BLU launches three new DASH smartphones, starting at just $49 outright

August 29, 2013
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BLU might not be a big name in the smartphone world, but they are known by some folks as a cheap alternative to bigger name brands when you are looking for a semi-decent Android experience at rock bottom pricing. The latest members of the DASH series push costs down even lower than ever before, ranging from $50 to $130.

So what does so little coin get you, in terms of hardware? Certainly nothing mind-blowingly powerful. Read on to see what the Dash Junior and its slightly more upscale brothers bring to the table:

BLU Dash Jr.

The Dash Jr (pictured above) packs extremely modest specs including a 1GHz Spreadtrum 6820 CPU, a 3.5-inch 320 x 480 display, 512MB storage and just 256MB RAM. Other specs include a 2MP rear cam, microSD and a 1,000 mAh battery.

As for the OS, the archaic Android 2.3 Gingerbread resides on this device.

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BLU Dash Music 4.0

If you want a bit more power but are still looking for a extremely low priced device, the Dash Music 4.0 is just $99 and actually has reasonably decent specs, considering the price.

The handset features a 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572 processor, a 4-inch 480 x 800 display, 4G storage, a rear 3.2MP cam, 4GB storage, microSD, 512MB RAM and a 1,500 mAh battery.

This time around you also get a respectable version of Android, with the handset running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

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BLU Dash Music 5.0

Last but not least, the Dash Music 5.0 is the highest cost option at $130. The Music 5.0 is the exact same device internally as the Music 4.0, but trades in the 4-inch display for a 5-inch TFT with a resolution of 480 x 854. The battery also gets upgraded to 2,000 mAh.

Okay, none of these devices are going to blow anyone away, and the Dash Junior is damn near laughable. Still, if you are looking for a temporary smartphone, for say traveling abroad and not risking damage to your fancier device – BLU’s new handsets could come in handy. Of course you could always save just a bit more cash and get yourself a Nexus 4 for just $199.

If you have your heart set on one of these handsets, they will be available by the end of September in the United States and will also rollout to over 30 countries in Latin America.

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