BLU G9 Pro Review – Best Budget Smartphone?

Today we are checking out one of the latest phones from BLU, the G9 Pro. This one has been out for a while but it was recently refreshed and can be found on Amazon for just under $200.

This phone feels like new, it has better cameras, better performance, better battery life and I feel that for the price this is probably one of the best phones that BLU ever made.

BLU G9 Pro battery life

BLU G9 Pro screen-on time

The first thing that I was not expecting was the amazing battery life. Inside the BLU G9 Pro there is a massive 4000 mah battery.

On one charge you can go for a day or two and out of that, you can get up to 9 hours of screen-on time. Getting 9 hours of screen-on time from a phone that’s under $200 is quite impressive if you ask me.

The phone also supports fast charging so you can charge it from 0 to 100 in about an hour and a half. On top of that it also supports wireless charging, so you never have to plug this phone in if you don’t want to.

BLU G9 Pro appearance

BLU G9 Pro screen

The phone itself doesn’t look like a budget phone by any means. We have a metallic frame, glass on the front and glass on the back.

The massive 6.3 inches screen is an IPS panel with the 1080p resolution.

The screen looks really good, the colors are super vibrant, the viewing angles are really good and the screen gets bright enough to be used outdoors. Of course, it doesn’t get as bright as the screen on a flagship but definitely bright enough.

BLU G9 Pro fingerprint scanner

On the back, there is a physical fingerprint scanner, something that I haven’t seen in a while. I’m very happy that I see one of these instead of an in-screen fingerprint scanner. To unlock the phone you just have to touch the fingerprint scanner and the phone unlocks in less than half a second and it does work really well.

BLU G9 Pro supports face unlocking but since we have this convenient fingerprint scanner do you really want to use face-unlocking? Well, not me.

Since the phone has glass on the front and glass on the back, you definitely don’t want to drop this phone! Luckily there is a case that comes in the box so you can use that with the phone.

You’re also going to find some wired headphones in the box, something that we don’t usually see and of course there is a 3.5 mm audio jack at the bottom of the phone.

Next to the audio jack there is a USB-C port and next to that one speaker. It would have been nice to have two speakers but that’s not the case with BLU G9 Pro; at least the speaker sounds decent!

BLU G9 Pro Cameras

BLU G9 Pro camera

On the back of the phone, there are three cameras and one of them is an ultra-wide lens. Personally I don’t usually use the ultra-wide lens on any phone but in case you do use it, the ultra-wide lens camera on this phone does do pretty decent. Definitely better than other budget-friendly devices that I’ve seen in the past.

BLU G9 Pro Main Camera Sample

The main lens does better than I was expecting as well! You can take portrait mode pictures and the bokeh effect around the subject is pretty decent. The edge detection is good, the dynamic range seems to be pretty good in pictures, the color accuracy is great.

BLU G9 Pro front camera sample

So overall the phone does do great with the main camera. We even have a night mode so if you’re using the night mode, of course, the phone will take multiple pictures and then will stitch them together. Even though the results aren’t going to be as good as you would get from a flagship but for a $200 phone I think the nighttime pictures do look good.

BLU G9 Pro main camera night mode sample

One of the downsides regarding the camera system would be the fact that the phone can only record in 1080p. No 4k recordings with this phone but not unexpected considering that we are talking about a $200 phone.

BLU G9 Pro performance

BLU G9 Pro is powered by MediaTek Helio P60 and it runs Android 9. Even though the MediaTek Helio P60 may not be the fastest processor out there, I feel that this phone is powerful enough for pretty much everything that you’re going to do with it.

The phone runs Android 9.0 and it’s using a very light skin on top of that therefore nothing holding the phone back.

For those of you that love benchmark scores, this gets a score of about 172000 on the Antutu benchmark, which is a pretty high score.

If you are using Facebook, for example, scrolling up and down on your feed does work really well. You have to give the phone a second or two to load the content but after that, there is almost no lag. The same goes for Chrome scrolling up, zooming in, everything works pretty decently.

BLU G9 Pro Call of Duty gaming

As for gaming, I don’t think there are any games available in the Google Play Store that aren’t going to do good on this phone. So if you’re concerned about performance, I wouldn’t be, because Mediatek Helio P60 is powerful enough to handle pretty much anything that you’re going to be doing.

BLU G9 Pro has 4 GB of RAM and it does work well but I wish it would have had 6 GB of ram because it would have made the phone more future-proof.

SIM-card / SD-card tray

We also get 128 GB of internal storage. Of course, about 20 GB of that is taken by the operating system. The phone can also take an SD card so you can either use two SIM-cards or a SIM-card and an SD-card on at the same time.

I’ve also tried the GPS unit inside. The GPS unit works great, it only takes a couple of seconds to find your location and once your location is found it doesn’t seem to lose it.

BLU G9 Pro sensors

As for sensors, we have pretty much all the sensors that you’d find in other more expensive devices.

BLU G9 Pro connectivity

Unfortunately, this phone doesn’t have NFC. It’s such a good phone but it lacks NFC so that means that you’re never going to be able to use this phone to make payments and that is a shame.

As for bands, we have plenty of bands so you should be able to use this phone pretty much anywhere in the world and that includes Canada and the US.

As for the speeds over the 4G network and Wi-Fi, those were decent as well but definitely not the best that I have seen.

Conclusion

BLU G9 Pro is a pretty awesome phone for $200. We get great battery life, I mean you don’t usually find phones that go for 9 hours of screen-on time on one charge. It also supports wireless charging, fast charging, we get a massive 6.3 inches screen that has a 1080p resolution. Keep in mind that iPhone 11 has an 828p resolution so BLU G9 Pro basically has a higher resolution.

We also have a physical fingerprint scanner on the back. We get decent cameras, of course, the cameras aren’t going to compete with a flagship but the price doesn’t compete with the flagship either.

The only thing that I wish this phone would’ve had was an NFC chip and possibly the second speaker. It’s kind of easy to cover up that speaker whenever you’re holding the phone. But overall for $200, this one offers pretty amazing value.

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