Amazon Offers Blu R1 HD Android 6 Phone for $50!

And Surprisingly, the Blu R1 HD Android Marshmallow Phone Has Decent Specs!

I tell you, every year the technology gets better and cheaper, with more options for more people. This is a good thing. Blu Products, a USA Based maker of smartphones since 2009, has a plan. They’ve introduced the new Blu R1 HD Android 6.0 Marshmallow phone starting at just $99. But it gets even better. If you’re willing to tolerate some preinstalled Amazon apps and a lock screen that shows Amazon ads, you can get this hot little bundle for just $49.99.

OK, But What does the Blu R1 HD Android Phone Give Me for $50? Does it Suck?

Funny you should ask. First, I’ll disavow first-hand knowledge. I haven’t used the device, and it doesn’t release until July 12th, anyway. But second, just reviewing the specs, you get a lot for your money. Better yet, an extra $10 will double your RAM and your storage space. Spend that $10, you’ll be glad you did.

The MediaTek MT6735 processor is a decidedly mid-range processor, but an interesting one. It competes directly with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, but get this: it beats it in both single and multi-threaded performance. That’s a pretty good selling point, especially at these prices. The CPU/GPU combo in this phone actually targets 1080p resolutions, but since you’re only driving half as many pixels on a 720p display, you get the benefit of that extra performance to boot. Pretty cool.

So Tell Me, What Are These Mythical Tech Specs?

Let’s take a look! I’ve put it into a table to make it easy as pie to see what you get. Actually, it’s easier than pie. Pie is actually kinda difficult.

Feature $49/$99 Model $59/$109 Model
CPU Quad Core Mediatek MT6735 1.3Ghz Quad Core Mediatek MT6735 1.3Ghz
GPU Mali T720 Mali T720
RAM 1GB 2GB
Storage 8GB 16GB
MicroSD Up to 64GB add’l (72GB Total) Up to 64GB add’l (80GB Total)
Screen Resolution 1280×720 (294 PPI) 1280×720 (294 PPI)
Screen Size 5″ 5″
Screen Type & Brightness IPS, 420 Nits IPS, 420 Nits
Screen Glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Curved
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0
4G LTE Support Bands: 2 (1900 Mhz), 4 (1700Mhz), 7 (2600Mhz) and 17 (2100Mhz), Band 12 (700Mhz) Coming via OTA update after launch. Bands: 2 (1900 Mhz), 4 (1700Mhz), 7 (2600Mhz) and 17 (2100Mhz), Band 12 (700Mhz) Coming via OTA update after launch.
Build Aluminum trim, plastic frame Aluminum trim, plastic frame
Main Camera 8MP F2.0 Autofocus with LED Flash, 1080p/30 Video 8MP F2.0 Autofocus with LED Flash, 1080p/30 Video
Selfie Camera 5MP with LED Front Flash! 5MP with LED Front Flash!
SIM Dual Nano SIM Dual Nano SIM
Carriers AT&T, TMobile, MetroPCS, any GSM Worldwide AT&T, TMobile, MetroPCS, any GSM Worldwide

The phone is available exclusively at Amazon. I’ve put in a request for a review unit and hopefully will have a good review not too long after launch. Based on the specs, though, if you’re willing to give this phone a chance, I’d say spend the extra $10 and get double the RAM and storage!

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