BluBoo Picasso review – unique handset with diamond texture

BluBoo Picasso is beautiful looking handset with a nice diamond type texture on the back. This handset is powered by quad core processor, comes with 2GB RAM and dual SIM slot with 3G support. Picasso is priced at $59.99 (approx Rs. 4,000).

Picasso Unboxing

Inside the box you will find the handset, quick start guide, data cable and travel charger 5V / 0.6A.

Design

This handset is using a plastic body with a metallic finishing. Build quality is good and especially the rear side is quite attractive thanks to the diamond type texture.  Now this texture looks great from different lighting angles.  Picasso is available in different color options.

Handset weight is 154 grams and dimensions are 70.73 x 141.35 x 8.21 (mm). Power and volume button are on the right side, audio jack and secondary microphone is on the top and at the bottom there is speaker out vent, micro USB port and primary microphone.

BluBoo Picasso review and unboxing

This is a dual SIM handset you can use 2 micro SIM’s and a micro SD card all together. There is LED notification and 3 sensors  – accelerometer, light and proximity.

BluBoo Picasso dual SIM slot

Display, Memory, Storage and OS

This handset sports a 5 inch IPS screen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. Colour reproduction, touch and viewing angles are good. There is 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. On the first boot you will get 12GB free space and 1.4GB free RAM.

Bluboo Picasso is running android Lollipop 5.1 with customized UI.

Performance

This smartphone is powered MediaTek MT6580 1.3GHz 32 bit quad core processor coupled with Mali 400 MP GPU. In general the performance is smooth and handset does not heat up much. Gaming performance is also decent enough.

BluBoo Picasso back panel

Benchmark

  • Quadrant – 8704
  • Antutu (64 bit) – 21759 | 3D score – 783
  • Nenamark 2 – 54.8fps
  • Internal storage Speed – Read (105MB/s), Write (42MB/s)
  • Multi Touch – 5 Point

Gaming

I played Asphalt 8, the game was playable in high visual quality mode but with some minor lags. It played well in Medium visual quality mode (check video review).

Camera

There is 8MP camera on the back and 8MP on the front. Both front and back cameras come with LED flash support. Rear camera can shoot FHD videos. Camera quality is just about okay, and also it is a fixed focus camera.

BluBoo Picasso rear 8MP camera with flash

Picasso Rear camera sample

Picasso Front camera sample

FHD video sample

Others

Loudspeaker sound output I felt was a little lower than when compared with other handsets. I did not find any issues with 3G, WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth. In-call sound and signal strength / quality was good.

Battery

There is a 2500 mAh removable battery that does a decent job. On a full charge you can expect 4 to 5 hours of continuous moderate to heavy usage. With mixed usage you can expect over 24 hours of backup.

BluBoo Picasso 2500 mAh battery

Battery Performance (time / battery % drop / battery temperature).

There was some issues with battery temperature reading, ignore that, but in general the handset was warm not really hot.

  • Running Benchmark app – 9 minutes / 3% / 25 degrees
  • Played Asphalt 8 – 11 minutes / 4% / 25 degrees
  • FHD video playback with full brightness (WiFi /3G on) – 15 minutes / 6% / 25 degrees

It took me 3 hours 5 minutes to charge the handset using wall charger from 16% to 100%.

Verdict

BluBoo Picasso is a good looking handset loaded with decent hardware, unfortunately with a bad camera. Still not a bad option for $59.99 but this is with 3G support. However it is better to go for 4G enabled smartphones for some extra price.

Picasso is available for $59.99.

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BluBoo Picasso video review

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