Someone in Blu Products’ Miami office was clearly tired of frequent recharges. Their latest batch of smartphones includes one with a monstrous 5000mAh battery.
It’s called (suitably enough) the Blu Studio Energy. Like most of Blu’s phones, it’s mid-range affair, not the kind of flagship that competes with the iPhone 6, Nexus 6, or Galaxy S5. Despite that capacious battery, at 10.4mm thick and 180g it’s not that much bulkier than your run-of-the-mill smartphone.
The Studio Energy’s 5-inch display has a relatively low native resolution of 1280 by 720. It’s powered by a thrifty quad-core MediaTek Cortex-A7 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, teamed with a modest 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage.
Like a lot of Blu phones, though, the Energy does thoughtfully include dual SIM slots. That massive battery, however, is the real star. 5000mAh is a whole lotta juice to cram into a 5-inch smartphone.
To put it into perspective, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Moto’s Nexus 6 both come with a 3220mAh battery. Now, there’s more to smartphone endurance than the mAh on a battery sticker, but Blu’s Studio phones generally feature hardware that’s pretty decent. If they’re claiming four days, you can be relatively certain that the Studio Energy will run for a good, long time on a single charge.
One other reason it does is that the Studio Energy’s cellular modem only supports HSPA and GSM connections, and those don’t suck power nearly as quickly as LTE does. If endurance matters more to you than an ultra-sharp display or blazing-fast mobile data and processing, however, the Studio Energy is an interesting option.