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BLU Studio 5.0 C HD and Studio C Mini Unboxing and Hands-on

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BLU introduced two new devices this morning, the Studio 5.0 C HD and the Studio C Mini, set to go up against Motorola’s budget devices, the Moto E and Moto G.

These two low-end phones are aimed directly at off-contract buyers, hoping to get a great Android experience at a crazy-low price. Both devices feature specifications which you would expect in a $100+ smartphone, but when comparing to the Moto G and Moto E, they are not that bad. 

The Studio 5.0 C HD features a 5″ HD display (720×1280), 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, HSPA+ connectivity, microSD slot, and runs Android 4.4.2 out of the box. Priced at only $149.99 off contract, that’s not a bad little package.

The Studio C Mini features a 4.7″ WVGA display (480×800), 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 5MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, HSPA+ connectivity, microSD slot, and also runs Android 4.4.2 out of the box. With a price of $119.99 off contract, you might be pressed to find anything better on paper.

Below, we unbox both devices, plus go through a very brief software tour. As with all other BLU devices, they ship these phones running barebones stock Android, with minimal tweaks made. Both devices are available on Amazon, purchasable by following this link.

If you have any questions, shoot them below.

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  • DenDeal

    I recently purchased a Blue 5.0 C and using it on Consumer Cellular, which uses AT&T. Cannot get it to send or receive photos. Will do text. Consumer Cellular cannot figure it out. gave me an AT&T phone number which I cannot reach. +131223149810. My home phone does not even have a plus. Any idea

  • Jeremy Turnley

    Pretty disappointed here, Tim – a little more prep time before you do a video makes you look a lot better. Thanks for the hands-on look, though.

  • Jay W.

    Will you be reviewing these?

  • Scott Capodice

    I wanna like these devices! They may be just perfect for my kids (young teens) though. Cheap and easily replaceable. I was looking at one of their phones with a huge battery a few months ago, but I’m still on contract with vzw right now, but this company may become an option when I change to att.

  • PuzzleShot

    So I got this Oneplus One recently and this article made me look at Blu’s website. They have a device on there called the Life Pure XL that seems pretty up to spec, with a 5.5″ 1080p screen, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a Snapdragon 800, a 16MP camera. It just lacks LTE. Think you guys could review that one? It’s only $400 off-contract and I’m wondering if Oneplus doesn’t have any trouble coming if Blu can (potentially) beat them out with something just a little better than this.

  • acejavelin

    Why is everybody bashing BLU so bad? There devices are decent… for the money. A quad-core 1.3Ghz 5″ display device with a micro SD slot and a removable battery for $149, and within a month or two it will probably be $130 or so on Amazon, how could that be bad? I know a few people with BLU devices (Advance 4.0 and a Life One) and they work fine and have no issues. Sure it doesn’t have LTE, but it’s $149. I will give you that some of their early model had issues, but most of the ones in the last 9-10 months have been significantly better than previous models.

    • eddoe

      They bash them because they are insecure. Might be small penis syndrome, short mans syndrome, Keeping up with the Jones’ syndrome.. who knows.

  • UncleFan

    How do the screens look in direct sunlight… are they readable?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Not really :-/

  • Tony Byatt

    Moto G competitors are everywhere…

    http://www.kogan.com/ii/buy/kogan-agora-4g-smartphone/

  • Chris King

    Your my boy blu

  • Cesar

    A BLU phone running Kitkat out of the box? Good on ya BLU.

  • Justin Kos

    That branding doe

  • moelsen8

    oh man.. is that the aosp browser? haven’t seen that icon in a long time. man i miss those quick controls.

  • chris_johns

    Only thing i care about blu is if im smoking one in my bedroom while playing xbox

  • Jeremy Gross

    maybe if your traveling over seas

  • Maxim∑

    Honestly if you buy this over the Moto G… then…. well you made a bad decision

    • Justin Kos

      Your gonna have a bad time

    • eddoe

      Care to tell me why? I bought the Blu Studio 5.0II (lower specs than the phone above) to replace my Moto G when it was lost on a trip and I love it.

    • picaso86

      and lacks of common sense.

  • droidify

    When I clicked on this I noticed that under “related stories” was Kellen’s review and unboxing of the original galaxy tab from 11/10. That thing looks like a shoebox. The comments are hilarious.
    http://www.droid-life.com/2010/11/15/verizon-samsung-galaxy-tab-unboxing/

    • Greg Morgan

      We’ve come a long way in 4 years lol

  • J2886M

    I’d consider one of these under $150 with a LTE chip for TMo. Bet these be little warriors in the sub category with a descent ROM. Probably only consider it due to my broke G2 screen and the $175 insurance deductible.

    • acejavelin

      Give it time, they already have one for $200 with Tmo LTE, granted the specs aren’t quite as good but its been out since April, the Studio 5.0 LTE.

  • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

    Garbage. Complete garbage.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Meh, there’s worse.

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

        True story.

    • eddoe

      Small penis syndrome? You sound like such an idiot making ridiculous comments when you don’t own and never tried the phone. Are you trying to come across as “cool”? Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      For $119 off contract the Mini is garbage? It makes calls, plays music and browses the internet, and runs what appears to be stock KitKat. Throw a $10 TMo SIM in there and you are up and running with better specs than any other phone in its price range. It’s not great, mind you (especially the 512 MB RAM), but as a travel phone, a replacement for a lost/broken one or a phone to give to your kid, it’s pretty much the best option out there.