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.

blu studio 5.0 ii

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.

blu advance 4.0

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.

via Engadget

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11 replies on “BLU launches new Android phones that make the Moto G look expensive”

  1. I saw this phone only yesterday and I’m just wandering if it’s an unlocked smartphone. It looks very attractive. Is it probably something to look into? to be continued

  2. I have a Blu Life Play and it is a good mid-range phone (when you add a microSD card). These seem just too under spec’d. 512 MB RAM is just not enough these days. If you need a cheap phone the Moto G is the way to go. If you can’t afford it just wait a while.

  3. not worth futzing with these crap phones when you can get the Samsung Galaxy Light for $150 this is with quadcore, 1gb of ram, LTE, a modular battery, and an SD card slot although the screen is the only major sacrifice. For the specs on these phones I’d have priced them at $70 and $100. I’d like to get the Galaxy Light but I am waiting to see if Sprint’s purchase of T-Mobile goes through.

    1. I have had two software updates in the last few months. Not bad for a small company.

  4. Can’t get BLU phones outside of the USA (well, you can but it doesn’t make sense to do so).

  5. metro pcs – lg motion still is a good buy. I bought it last year for $125 no contract. Low res screen (480×320) is weak, but dual core 1.5GHz snapdragon S4 still cranks faster than my nexus 7. 768MB RAM only though.

  6. Wow, they had a chance with 1gb ram but not with 512 mb, I hope it’s a mistake.

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