- Analysis by KJ David
BLU's 2017 Studio G3 may be over a year younger than its direct predecessor, the Studio G2 , but it sticks to the G2's starter-class entry-level specs formula. As a matter of fact, it only comes with 2050mAh of battery power this time , whereas the older G2 entered the market with 2200mAh in the tank. Moreover, the G3 suffers from a much-lower pixel density score of only 188ppi , compared to the G2's 196ppi, but this is probably a consequence of its slightly-larger 5.2-inch display (The G2 has a 5-inch screen). Despite extending the screen size a bit, however, the Studio G3 still opts for a substandard 854 x 480 (FWVGA) resolution , although we find its curved cover glass to be a nice touch.
Looking at its other pros and cons, the 3G-only Studio G3 runs on a low-caliber, yet familiar in this Android class, MediaTek 6580 1.3GHz quad-core processor accompanied by no more than 1GB of RAM and a dedicated Mali-400 graphics processor . Its storage capacity, particularly, an 8GB memory that can be expanded by a maximum of 64GB , sounds like an unsung pro, but only because several similarly-specked models settle for 4GB-only memories and support introductory-class 32GB microSD cards only.
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As for its cameras, the G3 comes with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera spruced up by its own front-firing LED flash , which not many entry-level smartphones have. At the back, it is fitted with a 5-megapixel rear-facing main camera that is obviously a con when it comes to pixel resolution, but it interestingly captures Full HD (1920 x 1080) videos at best. Sure, it sounds like negligible device when pitted against the best camera phones , but a flash-equipped selfie cam and an FHD-video-capable rear cam go a relatively long way in the low-end market, at least as of this data-driven review.
Housing the Studio G3's pros and cons is an aircraft-grade aluminum frame , while the Android 7.0 Nougat platform and dual micro SIM card slots top off its feature set.
At the end of the day, the BLU Studio G3 is an Android for the smartphone novice, with a 3G-only network reach and an underwhelming battery leading its drawbacks, but its selfie flash and aluminum shell show that it's not without some appreciable points as well.
** This phone is also known as: BLU G3
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