- Analysis by KJ David
Despite being almost a year younger than its direct predecessor, the Studio G3, the 2018 BLU Studio G4 nevertheless stays within entry-level smartphone territory. One of its biggest cons is its almost-deal-breaking lack of a 4G LTE network adapter , which subsequently puts it on a lower level versus its 4G-enabled rivals on the connectivity front.
Like plenty of other 2018 low-end Androids (and some senior-friendly phones), the Studio G4 opts for an uninteresting hardware setup, consisting of a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek 6580 processor , a rudimentary Mali-400 graphics engine, and no more than 1GB of RAM . Its 2000mAh-only battery power is the opposite of head-turning as well, even in the lowest smartphone tier -- many tantamount phones lug roughly-2500mAh batteries.
At the very least, its comes with 16GB of native memory as well as room for up to 64GB of top-up storage, whereas many entry-level Androids with similar assortments of pros and cons stick to 8GB of native storage only. Also among its redeeming qualities is the Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition , a stripped-down version of the Oreo platform that comes with less-demanding versions of essential Google apps, thus putting less strain on its low-caliber engine, and is designed to conserve memory and data allocation. Feel free to explore Phonerated's list of popular Android Go Edition smartphones here.
When it comes to imaging, neither of the G4's 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel selfie cam were considered pros resolution-wise as of this specs-based review. That said, both its cameras come with dedicated LED flashes, which means that its front cam possibly captures brighter selfies than those of some other starter-class smartphones.
The G4 sports a 5.2-inch display with a curved cover glass, a so-so 1280 x 720 resolution, and a low 282ppi pixel density count . Considering its size, though, this unlocked BLU smartphone is pretty lightweight, at 126 grams -- the average smartphone weighed around 150g when we were checking out its technical pros and cons.
In the end, however, the dual-SIM Studio G4's feature set only makes it good enough as an introductory smartphone or one for shoppers with practicality in mind.
** This phone is also known as: BLU G4
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