BLU – new brand on the European Market : Studio 5.0 , Studio 5.0 S , Studio 5.3 S

Posted: October 28, 2013 by themarkoface in News, Reviews
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Low cost devices with good performances and big display


BLU isn’t yet a household name in the realm of smartphones, but the company has been quietly releasing hardware for the last few years, letting the remarkably low pricing do the talking. Today they’ve pulled the cover off of three new models, all aimed at the new “phablet” craze, or at least the lower end of it. The new Studio GSM smartphones start at 5 inches and just $149, and all three feature Android 4.1, the Google Play Store, and dual SIM slots. Specs are low, but these phones look like ideal budget devices or travel companions. All models are DUAL Sim.

The Studio 5.0 is the cheapest of the lot, at $149 unsubsidized. That 5-inch screen has a low resolution at 840×400, and under the hood is a 1Ghz dual-core MediaTek MT6577 processor and Power VR SGX531 GPU. RAM is a bit anemic at 512MB – barely enough to run Jelly Bean smoothly – with 4GB of internal storage and a MicroSD card slot. The rear camera is 5MP, with a VGA cam on the front.


The Studio 5.0 S moves things slightly up-market with a 960×540 IPS screen, Snapdragon S4 quad-core 1.2 GHz CPU, and Adreno 203 GPU. Storage remains 4GB but RAM is bumped up to a full gig, and the cameras get boosted to 8 megapixels for the rear and 2MP in front. Perhaps best of all, the 5.0  S slims down into an 8.9mm plastic body.

The Studio 5.3 S has identical specifications, but extends the QHD screen to 5.3 inches and the body to 9.2mm. Prices for the 5.0 S and 5.3 S start at $209 and $229, respectively; you could expect to pay $400-500 for an equivalent off-contract phone from any major US carrier-manufacturer combo.

None of these phones are going to stand out among current flagships, and the low resolution screens don’t hold a candle even to mid-range phones. But the prices for these devices are compelling  – low enough to tempt anyone who needs an unlocked phone for prepaid service or travel, especially if you don’t need LTE.

Full Specifications :

Blu studio 5.0 – link :

Blu Studio 5.0 S – link :

Blu Studio 5.3 S – link :

Official Company site :

  1. themarkoface says:

    I am using BLU Studio 5.0 S for almost a month and I’m really pleased. This phone is extremely fast and it’s really looks great!

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