BLU Products launches trio of new Dash smartphones starting at $49

Too thrifty to buy a $199 Nexus 4, or even a $99 Lumia 520? BLU Products has you covered with three new smartphones in its Dash range. The line starts with the Dash Jr., a 3.5-inch dual-SIM phone that costs just $49 unlocked -- cheap enough that we (almost) don't mind its single-core Spreadtrum processor, 2G-only data, 2-megapixel camera and Android 2.3. If you can afford to splurge, the Dash Music 4.0 ($99) and Dash 5.0 ($129) jump to their namesake larger screens, 3G data, dual-core MediaTek chips, higher-resolution cameras and Android 4.2. BLU expects all three Dash handsets to ship before the end of September, so penny pinchers won't have long to wait. Check out press shots of the Dash Music 4.0 and Dash 5.0 after the break.

BLU Products launches trio of Dash smartphones starting at $49

BLU Products launches trio of Dash smartphones starting at $49

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BLU Products expands DASH series of smartphone devices introducing three new models - DASH JR, DASH MUSIC 4.0, and DASH 5.0, starting at just $49 Unlocked

BLU's DASH series, aimed for consumers on a budget, brings new affordability to facilitate the increasing rate of smartphone adoption in the U.S. and Latin America markets

MIAMI, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BLU Products, one of the fastest growing mobile phone manufacturers in the world announced today new additions to their popular DASH series of Android smartphone devices intended for first time smartphone users on a budget, assisting the jump from feature phones to smartphone adoption.

"Almost 1 billion feature phones are going to be shipped this year. Our job is to facilitate the transition from feature phones by bringing affordable internet and smartphone connectivity to consumers without compromise on quality, user experience and overall satisfaction." said Samuel Ohev-Zion, CEO, BLU Products. "We are doing that with gorgeous devices, available in a variety of colors, and with incredible price points – our customers are going to be very happy."

Each of the new members of the DASH series of smartphone devices will be available in 6 different colors to choose from, as the company focuses on assisting the "Bring Your Own Device" no-contract movement in the U.S. and will be sold unlocked at major retailers such as Amazon.com and Best Buy, in addition to thousands of Operator and MVNO Dealer owned stores in the U.S. before the end of September. Furthermore, the devices will also be available throughout 30 countries in Latin America.

DASH JR

The DASH JR is meant to bring exceptional value to the consumer by being the first entry level smartphone available with 1GHz CPU and 3.5-inch HVGA Resolution LCD at a sub-$50 price point unlocked. Powered by Android v2.3, the DASH JR also features a 2.0 Megapixel Camera, expandable Micro SD Slot, Wi-Fi, as well as Dual SIM functionality.
DASH MUSIC 4.0

The DASH MUSIC 4.0 focuses on Music and Video Playback user experience, with dual front facing speakers which produce loud and brilliant sound reproduction quality. In addition, the DASH MUSIC 4.0 is equipped with a 4.0-inch High Resolution WVGA LCD, a Dual-Core 1.3GHz processor with HSPA+ 21Mbps connectivity, 3.2 Mega Pixel Camera, Dual SIM functionality and expandable Micro SD Slot, while running on Android Jellybean v4.2, and will be priced at $99.00 unlocked.

DASH MUSIC 5.0

The DASH 5.0 brings affordability to the increasing demand for large screen devices, featuring a 5.0 inch FWVGA LCD with incredibly thin bezel mount, and slim profile of just 9.3mm which makes handling the device incredibly comfortable. In addition, the DASH 5.0 is powered by a 1.3GHz Dual-Core processor with HSPA+ 21mbs connectivity, 5.0 mega pixel camera with LED Flash, expandable Micro SD slot, Dual SIM functionality, running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2, and will be priced at $129.00 unlocked.

Full Specifications Include:

DASH JR

* Network: 2.5G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz,
* Display: TFT Capacitive Touchscreen, with 3.5 inch 320 x 480 pixel LCD
* Processor: Spreadtrum 6820 1.0GHz Cortex-A5 with MALI 400 GPU
* OS: Android v2.3 Gingerbread
* Camera: Rear – 2.0 megapixel, Video Record 480p @ 30fps
* Connectivity: WiFi b/g/n, a-GPS, Bluetooth, Hotspot, micro-USB
* Sensor: Gyro
* Memory: 512MB internal memory + microSD slot expandable up to 32GB, 256MB RAM
* Dimensions: 116.5 x 62 x 12, 105 grams
* Battery: Li-Ion 1000mAh

DASH MUSIC 4.0

* Network: 2.5G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps) 850/1900, 850/2100 Variants
* Display: TFT Capacitive Touchscreen, with 4.0 inch 480 x 800 pixel LCD
* Processor: MediaTek MT6572 Dual-Core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 with MALI 400 GPU
* OS: Android v4.2 Jelly Bean
* Camera: Rear – 3.2 megapixel, Video Record 720p @ 30fps
* Connectivity: WiFi b/g/n, a-GPS, Bluetooth, Hotspot, micro-USB
* Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyro
* Memory: 4GB internal memory + microSD slot expandable up to 32GB, 512MB RAM
* Dimensions: 124 x 64 x 11.7, 128 grams
* Battery: Li-Ion 1500mAh

DASH 5.0

* Network: 2.5G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps) 850/1900, 850/2100 Variants
* Display: TFT Capacitive Touchscreen, with 5.0 inch 480 x 854 pixel LCD
* Processor: MediaTek MT6572 Dual-Core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 with MALI 400 GPU
* OS: Android v4.2 Jelly Bean
* Camera: Rear – 5.0 megapixel with LED Flash, Front – VGA, Video Record 720p @ 30fps
* Connectivity: WiFi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth, Hotspot, micro-USB
* Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyro
* Memory: 4GB internal memory + microSD slot expandable up to 32GB, 512MB RAM
* Dimensions: 146 x 70.6 x 9.39, 175 grams
* Battery: Li-Ion 2000mAh

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BLU Products launches trio of Dash smartphones starting at $49