Blu isn't really known for slowing down when it comes to announcing new phones, and the company is keeping the pace we've all come to expect with the arrival of two new phones in the Energy line: the Studio Energy 2 and Energy X.

The Studio Energy 2, like its name suggests, is the successor to the original Studio Energy, which hit the scene back in February of this year. The new model features the same 5,000mAh battery, but most of the other specs have been improved: 5-inch 720p panel protected by Gorilla Glass 3, 1.3GHz Mediatek 6735 Quad-Core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD card slot, and Android 5.0. It's available starting today for $180.

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The Energy X, on the other hand, is slightly more budget-friendly, but still packing rather reasonable specs: 5-inch 720 panel with Gorilla Glass 3, 1.3GHz Mediatek 6580 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, microSD card slot, and again powered by Android 5.0. Of the two handsets, I actually think the Energy X is more aesthetically pleasing. It looks higher-end to me, but it's in fact the more affordable of the two at just $109. You can buy it here.

We already have both phones on hand, so expect a, erm, hands-on next week.

Press Release

MIAMI, Oct. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- BLU Products, the market leader in unlocked devices in the United States, announced the follow up to the original BLU Studio Energy with two new big battery smartphones, the BLU Studio Energy 2 and BLU Energy X focusing on long battery life resulting in an incredible 30 days stand-by, or up to 3 days of standard usage on a single charge. The Studio Energy 2 is now available at Amazon.com at $179.00 and Energy X at $109.00.

Studio Energy 2

The Studio Energy 2 is the latest device in BLU's Studio Series delivering premium build quality and materials while using technological advancements to pack a massive 5,000mAh battery – the largest of any smartphone today – while still maintaining a thin 10mm design. Crafted out of solid aircraft grade aluminum, the design minimizes plastic parts for a solid build and durability. The solid aluminum metal body combines a polished surface with a sand blasted matte edge for a premium look. Built as a successor to its BLU Studio Energy, the Studio Energy 2 has made vast upgrades to build quality, materials, display, processor, memory, cameras, all while adding 4G LTE connectivity.

Powered by a 64-Bit MediaTek MT6735 processor that is designed to provide blazing fast 4G-LTE speeds, high performance, and battery efficiency, coupled with a visually stunning 5-inch Super AMOLED Display with a 294ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 3, resulting in an extremely vivid and bright viewing experience. Dual Cameras include an advanced 8 mega pixel main camera with several advanced software features such as separation of Auto Focus and Auto Exposure plus 5 mega pixel front facing camera including customized face beautification software for any touch ups needed. The improved memory configuration includes 16GB built in storage plus 1.5GB RAM, with an expandable Micro SD Slot to ensure a seamless user experience on Android 5.0 Lollipop. Additionally, 4G LTE is supported nationwide on T-Mobile and AT&T network which includes Metro PCS, Straight Talk, Simple Mobile, Cricket, and others. The Studio Energy 2 is now available, Dual SIM Unlocked on Amazon.com for $179.00 in Midnight Grey and Ceramic White with Rose Gold.

Learn more: http://www.bluproducts.com/index.php/studio-energy-2

Customers who wish to purchase the BLU Studio Energy 2 can visit the following link:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01686OYKQ

Energy X

The Energy X delivers premium build quality and materials packing a super 4,000 mAh battery, while still maintaining a slim 8mm design enclosure that is compact and offering a great hand held experience with a casing made of aluminum metal. Premium finish includes a sleek and modern Midnight Grey and an ultra-luxurious Gold finish. The Energy X is the perfect solution for users suffering from low battery performance on standard smartphones. Great for active users to bring on weekend hiking trip or road trip, as a backup phone in case of an emergency, movie watchers and gamers, the Energy X ensures that you will have power when you need it most. Perfect as a business device, international travelers rejoice from the freedom of having to carry multiple country wall adaptors, plus international roaming capability with support for Dual SIM cards.

In addition to tremendous battery performance, the equally impressive 5 inch HD display with 294ppi, utilizing full lamination and IPS technologies with an incredible color reproduction, brightness and quality for a perfect viewing experience, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Cameras include an 8 mega pixels main camera along with a 2 mega pixel front facing selfie camera with beautification software.  Powered by a 1.3GHz Quad Core MediaTek 6580 processor running Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.  8GB built in storage plus 1GB RAM, with an expandable Micro SD slot up to 64GB. Additional features include Dual SIM Dual Active technology for multiple SIM card support including nationwide coverage throughout all US GSM Networks with 4G HSPA+ Speeds. The BLU Energy X is now available Unlocked, Dual SIM on Amazon.com for $109.00 in Midnight Grey and Luxury Gold.

Learn more: http://www.bluproducts.com/index.php/energy-x

Customers who wish to purchase the BLU Energy X can visit the following link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015XIHS62