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What would you say if I told you that a new series of phones is coming out that can get you some pretty top specs, while keeping the pricing around $300 off contract? Would you be intrigued? That's exactly what BLU Products is doing with its upcoming lineup of Quattro phones.

If you haven't heard of BLU before now, let me give you a brief intro: this is a company to keep an eye on, because they're putting out some beautiful hardware while keeping the prices extremely affordable. Like most carrier-free manufacturers, they focus on quad-band GSM devices – the Quattro series is no exception.

Every device in the Quattro line has two things in common: they're all packing a 1.5GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip and Android 4.0. Don't sweat the Android version, though – they're already slated to get Jelly Bean.

Quattro 4.5

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As the lowest-end device of the Quattro collection, the 4.5 isn't going to blow your mind. But for a meager $250, it packs a 4.5" qHD display and a gig of RAM, along with a 5MP rear shooter, 4GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. The best part – it's actually pretty sleek looking. That's some good value right there.

Quattro 4.5 HD

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Like the sound of the 4.5, but want something a little more high-end? Look no further than the 4.5 HD. It packs a 326ppi HD display wrapped in Corning Gorilla Glass, an f/2.4 8MP rear shooter, 16GB of internal storage, and 1GB of RAM. The price? $350. No contract. That's hard to beat.

Quattro 5.7 HD

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Maybe you're into the larger-sized phones. Say hello to the 5.7 HD, which, as its name suggest, packs a massive 5.7" 1280x720 display. Aside from that, the 5.7 HD has 4GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 1GB RAM, and an 8MP rear shooter. You'll be able to land this bad boy for an impressive $300.

So, when can you get 'em? The Quattro 4.5 and 4.5 HD will both be available "the first week of February through various websites in the U.S." The 5.7 HD, however, won't be hitting the virtual streets until the end of March – also through various U.S. retailers.

MIAMI, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BLU Products, one of the fastest growing mobile phone manufacturers in the world, announced the new Quattro Series of smartphone devices, all powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 1.5 GHz quad-core processor with a fifth battery saver core. The Quattro Series will deliver flagship smartphone performance with console-quality gaming, amazing graphics, speedy applications and fast multitasking.

Quattro Series devices will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a planned upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Connectivity for all Quattro Series devices will include quad-band GSM and penta-band 21Mbps HSPA+, including 1700MHz AWS for the US, as the company tries to capitalize on the increased demand for high performance unlocked smartphones in the US. 

Quattro 4.5 HD 


The Quattro 4.5 HD features a stunning aluminum and glass unibody resulting in an exceptional build quality and luxurious design. Photos and videos come to life with spectacular clarity and rich, natural color on the vivid Advanced Super View 4.5-inch HD 326ppi display, resulting in unparalleled viewing angles and contrast ratio, all protected with marvelously curved scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass.  Additionally, the Quattro 4.5 HD delivers excellent image capture quality even in adverse conditions such as low light, no light with an 8 megapixel camera featuring an f/2.4 large aperture lens, plus HD video recording up to 1080p, along with 16GB internal memory and 1GB RAM. The Quattro 4.5 HD will be available the first week of February at $349.99 retail unlocked through various websites in the US.

Quattro 4.5 


The Quattro 4.5 features the most affordable price point in the industry today for flagship quad-core smartphone performance. The Quattro 4.5 includes a 4.5-inch qHD display, 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera, HD video recording up to 1080p, along with 4GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB with an external memory card, and 1GB RAM. The Quattro 4.5 will be available the first week of February at $249.99 retail unlocked through various websites in the US.

Quattro 5.7 HD


The Quattro 5.7 HD combines the functionality of a tablet with smartphone portability, highlighted by the captivating 5.7 inch, 1280 x 720 HD display, an 8 megapixel camera, plus HD video recording up to 1080p, along with 4GB internal memory, expandable to 32GB with external memory card, and 1GB RAM. The Quattro 5.7 HD will be available at the end of March at $299.99 retail unlocked through various websites in the US.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • CeluGeek

    The big question to ask is if these devices have access to Google's closed-source apps. Most of the time, cheap Android = Google-less Android.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Even if it doesn't, I have the feeling these phones will be VERY attractive to the hacking/modding crowd, so everything will be running on these devices within minutes. I'm really curious about how open they are. Obviously, they will be hacked wide open regardless of how locked down they are (especially running a Tegra 3), but hopefully the company will be making everything as open as possible. If these things are running CM10.1 within a week of release, I suspect they will be pretty successful.

