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Microsoft Store now selling unlocked BLU Win HD LTE for $199

The Microsoft Store website is now selling the LTE version of the BLU Win HD smartphone with Windows Phone 8.1, for $199. The older BLU Win HD first launched in September 2014.

Like its older brother, the new BLU Win HD LTE has a 5-inch display, along with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of Internal storage, an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front facing camera. Unlike the BLU Win HD, which has a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, the LTE version has a more powerful Snapdragon 410 quad-core 1.2GHz processor inside.

Of course, the biggest different is that the BLU Win HD LTE can connect to faster LTE 4G networks on AT&T and T-Mobile. It also has dual SIMs and a 2500 mAh battery, versus the 2200 mAh battery on the older BLU Win HD. The BLU Win HD LTE comes in gray and yellow colors, with white and orange colors listed as "coming soon". Microsoft says this phone will be able to be updated to the final version of Windows 10 for phones when it is launched.

Source: Microsoft Store (opens in new tab); Thanks to jobinthomas for the tip!

113 Comments
  • does anyone know if it can be updated to the win10 for phones out now? or is that update just for Lumia branded phones!? It looks like a phone that I could use for some time. The specs arent great, but they are decent enough to consider purchasing for 200 unlock!!
  • Just Lumia for now. Other brands will come later in the preview as bugs continue to be flushed out.  
  • Yea i got windows 10 for my 1520 its alot of bugs and sum apps want open up.... They need to give another update to fix theses bugs for real
  • My 1520 was crashing so much it was unusable. Good thing I have two. Win10 has a LONG way to go!
  • Yeah win10 is the golden bug
  • Uninstalled and went back to 8.1. Too many bugs. I agree, a looooooong way to go!!
  • Trust me you don't want to try Windows 10 on your phone right now; the latest build is full of bugs that in some cases render your phone useless.
  • I put the windows 10 on my l625 I wasn't to keen, so I just reverted back with recovery tool, to be truthful its made my phone better than it was, I will just stick to 10 technical preview on the laptop
  • You can. Just edit registry. Lots of us updated Ativ phones just like that.
  • I dont know why but i think that blu win hd may get TP in near by future as many reported it got 8.1 update 2 via windows insider app may be its ready for TP it's just my belief
  • Stick to lumias for that. MS will always suppor them better. In any case, only MS will really be making windows phones before long seeing as how the platform just keep sinking into irrelevance. I owned lots of lumia phones and the 200 version of this phone. If it wasn't for the CPU, I would ditch nokia/lumia phones forever as they are really nothing special for the price. If the lumias were basically overpriced, but over specced and/or like macs, done to ultra fine standards, I may justify them. But the cheapo nokia/lumia generic plastic junk MS has been shipping isn't really worth the extra money they ask for considering how android hardware is so ahead. I have to say that if the "surface phone" shipped with a mag vapor case, top notch specs, and a dual boot with cyanogen, I may give MS another look. But until then, windows phone doesn't seem like an operating system worth investing any money in good hardware which is why my winHD works so well: light, gorgeous screen that blows all the lumias out of the water for the price. yet the CPU kills it. This fixes it. I'm considering it.  
  • You would want to avoid updating a day-to-day phone right now anyway.  I did not my 920 and regret it.  Outlook Mail is HORRIBLE.  Constant restarts, camera doesn't work, battery drains.  Its not a customer preview, its more of an Alpha, but I am sure they are not giving us the most up-to-date version they have. One of the reasons I grabed this off of the MSFT store.     
  • So what bands exactly
  • Aerosmith, Five Finger Death Punch and Earth Wind and Fire. Though the rumored Michael Jackson band is to come later. Anyone else know what other bands it supports?
  • Lol
  • It also supports Amon Amarth.
  • And Skeletonwitch :D
  • No Taylor Swift, unfortunately.  
  • 3G: 850/1700/1900/2100 4G LTE: 700/1700/2600 Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Well... looks like T-Mobile will be supported at least. 
