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|
|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 Type & Brightness||IPS, 420 Nits||IPS, 420 Nits|
|Screen Glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Curved||Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Curved|
|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!