BLU releases a new line of affordable dual-SIM Android troopers sans LTE capabilities

Despite its recent entrance on the Windows Phone market, the Florida-based BLU, a maker of budget-friendly smartphones, continues to release affordable devices. In fact, the company just expanded its lineup of Android-powered devices with yet another slew of entry-level ones, which are yet again devoid of on-board LTE capabilities. Meet the C series (the "C" stands for "Color", apparently), which comprises the BLU Studio 5.0 C HD, Studio 5.0 C, Studio C Mini, and the Studio 5.0 CE. All of these run Android 4.4.2 KitKat, have a duo of SIM card slots, and come in a range of popping, vivid colors, but has BLU finally made the perfect line of affordable devices, which will successfully rival the crazy-popular Moto G and Moto E?

Could it be the BLU Studio 5.0 C HD, the best-specced device from the new family? It is endowed with a quad-core MediaTek MT6582 SoC, ticking at1.3GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1080 pixels, an 8MP rear camera, 4GB of on-board storage, microSD slot, and a 2,000mAh battery. The phone comes with HSPA+ capabilities. As you can see, the specs list of the Studio 5.0 C HD is almost on par with the one of the Moto G, but BLU's device comes with a smaller price tag - $149.

The BLU Studio 5.0 C, on the other hand, is a toned-down version of the Studio 5.0 C HD. It is powered by a dual-core MediaTek MT6572 SoC, sports 512MB of RAM, a 5MP rear snapper, and a 1,800mAh battery. The resolution of the 5-inch display has been downgraded to 480 x 854 pixels. Once again, LTE is lacking, and the Studio 5.0 C only supports the HSPA+ standard. Its price tag? $109 for an unlocked one.

Another representative of BLU's entry-level KitKat line is the Studio 5.0 CE and it's hands-down the most underwhelming one – starting from its dual-core MediaTek MT6571 heart, the 5.0-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, a 3.2MP rear camera. Yes, it also comes with 4GB of RAM and a microSD card expansion slot, but the Studio 5.0 CE even lacks the ability to hook onto 3G networks. You can only use it on supported EDGE networks. That's what you get for the $89 that the BLU Studio 5.0 CE will set you back.

The last new BLU device, the Studio C Mini, is the most compact one. It comes with a 4.7-inch IPS display, a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, a quad-core MediaTek MT6582, humming at 1.3GHz, 512MB of RAM, and a 5MP rear shooter. Its other specs are similar to the ones of the Studio 5.0 C HD, but it comes in cheaper than its more powerful peer - $119.

All of BLU's new devices can be purchased from Amazon and will work on any US GSM network, so if you are not picky and currently on the market for an affordable phone, you might consider the colorful series.

source: BLU via Engadget

Related phones

Studio 5.0 C HD
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Battery 2000 mAh



1. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Myphone Rio.... :D

7. HoPhonTab

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Oo nga hahahahah

20. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

My phone in the Philippines.

2. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Wiko rainbow

5. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

'Explay Fresh' in Russia.

3. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

BLU phones are nothing more than rebranded smartphones courtesy of Chinese white box manufacturers.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Do BLU have after sales support. If it does than its a valid purchase option. Most smart phone are made in China including expensive one like iPhone.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Absolutely not. The version of Android it ships is what it's on forever. No updates are ever pushed to them.

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I own 3 Blu devices and you're 100% wrong. Their website has updates that are available and you get OTAs like any other Android.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Decent spec, affordable price, US based. I am impress.

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Very low-end specs actually. The price isn't that affordable relatively. And the "US based" thing is very... decepticon.

8. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Holy Sh*t... Another CHEAP Android phones that will compete Samsung Android. GO ANDROID and kill the Samsung phone.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Confirmed Samsung hater.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

LOL, he was doing good right up until the "kill the Samsung" part...

11. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

"As you can see, the specs list of the Studio 5.0 C HD is almost on par with the one of the Moto G, but BLU's device comes with a smaller price tag - $149." You guys made me laugh. You guys just look at the number, right? You didn't know the MTK6582 performs so crappy it's way behind compare to the MTK6589, which is still behind when comparing to the Snapdragon 400 in the Moto G? The specs of these phones are really crap. No joke. I can't even imagine how bad the mtk6571 can be. I mean seriously, guys. The MTK6582 is a crap cpu. I can't find any reason to buy this if you're on the GSM carriers in the US. - First, for people on AT&T, they can probably pay the extra $30 and get the Moto G (waaaaayyyyy faster and better phone). - For people on T-mobile, there is the LG Optimus L90, which performs like the Moto G, all for $99.60. And then there is also the Galaxy Light on T-mobile, $99.60, with very good performance (even in gaming), good battery life, LTE, and NFC. - If you're on MetroPCS, there phones are pretty cheap already. The LG Optimus F6, despite having a dual-core processor, it sure performs better than the BLU Studio 5.0 C HD. It also has LTE, and it costs $69.99. And then there is the LG Optimus L70 priced at $50, no LTE. - On Cricket, the Moto G is already cheap. If I remember right, it's $50 after rebate ($100 before rebate). The price tag of these BLU phones are pretty nuts considering how crappy the phones really are. There are way better options, and I've mentioned them. Again, having a quad-core 1.2-1.3ghz cpu doesn't mean it's a good phone and it's on par with the Moto G. It's ABSOLUTELY NOT.

13. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

You may think Blu phones are a joke, but honestly these phones are reallt cheap and it worths the money :) Honestly... Blu 4.0 well It seems it has no flash at all LOL but is really smooth and at least in Honduras cost new 125.00 $ and is really smooth with JB 4.2.2 battery can make it through the day with medium usage.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I've never read so many ignorant posts. Blu is US based (about 2 miles from my home in Miami), they have OTAs like any other Android, their quality is very good from a fit-n-finish standpoint and they don't have all the bloat like carrier-based devices. If you're gonna spew bulls**t, at least be on point.

17. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I've owned 2 BLU phones (BLU Life Play and BLU Studio 5.5 S). Yep, I definitely know what I'm talking about. I've had some comments on PA before about how bad the Life Play was. Well, I don't think I'm gonna dig them up now, but at least on the performance, you can look at my comment above. Sure, now BLU has better phones like the Vivo IV and the Life 8, but are they really... good? Hmm, no, Vivo IV has very crappy battery life, and I'm doubting the performance of that 8-core CPU. I've watched some reviews and it obviously lagged in a racing game (I don't remember the name though). And well, the best cpu in these news phones in the article is the mtk6582. Why I mention that cpu? Read my comment above. "Blu is US based" That can be very deceptive. ;) They don't have all the bloat? I call BS. They don't have carrier bloats, but they have their own bloats, like a freaking Search App that launches when I tap on the Google Search widget (I mean... WTF!?). But well, I can go to the app settings and disable it anyway, so it's not a big deal.

18. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Oh and that racing game I mentioned plays nicely on the Samsung Galaxy Grand something without lags. (according to review(s) I saw on youtube).

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Note to PA "reporters", there is a Blu LTE phone. Fact-check much?

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