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Not everyone likes big phones, of that there is no question. Those who do, however, usually love them. Among those who fancy said behemoth handsets, the almost-a-tablet-but-still-also-a-phone nature of the "phablet" is likely what is most appealing; especially for those who don't already own one of each. Of course, there aren't a whole lot of options outside of the Galaxy Mega, Sony's Z Ultra, or the Galaxy Note 3 (which, arguably, doesn't even fall into the same category any longer). Blu is looking to throw its massive offering into the ring with the budget-friendly Studio 6.0 HD.

For those who aren't familiar, Blu's Studio series is its mid-range line of handsets, while its higher-end devices are generally reserved for the Life series. Thus, don't expect a powerhouse from the Studio 6.0 HD – it's definitely more of an entry-level device. Here's a quick look under the Studio 6.0's hood:

  • Display: 6.0-inch 1280x720
  • Processor: Quad-Core 1.3GHz Mediatek MT6582
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Camera: 8MP rear shooter, 2MP front
  • Storage: 4GB with microSD card slot with support for up to 64GB
  • Ports: microUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wireless: GSM Quad-Band (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; HSDPA 850 / 1900 or HSDPA 850 / 2100); Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • OS: Android 4.2.2
  • Dimensions/Weight: 136 x 64.6 x 8.5 mm/206g
  • Battery: non-removable 3,000mAh
  • Price: $250

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The first noticeable trait of the Studio 6.0 is that, well, it's big. Really big. With the display a full inch larger than the Nexus 5 and one inch smaller than the Nexus 7, it's a suitable size to be used as both phone and tablet, though it may not be the most practical solution for either.

The front of the device is pretty typical: screen, capacitive keys, the like. One thing that struck me as odd, however, is that what looks like a "recent apps" button is actually the menu key when short-pressed. Long-pressing it does activate the recent apps, though.

The right side is where the power button is, and the volume rocker on the left side. Both are in good places for one-handed use, which is nice on a phone this large. The back is pretty plain-Jane, as it's just a smooth, glossy piece of plastic. It's removable, and beneath it is where you'll find both SIM card slots, as well as the microSD card slot. It's also worth noting that the Studio 6.0 HD takes full-size SIM cards.

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Obviously the most notable feature of the Studio 6.0 is its massive display, which, at 1280x720, clocks it at around 245 PPI. Like most other Blu phones, colors are vibrant and saturated, but not overbearing. Blacks are not completely black like an AMOLED display, but they're not underwhelmingly "bright," either. On the opposite end of the scale, the whites aren't super white, either, but they're not terribly dingy. Basically, the white/black balance is decent for the most part, as it's not too extreme in either direction.

On the software level, the Studio 6.0 HD is basically like most other Blu phones: a nearly-stock version of Android 4.2.2. Blu has promised that 4.4 would be coming to some of its handsets, but it's not entirely clear which handsets will get it at this time. Hopefully the Studio 6.0 will make the cut, as it's one of Blu's newest handsets on the market.

The Studio's performance is on par with what one should expect from a $250 budget device: very usable, but not a speed demon by any standards. It can power through social networking, web browsing, watching videos, and light gaming, but don't expect to get those things done at breakneck speeds or without the slightest bit of hesitation. It only has one gigabyte of RAM, so that has to be taken into account when multitasking.

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The way I see it, the Studio 6.0 HD isn't the power-user's phone. It's a handset for someone who wants both a phone and tablet, but doesn't want to spend the umpteen-hundred moneydollars that it takes to get one of each. It's also perfect for tweens and teens, for all the same reasons stated above – it's affordable, and covers several bases with one device. In short, it's a good device for the money, as long as you're not expecting to get Galaxy S5-level performance for a fraction of the price.

The Studio 6.0 HD will be available at the beginning of May.

MIAMI, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BLU Products, one of the fastest growing mobile phone manufacturers in the world announced today an addition to their popular STUDIO series of Android smartphone devices, with the Studio 6.0 HD, highlighting a gorgeous 245ppi 6.0-inch HD display with advanced OGS and Full Lamination technologies.

"This is the best Studio Series phone we have ever made, using the latest display technologies for an out-of-this-world viewing experience," said Samuel Ohev-Zion, CEO, BLU Products. "In addition, the Studio 6.0 HD is designed with an extremely thin bezel around the display, making the device perfect to comfortably handle."

