Price: $ 249 / $ 199
In late May, Blu Products launched the G9 – an affordable phone with decent high-end features. Today it brings the G9 Pro on the market, an improved G9 with some features that are often reserved for much more expensive devices.
What we like
- High-end features at a great price
- Wireless loading
- Good fit and workmanship
- Absolutely excellent value for money
And what we do not  The screen may be cooler than some users
With only $ 250 retail ($ 199 introductory price), the G9 Pro offers a lot on a budget – maybe more than any other phone I've ever seen, even at twice the price. You will receive:
- Display: 6.3-inch 19.5: 9 FHD + Infinity Display (1080 × 2340 / 409PPI) with Drop Gap
- Processor: 2 , 0GHz Octa Core MediaTek Helio P60
- RAM: 4GB
- Memory: 128GB, microSD card slot
- Cameras: 16 MP Main Shooter, 5 MP Depth Sensor, 20 MP Night Mode Camera; 24 MP Front Camera
- Connectors: USB-C, 2.5mm Headphone Jack
- Headphone Jack: Yessir
- Battery: 4.000 mAh w / Quick Charge and Wireless Charge
- Fingerprint Sensor: Mounted on the Back
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4 / 5 GHz (a / b / g / n), 3G 850/900/1700/1900/2100, 4G LTE 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/28, Dual SIM
- US Vehicle Compatibility: T-Mobile, AT & T, Metro, Cricket, Straight Talk
- Android Version: Android 9; June 2019 Security Patch (Promised Updates for Android 10 and Two Year Security Patches)
- Price: $ 249 (starting price $ 199 for a limited time)
Nicer hardware than expected for the price
Okay, there's a lot to discuss here, but I'd like to start with the most surprising feature: It has wireless charging. This is generally reserved for the highest high-end equipment, so I was pleasantly surprised to see it on the G9 Pro. I'm not sure I ever saw a $ 250 wireless charging phone. So it's great to see how Blu installs it here. It's also a 10-watt Wi-Fi, one of the fastest Wi-Fi currently available. Impressive.
I have used many different Blu-Phones over the years, and one thing is clear to me: the phones are getting more and more beautiful while the prices remain relatively the same , The G9 Pro is an exemplary device in this regard as it is probably the most stylish (and appealing!) Blu handset I've ever used. It's an eye-catching device – the chameleon finish "Nightfall" is hot .
The overall fit and finish of the phone are also impressive. It feels much better quality than the G9 (as it should), but also has a higher quality than the more expensive pixel 3a. It looks better and feels better than the affordable Google phone. The performance is at least at the level of 3a. All in all, it's a great little package. Oh, and it has a headphone jack. A headphone jack!
My biggest complaint regarding the standard G9 was the display, which was noticeably improved on the G9 Pro. The panel in the Pro has the same size of 6.3 inches, but a much more reasonable resolution of 1080 × 2340 (409 PPI), which makes everything much sharper and clearer. That said, it's a very cool display that annoys anyone coming from an OLED panel. Nevertheless, it is like everything else on this handset great for the money. The biggest complaint I have on this phone is the haptic engine – it just feels sluggish and cheap.
The rear triple-camera arrangement is also a nice touch, with sensors specifically for depth (5 MP) and night mode (20 MP) MP) alongside the 16 MP main camera. The 24-megapixel front camera is another great addition to the selfie fans, even though the phone's portrait-based portrait mode is at best laughable when using the front camera. The shotgun can handle portraits much better because he has a separate depth sensor and does not rely on software tricks to adjust the depth of field. Either way, keep your camera expectations in mind – a $ 250 cellphone will take very good pictures, but it can not keep up with the current number of flagship smartphones.
Here are a few examples:
And one of the features in portrait mode of the rear camera, which is much better than the Front-View Features:
Clean Software Keeps You Fun!
If you read my review of the G9, you already know what to expect here – the software is literally the same on the G9 Pro, a slightly modified version of Android 9, with the most noteworthy changes in the "Quick Settings" and "Quick Settings" sections Menu "Settings". Both versions are very white. I still wish it had a dark mode.
The Preferences menu has been slightly redesigned compared to the layout you normally find on other Android phones. Everything is still easy to find for anyone with Android & # 39; normal & # 39; Companies are familiar (if there is such a thing), but it takes a bit of getting used to.