Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday April 29, 2014.
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Blu Product's latest smartphone is removing one of the main complaints that potential customers have had about its devices - a lack of 4G LTE connectivity. The Blu Studio 5.0 LTE is the first phone from the company to support 4G LTE bands, and it also has a performance boost in the form of a 1.4 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. The previous version of the Studio 5.0 ran a Mediatek MT6577 processor, but the switch to Qualcomm facilitates LTE on 1700/2600. It also uses 4G HSPA+ 42Mbps and GSM on 850/1700/1900/2100. The phone is rated to work on T-Mobile/MetroPCS and partner MVNO's in the US.
The Blu Studio 5.0 LTE also upgrades other aspects of the hardware and software. It has a 5-inch IPS display (960x540, 220ppi), 1GB RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 64GB micro-SD slot, and a 2,000 mAh battery. The camera is an 8-megapixel lens with auto-focus, 1.4 micron pixel size, 1/3.2-inch sensor, 4.4mm aperture, and an LED flash. The front-facing camera is 1.6-megapixel.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is used for the software but Blu plans to upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat. The phone will be sold at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and other places unlocked, but LTE will only be compatible on T-Mobile within the US. The phone cost $249 without contract.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.