The STUDIO 6.0 HD, with a slim profile of just 8.5mm, features a 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor, 4G HSPA+ 21Mbs connectivity, 8.0 Mega Pixel autofocus camera with LED Flash and 1080p HD video recording, along with an expandable micro-SD slot up to 32GB, 1GB RAM, and Dual SIM functionality – powered by a monster 3,000mAh battery for amazing battery performance. Shipping with Android Jelly Bean v4.2, the Studio 6.0 HD will be upgradable to Kit Kat v4.4 before the end of May, available for download through BLU's over-the-air Wireless Update Feature.

Now currently shipping unlocked at just $249.00 retail, the Studio 6.0 HD focuses on assisting the "Bring Your Own Device" no-contract movement in the U.S. and will be sold through major retailers such as Amazon.com and Best Buy, as well as thousands of Operator and MVNO dealer stores throughout the United States. The International launch for Studio 6.0 HD includes Brazil, Mexico and over 30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with several operator and retailer partners.

Full Specifications Include:

  • Network: 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps) 850/1900 or 850/2100, Dual Mini-SIM Cards
  • Display: 6.0 inch HD 720 x 1280, with OGS and Full Lamination Touch Panel
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6582 Quad-Core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 with MALI-400 GPU.
  • OS: Android v4.2 Jelly Bean, upgradeable to 4.4 KitKat (End of May)
  • Camera: Rear – 8.0 megapixel, autofocus with LED Flash, Video Record 1080p @ 30fps, Front – 2.0 megapixel
  • Connectivity:  WiFi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi Hotspot, micro-USB, FM Radio
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope
  • Memory:  4GB internal memory + microSD slot expandable up to 32GB, 1GB RAM
  • Dimensions: 168 x 83 x 8.5 mm, 206 grams
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
  • Colors: Polished Black, Lustrous White
Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. 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-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • aatifsumar

    Is it 4.2.1 or 4.2.2? At $250, that is a decent package. Could you check if the GPS works okay? No Mediatek device I've used has ever had reliable GPS accuracy. Also, I highly doubt it will ever get KitKat. It is more Mediatek's fault though, as their drivers are closed source and they haven't released support for anything passed 4.2.2.
    Still, is a decent option for budget owners who find the Moto G too small.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      4.2.2. Fixed the first part that had .1 listed. Will check on GPS now.

      • aatifsumar

        Thanks. The image shows it has Dual SIM Support. Could you check if both SIM cards support HSPA Internet speeds? A lot of dual SIM phones have only EDGE in one Card Slot.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          GPS seems to work fine - it locked on to my location instantly. As far as the SIM slots go, both get HSPA+ speeds without issue.

  • br_hermon

    Cameron, would you say Blu phones are a good "insurance" phone? You know to buy if you need a replacement quickly or have one in the drawer should you daily driver go bad? Or does that title still go to the Moto G?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      It really depends on what you want. If the Moto G isn't "too small," then I think I'd go with it. It's just a great bargain phone, and almost impossible to compete with. That's not to say the Blu phones aren't good backups, too, but the G does already have KitKat, which is a huge benefit in my opinion.

      • ProductFRED

        I've also seen logos for the Moto G LTE going around. Possibly leaks.

  • Jephri

    Huge mediocrity. Kinda like Russia

  • Stoyan Angelow’

    Seems nice but Mediatek :(

    • psychoace

      Supposedly Blu is going to release Kit Kat for its phones on the 1st of May. Lets see if that happens. I would assume that this phone would have Kit Kat at launch if that was to remain true though.

      • Stoyan Angelow’

        In Bulgaria Blu phones are not sold. :( They seem nice tho

  • Jalok Xlem

    Decent specs for midranged phone. Although, I am interested in seeing what the "low-end" $100 Nexus phone specs would have. Will it be just as good or even better than this Blu Phone?
    Maybe I'll buy the low-end Nexus phone for my mom's birthday. I really want to convince her to stop using iOS! >:/

    • Woe, Is [S]unjay

      Moto G?

      • Jalok Xlem

        Well if the cheap Nexus phone doesn't arrive until September. Then yeah, sure. :/

        • Woe, Is [S]unjay

          Okay, we can hope that it gets announced during Google I/O and please tell your mom happy birthday for me :)

        • Doakie

          The Moto G is awesome BTW. I bought one for myself and one for my mother. She's happy with it. I love it too. It's a great complimentary phone to my Note 3.

