Smartphones tend to be rather expensive devices, especially the ones with prestigious branding and equipped with premium hardware. However, luckily for users who can’t afford to pay an arm and a leg for a handset, there are manufacturers that are in the habit of launching very affordable phones. One of such manufacturers is a US-based company named BLU. And you know what? BLU just kicked off two Android Marshmallow unlocked smartphones priced below $100.
BLU’s two new phones the Dash M2 and Dash X2 that feature metal design and Android Marshmallow and you wouldn’t believe how cheap they are.
The phones in question are called BLU Dash M2 and Dash X2 and are unbelievably inexpensive. The Dash X2 will set you back $84.90 and the Dash M2 is even cheaper – it costs just $69.90. Obviously, at such price point you can’t expect any cutting-edge technology, but both phones come with two pretty strong selling points that can make them worth your attention.
First off, both the Dash X2 and Dash M2 look far more expensive than they are thanks to the material they are made of. In the case of cheap phones you can usually guess, at least more or less, the price point by the way the phone looks and feels in your hand. That’s because manufacturers use cheap and not very attractive plastic. BLU, however, decided to use aluminum for the bodies and as a result, both phones give the impression of being more high-end than they really are.
Moreover, both Dashes will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box which is the latest iteration of the most popular platform. Again, up-to-date operating system is not something you see every day on budget smartphones – such devices typically run a version of the OS that is at least one generation behind.
Android Marshmallow and metal bodies aside, the Dash X2 and M2 have little to impress you with. The more premium of the two, Dash X2, features a 5-inch screen with a modest 720p resolution and is powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6580 processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The phone also packs an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel selfie shooter, 8GB of expandable storage and a 2,200 mAh battery.
The Dash M2, on the other hand, comes with a 480 x 854 pixel resolution on a 5-inch screen, the same MediaTek chip but coupled with only 512MB of RAM and half the memory the X2 offers, that is 4GB. The device also sports 5-megapixel main and 2-megapixel front cameras, as well as 2,000 mAh battery.
Unfortunately, the phones lack LTE connectivity but they do offer dual-SIM support which is pretty handy if you like to travel and have one device on you. They are also unlocked GSM so if you get yourself one of the models, you can bring it to AT&T, T-Mobile or other GSM carrier. Both the Dash M2 and X2 are for grabs from Amazon.