Bargain smartphone manufacturer BLU on Tuesday announced a new Quattro Series of flagship Android devices, though none of them have Jelly Bean out of the box. Instead, the company, which is self-described as "one of the fastest growing mobile phone manufacturers in the world," will release these Tegra 3 devices running Android 4.0.
Each device is listed with an off-contract price, ranging from $250 up to $350. The cheapest, Quattro 4.5, has a qHD display, 5-megapixel camera, 4GB of built-in storage and microSD slot (up to 32GB). Next up is the Quattro 4.5 HD, which has been engineered with an aluminum and glass unibody, 326 ppi display, 8-megapixel camera with f/2.4 aperture, 16GB of internal memory and 1GB of RAM. The 4.5 HD will be the most expensive of the trio with a price of $349.99.
Finally, the Quattro 5.7 HD comes equipped with a 5.7-inch HD display, 8-megapixel camera, 4GB of internal memory (expandable to 32GB), and 1GB of RAM, This one will be available at the end of March for $299.99. None of the devices have LTE either, which is a bummer. Rather, the three handsets support HSPA+ 3G, and will be available through AT&T and T-Mobile.
You know what other device you can get unlocked at a reasonable price? The Nexus 4, which also comes with Jelly Bean and is guaranteed to get support well into its life cycle. BLU is obviously trying to fit a niche here as a bargain bin company, but you've got some stiff (and much more well-known) competition that you're not doing much to differentiate against. BLU's devices certainly look nice, but nice enough to throw down $350 for with only Ice Cream Sandwich?
BLU Products Introduces New Quattro Series of Smartphone Devices, Powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 Mobile Processor
MIAMI, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — BLU Products, one of the fastest growing mobile phone manufacturers in the world, announced the new Quattro Series of smartphone devices, all powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 1.5 GHz quad-core processor with a fifth battery saver core. The Quattro Series will deliver flagship smartphone performance with console-quality gaming, amazing graphics, speedy applications and fast multitasking.
Quattro Series devices will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a planned upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Connectivity for all Quattro Series devices will include quad-band GSM and penta-band 21Mbps HSPA+, including 1700MHz AWS for the US, as the company tries to capitalize on the increased demand for high performance unlocked smartphones in the US.
Quattro 4.5 HD
The Quattro 4.5 HD features a stunning aluminum and glass unibody resulting in an exceptional build quality and luxurious design. Photos and videos come to life with spectacular clarity and rich, natural color on the vivid Advanced Super View 4.5-inch HD 326ppi display, resulting in unparalleled viewing angles and contrast ratio, all protected with marvelously curved scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass. Additionally, the Quattro 4.5 HD delivers excellent image capture quality even in adverse conditions such as low light, no light with an 8 megapixel camera featuring an f/2.4 large aperture lens, plus HD video recording up to 1080p, along with 16GB internal memory and 1GB RAM. The Quattro 4.5 HD will be available the first week of February at $349.99 retail unlocked through various websites in the US.
The Quattro 4.5 features the most affordable price point in the industry today for flagship quad-core smartphone performance. The Quattro 4.5 includes a 4.5-inch qHD display, 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera, HD video recording up to 1080p, along with 4GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB with an external memory card, and 1GB RAM. The Quattro 4.5 will be available the first week of February at $249.99 retail unlocked through various websites in the US.
Quattro 5.7 HD
The Quattro 5.7 HD combines the functionality of a tablet with smartphone portability, highlighted by the captivating 5.7 inch, 1280 x 720 HD display, an 8 megapixel camera, plus HD video recording up to 1080p, along with 4GB internal memory, expandable to 32GB with external memory card, and 1GB RAM. The Quattro 5.7 HD will be available at the end of March at $299.99 retail unlocked through various websites in the US.
Thanks to Ryan Negri from Negri Electronics for the tip.