BLU Products' Studio 55 smartphone carries big screen, tiny $179 price

Is that big-name giant smartphone way beyond your price range? No problem: BLU Products has just shipped the Studio 5.5, one of the more affordable large phones that we've seen in a while. The Android 4.2 device won't impress with its 854 x 480 resolution, quad-core MediaTek chip or 4GB of expandable storage, but it also costs just $179 contract-free -- much less than many rivals. The bright colors and dual unlocked SIM slots don't hurt, either. If you're interested in BLU's big budget handset, you'll find it at Amazon and Best Buy in the near future.

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BLU Products Introduces Largest Member Of Studio Series With New Studio 5.5 Phablet Device, Includes Quad-Core Processing And 1GB RAM, Now Available For Just $179.00 Unlocked

MIAMI, Oct. 4, 2013 /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 5.5, now currently shipping, making way to dealers and retailers.

"We love making big phones, and making them affordable to the mass market," said Samuel Ohev-Zion, CEO, BLU Products. "We believe in the trend for larger screens, it lets you see and do everything on your smartphone as a heightened experience, and at the same time it's becoming a fashion statement. We are doing it in style with plenty of colors for our loyal fans to choose from, in addition to our dedication and focus on performance."

The STUDIO 5.5 features a 5.5 inch FWVGA LCD and slim profile of just 9.5mm which makes handling the device extremely comfortable. In addition, the STUDIO 5.5 is powered by a 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor with 4G HSPA+ 42Mbs connectivity, 5.0 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. Future software updates and upgrades will be automatically downloaded through BLU's over-the-air Wireless Update Feature.

Running on stock Android Jelly Bean v4.2, The Studio 5.5 smartphone device will be available in 5 different colors at just $179.00 retail, 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, as well as thousands of Operator and MVNO Dealer stores throughout the U.S.

Furthermore, the Studio 5.5 will also be available throughout 30 countries in Latin America, including Brazil and Mexico with several operator and retailer partners.

Full Specifications Include:

STUDIO 5.5

Network: 2.5G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps) 850/1900, 850/2100
Display: TFT Capacitive Touchscreen, with 5.5 inch 480 x 854 pixel LCD
Processor: MediaTek MT6589 Quad-Core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
OS: Android v4.2 Jelly Bean
Camera: Rear – 5.0 megapixel, autofocus with LED Flash, Front – VGA, Video Record 1080p @ 30fps, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR, image stabilization
Connectivity: WiFi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot, micro-USB, FM Radio
Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyro
Memory: 4GB internal memory + microSD slot expandable up to 32GB, 1GB RAM
Dimensions: 157 x 79.5 x 9.5, 184 grams
Battery: Li-Ion 2250mAh
Colors: Slate-Grey, Cyan-Blue, Neon-Yellow, Fashion-Fuchsia, Ceramic-White

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BLU Studio 5.5 smartphone carries big screen, $179 off-contract price