- Analysis by KJ David
BLU's Grand LTE is an unlocked smartphone (Check out the best unlocked dual-SIM phones here) that targets the same budget-cautious clientele as its direct predecessor, the Grand M2. Its not-so-grand specs include a hardware setup that hardly passes 2018 entry-level benchmarks, consisting of a mundane MediaTek 6739 1.4GHz quad-core processor and a discouraging 1GB-only RAM -- some of its closest competitors pack 2GB RAMs.
While its wider-than-usual 18:9 screen aspect ratio , which was a common facet among the best phablets as of this review, is a surefire pro for a low-caliber smartphone, its 5.3-inch display winds up as a disgruntling con in our book notwithstanding, seeing that it has a mediocre 960 x 480 screen resolution (One of the lowest resolutions on an 18:9 interface) and, consequently, a mere 203ppi pixel density .
Having said that, the Grand M3 runs on the Go Edition of the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system , which is designed specifically for phones with the its kind of pros and cons. It features watered-down versions of basic Google applications that are meant to consume way less data and phone memory versus their full-blown counterparts.
The BLU Grand M3 reels in 4G LTE network speeds , just like the ones in this Phonerated list of the newest 4G phones, which is somewhat reassuring, knowing that some other low-end contenders still stick to primitive 3G network adapters. Its feature set also includes a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and an encrypted file management system for data security.
As for its imaging pros and cons, the Grand M3 sports a low-resolution 5-megapixel front-facing camera right above its display, with a dedicated front-firing LED flash trying to spice it up. On the opposite end, it touts a typical (by 2018 low-end standards) 8-megapixel LED-flash main camera offering a standard 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) maximum video-recording resolution.
This introductory Android is loaded with 16GB of native memory , although an 8GB-only version is also offered -- both versions support up to 64GB of top-up storage. It is powered by a tolerable 2500mAh battery and it dons either a Gold or a Black finish.
In the end, despite being riddled with low-caliber features, the Grand M3 ends up as a practicable smartphone for Android newbies.
On-paper Review rating:
It's all well and good that the BLU Grand M3 can record high-resolution 1920 x 1080 movies, but we were disappointed not to find any evidence of the Grand M3 featuring an HDMI port (which is convenient to watch HD videos on your shiny HDTV.)
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Not too long ago, this smartphone's processing specs would have been just fine, but by today's standards, a 1.3GHz MediaTek 6739 processor with a RAM of only 1GB looks a little pale, compared to recent smartphones with their multi-core gigahertz processor and large RAM.
It's disappointing that we could not find its weight information.
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Not only does it have a 1.3GHz processor clock speed, but it also has 4 cores.
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The BLU Grand M3 is not sold with a memory card but it supports up to 64GB of memory expansion, which will be convenient to save videos and pictures taken with the built-in 8-megapixel camera.
It includes an advanced built-in camera (8-megapixel)
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The selfie cam resolution seems just about average.
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