BLU is currently having a non-stop parade of cheap Android phones in the United States. Among the under $100 handsets that they have released so far, the Studio X8 HD is probably the one that raise the most eyebrows due to its bargain price but rather hesitant specs sheet. So what will $49 get you? Check out our coverage below.


  • Cheap price
  • Amazing display


  • Low amount of RAM
  • Cramped internal storage (compensated by microSD slot)
  • Obsolete OS version


Okay, so you want to give the Blu Studio X8 HD a try. First and foremost, I have to tell you that everything in this device might not suffice your requirements. It has decent display though, as the 5.0-inch IPS LCD stands at 720p resolution with 64.1% screen-to-body ratio. It obviously doesn’t look fancy as you can see plastic wraps the body all around. The dimension measures 146×73.6×9.9mm, weighing 144g.

It features 1.4GHz octa-core Cortex-A7 chipset from MediaTek, paired with 512MB of RAM which will instantly remind you of 2012 entry-level phone. To arm the graphics, Blu also mount Mali 450 GPU to the device. The internal storage only has 4GB, so we recommend you to buy microSD card up to 64GB in your purchase if you don’t have any.

Speaking of camera department, there aren’t much to expect, both front and rear shooter comes with 5MP sensor with its own Geo-tagging and touch focus features. The main camera however, already support 1080p recording in 30fps. As for the secondary camera, this cheap phone has 5MP as well.

Blu Studio X8 HD packs 2000 mAh battery. Thankfully, it’s removable so you’ll have no problem replacing it as we expect it only effectively stands for less than a year. The OS however, still operating 2 years old Android 4.4 KitKat which is less efficient than the Android 5 L and 6 M alike. The dual SIM card is compatible with most of GSM carrier in the US.

Conclusions: At $49, you can’t complain too much for endless line of setbacks in this handset. Nonetheless, Blu has done a great job in delivering what a budget phone should promise. It would be nice if you give it as a gift for your teenagers, or having a backup for your primary device.