        • Altos

          If there's going to be a cheap Nexus phone, then it'll be announced at Google I/O on June 25th or 26th, if they won't announce it, then it's not coming and you should buy something else (Moto G).

    • WhoaManWtF

      The difficult part in getting her to switch will be if she had already purchased apps and content through apple, often that is the deciding factor this late in the game.

      • Jalok Xlem

        Yeah...all she really bought is just stupid iTunes music/vids. But if I do somehow convince her to go Android, then next I'll try to convince her to use Ubuntu Linux next! >xP

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          meh, go for Mint Cinnamon edition, it's lighter than Ubuntu. and the UI is a bit more familiar if she's coming from Windows.

          • ProductFRED

            Used to be an Ubuntu user, not really into the Linux game anymore. But I have to agree: Linux Mint is the new Ubuntu. Unity Launcher/Desktop killed Ubuntu for me.

        • WhoaManWtF

          I have absolutely zero interest in talking any family into using Linux, why put yourself through the extra required tech support? Same with the phone really, if they use Android/Linux at your insistence they are going to go to you every time they have the simplest question on its use.

          • Doakie

            That's one reason I recommend people I don't like to buy Macs. I can't work on them, talk to someone else. Go blow your money at the Apple Store to get your dumb crap fixed. Same with the iPhone, "I don't own an iPhone, I only own Android. Sorry go find someone else to ask...." Tech support fixed. Although if I like someone I'll totally tell them to buy Android and Window machines.

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    The design makes me reminiscent of the Dell Streak, and that's not a bad thing :D

  • Doakie

    Hey Cameron. So my experience with all 4 GB internal memory phones is that their internal space is maxed out once you do your Google apps updates and install a handful of apps. Does this phone support the micro SD app storage option I heard BLU implemented before? Does that work okay? I won't buy a phone if I can't install my customary apps I need for productivity. All 4 GB phones have fallen short with me in the past. Thus I've steered clear of the Studio series.

    • Doakie

      Honestly I'm pretty turned off with capacitive menu buttons. I think everything should just be capacitive multitasking buttons that when long pressed bring up the menu functionality.

      • Space!

        i love capacitive buttons. Main reason i choose Samsung phones !

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      It looks like the SD card slot on my review unit is disabled for one reason or another (I know this isn't the final product, so that's probably why), but the "Storage" option in Settings does have an entry for "Preferred install location," which says to me that the SD card should work seamlessly alongside internal storage. This is exactly how it was on the Life Play, and using the SD card as the default location for app storage worked flawlessly.

      • Doakie

        Awesome news. Thanks for getting back to me.

        Hmm. I dunno. It seems like BLU is really becoming an option for people on AT&T but then again, I guess the news of the OnePlus One kinda kills BLUs market strategy. Because a 5.5" 1080p, Snapdragon 801, 16 GB phone at $299 makes this 6.0" 720p, 1.3 GHz quad core Mediatek, 4 GB phone obsolete..... Maybe BLU will end up having to bring their prices down to be viable. If this phone was $199 it would be sorta amazing, but then again if the Asus Zenfone 6 is priced at $199 they'll once again eat BLUs lunch. The smartphone market is becoming so cut throat. The Moto G is still the $199 phone to beat IMO.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      I don't know about this phone but some other BLU phones that got 4gb internal had only 2gb to install apps on (actually only 1gb because the other 1gb is taken by the system). The other 2gb acts like an sd card, so it's not exactly all 4gb internal.
      I have a BLU Life Play and I cannot install a lot of apps on it. Too limited storage. I would say 8gb is the minimum storage size if there is an SD card slot.

  • MSfan2

    Blu Studio 6.0 HD or Zenfone 6?

  • ins0mn1a

    i don't quite understand why they don't make a version with t-mobile 3G band (AWS, 1700/2100). unless i am mistaken, these phones are meant to be sold unlocked. why don't they support the one (major) carrier that actually makes it worthwhile to use an unlocked phone?

    • psychoace

      These phones are generic rebrands made for other countries. America is the only country to really use 1700/2100 so when Blu imports them they are still only meant for service providers in places like India or China.