  • Say, are any I'd these able to work on Metro PCS? Must change work phone from LG Optimus by saying SIM.
  • This will work fine on MetroPCS.  It support LTE band 4 (AWS), and HSPA over both AWS and PCS, which are key bands for T-Mobile (and therefore MetroPCS). This will also work well on AT&T.  I'm presuming here that "700" refers to band 17, which is a key band for AT&T LTE.  They also have some AWS LTE these days, I believe.  It also supports PCS and CLR over HSPA, which are also key AT&T bands. So this doesn't support EVERY possible combination (no PCS LTE, for example), but it's more than good enough for most people.  A shame that it (probably) doesn't have band 12, though I'm admittedly making a presumption there.
  • Microsoft Store site says  Networks3 SIM: Dual SIM (Dual-standby): SIM 1 (micro-SIM) and SIM 2 (standard) 3G: 850/1700/1900/2100 4G LTE: 700/1700/2600   So under 3G, I guess ATT would work on 850 Mhz. Not sure what band number is. But I know my T-Mobile US bands well. Both AWS (1700/2100 Mhz) which is Band 4 and 1900 Mhz which is Band 2. So it is fully 3G compatible to TMo. Under LTE, it does have 700 Mhz band. And so whereever TMo has turned on 700 Mhz LTE (Band 12), it should work perfectly. And I am not sure what band numbers it equates to for 1700 and 2600 Mhz. But my guess is those are AT&T LTE bands. Hope this helps.
  • AT&T uses band 12 (700MHZ) so it's compatible but not available everywhere.
  • I did some more band 12 search. Turns out both AT&T and T-Mobile US use band 12 and each has 700 Mhz spectrum. Althgough it could be in different blocks. 700 Mhz has 5 blocks A, B, C, D and E. As more phones (upcoming) support this 700 Mhz band and especially more blocks, both AT&T and T-Mobile users will enjoy better and wider coverage when roaming. As long as there is interoperability and roaming agreements between the 2 carriers. And TMo is turning on 700 Mhz in more markets.
  • The 700 Mhz frequency handled each block as it's own band. Band 12 is actuall 700 MHz (A) Block {B13(700c)/B17(700bc)}. Found this out the hard way. Bought a ME906V M.2 LTE Module for a Dell venue 11 Pro as heard it worked for T-Mobile. Well that person must of been in an area where T-Mobile has the 1700/2100 MHz network implemented as where I'm at, no LTE the 700 MHz it supports are not Band 12. They are Band 13 and 17. So, $60 down the drain.
  • MBS (700MHz) is far more complex than that. Band 12 = 700MHz lower abc blocks (T-Mobile) Band 17 = 700MHz lower b&c blocks (AT&T, Rogers, Telus etc.) (an unecessary and unfortunate subset of band 12) Band 13 = 700MHz upper c block It goes on and on.  :)
  • Band 12 is block A, B, and lower C. Band 17 is a subset of it (B and lower C only).
  • AT&T uses band 17 for MBS (700MHz), actually, not band 12.
  • This phone looks nice and has a nice price for being an unlocked. But I still would want to get a Microsoft branded phone. better supported and all, we know that. also it is the future since Nokia is over. But this looks surely tempting by Blu. Also I read about some issues with these phones, but if they work as expected I am sure they would be a nice alternative. Blu deserves attention, so they make more WP, and I hope Blu  gets to support these phones well and give a nice Win10 experience.
  • Only major issue I heard with the previous version is that the Snapdragon 200 lagged on games due to the 720p display, but with the 410, that should be more than fixed. Any others I may be missing?  
  • The previous version only came in bright colors. They also fixed that by offering grey this time.
  • There original version was also offered in grey after they initial launch.
  • MS branded phones = overpriced, outdated specs compred to android sets of the same price. If WP was a good ecosystem, one may be able to compromise, but WP is dead. Every day you read about yet another one big app name abandoning the platform. So how can anybody justify a lumia phone when you're going to be paying the same or less? If MS offered significant discounts to offset the poor support from 3rd paty apps, maybe. But as of now, you say MS phones are better supported, except for the thing that matters: 3rd party app support. Who gives a rat about MS support. A paperweight, what WP is more often than not, doesn't really need support.