      • http://www.facebook.com/truthkillszz Michael Berrios

        Im happy with my note II but if the dev following is good enough i might get the 5.7 as a backup

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      According to http://www.amazon.com/BLU-D910a-Unlocked-4-3-Inch-Processor/dp/tech-data/B009C7WH8K/ref=de_a_smtd, their previous device, Gmail and other Google apps are there.

  • Loren Cogar

    Stupid Verizon and CDMA, we can never get cool off contract phones which sucks cause I can never get an upgrade without losing unlimited data. I might have to seriously consider AT&T.

    • TylerChappell

      Yes you can, it's called buying your phone outright and not bending over for Verizon. Save up the extra money, it's worth it.

      • ProductFRED

        He means not being able to use non-carrier-branded phones like on GSM networks.

      • Tim Harper

        I love New tech and phones, but I would never pay $600-$700 for a phone...can do so much more with that money. I agree it sucks not to have inexpensive, unlocked phones on Verizon. $250 is loads better than $600

    • http://www.facebook.com/bron84 Bronislav Shtrom

      you have unlimited data and are basically complaining about it? if i were you i would do anything to keep it

      • GazaIan

        He can't change phones without losing it. 'doing anything' to keep it would mean he has to keep his current phone forever. Not worth it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/bron84 Bronislav Shtrom

          he can buy his phone outright from VZ, or did you not know? although not being able to use these inexpensive phones puts a damper on that

          • GazaIan

            Verizon is a CDMA network, he can't get the new phone activated period without going to VZ themselves, where t the point the grandfathered unlimited data is revoked. Verizon was still take it away even if you buy the phone outright.

          • Manceptional

            is that true? I thought it was only if you took advantage of the subsidy. I am in the same boat atm.

          • http://www.facebook.com/bron84 Bronislav Shtrom

            can't be. buy a new phone from VZ store, put in old and working sim, use. if not then that is new to me. everybody i know on VZ says they can do this

          • GazaIan

            Verizon doesn't use SIM Cards in their main network. They have 4GLTE SIM Cards but they're absolutely no use in another phone other than the one it was CDMA-activated with.

          • http://www.facebook.com/bron84 Bronislav Shtrom

            wow that is retarted. lockng their sim cards to phone basically. never ever touching VZ. thanks.

            does sprint do this too or is it JUST the CDMA network that makes their phones incompatible?

          • GazaIan

            It's similar with Sprint, they also have 4GLTE SIM Cards but their primary network is CDMA. However Sprint is a lot nicer, and they will let you keep your data plan even if you buy a phone outright. You still have to walk into a Sprint store to get the phone activated and authorized for use on the network, but they won't touch your plan at all.

          • http://www.facebook.com/bron84 Bronislav Shtrom

            good, thanks. sprint is definitely my backup if Tmo pulls an asshat move. so far i am satisfied with Tmo

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            SIM cards are a thing for GSM networks (AT&T and T-Mobile). LTE is a GSM technology, which is the reason SIM cards are cropping up in some CDMA phones for Verizon and Sprint. In a few years, when VZW drops their CDMA network (which is pretty much a sure thing), then the situation will probably change.

  • Wayne Randall

    Uhm, what kind of buttons are those?

    Aside from that, this is exactly Android needs, more inexpensive unlocked GSM phones. Verizon is going to feel a little deflated in the coming years. Along with everyone else's expensive contract prices.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      I had the same initial reaction to the capacitive hardware buttons, but then I also thought about how many people prefer the hardware buttons (especially the Search button). I recently installed CM 10.1 on my Inspire and realized that there were a ton of pretty slick configurable features for those buttons, enough that I momentarily wished my Nexus 4 (also on CM 10.1) had them too. If these phones are hacker friendly, they could become a fantastic alternative to the Nexus 4 for anybody that simply prefers the hardware buttons.

