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Blu delivers $100 unlocked smartphone with Studio C

Available through Amazon, the handset offers GSM Lollipop on a budget.

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Blu's Studio C offers an unlocked Android 5.0 experience on a tight budget. Blu

The battle for budget smartphones gets more interesting today as Blu launches its latest model, the Studio C. Carrying the attractive sticker price of $99, the phone is sold unlocked and is compatible with any GSM provider.

Specifications for the Studio C are on par with those of the Motorola E (2nd Gen) and include a 5-inch 720p HD display and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Under the hood you'll find a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery.

In terms of storage, the Studio C offers 8GB internally with microSD support for cards up to 64GB. Additionally, the smartphone allows for two SIM cards and comes in a variety of color options. However, for all the handset does offer, there's one feature it lacks: 4G LTE connectivity. Given it is targeted at first-time smartphone buyers, the high-speed support may matter little.

What makes the Studio C such an attractive unit is that it works with any GSM service provider in the US. This means T-Mobile, AT&T, Cricket, MetroPCS and a host of others are compatible. And at $99, it's an inexpensive way to bring your own device or sample some of the prepaid brands.

The Blu Studio C is available immediately through Amazon.com; color options include Sandstone Black, Ceramic White, Salmon Pink, Mint Green, and Sun Orange.