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Monsters from Asia: The $149 BLU Studio Energy with its insane, 5,000 mAh battery

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Established just a few years back in 2009, BLU Products is a Miami-headquartered mobile phone manufacturer, or at least that's the official story. We're not sure, just how much of the available BLU smartphones the company actually makes itself, however, seeing as most of them are re-branded handsets from China. The impressive BLU Studio Energy is one of them, and its story is well worth your time.

Based on the aptly-named Gionee Marathon M3, the Studio Energy has two highly enticing selling points. First, it costs just $149 on Amazon US, and second – it features an insanely large, 5,000 mAh battery that made the phone the absolute record holder in our battery life benchmark as of this writing, with a time of almost fifteen hours. This makes BLU's claim of 96 hours of "standard usage" and 45 days of standby believable, and the inclusion of a special reverse charging cable in the box – logical.

But that's not all there is to the Studio Energy, though admittedly, it is its highlight. Considering its affordable price tag, the rest of the specs don't sound too shabby – we're looking at a 5-inch, 720 x 1280 resolution IPS display with a Gorilla Glass 3 cover, a quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8 gigs of storage (expandable through microSD), an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel selfie snapper. The phone is outfitted with the usual connectivity features sans LTE – 3G HSPA support (21 Mbps), Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, and even FM radio. The Studio Energy runs a build of Android 4.4 KitKat, but BLU has promised an upgrade to Lollipop down the line.

You can grab a unit from right here.

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Studio Energy
  • Display 5.0 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2

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