Blu Win HD LTE – A Marvelous Windows Phone at an Affordable Price
Founded in the year 2009 with its headquarters in Miami, Florida, BLU is one of the fastest growing mobile manufacturing companies in the world. It offers a vast portfolio of advanced unlocked mobile phones at affordable prices. Additionally, over 25 million BLU mobile devices have been sold in over 40 countries.
BLU didn’t impress me when I explored the very first Win HD back in 2014. It felt like a cheap plastic device, complete with a variety of minor issues. The brand new Win HD LTE from BLU recently landed on my doorsteps (along with its younger sibling) begging for me to change my mind — and I was definitely impressed this time around. BLU really outdid themselves with a gorgeous phone at a decent price. Let’s take a look.
Having used the Win HD from BLU, I was expecting something similar with the new LTE model. In essence, I was expecting a cheap build and large 5-inch display that looks decent and works with just a few hitches. After all, the Win HD was targeted as a budget to mid-range 5-inch Windows Phone with an affordable price tag.
When I unboxed the metal dark grey-colored Blu Win HD LTE, I was disappointed. And that’s a good thing because I was expecting another plastic, cheap phone from BLU. Not this time. My initial first reaction was, “wow, this phone looks absolutely beautiful”. The Win HD LTE looks stylish with its metal finish, having a screen resolution that is vibrant, extremely responsive, and amazing, with a top-notch build quality. BLU really outdid themselves with this Windows Phone. I seriously felt like I had an expensive smartphone in my hands.
The Win HD LTE features a Snapdragon 410 chip that offers 1.2GHz of Quad-Core processing power and a 64-bit architecture. The device also features a gorgeous 5-inch 720×1280 IPS display, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 8GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM. The device features a 2.5mm bezel that accentuates the vivid 5-inch HD display.
Overall, performance was smooth and the operating system ran without a glitch. Opening and closing apps were a breeze and animations had no lag. The device features a 2500 mAh battery, easily lasting us an entire day with moderate usage and without having to plug in a wall charger.
With the previous generation Win HD, there was a noticeable touch-screen issue that made it hard to use the phone. BLU rolled out a firmware update soon after the phone’s release and resolved the issue but the touch screen still seemed flimsy. With the new Win HD LTE, the touch screen does not have that same issue — it seems flawless, extremely responsive, and looks great.
Win HD LTE vs Win JR LTE
The new Blu Win JR LTE from BLU available at Microsoft Stores and Amazon, while the Blu Win HD LTE from BLU is now available at Microsoft Stores and Amazon, completely unlocked with Dual Sim functionality and 4G LTE. Both smartphones have been completely redesigned compared to their predecessors and are upgradable to Windows 10, when the operating system is released this summer.
Looking at the specs, both devices feature LTE support as well as Dual SIM support. The JR comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, while the HD comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Plenty of room for your games and media. The display on the JR is 4.5-inches, vs the 5-inch HD display. The HD is slightly heavier and has a slightly higher ppi.
The processor and GPU are both similar, and the camera is 5MP and 8MP for the JR and HD, respectively. The HD records in 1080p, while the JR records in 720p. Both devices come in a variety of color options, including grey, white, orange, and yellow. However, the HD is available in an exclusive pink color too.
So what’s the big difference between these two smartphones?
- The price (₹2000 difference between the two)
- The RAM (512MB vs 1GB)
- The screen size (4.5-inch vs 5-inch)
Above are the three biggest differences in my opinion. Check out the specs below.
Win HD LTE vs Lumia 830
The new Win HD LTE from Blu is a beautiful mid-range Windows Phone, but how does it stack up against other mid-range Windows Phone handsets? The Lumia 830, for example, is a solid mid-range device, meaning it doesn’t have all the top-notch specs you’d find on an actual flagship phone, but it performs well for a mid-range. Let’s compare the specs of these two devices.
The Lumia 830 features a 5-inch 1280 x 720 IPS display, 296 ppi pixel density, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. The device also features a 10MP camera with LED flash and autofocus. There is also a HD 0.9 MP wide angle front camera. The device weighs 150g.
The Blu Win HD LTE sports a 5-inch 1280 x 720 IPS display, 293 ppi pixel density, 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. The device also features an 8MP camera with LED flash and autofocus. The Win HD LTE also features a 2MP front camera. The device weighs 146g.
The Lumia 830 features Nano SIM connectivity, while the Win HD LTE features Dual SIM (Micro SIM and Mini SIM). Both smartphones are running Windows Phone 8.1 and can be upgraded to Windows 10 when the operating system is released this summer.
So as you can see, the specs on both devices are relatively similar. The Lumia is the optimal choice, since it features exclusive Lumia apps, a fantastic camera, and Microsoft support. However, the Win HD LTE is a great alternative if you are basing your decision on price.
Camera Win HD LTE vs Lumia 830 vs Win HD
The Win HD LTE features an 8MP main camera with LED flash and autofocus, while it’s predecessor had a similar 8MP camera. The Lumia 830, on the other hand, features a 10MP camera. My biggest gripe about the Win HD LTE is the position of the rear camera lens. BLU has moved the rear camera lens from the top-center of the phone in Win HD to the top-right of the phone in Win HD LTE. Why is this a big deal? When taking photos with the device, I kept placing my fingers right across the camera lens inadvertently, ruining my shots. This is because the rear camera lens is position so close to the top-right edge that I had to be mindful every time I took a shot to watch my left hand placement. I did not have this issue with the Lumia 830 or the Win HD. Deal breaker? Not really. But it was quite annoying when taking a photo.
The Win HD LTE comes with the stock camera app, which is available on every Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone. I took a few photos using the Win HD LTE, along with the Win HD and the Lumia 830. One thing I really liked about the stock camera app vs. the Nokia Camera app is the speed. The stock camera app loads almost immediately while the Nokia Camera app took longer than a second to open. Why is this a big deal? I’d rather not stand there waiting for a camera app to open when I want to take a shot as quickly as possible.
So how did the camera fare against the Lumia 830 and previous generation Win HD? Let’s take a look. By default, the Win HD LTE took photos at 3264×2448 resolution, while the Win HD took photos at the same resolution. The Lumia 830, on the other hand, took photos at 3840×2160 resolution. Let’s look at some sample shots from all three phones.
So as you can see, the Lumia 830 wins hands-down when it comes to taking photos. However, the Win HD LTE takes better photos than its predecessor, the Win HD. Camera quality isn’t amazing, but for the price, it’s perfectly fine. The colors are a bit more vivid and the picture comes out a little better when compared to the original Win HD. But, like I’ve said, it does not match the quality of a Lumia’s camera. Either way, I think you will be happy with the camera quality of the Win HD LTE.
|Platform||Windows Phone 8.1, Upgradeable to Windows 10 when available|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex A53
64-Bit architecture with Adreno 306 GPU
|Memory||1GB RAM, 8GB storage, microSD slot up to 32GB|
|Networks||SIM: Dual SIM (Dual-standby): SIM 1 (micro-SIM) and SIM 2 (standard)
4G LTE: 700/1700/2600
|Display||5-inch IPS HD capacitive touchscreen, (720×1280), 294 ppi, 16M colors|
|Battery||2500 mAh, Talk time: Up to 30 hours (2G), Up to 22 hours (3G)|
|Main camera||8-megapixel with autofocus|
|Dimensions||5.71 x 2.83 x 0.32 inches (145 x 72 x 8.2 mm)(LxWxH)|
|Weight||5.15 ounces (146g)|
|BLU Win HD LTE||BLU Win Jr LTE||Lumia 830|