- Analysis by KJ David
No more than an entry-level Android for those shopping on a tight budget or those who want an essentials-only smartphone, BLU's Advance L4 is one of the American brand's least-advanced models of 2018, running on a generic 1.3GHz quad-core processor alongside an equally-basic Mali-400 graphics engine and a primitive 512MB RAM -- some of its contemporaries featured in Phonerated's list of Android Go smartphones pack at least 1GB of RAM, not that it makes that big of a difference.
Speaking of Android Go, this Advance model runs on the Go Edition of Android 8.1 Oreo, which essentially means that it features watered-down versions of essential Google apps as a means of taking up less phone storage (It comes with 8GB of memory expandable by up to 64GB, by the way), conserving mobile data allocation, and using up less power. Judging from its 1300mAh-only raw battery capacity , the forenamed Android Go ecosystem sounds just about right for this 104-gram-light 4-incher.
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Like most other low-caliber Androids with its kind of pros and cons, the Advance L4 sports a modest 5-megapixel rear-facing camera that captures only HD (1280 x 720) videos at best -- FHD-1080p video-recording was somewhat golden standard as of this specs-driven review. As for selfies, it comes with an old-fashioned 2-megapixel-only front-facing camera that at least comes with its own front-firing LED flash , which is not something you see everyday within the sub-100-dollar price group (It was pegged at only $50 at the time of writing).
The Advance L4 touts a tiny (by 2018 standards) 4-inch display that's marred -- although unsurprisingly, given its overall profile of pros and cons -- by an 800 x 480 WVGA resolution and a pixel density score of only 233ppi . Like most other low-enders from BLU, it comes with dual SIM card trays (Check out some popular dual-SIM models here), but it totally misses out on 4G-LTE web connectivity, instead settling for a 3G-only network adapter.
Its humble feature set is topped off by a patterned backing and a shell that's coated in colors like Teal and Cyan. So, at the end of the day, the Advance L4 is nothing but a basic two-SIM smartphone, but its Android Go platform gives it a sizable edge against most other models in this category.
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