  • Speak for yourself. I'm perfectly happy with Windows, its best-in-class mobile browsing, and the suits I wasn't after all there. As for overpriced, I'd agree with some handsets but not the 640 and 640 XL. They're priced to move, it seems to me.
  • I'll be buying 2 of these the second our contract is up (May 20th) and heading to an MNVO...goodbye contracts...hello freedom.
  • Seriously consider cricket. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I know I will be. I just got an unbranded unlocked phone and they won't give me LTE because of it. Gonan try and work a little magic till my contract is up then I"ll jump to Cricket. I know it's still AT&T but at least I should get LTE without a hassle
  • I've used both MetroPCS and Cricket. They both offer great service at a great price. The only things I'd want to make you aware of are that if your phone natively supports visual voice mail MetroPCS supports it while Cricket does not. You'll have to call in to listen to your messages. Cricket does offer $5 off for signing up for auto pay bringing the total cost just a touch lower than MetroPCS. Choose which is more important to you. Remember MetroPCS is T-Mobile service and Cricket is AT&T service.
  • I have visual voicemail on Cricket. They have their own app to do it and it's pretty bare bones, but it works just fine. 2014 Moto G with LTE on Cricket for 7 months. $35/month for unlimited talk/text and 2.5GB LTE is pretty great.
  • Visual voicemail? Man, that's old school. I wouldn't value that at all. Having to listen to voicemail sucks. My carrier (Fido, a Canadian carrier, and also available on Rogers and Telus) sends me an MMS with the voice message attached and the recording converted to text. Voice-to-text conversion isn't perfect, but it gives me the gist which is great when I'm at work and can't call my voicemail to listen. If I need clarity I could listen to the attached message, but more often I just call them back.
  • I am running a BLU Win HD on cricket and I love it! Can't wait to get the Win HD LTE
  • Check out Cricket fine print I believe they throttle the lte speeds and the regular 4g hspa+ speeds they are capped at I think 7mbps and 4mbps respectively. MetroPCS doesn't throttle the speeds
  • It's 8 for LTE. Having truly nationwide service on Cricket vs. spotty T-Mobile service is well worth the cap. What do you need more than 8 down for? Unless you're trying to use it as your sole internet provider via hotspot/tethering, there's no need. Even then, I used my Cricket LTE phone as a wifi hotspot to stream some March Madness games on my laptop. 8 is more than sufficient for any usage. 
  • They are capped at 8mbps but to be honest, I've had no trouble streaming music, youtube, etc. with the speeds.  The only issue i've run into is "out in the sticks" where there is no roaming but for 98% of my usage, i've been perfectly happy with the 3 lines we have at $100 a month.  Half of what I was paying on Sprint with better coverage in my experiences. 
  • Hmmm, this or 640 XL? The Lumia will probably have the better camera, but the BLU has the SD410 versus the 400. I guess I will have to see what price the 640 XL comes in at.
  • I have the Win HD and though the LTE would be awesome to have, if I had to choose again, stay away from Blu. No call blocking, rotation locks up randomly, voice call volume not that great. Bought it 2 months ago and want to like it but it's not a Lumia.
  • I am having none of those problems with my Win HD. You should look into returning it
  • US only?
  • I think Blu makes phone for the US market only (not too sure if it also includes Canada and Mexico also). But in the past I have read on this website that they adopt some sort of shared design thing. I don't know the proper wording for it but it means the same phone is released by a different companies in their own markets. So in time, I would hope that this phone comes to other markets under different names (manufacturers)
  • They sell the non-LTE version in Canada.
  • Also worth noting, the screen resolution is 1280x720.  Not too shabby.  I'd grab an orange one gladly.  I wonder how the performance compares to my 925.
  • I have the 925 as well wondering the same thing.
