Review: Bluboo Picasso 4G -Budget Smartphone with LTE and NFC
Galagram published a review of Bluboo Picasso in 2016 when it was an up-to-date and affordable smartphone in the price range of less than $100. Today we’ll tell you about its improved version – Bluboo Picasso 4G, which is equipped with an LTE modem and costs up to $100.
- Display: 5 inches, HD, 1280×720p, 293 ppi
- Processor: MTK6735, 4 cores, the frequency of 1.0 GHz per core
- 2GB RAM
- Flash memory: 16 GB
- Main camera: 8 megapixels (up to 13MP), Sony IMX219, dual LED and autofocus
- Front camera: 5 Mp (up to 8 Mp) with a front flash
- Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- NFC module
- GPS / A-GPS / GPS +
- 2500 mAh battery
- Version of Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow + Launcher3
- Dimensions: 142 × 72 × 8.2 mm
- Weight: 152 grams
- Plastic housing materials
Contents of Delivery
This smartphone is sold in a medium-size beige cardboard box. Inside it, the phone itself resides with the factory protective film and additional film on the screen. In addition, in the envelope under the smartphone, the user will find an instruction manual, a warranty card, a white micro USB cable, a 5V/1A charger and an NFC label. As for the state employee – the delivery set is good.
Design, Appearance, Housing Materials and Assembly
Bluboo Picasso 4G looks exactly like its predecessor Picasso 3G. We received a blue model of the device with a dark front face for the review. Another device is sold in white, orange, yellow, green, blue and gold cases with a white front face. By personal preference – the blue version looks best.
In its front side, we get a display, a front camera with LED flash, sensors and a talking speaker. Behind the detachable textured plastic cover with an unusual pattern, the main camera and a dual LED flash are located there. Below it, there are a battery and three separate slots for two micro SIM cards and one for a microSD memory card.
There is a 3.5 mm audio output and an additional microphone on top, and a micro USB port on the bottom and a microphone with a speaker on the sides. On the right side there is a volume rocker and a lock button, the left side is empty.
The smartphone looks good, for its price segment, despite the use of plastic as the main material of the case. However, it did not affect the assembly in any way. Everything is felt monolithically and firmly, the lid is removed tightly and snaps securely. The weight of the tube is 152 grams, and its thickness is 8.2 mm.
The Bluboo Picasso 4G has a 5-inch IPS display, which is made using On-Cell technology without an air gap between the sensor and the glass. Its resolution is typical HD 1280 × 720p, and the pixel density per square inch is 293 ppi. The screen supports gestures, for example, it can be awakened with a double tap, and by drawing the letter “C” on the locked display,you can open the camera application (“C” for camera).
The screen itself is responsive and bright, it is well calibrated. Taking it out of the box, you’ll see the barely noticeable complete protective film. The AnTuTu display test shows simultaneous support of 2 touches. Under the sun, it fades a bit, like all IPS screens.
Processor and Memory
The smartphone is built on the platform MediaTek MT6735 on which a 4-core processor runs at a clock speed of 1.3 GHz per core. The ARM Mali-T720 MP1 graphics system is installed with a frequency of 600 MHz. Memory in Bluboo Picasso 4G is standard 2/16 GB, and for the expansion of flash memory, a microSD slot is provided.
23.955 Points in Antutu
As for performance, in the benchmark of AnTuTu, the device gets 23.955 points. The real performance of the device allows it to cope with everyday tasks like SMS, calls, phone and social networks, without any problem. Sometimes it just slows down, but for a $80 smartphone, this drawback is forgiveable. This device is not designed for games, but it’s still possible to play on it with minimal settings, for instance, casual games generally go without problems.
Firmware and Operating System
The phone works on the basis of a new OS Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow with its own shell from Bluboo called Launcher3. The available 5 built-in themes offer customizing option, but if they do not suit you – you can download and install from Google Play third-party launcher. One thing to remember – the third-party launcher will occupy a place in the RAM, but it’s only 2 GB.
The system itself works smoothly and relatively stably. Icons and widgets for desktops, as well as a separate list of all installed applications are available. The stock weather deserves separate appreciation, it looks informative and fits the style. There are FM radio, voice recording, mail application, calculator, calendar, backup and search all over the smartphone.
