Blu Win HD and Win Jr head north with Microsoft Store Canada
Blu, purveyor of low-cost Windows phones, can now be found in Microsoft Stores in Canada. The pair of Windows Phones had previously only been available from Blu and Microsoft Stores in the United States. Blu's phones aren't associated with any carrier in either country, so that these prices are off-contract is an encouraging thing: $179 for the Blu Win HD and $89 for the Blu Win Jr.
So what do these low prices bring to the party? The Win Jr has a meager 4GB of internal storage, but sports microSD expansion, plus 512MB of RAM and a 1.2Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor. The 4-inch display has a resolution of 480x800, while the rear camera clocks in at 5-megapixels with a little VGA shooter on the front. These aren't mind-blowing specs, yes, but a phone with a small number following the dollar sign also comes with small numbers in the specifications department. Laws of economics and all that.
The Win HD is a more impressive phone, with the same Snapdragon 200 processor, but throwing in an Adreno 302 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage with microSD support. The screen here is bumped up to 5 inches with an improved 720x1280 resolution — it's not the 1080p HD we'd like, but again, we're talking about a sub-$200 Windows Phone here. The cameras are also bumped up on the Win HD, with 8MP on the back and 2MP on the front.
There are trade-offs for phones at this price, of course. They're not as awesome as the more expensive phones you can get from HTC or Microsoft, and they're missing out on support for some features like microSD cards larger than 32GB or LTE.
Even so, it's good to see Blu's Windows Phone distribution expanding beyond the borders of the United States. Anybody in Canada picking up a Blu Win HD or Blu Win Jr?
- Blu Win Jr at Microsoft Store Canada: $89 (opens in new tab)
- Blu Win HD at Microsoft Store Canada: $179 (opens in new tab)
Via: Windows Phone Canada, Reddit
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
Edit: Well played! You edit your comment and I'M the one who looks l like an idiot.
In short, these Blu phones sound like they have issues that put them behind their equivalent priced Microsoft phones. & that's a problem worth considering if people are considering buying these phones...
I think that it's kinda pathetic that we haven't seen a version of the Gs5 for WP.. By now we should have versions of the S5, and the Note 3 on store shelves... WP is advancing pretty well, but devices capable of showcasing it's best features are few and far in between.... Where is Samsung?.... That's really a rhetorical question, but still..
But I personally despise Samsung. Period.
As the side note, recommended to whole bunch of different parents in our community, 520 is the best bang for the buck for 8-10 years old...no Ipod can stand near...Sd card support, mostly All kid's games 512ram support (angry birds,temple run, etc...) greatest device in this segment, even without Sim and SD support for almost unlimited expansion (128gb for kid Is ALot of games!!!) I'd say probably 100 or so parents bought it for the little ones in our school alone....I think MS, Nokia could do a LOT more sales on it alone, if they'd stack cheap Lumias against Ipod...