  •  Not SD 200   Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex A53 64-Bit architecture with Adreno 306 GPU
  • I've looked into getting a BLU phone in the past, but the problem is that nobody makes protective cases for them. At least I haven't found any.
  • I think most Blu phones come with a protective case and a screen protector in the box. Maybe that's why there aren't too many choices for it from other vendors
  • They also come with ear buds! May not be the best but damn it I appreciate the gesture!
  • Indeed it irks me that my 930 came without any.
  • I bought the android version of this phone in orange for one of my daughters. As mentioned above, it came with an orange case, screen protector, ear buds, and charger. It cost about $110.00. It has worked well. The 5" screen looks good and the camera is better than I expected at this low price.  
  • That's correct, two screen protectors (one installed on the phone, another in the box), a gel case, and a headset. My uncle got some cheap wallet-style cases (phone sits on the right, cards go left). They were cheap on eBay and they match the two phones they have (the orange and pink Win HDs).
  • Better than 830?
  • Not even close
  • No comparison. 830 is way better.
  • Have a 830, but the price is tempting and I would have gone for this instead if it was available last fall. My 830 was double the price off contract and it's not even unlocked. Sure BLU doesn't have the camera button, glance, and other nice but not essential things. Spec wise performance shouldn't be too far off from the 830.
  • Hopefully the Blu Win JR LTE won't be far behind in being released.
  • That would be great!
  • And a full GB of RAM would be a plus....
  • We want this in europe
  • I have the non LTE verison and I am enjoying it. I am considering getting this or Lumia 640 XL. Any thoughts? Does LTE make a big difference (should I upgrade at all)?
  • As someone who also owns the non LTE variant, I'd tell you go to the Lumia.
  • What's wrong with the non LTE version
  • I honestly like the non LTE variant. They seem to be addressing the biggest compliant I had about the volume and lock button being accross from each other. They are on the same side now. But I am leaning toward the Lumia 640 XL, depending on price, because of it being a phablet.
  • I'd say stick with the Non-LTE model if you already have it. Save your money and wait for the Lumia refresh when Win 10 gets closer.
  • LTE = overpriced worthless battery sucking feature. Snapdragon 400 = yummy. specially if you own the original winblu, you know how SLOW it is.  
  • I kind of want it, but the 640 makes me think twice
  • I am thinking the same. I think microsoft shit the bed with the processor in the lumia 640. The 410 was said to offer the active listening and other features that were exclusive to the snapdragon 800 series processors. This phone should be compatible with hey cortana and a bunch of other features that came with denim, whereas the 640 and 640 xl still likely wont have hey cortana. This is assuming the blu win hd even gets updates. I dont know how well these OEMs support their phones compared to microsoft.
  • Blu released quite a few firmware updates in the beginning for the original Blu win HD (even software updates that at one point got ahead of PFD)... But then they stopped apparently. There's an ambient light sensor issue with the current phone which Blu acknowledged but has not dealt with for months now. Don't think my daily driver will ever be a non-Lumia again... Backups, for the price maybe.
  • Ambient light sensor is a big issue.My screen come's on in my pocket and starts calling people or opening apps.
  • Hmm... haven't experienced that.  The issue reported by others I'm talking about is that the phone only dims/brightens the screen once every screen wake.  Then it's set at that brightness level until you turn off the screen and turn it back on again.  (Auto also doesn't set the screen to the brightest regardless if you're in uber bright sun)
  • Nice
  • Too expensive. It was $129 in december. UPDATE: Sorry, it was the non LTE version.
  • Glance or notification light?
  • Only (most) Lumias support Glance screen at the moment. No idea regarding notification light, but my bet is no, not until w10 is out and about.
  • Will this phone have "Hey Cortana?"
  • No, only 8xx processors will have "hey Cortana"
  • 410 is new and can support it. Idk if Blu will have it enabled though.
  • Im glad they added the snapdragon 410 in this. Also, will there be an unboxing? It looks better than the older win HD.
  • Can you guys do an unboxing?
  • http://9gag.com/gag/aRPv1by?ref=fbp They're still bullet proof
  • The design is different.
