Monsters from Asia: The Bluboo Picasso is an obscure, but very well-done, ultra-budget 5-incher

It's been a while since we've last had a moment to take a deep breath what with MWC and the recent craze around the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, so our biweekly Monsters from Asia column understandably suffered. Now that things have started to calm down, however, it's time to once again gaze eastward. 

The Bluboo Picasso is a silly name for a phone, that's just a fact. But if you look past that for just a few moments, you'll find that there's more to it than just a goofy brand and an even weirder model name.

You see, the Bluboo Picasso is one of still very few extremely affordable devices, with prices ranging anywhere from $69 to $79 through online re-sellers. And while you'd expect a phone that cheap to be seriously compromised, it certainly doesn't look that way from a distance. Not only is the Picasso beautifully designed—especially for this price class—but its specs sheet is commendable.

We start off with a 5-inch, 720 x 1280 resolution LTPS panel, good for a density of 294 pixels per inch—or more than good enough. Under it, there's a quad-core MediaTek MT6580A processor clocked at 1.3GHz, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It's worth pointing out that the phone doesn't have support for LTE, but we're filing that one under the "reasonable" column. For imaging, the Android Lollipop-based Bluboo Picasso makes use of two 8-megapixel cameras for both the rear and front (selfies aided by an additional fill light).

As mentioned, the Picasso is a pretty device, and is available in a palette of colors, including brown, blue, yellow, pink, white, black, and green. In a sea of cheap, but also cheap-looking budget devices, the Picasso's diamond-like back pattern allows it stand out, and we can't complain about the clean facade either.

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9. balabala001

Posts: 6; Member since: May 11, 2015

I know a new smartphone OUKITEL C3, similar back as bluboo picasso, but with Android 6.0, now starting presale, from May 5th-May 7th, limited stock is offered only at $39.99. The store tinydeal is holding the flash sale.

10. Tech-8816

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

Yes, the Bluboo Picasso is somewhere like Oukitel C3. To get more impression of Bluboo Picasso, you can surf on Youtube about the comparison video for it. Bluboo Picasso vs Umi Rome X vs Bluboo Xfire 2 vs Homtom HT7...

8. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Nice - but I think Bluboo's true deal champ is the Xfire2 right now. Not nearly as pretty as the Picasso but still a handsome device that "borrows" the Huawei Honor 5x's aesthetic and wears it really well. Comparing it with Picasso: same display, same MTK6580 (maybe down-clocked a little), less ram and internal storage (just 1GB and 8GB) but you get a fingerprint sensor and TRIPPLE SIM - or 2 sim + micro SD! Asking price, about $69 on gearbest - while the Picasso is going for $79. So you are giving up 1 gig of ram, 8gb of storage for a fingerprint sensor and a $10 discount. Not bad math in my book if you are not a power user and prefer the convenience of fingerprint sensor. Its also reviewed quite well among the youtube reviewers that specialize in these Chinese brand phones. Unfortunately the Xfire2 also has a significantly smaller battery than the Picasso. 2150mah vs 2500mah for the Picasso. That a tough one to swallow - but according to the reviewers, Xfire2 battery life is still good. On another note - could you guys consider reviewing these devices? I'm sure the dozens of online shops that sell these would only be too happy to chip in with logistics, devices, ADVERTISING etc... These phones don't sell in nearly the same numbers as the Samsung and Sony's out there - but then again, your money doesn't come from those sales anyway!

7. Andr01d

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 08, 2016

HAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHA!! Can't stop laughing at the traductions they've added to their spec sheets :,) and also the Iphone-like Calculator.

5. jngo102

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Chinese companies really like to photoshop out the black bezels around the display...

6. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

UGH super annoying. Or when they put black bars and make the wallpaper dark so it looks bezel-less.

4. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Tough competition for iphones out there now.

3. jauling

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

5-inch monster? lulz

2. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Good trap phone.

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