Motorola turned heads when the company launched a smartphone that sells for as little as $179 without a contract (and which offers a pretty good user experience). But BLU has been selling cheap, off-contract Android phones in the US for a while, and the company hast just launched a few new models with prices as low as half the cost of a Motorola Moto G.
Sure, the BLU Advance 4.0 and BLU Studio 5.0 II aren’t necessarily as good as a Moto G… but they’re certainly cheaper.
The Studio 5.0 II sells for $139 and features a 5 inch, 480 x 854 pixel IPS display, a MediaTek MT6572 ARM Cortex-A7 dual-core processor, Android 4.2 software, a 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front-facing camera, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.
It supports WiFi, Bluetooth, FM Radio, GPS, and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. The phone has a 2000mAh battery and comes in black or white.
If you’re in the market for something smaller and cheaper, the BLU Advance 4.0 features the same processor, wireless capabilities, memory, and storage. But it has a smaller 4 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, a 1600mAh battery, and sports a TFT display instead of IPS.
The BLU Advance 4.0 sells for just $89, and also comes in white or black.
If you can afford a Moto G, you’ll get more storage, a faster processor, and a better display, among other things. But it’s nice to know that you don’t have to sign up for an expensive data plan to get a cheap phone these days.