- Analysis by KJ David
Although it is a sequel to a 2017 BLU model of the same name, there is nothing mega about the BLU Studio Mega 2018, seeing that it runs on a rudimentary MediaTek 6580 1.3GHz quad-core processor accompanied by a pitiful 1GB-only RAM capacity and a sub-standard Mali-400 graphics processor , all of which obviously place it on the back foot versus most other unlocked BLU smartphones on the market as of this Phonerated review.
Its aforementioned hardware pros and cons sound even more problematic, given its relatively-large 6-inch screen real estate -- a good number of other 6-inchers run on eight-core engines and pack at least 2GB's worth of RAM. The Studio Mega 2018's display, by the way, mimics some of the best phablets and large-screen smartphones around insofar as it touts a wide 18:9 aspect ratio and an 87 percent screen-to-body ratio . However, it totally drops the ball when it comes to screen sharpness, settling for an HD+ (1440 x 720) resolution and, consequently, scoring a paltry pixel density count of only 268ppi .
Another disgruntling con is the fact that it comes with no more than 2600mAh of raw battery power , whereas several similarly-sized budget smartphones lug at least 3000mAh in the tank. Its side-mounted power-saving key , though, which we do not often see in this Android segment, might intrigue some power-cautious pragmatists.
A couple of its biggest selling points come from the imaging department, in the form of a 13- plus 2-megapixel dual rear camera and a tolerable 8-megapixel selfie camera coupled with its own dedicated LED flash . That being said, it could certainly have done better than a mere 16GB internal memory expandable by up to 64GB -- some tantamount models start out with 32GB of on-board memory and support up to 128GB of storage expansion.
Adding to this Studio model's assortment of pros and cons is the Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition , which, in essence, is a watered-down version of the original Oreo platform tailored to phones with low-caliber hardware specs itself (Explore other Android Go options here). It also comes with an electrolyzed middle frame and a mirror metallic finish , adding a bit of flair on the aesthetics front.
With all that said, the Studio Mega 2018 sounds like a reasonable choice for non-techie shoppers who prefer large displays and more-than-average (at least by 2018 standards) cameras.
** This phone is also known as: BLU Mega 2018
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