BLU Studio 7.0 LTE Review

Interface and Functionality

Faithfully stock Android, it begs the question whether it’ll ever get treated to updates.

Much like BLU’s other Android-powered devices, the interface adheres to the look and feel of stock Android – that’s comforting and all, especially to purists. In particular, it’s running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and delivers all the experiences you’d expect out of the platform. There’s even support for multiple users as well, so if it’s meant to be shared amongst family members, it’s nice that every user will have their own account to customize to their liking.

You can’t go wrong with a mostly stock interface, right? Indeed, that’s certainly true for almost anything running stock Android, but the more pressing matter here is BLU’s ill reputation of never updating the software in its devices. While Android 6.0 devices are still few and in between, we’re skeptical about ever seeing the Studio 7.0 LTE getting upgraded to it – that’s just the risk in picking up a BLU product. If you’re not stringent about getting the latest Android updates, this will suffice to an extent, but it’s still concerning.

System Performance

Good enough for the basic things, but challenged with gaming and heavy multi-tasking.

Being priced so low over the competition, don’t expect to find fearsome hardware under the hood – you just can’t. To no one’s surprise, the BLU Studio 7.0 LTE leverages the 64-bit based quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC coupled with 1GB of RAM and the Adreno 306 GPU. We say no surprise because many of BLU’s existing devices employ the Snapdragon 410, as well as other notable entry-level phones in the space like the 3rd generation Moto G and HTC Desire 510.

Superficially, it’s nice to find it handling all the easy and fluffy stuff with finesse. In fact, it exhibits a tight feel and control navigating throughout the UI. For more processor intensive tasks, such as heavy apps switching, delays become more prominent with its response. And don’t even bother playing games with this one, mainly due to the amount of choppiness we endure running some of today’s popular titles.

AnTuTu Higher is better
BLU Studio 7.0 LTE 21107
Huawei MediaPad X2 32503
Lenovo PHAB Plus 34034
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
BLU Studio 7.0 LTE 730
Lenovo PHAB Plus 1002
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
BLU Studio 7.0 LTE 1960
Lenovo PHAB Plus 2081
Sunspider Lower is better
BLU Studio 7.0 LTE 1608.4
Huawei MediaPad X2 1076.9
Lenovo PHAB Plus 1731
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
BLU Studio 7.0 LTE 9.3
Huawei MediaPad X2 16
Lenovo PHAB Plus 15
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
BLU Studio 7.0 LTE 3.9
Huawei MediaPad X2 8.5
Lenovo PHAB Plus 5.8
Basemark OS II Higher is better
BLU Studio 7.0 LTE 450
Huawei MediaPad X2 1035
Lenovo PHAB Plus 287
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
BLU Studio 7.0 LTE 464
Lenovo PHAB Plus 639
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
BLU Studio 7.0 LTE 1403
Lenovo PHAB Plus 2423

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