BLU Studio Mega (2018) Review of Pros And Cons

Picture of the BLU Studio Mega (2018), by BLU

- 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.

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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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