- Analysis by KJ David
What can only be described as a cheap (and almost forced) entry into the 18:9 display aspect ratio race -- one of the hottest smartphone trends around the time of this specs-based review, the 5.7-inch BLU Studio View XL is powered by a pitiful 1.3GHz MediaTek 6580 quad-core processor and an archaic 1GB-only RAM , neither of which sound fitting for its screen real estate, not to mention that they put the Studio View XL way below the best BLU smartphones when it comes to processing power. Also among its cons is a basic Mali-400 graphics processor that we would expect more from tiny 4-inch prepaid Androids than phablets like itself.
At the very least, its large 5.7-inch screen and expansive 18:9 aspect ratio give it some appeal, particularly for those who are in the market for an unlocked wide-screen smartphone. That being said, there's little to appreciate about its HD+ (1440 x 720) screen resolution , knowing that most models in our list of the best phablets boast FHD/FHD+ (1080p) or QHD/QHD+ (1440p) resolutions -- heck, its DPI count (dots/pixels per inch) of 282ppi even flounders compared to the average (roughly 292ppi) as of its market entry.
This large Studio model features a respectable (in this Android class) 13-megapixel main camera that captures FHD-1080p videos at best . It also has a front-facing LED flash , which sounds like a nice pro in this market segment, especially since its 5-megapixel selfie cam resolution is nothing to call home about. Regrettably, the Studio View XL comes with only 16GB of on-board memory expandable by up to 64GB , while a good number of similarly-sized budget smartphones come with 32GB storage caps and support up to 128GB of top-up memory.
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At the very least, its pros and cons are powered by a 3000mAh battery that's more than tolerable, given its entry-level processing components and middling screen quality. It also features standard fingerprint-based user authentication (It has a circular scanner right under its rear cam), adding a bit of flair on the security front. Lastly, its feature set is housed inside a shell with mirror polished chamfered edges met by a curved glass touch panel up front.
So, as far as technical pros and cons are concerned, the 2018 Studio View XL sounds like a low-cost smartphone for users who want a large display, but don't really care for high-end processing.
** This phone is also known as: BLU View XL
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