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  1. corgi11's Avatar
    Reposted from Beta News

    First impressions of the beautiful BLU Win HD LTE Windows Phone device

    The brand new Win HD LTE from BLU landed recently on our doorsteps itching for us to use and abuse it. In this post, we are going to take a quick look at the device and see what it's all about.

    Having used the Win HD from BLU (the original device without the LTE support), I was expecting something similar with the LTE model. In essence, I was expecting a cheap build and large 5-inch display that looks decent and works with just a few hitches. After all, the Win HD was targeted as a budget to mid-range 5-inch Windows Phone device with an affordable price tag.

    When I unboxed the metal darkgrey-colored Win HD LTE, I was disappointed. And that's a good thing because I was expecting another plastic, cheap phone from BLU. Not this time. My initial first reaction was, "wow, this phone looks absolutely beautiful." The Win HD LTE looks stylish with its metal finish, having a screen resolution that is vibrant, extremely responsive, and amazing, with a top-notch build quality. BLU really outdid themselves with this Windows Phone device. I seriously felt like I had an expensive smartphone in my hands.

    The Blu Win HD LTE features a Snapdragon 410 chip that offers 1.2GHz of Quad-Core processing power and a 64-bit architecture. The device also features a gorgeous 5-inch 720x1280 IPS display, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 8GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM. The device features a 2.5mm bezel that accentuates the vivid 5-inch HD display

    The Blu Win HD LTE is expected to go head-to-head with the Microsoft Lumia 640, both devices featuring a similar set of specs. We'll have our full review of the device in the near future once we put this device to the test. Stay tuned!
    ConradNokia likes this.
    04-09-2015 03:38 PM
  2. worldspy99's Avatar
    The review is missing currently from their site.
    04-09-2015 03:47 PM
  3. deadwrong03's Avatar
    Pictures? Had no idea this was even coming out
    04-09-2015 04:07 PM
  4. aleunge's Avatar
    http://cdn.winbeta.org/sites/default...?itok=DlAQtu7d

    Just Binged "Blu win HD lte" and found a bunch of pics from winbeta. The new Blu phone does look nice, a little thicker, but probably better built. And that new processor! Can't wait.
    04-10-2015 11:02 AM
  5. corgi11's Avatar
    006.jpg

    The Grey one is the LTE version Yellow one is the HPSA+ version
    04-10-2015 03:03 PM
  6. corgi11's Avatar
    007.jpg

    The Grey one is the LTE version Yellow one is the HPSA+ version
    RumoredNow likes this.
    04-10-2015 03:10 PM
  7. sequoia464's Avatar
    Any idea of pricing for this? This looks very interesting, might be my next phone.
    04-11-2015 09:43 AM
  8. Hemlocke's Avatar
    Expect it to be around $200.
    04-11-2015 01:58 PM
  9. Erika Y's Avatar
    Found some pics of the Blu Win Jr LTE
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    win-jr-lte.png
    RumoredNow and jobinthomas like this.
    04-11-2015 03:03 PM
  10. jobinthomas's Avatar
    And now it's listed on the Microsoft store for $199. This phone looks amazing, seriously.

    BLU Win HD LTE - Unlocked - Microsoft Store

    Added a screen shot in case it gets delisted from the Microsoft store or if it was posted too soon or something.

    Here are the tech specs from the website. Looks like an amazing mid range phone to have.

    Tech specs
    Platform
    Windows Phone 8.1, Upgradeable to Windows 10 when available1
    Processor
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex A53
    64-Bit architecture with Adreno 306 GPU
    Memory2
    1GB RAM, 8GB storage, microSD slot up to 32GB
    Networks3
    SIM: Dual SIM (Dual-standby): SIM 1 (micro-SIM) and SIM 2 (standard)
    3G: 850/1700/1900/2100
    4G LTE: 700/1700/2600
    Display
    5-inch IPS HD capacitive touchscreen, (720x1280), 294 ppi, 16M colors
    Battery4
    2500 mAh, Talk time: Up to 30 hours (2G), Up to 22 hours (3G)
    Main camera
    8-megapixel with autofocus
    Front camera
    2-megapixels
    Video
    1080p
    Dimensions
    5.71 x 2.83 x 0.32 inches (145 x 72 x 8.2 mm)(LxWxH)
    Weight
    5.15 ounces (146g)
    Attached Thumbnails blu-win-hd-lte.png  
    aleunge likes this.
    04-13-2015 02:07 PM
  11. sahib lopez's Avatar
    4G LTE: 700/1700/2600
    I wonder what frequency this 700 is it running ? band 12 and band 17 or just band 17 ? if it works on band 12 too then this is an awesome buy !
    04-13-2015 02:57 PM
  12. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I wonder what frequency this 700 is it running ? band 12 and band 17 or just band 17 ? if it works on band 12 too then this is an awesome buy !
    I can't find that spec anywhere on the interwebz.

    Instinct tells me it is Bands 2/4/17.

    Works on ATT or T-Mo. Reason. Band 17 is a subset of band 12. Band 12 just extends a touch lower on Uplink and Downlink. So Band 12 towers can "see and hear" all of Band 17.
    sahib lopez likes this.
    04-13-2015 03:50 PM
  13. sequoia464's Avatar
    Anyone know if this will have 'Internet sharing' ??
    04-13-2015 09:52 PM
  14. Davide Carozza's Avatar
    I'm really tempted to buy this phone. I know Blu phones in the past have been knocked for build quality, camera quality, and touch response. Anyone have thoughts about whether I should really be worried by any of that?
    04-14-2015 06:33 PM
  15. sahib lopez's Avatar
    I can't find that spec anywhere on the interwebz.

