BLU Bold N1 vs UMIDIGI F2: Which Would You Spend Your Money On?

American smartphone manufacturer, BLU Products, launched a premium brand last month called Bold and along with it the very first model under that brand. The BLU Bold N1 runs on stock Android software in a premium body and one of the phones it takes on is UMIDIGI’s finest, the F2. How does a UMIDIGI F2 fair against BLU Bold N1? Let’s checkout the comparison review straight away.

Both devices run stock Android 9, offering users the vanilla taste of the software. BLU joins the group of droid makers that offer guaranteed Android version updates. In this case, the guarantee is for only one Android version update and 2 years security patches.

UMIDIGI F2 vs BLU Bold N1: Specs Comparison

UMIDIGI F2 vs BLU Bold N1

And this is where we must draw up the comparison table of the key specs and features of the two devices, so it is easier to itemize what sets them apart.

UMIDIGI F2 BLU Bold N1
6.53 inches, 2340 x 1080 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio, IPS LCD, punch hole display 6.45 inches, 2340 x 1080 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio, AMOLED display; Gorilla Glass 5
Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner In-display fingerprint scanner
Octa-core Helio P70 (12 nm), 2.1 GHz Octa-core Helio P70 (12 nm), 2.1 GHz
32MP selfie camera 13MP motorized selfie camera
48 MP  + 13 MP  + 5 MP  + 5 MP quad camera with LED flash 16MP + 5MP dual camera with LED flash
128 GB internal storage + dedicated microSD, up to 256 GB 128 GB internal storage + dedicated microSD slot, up to 128 GB
6 GB RAM 4 GB RAM
5150 mAh battery + 18W quick charging 3500 mAh battery + 18W fast charging + wireless charging
$249 (₦88,395) $250 (₦88,750)

The displays on these two Android phones are of similar size and resolution. Where they differ is in the type. The Bold N1 has an AMOLED display, which produce deeper blacks and better contrasts than the IPS LCD on the F2. Both displays are notchless – UMIDIGI went with a punch hole for the selfie camera, while BLU went with an elevating selfie camera mechanism.

Again, without a shootout, there is no way to tell which camera performs better than the other. As such, we shall skip passing judgement on the cameras here.

Both phones also have a fingerprint scanner, though BLU embraces the cutting edge under-display scanner technology, while UMIDIGI has stuck with the regular type.

Under the hood, other similarities include Helio P70 chipset and 128GB internal storage on both phones. Both phones have 18W fast battery charging support.

Similarities done with, let’s now move on and examine the features where each phone differs and shines.

UMIDIGI F2 vs BLU Bold N1: Where the F2 Rules

UMIDIGI F2
UMIDIGI F2

Under-display fingerprint scanners may be cutting edge, but so far, they haven’t matured yet and have generally not been as reliable or as secure as traditional scanners. As such, we give this score to the UMIDIGI F2.

Expandable memory card support on the F2 is also more robust with cards of up to 256GB supported, compared to the N1’s 128GB.

And the F2 has more RAM (6GB) than the Bold N1. And a much bigger battery too.

UMIDIGI F2 vs BLU Bold N1: Where the Bold N1 Rules

BLU Bold N1
BLU Bold N1

So, what has the Bold N1 got going for it? For starters, an AMOLED display. Secondly, that same display is protected with Gorilla Glass.

The N1 has a sandblasted metal back that is distinctively premium. But it also offers guaranteed software updates, if that is important to you. Lastly, it has one more thing that the UMIDIGI F2 lacks – wireless charging.

UMIDIGI F2 vs BLU Bold N1: Which should you buy?

UMIDIGI F2 clearly has more going for it in terms of useful features than we can point out for the BLU Bold N1, but individuals who are looking for a tastefully designed and crafted smartphone will default to the BLU handset.

On the flip side, individuals who are interested in more performance will likely embrace the UMIDIGI. The line will likely be drawn between the greater capabilities of the F2 and the more premium build of the Bold N1.

But one thing is clear – both Android phones are solid value for money. What we have here is a case of one trading off some things in order to stay within budget. The question then is, On which side of the wall are you?

This is where we draw the curtains on this UMIDIGI F2 vs BLU Bold N1 comparison review. Don’t go away: we have more useful articles on the way to help you navigate the minefield of the smartphone market.

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