  • Hopefully there is a Verizon version at some point.
  • Would be nice to have a cdma variant for Sprint and Verizon.
  • For those asking about Europe, it is the same design as one of the new Kazam phones
  • Lol that's expensive.... It's $179 CAD in Canada
  • For the non-LTE version with a slower snapdragon 200 processor and smaller battery.
  • Kinda looks like the HTC One
  • Is this made of metal?  I thought I read from WinBeta that it is metal.  I stand to be corrected.
  • I think lte version makes more sense
  • Is it just me or do these phones look like the HTC One M8?
  • Hmm i was thinking it had a slight Galaxy look about it. Anyway it's a nice lookin phone. Got my mind made up tho. Im getting the new 640 or XL. This does have a newer processor....nope Lumia all de way.
  • Interesting. I couldn't get prior BLU phones because they didn't support the bands WIND uses. This one I can get.
  • No, flagship or death! My 920 is fine and anyone who suggests otherwise will feel its heft upside their face...
  • This is a good basic windows smart phone that's main memory can be expanded to 32 gigs. buy one and donot load it with a lot of apps until Windows 10 for smart phones is ready. I think most of Microsoft's programmers are working on Windows 10 for Microsoft's bread and butter devices the PC desktop Computers/Laptops/9 inch or larger screen Tablets. These products operating system license fees that are Sold to Microsoft's OEM Partners like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba, and others are a source of Microsoft's income. Microsoft's Mobile devices are a side show money making avenue to Microsft. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablets are selling well in this division. Microsoft makes enough money  world wide to continue making Lumia smart phones but does not depend on it keeping Microsoft afloat. Folks I predict the new Microsoft "Surface 3 " tablet hybrid Laptop Computers will sell very well because they are hundreds of dollars cheaper than the higher powered Microsoft "Surface Pro 3' series Tablet Hybrid Laptops. Windows smart phones will be powerful and sell better when Windows 10 for Windows smart phones is ready to RTM (Release to Manufacture). I do'nt sell that happening until September 2015 but I could be wrong.
  • This phone looks dam sexy.. Wish it was in India.. :(
  • it is here !    Its called Xolo Q1000S ....
  • Many problems with buying non Lumia windows phones viz 1. Nobody is sure when they get Win 10, if at all ! 2. Blu Win HD or the Xolo Q1000s in India is available for 6499 rupees, Plenty of great Lumia phones in that range. 3. Nokia Care are the best Care centre in India. Xolo doesnt exactly inspire confidence with their after sales. 4.  Non availability of Lumia apps   Buying a non Lumia Win Phone doesnt make any sense at all !
  • 1) win 10 is garbage in its current state. If you must run it, don't do it on your main device. 2) yet none are as light and have such nice screen. I compared all of them at the MS store and the winHD (non LTE) made all the nokia look like overpriced bricks..and they are. 3) meh 4) nothing you can't get from a 3rd party dev. Your real problem is WP having basically no apps. the few lumia apps out there are not something anybody is looking as a plus when the platform itself is basically a wasteland.
  • For you. For the rest of us, we want those Lumia apps.
  • I uninstalled Windows 10 and went back to Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim on my 830. Too buggy and a bit slow for me.
  • ah new CPU. tempting. I have the standard winHD and snapdragon 200 totally kills it. Still, this device is so great, light, and bright compared to the nokia overpriced stuff that I'm hoping for a snap dragon 8xx version. If they ship that, I'll never go back to lumia's. After all, their habit of asking 600 dollars for a 13 month old cpu and spec sheet on top of the WP cripple factor means I will never again buy any of their flagships...not that they are interested in shipping any of them anyway :)  
  • Quite interested in this and am wondering if it will support SensorCore?  Cannot find any information whatsoever about this phone on Blu's website.
  • Rocking one since Nov 2014 with no major issues.  All the short coming(except the camera) should improve with the better CPU.  Solid phone, can't complain @ $129.
  • cool ... sounds like it has the same guts inside as the Lumia 640