BLU has a habit of releasing halfway decent Android smartphones for more-than-decent prices. The new BLU Dash keeps that trend alive by packing a quad-core processor and a 4.5 inch display into a package that sells for $140.
And that’s without a carrier subsidy. You can buy this phone in cash and use it on AT&T or T-Mobile’s networks in the US without paying a dime over the cost of your monthly (or month-to-month) smartphone bill.
If you wanted to buy an HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4 without a carrier subsidy, you’d end up paying closer to $600. And a Google Nexus 4 costs $299 or more.
Of course, the BLU Dash doesn’t quite have the power of any of those phones. But it’s not bad for the price.
The handset sports a 1.2 GHz MediaTek MT6589M quad-core processor with PowerVR SGX544 graphics. It has 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage, a 4.5 inch, 854 x 480 pixel display, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software. The phone has a 5MP rear-facing camera and a lower-quality front camera for video calls or quick snapshots.
It supports WiFi and Bluetooth, GPS, and HSPA+ and sports dual SIM Card slots.
While it’s hardly the best phone money can buy, it’s an interesting option for folks that care more about price than performance. It’d also make a halfway decent portable media player/gaming device for folks that would prefer and Android device to an iPod touch — and in a pinch, you can always throw in a SIM card and use it as a phone when needed.