its appealing design, one that closely follows the industrial design of the HTC One M7 – albeit, it’s plastic, but offered in a variety of bright colors. Attached with a sticker price of $179 online, it’s almost double that of BLU’s entry-level Windows Phone in the BLU Win Jr, so it might be a particularly tough sell for some people. At the end of the day, the BLU Win HD helps to supplement the few Windows Phones in existence at the moment. Therefore, we’ll openly accept its availability to deepen the lineup of Windows Phone.



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Win HD
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2200 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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4 Comments

1. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Considering you can get the m7 and s4 on ebay for around $200-$250, these low range phones looks really bad.

2. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

HTC called...they want their designs back....

3. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Its front looks like Htc and back like Samsung. It's like a mutant that came from an accident in the laboratory.

4. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

For someone wanting to spend under $200 for a phone outright, it's not a bad deal. Not as compelling as the broader Lumia offerings, but decent. In contrast to a base iphonie or galaxy s, it's $20 cheaper than the on-contract price or down-payment.

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