Interfaces and Communication
The gadget has built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC. In the kit, there is one sticker NFC-label, with which you can “manage” the modes of the smartphone. This is convenient when you want to set silent mode in the office, you just need to attach the NFC-tag near the workplace and configure the phone. Now, when you get close to the workplace, the device itself will go into silent mode. Also, the NFC opens up opportunities for contactless payments.
The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules work without problems. Another pleasing fact is thatthe manufacturer has equipped a phone not only 3G, but also a 4G modem and for such a price, it’s like a boon. There is support for two Micro format SIM-cards, they are installed on the back edge under a removable cover. This device can rightfully be called one of the best budget smartphones with LTE support up to $100.
Cameras and Photo Capabilities
The device has two cameras: the main one offers 8 Mp with program interpolation up to 13 Mp, similar to the Sony IMX219 model and the front one at 5 Mp with interpolation up to 8 Mp. It is noteworthy that both cameras are equipped with LED flashes.
The Sony Camera is Equipped with EIS – Electronic Image Stabilization
In the stock application of the camera, there are many settings – manual shooting mode, automatic snapshot when the gesture is detected two fingers up, and has the ability to choose the quality of the photo in megapixels. There is also an option for shooting in HDR mode, and for video, there is a mode of Slo-Mo and electronic stabilization of the EIS image. You can see examples of pictures taken on Bluboo Picasso 4G below.
Battery and Autonomy
Inside the smartphone, there is a removable 2800 mAh battery with support for charging 4.35 V. The charging port is a normal micro USB, and the complete charger delivers voltage and current 5V / 1A. The Picasso 4G is charged quickly, from onetime full charge of the battery, it can last about a day.
When the battery is low, you can activate the smart power saving mode and this really works. A 5% phone can last about 30-40 minutes. It is worth noting that in the first modification of this device with a 3G modem, there were problems with the dropout of the battery during shaking. With the 4G version, you’ll experience no such problem, the battery is fixed securely and even when it accidentally drops, it does not simply crash.
Ease of Use and Recall
Spend the money on this smartphone and they’ll come back in the shape of positive feedbacks. Thanks to an ergonomic and weighty body, it is easy to hold and using with one hand is possible. The front flash seems scarcely useful to me, but individual slots for SIM cards and a microSD slot are much more convenient than a common SIM tray.
With an average use, the smartphone serves about a day, just like other devices in the range of up to $100. The power is enough for most tasks, like social networks, messengers, work with mail and even some simple games. If you are looking for a reliable and inexpensive 5-inch smartphone with support for 4G LTE, then Bluboo Picasso 4G will definitely win your heart.
Question and Answers
We get a variety of questions from the users about the smartphones through mail and comments. Here we will try to answer the most common ones, concerning the hero of our review.
- How to make a screenshot? To take a screenshot on the Bluboo Picasso 4G smartphone, just hold down the power and volume keys at the bottom. The taken shot will be saved in the gallery.
- Does the smartphone support memory cards? Yes, it supports microSD memory cards up to 256 GB, almost any one will do.
- Is the sensor working normally? Yes, the screen of the smartphone is responsive and supports 2 touches at the same time. Sometimes the sensor does not work, but it happens very rarely.
- Is the back cover replaceable? The rear roof of the device is replaceable. If desired, you can buy additional colored covers, links are given at the end of the review.
- Is there a film on the screen? The smartphone comes already with pasted factory film, it’s reliable enough to be used for a long time.
- Is the smartphone metallic or plastic? The main material of the body and the side frame are made of plastic, but inside the device, the base of zinc is mounted.
- Is there a large frame around the display? Yes, there are 3 mm medium-sized frames on each side. Our advice is to take a dark blue model, where they are almost invisible.
- Affordable price
- High-quality assembly
- Electronic video stabilization EIS
- Separate slots for SIM-cards and microSD
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box
- Availability of NFC and 4G LTE
- Stock envelop on an amateur
- The main speaker is not that much loud
Bluboo Picasso 4G remains one of the most interesting budget smartphones in the price range up to $ 100. The updated version got a 4G LTE modem, as well as an NFC module. In addition, the device operates on the basis of a fresh version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will appeal to those who choose an inexpensive and compact smartphone.