Today, BLU announced a new smartphone. It’s a $99 smartphone – for reference, that is not on contract, that’s off contract and unlocked. As one would expect, it’s not a high-end smartphone, but the main selling point here is the 3,000mAh battery inside. There’s also a 5-inch HD IPS display, 1GB of RAM, Quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 8MP camera and a 2MP front-facing shooter. There’s also Android 5.0 Lollipop on board this time around, which is a nice improvement over some of their older smartphones. The BLU Studio C comes in 5 colors Black, White, Orange, Pink and Mint. Obviously, we are using the Mint one here.
The Studio line is their low-end smartphone line, and for the most part runs stock Android. That’s the case here with the Studio C as well. It’s running pretty much bone stock Android 5.0, which is always nice to see. Although something I’ve seen from other BLU Studio smartphones, is still present in the Studio C and that’s the sensitivity of the display. Sometimes you’ll need to press a bit harder to get the screen to register your touches, unfortunately. It’s not a deal break, especially at $99 – especially since the Moto E basically has the same issue – and you’ll get used to it real quick.
Build quality is pretty decent, again this is a sub-$100 smartphone here. So it’s not going to be an aluminum unibody or glass. It fits well in your hand and since it’s a 5-inch display, it’s not too big for most people. Battery life should be pretty good, obviously it’s still a bit too early to tell. But it’s a 3,000mAh battery – the same size as the ASUS Zenfone 2 and the LG G4 – with a 5-inch 720p display. So it should run for a few days, it might even be better than the Xperia Z3 in terms of battery life. We’ll be running it through it’s paces, so make sure you come back and read the full review once we have that up and available!