    Instinct tells me it is Bands 2/4/17.

    Works on ATT or T-Mo. Reason. Band 17 is a subset of band 12. Band 12 just extends a touch lower on Uplink and Downlink. So Band 12 towers can "see and hear" all of Band 17.
    I thought band 17 is used by att since they bought that block of 700mhz auction. wouldn't that mean tmobile couldn't use band 17 even if they do have band 12? I might be wrong but that's what I understood when tmobile bought some low band spectrum from Verizon a year ago


    Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk but I prefer my 810 and 830
    04-14-2015 07:06 PM
  16. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Band 12 is 700 MHz Blocks A-C or Uplink 699-716 MHz and Downlink 729-746 MHz (T-Mo)
    Band 17 is 700 MHz Blocks B-C or Uplink 704-716 MHz and Downlink 734-746 MHz (AT&T)

    See how Band 17 fits neatly inside Band 12? E-UTRA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    My 1520.3 has Band 17, but not Band 12 and I had no issues on T-Mo getting LTE.
    sahib lopez likes this.
    04-14-2015 07:58 PM
  17. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Band 12 is 700 MHz Blocks A-C or Uplink 699-716 MHz and Downlink 729-746 MHz (T-Mo)
    Band 17 is 700 MHz Blocks B-C or Uplink 704-716 MHz and Downlink 734-746 MHz (AT&T)

    See how Band 17 fits neatly inside Band 12? E-UTRA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    My 1520.3 has Band 17, but not Band 12 and I had no issues on T-Mo getting LTE.
    Ah I see but I hope I'm not going off topic but how would you know you are getting tmobiles new low band if they haven't rolled it out ... Yet . I haven the 830(rm-985) that has tmobiles LTE bands ( minus band 12 but with band 17).


    Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk but I prefer my 810 and 830
    04-14-2015 10:09 PM
  18. RumoredNow's Avatar
    First.... WC seems to confirm the Win HD LTE is Band 17: Here are our impressions of the BLU Win HD with Dual SIM LTE | Windows Central

    Second... Here is a map of the 700 MHZ plan of T-Mo: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...Q.k_csKbu63eVk

    Maybe I didn't go through a Band 12 area (KC, MO) last time I was on T-Mo. I may have thought they rolled it out earlier than they did???
    sahib lopez likes this.
    04-15-2015 09:18 AM
  19. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I'm really tempted to buy this phone. I know Blu phones in the past have been knocked for build quality, camera quality, and touch response. Anyone have thoughts about whether I should really be worried by any of that?
    I've had some Blu Android phones and tablets. The build quality is actually very good, I was expecting less. The camera isn't Lumia-class but it takes good shots if there's enough lighting. The flash is a joke and low-light shots suffer greatly with poor focus.
    04-15-2015 12:24 PM
  20. prasath1234's Avatar
    I hope Indian OEM rebrand this device nd sell it in India.I like the look of the phone.
    04-15-2015 01:32 PM
  21. Davide Carozza's Avatar
    Thanks fatclue_98. I'm probably going to grab one.
    04-15-2015 04:34 PM
  22. RumoredNow's Avatar
    About the camera.... Check the pics taken thread. I think you just have to get the right lens going and expect some post shot editing if you want to get jiggy wit' it...

    So far I'm the only one who posted any shots with a Win HD, but you get the idea and the LTE Camera is supposed to be tweaked better in the firmware.

    http://forums.windowscentral.com/blu...lu-win-hd.html
    04-15-2015 04:47 PM
  23. cashkennedy's Avatar
    When it says it supports 1700 for LTE, does that imply aws 1700/2100?

    Also if it only supports band 17 (700 b, and c) it will not work for low band LTE on T-Mobile's network because to use the T-Mobile low band LTE you need band 12 specifically because all of t-mobile's 700 is in 700a, while at&t owns most of band 700b, and Verizon owns most of 700c.

    Also AT&T was supposedly required by the FCC to support band 12, at least according to Wikipedia. So there would be no reason to make devices only capable of supporting band 17.
    04-17-2015 03:35 AM
  24. solarscreen's Avatar
    I just ordered one yesterday. I had the original WIN HD and I thought that was a good build. I did not like having the volume buttons on the opposite side of the power. The new model has all buttons on the same side. The new specs, the new build, and the button placement really sold me over waiting on the Lumia 640. I will use this for a year and then see how the new models shake out and WP10 finalizes.
    04-17-2015 07:50 AM
  25. RumoredNow's Avatar
    When it says it supports 1700 for LTE, does that imply aws 1700/2100?

    Also if it only supports band 17 (700 b, and c) it will not work for low band LTE on T-Mobile's network because to use the T-Mobile low band LTE you need band 12 specifically because all of t-mobile's 700 is in 700a, while at&t owns most of band 700b, and Verizon owns most of 700c.

    Also AT&T was supposedly required by the FCC to support band 12, at least according to Wikipedia. So there would be no reason to make devices only capable of supporting band 17.
    E-UTRA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Band 4 is AWS 1700 downlink/2100 uplink, but commonly gets shorthanded to 1700.

    Band 12 is Blocks A/B/C, not just A Block. T-Mo is to use all blocks, they just bought additional 700 MHz regional market rights from Vzw. ATT agreed to support band 12 if the FCC addresses bleed trough from the adjacent Digital Broadcast TV channel 51. There is no sign yet (that I've seen) that ATT is switching to Band 12.


    ...I had the original WIN HD... I did not like having the volume buttons on the opposite side of the power...
    I agree. Too many accidental screen shots with the old button placement. The new arrangement should work nicely and is what Lumia users are used to.
    04-17-2015 02:34 PM
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