BLU is an up-and-coming smartphone manufacturer offering budget-friendly devices that have a knack for also being halfway decent. Today they've announced a new line of smartphones that look situated to continue this trend. The DASH series won't blow anyone's minds, but these highly affordable, and dare I say - adorable, handsets could make for a decent way to introduce a newcomer to the world of smartphones.


The three phones making up the DASH series include the DASH Jr., the DASH MUSIC 4.0, and the DASH MUSIC 5.0. The DASH Jr. costs only $49.00 unlocked and comes with specs that match its insanely low price point. Buyers get a phone with a 1GHz processor, a 3.5-inch HVGA display, a 1000mAh battery, and a measly 512 MB of internal memory. On the software side, it's running Android 2.3. Yes, Gingerbread, in 2013.


Things get better from here. The DASH MUSIC 4.0 has a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, a 4-inch WVGA display, a 1500mAh battery, and 4GB of internal memory. It comes with Android 4.2 and costs just $99.00 unlocked. The DASH MUSIC 5.0 comes with the same internal specs but offers a 5-inch FWVGA display and a 2000mAh battery for just $30 more.


These are immensely affordable devices, and while I wouldn't even give Junior a DASH JR in this day and age, it could still possibly make for a good throwaway device to install CheapCast or Cast To UPnP/DLNA for GMusic on. Expect this device to appear on store shelves in the US before the end of September, and it will also become available in 30 countries throughout Latin America.

Source: BLU Products

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Jeremy Janzen

    I think times could be tough for this type of Android budget phone offerings with Nexus 4 moving to $199. That is a much, much better phone than what Blu is offering for $129

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

      ... but at almost double the price. For some people, having that extra $70 is a really big deal! Hell, that was my monthly budget when I was in college!

    • kabloink

      That's still a big difference in price if your money is tight. Sure the Nexus is better, but that difference in price will pay for two months of prepaid service.

      • Jeremy Janzen

        I hear you. But don't you think those who have very little spending money (students or whatever) would probably just get a $0 phone on contract instead? Instead of buying a cheap phone from a relatively unproven brand like Blu.

        I'm not saying these are bad phones, I'm just wondering if there is much of a market for them in North America. Of course they will probably be perfect for parts of the world where you can't get a subsidized phone due to lack of credit services.

        • Kevin M.

          not necessarily. when you compare something like the Net10 unlimited plan ($50/month) to a Verizon/AT&T individual plan ($100/month), most of these customers opt for some form of prepaid.

          • spydie

            Net 10 is an ATT system. Page Plus is Verizon. Don't confuse the two. If you get Net 10 you can get 4g and use a 4g phone (Same with Simple Mobile and T-mobile). If you get Page Plus you can only use a 3G phone. Verizon will not let any pre-paid phone/company use their 4G or LTE.

          • Kevin M.

            I'm aware. I just clumped the two postpaid plans together as they're the two most popular cell carriers.

          • http://cashd00d.co.cc/ WHAT?

            Um... k?

          • Tamela McKenzie

            Net 10 runs off of more than ATT system it depends on where you get your phones I have a Net 10 Phone and it runs off of Sprint towers.

        • n0th1ng_r3al

          All phones on contract jack up the rates to make them not affordable.

    • n0th1ng_r3al

      These are low end phones, at the bottom end. The Nexus 4 is still a midrange phone. Also I expect the Nexus 4 to be discontinued in a few months, the next nexus usually comes out in November.

      • Garo.j

        when has a qaud core device
        Become * mid range *.? Lol.

        • enoch861

          Kinda makes sense considering Snapdragon 800 devices are being released soon... And with the that, the previous kings become "midrange".

        • Freak4Dell

          Great. If the N4 is midrange now, people are going to start bitching about how the X is low-end.

  • Kevin M.

    anyone want to attest to the quality of these phones? I work for Best Buy Mobile, and I've been selling a ton of unlocked/prepaid phones recently, and we carry many of these through our order store. I'm just hesitant to recommend them to customers.

    • n0th1ng_r3al

      They are not out yet, so nobody can attest to anything yet.

      • Kevin M.

        probably wasn't very clear, I meant Blu products in general. They seem like a decent deal, considering the cost, but it takes a bit more than that to convince most people.

        • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

          They are the Kia of cell phones. Buying a Kia is a great deal for some and a terrible idea for others. Depends on what you're looking for. But expectations should be set to a Kia standard and not a Ford or Toyota standard.

          Does that help? They're not crap but do have your expectations set appropriately.

          • Simon Belmont

            That's a pretty dated outlook on KIA. KIA makes some good looking (not to mention, reliable) vehicles these days, that offer good features and standard equipment without resorting to oodles of packages to get them.

            I'd have agreed with you maybe ten or fifteen years ago, but not today. Toyota, on the other time, has actually dipped in quality since the early to mid 2000s (hello unintended acceleration issue and others) because they expanded too fast and lost sight of quality control in some areas (Yes, a Toyota is still good cars over all, though, I agree).

          • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

            Most Kias, to me, fell like Corollas. Yes, that's a Toyota. They just feel thin and not well insulated. Not crap, but good if your expectations are properly set. Nearly every brand has a model or three that this applies to.

            Kias 15 years ago were crap.

          • kabloink

            As long as they aren't the Yugo of cell phones.

          • DrinkinGinNJoking

            Q: What do you call the rear defroster on a Yugo?
            A: The handwarmer

        • n0th1ng_r3al

          I realised what you meant a minute ago:) Do they sell these at Best Buy?

          • Kevin M.


            We have a handful that can be bought on bestbuy.com or ordered through the stores. I work in a big college town, so we get a lot of international students, as well as selling unlocked phones coupled with Net10 SIMs for prepaid options.

        • psychoace

          They are rebranded Chinese phones. The quality varies by phone because they are made by different manufactures. This is also the reason why the $50 phone has gingerbread. The phone that they rebranded probably only had Gingerbread.

    • [A]dri[A]n

      I have a BLU Life Play and it's pretty great! :) AMAZING battery life. The screen is just wonderful and the phone operates just fine :) I know it's a different phone, but that's my experience with a BLU product :)

  • Dan

    Nevermind the fact that the Bluproducts web site lists the Dash Music 4.0 as having completely different specs.
    4.7" display at 720x1280 - press release says 4" 800x480

    1.2 GHz quad core cpu - press release says 1.3 GHz dual core

    4G ready (whatever that means) - press release says 2G/3G
    8mp rear cam 1080p - press release says 3.2mp 720p

    1800 mAh battery - press release says 1500 mAh

    Seems legit.

    Assuming you're in the market for a disposable phone, they actually look pretty kickass.

  • Guillermo Perazzo

    its time for a lawsuit from htc??

  • Simon Belmont

    Do they support T-Mobile AWS and HSPA+ bands? That would be a nice backup phone in case your main one was lost or damaged.

    I'd be interested in the mid-level one just as a cheap PMP for a younger kid. It could just use Wi-Fi, and not even have a SIM card installed.

    • psychoace

      They only support T-Mobiles HSPA+ band if you live in a refarmed 1900mhz area.

      • Simon Belmont

        That limits it quite a bit sadly. Not a LOT of areas have been refarmed yet.

        Ah well. It'd still be a decent Wi-Fi enabled PMP device.

  • Markoff

    how much is BLU paying for all these advertisements? there are tons other chinese brands which can be ordered through Aliexpress.com or from eBay and they have no coverage here, so I am pretty sure BLU is paying for this coverage one or other way, should not be these articles marked as PR/ad?
    if you want to know more info about these cheap chinese phones like BLU just head to gizchina.com