      • Wayne Randall

        I've read about some cool features using hardware buttons, and for a (short) time I wished for them on my N4. Having been spoiled with the 7 and 4, I could never go back. That said, these Quattro phones aren't for me, but there are millions still on Gingerbread that would feel right at home with one of these devises as an upgrade.

        Devises like the Quattro will spearhead an anti-contract campaign that's going to hurt the Big Three. Viva La Revolution!

    • Obsidian97405

      I'm middle aged with fat shaky stubby fingers, so I like the sound of the hardware buttons. I've always found touchscreen challenging--Obviously, there's still touchscreen on this, but even so a few actual buttons is appealing. One reason I'm looking at large phablets is for my eyesight and aforementioned fingers...

      My budget won't accommodate a Samsung or other similar priced phablets. After reading several articles on the Quattro 5.7, I excitedly headed out to newegg and amazon. Nuttin' there.

      Anyone know when it will be available & where to buy?

  • Aaron Huffman

    Source?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Prnewswire.

  • squiddy20

    Capacitive hardware buttons in the old 4 button layout from Gingerbread and below? Insta-pass.

  • blunden

    Being a Tegra device means it will be harder to get fully functional custom ROMs for newer versions than the manufacturer has currently released blobs for. Sure, you can probably reuse many of the blobs from the Nexus 7 but things like the camera tends to be an issue. Except for Exynos 4, non-Nexus Tegra devices are the worst of the big SoCs to develop for.

  • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

    Loving the classic 4 style button. but Y U No Tegra 4.

  • tleaf100

    anyone know more about the radios ?
    would be looking to import a 5.7 into the uk if radios look ok.

    • Cuvis

      It says in the article that they're pentaband radios, and support HSPA+ over 1700/2100. No LTE, but seems like it'd work well on pretty much any GSM carrier you can think of.

  • Elias

    Meh.
    Quattro 5.7 HD: I'd rather have a Nexus 7. Yeah, no microsd and not actually a phone, but has the same resolution and bigger screen. Best of all: updates from Google.
    Quattro 4.5 HD: I'd rather have a Nexus 4 16gb. Bigger screen, bigger resolution, nfc, same price, etc. Best of all: updates from Google.
    Quattro 4.5: I'd rather have a Nexus 4 8gb. No microsd and a bit more expensive, but bigger screen, greater resolution, bigger onboard storage, prettier & better finishing, wireless charging, nfc. Best of all: updates from Google!

    • loling

      Do you by any chance have the letters G O tattooed on one cheek and G L E on the other?

      • Dan

        I just fell over laughing, but I'm still going to slap your head off for putting that picture in my brain.

    • Elias

      Forgot to mention: better processor and two gigabytes of RAM on the N4s. But no tegra zone.

    • Cuvis

      Nexus 4 is nice and all, hell, I have one coming myself. But keep in mind, you have to order direct from Google to get that price, and that's sometimes hard to do. With these phones, you can get this kind of pricing anywhere. Also, the Nexus line doesn't have a phablet... yet.

      • tariq

        yes Cuvis is right i live in jordan middle east and i can not order direct from google and if you want to buy N4 phone from LG company you will get it for 650 dollar but for BLU phones i can get it from america because i know people there from any store for N4 its harder. sorry for my bad english...

  • http://twitter.com/ryandigweed0 ryandigweed

    Amazing Phones, especially for those prices :D

  • blairh

    Really intrigued by the 5.7 but sadly I bet it's Amoled.

  • QuanahHarjo

    So close! If the 4.5 had 8 onboard instead of 4, it would be about the perfect mid-range phone. If the storage is set up to use Apps2SD it won't be bad, but 4 is shaving it close on a modern phone. Frankly, I would still consider it if I finally go contractless.

  • didibus

    These are really nice, but they would be amazing if they came with Stock Android and they would be perfect if they also had On Screen buttons. I can't wait for phones to come out as being containers for software, just like current PCs.

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