    • Doakie

      Actually AT&T has gotten pretty good with Bring Your Own Phone plans. Right now we have 4 lines with 10 GB shared data for $160. T-Mobiles closest plan is 3 GB per line, so 12 GB total at $140. I'm comfortable paying a little more a month for a larger LTE network. Plus the fact that AT&T has full frequency compatibility with global phones makes that network so much more desirable. I know there jerks. But I really love my service now since switching from Sprint to AT&T. What really helps is that I have a T-Mobile work phone too. So I get the best of both worlds.

      • Zach Mauch

        you can get on AT&T's network even cheaper right now. In fact, you can get it as cheap as $80 for 4 people through AIO. Now that is only 500MB of High Speed data and that speed isn't the same quality as AT&T, but there are no overages. Also, if you wanted to bump everyone up to 2.5 GB, it would only be $10 more each ($120 total). That gives you the same 10GB, but without overages if you exceed it.

    • browneyedgril

      I use the Blu studio 5.5 and It does support T Mobile. I use it and get both 3Gand 4G speeds

      • ins0mn1a

        yeah, that works if you are in an area where t-mobile repurposed their 2G 1900MHz band to work as hspa+. still, their aws band (1700/2100MHz) has a much better coverage. one could use t-mo without it, but it's generally not very pleasant, since the speed will drop to 2G the moment you step out of these relatively narrow repurposed zones. but if you spend most of your time in such a zone, i guess you could be quite happy with it.

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  • Rauel Crespo

    Considering the 16GB Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 are relatively useless(Compared to the SoC in them, it's like putting a lawnmower gas tank on a Ferrari) with their limited capacity, this Blu phone with 4GB is relatively pointless. Especially with Google making SD-Cards more and more pointless with each update to Android.

  • jimv1983

    I actually kind of like the idea of both the headphone jack AND micro USB ports on the top. I could have it sitting in my car cup holder while charging AND hooked up to my car's AUX jack.

  • Meta

    I stopped reading once I see non-removable battery. Even more after seeing Mediatek processor.

  • Kareem Rene

    life one or studio 6.0 ????

    • epeets

      I have the Life One X on T-Mobile and love it. Check it out in Amazon and Blu's website to see if its for you. I personally don't care for 1GB of ram and a 720p 6in screen on the new Studio. That's a waste of a screen to have all that real estate just for 720p.

  • Hallbe

    lol! All the opinions really crack me up. I own a blu life play. After having all the operating systems and different brands of phones, I've found blu phones offer a great bang for the buck. I am not a power user, just a casual gamer and phone person. It works great, has an above average display, dual sims are handy for work and personal usage, and I can't say I notice enough difference between blu and the samsung phones I've owned to pay the extra bucks. I am going to purchase the studio 6 just to have a larger phone to use at times. Maybe even as a dedicated gps unit for the car. Android has really become a nice OS to use. ( I used to hate it ). But IOS and windows phones a nice to use as well. Every system has it perks and it's drawbacks. Personally I'd love to see blu produce a windows phone as well. I'd love to play with that!! =)

  • Telicia Overstreet

    the power button on my studio 5.5 wont work. everything on the phone works just the power button. Is there a way for me to fix this problem?

  • Terry Lynn Senft

    I bought this phone a month ago and must say i'am very impressed and pleased :) I have a iphone 4 and a gallaxy 5.......neither i can stand !! The iphone screen is to small for my liking and the gallaxy 5 does not have the vibrant colors among other things i despise about it. My new blue phone is exceptionally fast in downloading apps where as my iphone seemed to take forever. The sound is great and the camera takes great pics ......unlike my iphone and gallaxy. I find no problem with it at all......does not drop calls or freezes . I would recommend this phone to anyone.....and i like it much more then the gallaxy or iphone both.....plus it is a pretty phone as well !!!

  • Neo Ku

    a phone with non-removable battery is crazy.

  • colomex928

    hi can anyone help me set up my clear email on my blu studio 6.0. its very important .thanks

  • tasisya

    I got a popup sayint upgrade clicked on it a complete different software is noe on it , I dont like the upgraded on can someone please send me a link to go back to the jelly bean 4.2 that originally came on my blu studio 6.0 please

  • Audrey Naomi Justice

    Needs help, my Blu studio 6.0 won't come on.. After shortage charging.. It won't come on. WHAT'S CAN I DO.