Looking for a capable Android phone that won’t ruin your budget? If so, then Blu may have something for you. Recently this Miami-based mobile maker began selling not one, but two brand new smartphones offering good value for your buck. Both devices, the Advance A5 and the Advance A5 Plus are cheap Android smartphones offering package of solid mid-range specs and metal design. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Blu released Advance A5 and A5 Plus Android smartphone. Both offer decent specs and aluminum body at incredibly low price.
The Blu Advance A5 and the Advance A5 Plus speak the same design language, but their aluminum bodies differ in terms of size and features they house. To start from the smaller of the two, the Blu Advance A5, the device provides a 5-inch 720p screen panel and a combination of 8MP primary camera and a 5MP selfie-friendly front snapper, both equipped with LED flashes. Powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3GHz and paired with the Mali 400 GPU in charge of graphics, 1GB RAM and 8GB of thankfully expandable storage the handset runs Android 7.0 Nougat. Pretty nice set up as for a device costing $89.99, don’t you think?
Moving on to the Advance A5 Plus, the phablet isn’t only bigger but also slightly more advanced device. Even though it is driven by the same quad-core MediaTek processor and runs Android Nougat it offers 2GB RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. The phone houses a massive 5.5-inch display sporting 720 x 1280 p resolution and better optics represented by a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing shooter. This time also both sensors are accompanied by an LED flash. If you’ve already liked the Advance A5 Plus, you will like it even more knowing that it can be yours for just $109.99.
Both Blu phones are sold unlocked and support 4G LTE connectivity. As for compatibility, the Advance A5 and its larger sibling work with all GSM carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Metro PCS, Cricket and others. But since both handsets are GSM phones without CDMA support they won’t sync with Verizon, Sprint, Boost Mobile or Page Plus, which means that their subscribers have to keep searching for other deals.
Although both Advance phones come with Android Nougat out of box, there is a slim chance that Android 8 Oreo will arrive to the devices but this info still requires official confirmation. If you want to buy one of the smartphones, simply head over to Amazon (links below). Perhaps the phones are far from current flagship standards, but where else you will get an aluminum-made smartphone for less than $100? On the other hand for few bucks more, you can grab the Moto E4 working on Snapdragon 425 processor and featuring splash-resistant body. In addition, the device will work with all US carriers, which is also a big advantage over the Blu new series.