We’ve tested a lot of Chinese startup phones and now we’ve come across a new brand, Bluboo. We’ve unboxed their handset below and uncovered a very interesting back texture of the Blubook Picasso 4G back. Priced at $86 on GearBest, the phone gets taken out of the box below.


This is a 5 inch compact smartphone, that comes bundled with a manual, USB cable and charger. We’ve got a 2.5D glass panel upfront and the display offered a 720p resolution. Inside the smartphone there’s a quad core MediaTek MT6735 1 GHz CPU, as well as 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. The Picasso 4G is a dual SIM unit, that runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a slightly customized UI.

There’s also a microSD card slot in the mix and even at this price, somehow we have 4G LTE connectivity. At the back of the handset we’ve got an 8 megapixel camera, that can take 13 MP shots in interpolation, while upfront we have a selfie camera with 5 MP resolution and LED flash. Interpolation lets you take 8 MP selfies. The battery is a pretty generous 2800 mAh unit and all of those are crammed within an 8.9 mm thick chassis.

Official specs also mention a 113 gram weight, which sounds great, although in real life the phone feels heavier. NFC is also available, yet another plus for a sub $100 phone and we also get a Sony sensor for the camera. Bluboo promises a zinc alloy frame here to make the device sturdier. All of those will be put to the test over the next days, as we review the phone.

In the meantime you can get the phone here.

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