BLU Products isn't a name you'd usually see plastered on mobile phone ads, but for the past few months it has been putting out cost-friendly Android smartphones in the market, particularly the US. Now it is once more making its presence felt with two low-end smartphones, the Advance 4.0 and the Studio 5.0 II.
The BLU Studio 5.0 II is the second iteration of the 5.0-inch line that the company outed last May. BLU's Studio series is characterized by big displays and that might be the only thing going for the Studio 5.0 II. Unfortunately, resolution is a rather low 480x854 pixels, though it does boast of using a more decent IPS technology instead of the usual TFT. The smarpthone runs on a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek CPU and has 512 MB of RAM. Internal storage is marked at 4 GB.
Smaller and more affordable, the Advance 4.0 doesn't really stray that far from the Studio 5.0 II. It's 4.0-inch TFT screen comes pretty close with a 480x800 pixel resolution. A slightly weaker 1.2 GHz dual-core MediaTek processor runs the show, also paired with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage. Like the Studio 5.0 II, it has a 5 megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera.
Both the BLU Studio 5.0 II and the BLU Advance 4.0 work with HSPA+ 4G, so at least the devices won't be falling behind in terms of carrier support. It is perhaps to soon to expect low-powered devices to already be running the more resource-efficient Android 4.4 version as both use an even older Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The BLU Studio 5.0 II carries a price tag of $139 while the Advance 4.0 costs $89 and can now be bought unlocked from BLU dealers across the country.