When new smartphones were introduced to the market, they improved user experience in almost every aspect. “Almost” is a key word here. One area that suffered greatly was battery life. First time smartphone users may even feel very disappointed, since the amount of usage time you get on a single charge on a smartphone is way shorter than on a feature phone. Not on BLU’s latest phones, though. The Miami-based manufacturer just announced two new cheap smartphones with huge batteries.
The phones are called BLU Studio Energy 2 and Energy X and both are already available for purchase from Amazon. Like other BLU phones, the Studio Energy 2 and Energy X are affordable offerings with the former priced at $179 and the latter costing only $109. The devices are sold unlocked and are compatible with all US GSM carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, Metro PCS, Straight Talk, Pure Talk and others.
BLU Studio Energy 2 has the biggest ever battery used in a smartphone.
The Studio Energy 2 is more premium of the duo and as you might have guessed from the name, it’s a follow up to the Studio Energy released earlier this year. The phone’s most distinctive feature is its massive 5,000 mAh battery which is expected to offer up to 4 days of usage time or up to 45 days of standby time. It’s the most capacious battery ever used in a smartphone.
Due to a very large battery, the device has a thick frame measuring as much as 10mm, though overall design is pretty attractive with a aircraft aluminum body combining polished surface with a sand blasted matte edge.
On the specs side, the Studio Energy 2 is rather modest, though at this price range you could certainly do much worse. The handset packs a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution and is powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek 6735 processor. The device also comes with 1.5GB of RAM and 16B of expandable storage.
If you like to snap lots of photos with your phone you will have at your disposal an 8-megapixel main camera with 1080p video capture and a 5-megapixel front camera. There is also LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 and a number of sensors. The Studio Energy 2 ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board and is available in two color options – Midnight Grey or Ceramic White with Rose Gold.
BLU Energy X performs up to 3 days of normal usage on one charge
The BLU Energy X is a tad more lower-end than the Studio Energy 2; however, it shares a few features with its sibling, for instance the 8-megapixel camera with Full HD video capture. The screen is the same size and offers identical resolution (5 inches at 720p) but it’s IPS LCD instead of Super AMOLED.
The phone has a slightly smaller battery; however with the capacity of 4,000 mAh, it’s still a powerhouse compared to other smartphones. The battery should provide up to 3 days of normal usage or up to 30 days of standby time on a single charge.
Under its aluminum hood, the Energy X has a quad-core 1.3GHz 6580 MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM and half the storage the Studio Energy 2 offers, that is 8GB. However, there is a microSD slot compatible with up to 64GB cards, so not enough internal memory shouldn’t be an issue.
Other key features of the Energy X include a 2-megapixel selfie camera, 4G connectivity (unfortunately with no LTE), and dual SIM support. The phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and is available in Midnight Grey and Luxury Gold.
Neither the Studio Energy 2 nor the Energy X will bring you to your knees with their specs, but that’s not the point. The point is that the both BLU phones are super affordable and have something that even the most premium devices lack – extremely large batteries that can last days on a single charge. And this is something that many users value way more than for instance a gazillion-megapixel camera. With that in mind, if you are in the market for a cheap phone with a great battery life, one of BLU’s new offerings might be a good choice.