BLU R1 Plus
BLU R1 Plus

U.S.-based company, BLU has released the BLU R1 Plus, a sequel to the BLU R1 HD smartphone which hit the market in June last year. Not much separates both devices in terms of specifications, but BLU has done well enough to improve on the affordable R1 HD, giving us the ultra-affordable BLU R1 Plus smartphone in return.

Its launch price is really surprising even if its features might not be top-notch, but the price is relatively cheap considering what you get in return. The Blu R1 Plus has an adequate HD display with its screen resolution at 720 * 1080 pixels, together with a lasting non-removable battery.

Blu R1 Plus Specifications, Review and Highlights

BLU R1 Plus design

True to its budget status, the smartphone features just the right features for a device of its calibre.

It features a sizeable 4000mAh battery which can give you up to 30 hours on calls and as much as 750 hours on stand-by. But without the fast charge support, you would have to spend longer time charging your device.  Although the back cover can be pulled off, the phone battery is non-removable. Inside the box comes some accessories including a case and micro SIM card adapters.

The BLU R1 Plus has a 5.5-inch HD display with 720pixels resolution protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 itself, adequate screen protection in event of a potential damaging fall. The device measures 15376.610.5 mm and weighs 191g featuring a metal design with plastic being limited to the top and bottom edges alone.

Over to the camera setup, the smartphone possesses a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing selfie shooter. Both cameras possess LED Flash and are good for outdoor shooting, the drawback being that they sometimes struggle indoor under low-light conditions. It operates on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, although the Nougat OS would have been a better pick.

The device comes in 3GB and 2GB variants, both featuring an internal storage of 32GB and 16GB respectively. Beyond that, the device supports storage expansion up to 64GB using a microSD. It is powered by the Quad-core MediaTek 6737 chipset running at 1.3GHz and a Mali T720 GPU.

Blu R1 Plus Full Phone Specifications

BLU R1 Plus


Device BrandBlu
ModelR1 Plus
Announced2017, April
Released2017, April


2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GHz
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 GHz
4G NetworkLTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 7(2600),12(700), 17(700)
SIM TypeMicro-SIM, dual standby
SIM CountDual SIM


2GGPRS Up to 32 to 48 kbps; EDGE Up to 236.8 kbps
3GUp to 42.2 Mbps (HSDPA), 11.5Mbps;(HSUPA)
4GUp to 150/50 Mbps
SpeedHSPA 42.2/11.5 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
Web BrowserYes, HTML5


BuildMetal frame with Metal back cover design


Display TypeIPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
Size5.5 inches
Resolution720 * 1280 pixels
Colors16M colors
Pixel Density~267 ppi pixel density
Touch ScreenYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
Secondary Displayn/a


Propertiesf/2.0 aperture
Video720p HD Video
FeaturesAutofocus, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama
FlashYes, LED flash (Primary) (Secondary)


Operating SystemAndroid OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
User Interfacen/a
Java SupportNo


ChipsetMediaTek MT6737
CPUQuad-Core 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A53
GPUMali T720
RAM (Memory)2GB RAM / 3GB RAM
Internal Storage16GB / 32GB
Card SlotExpandable up to 64 GB using microSD
SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light


BluetoothYes, Bluetooth v4.1
Bluetooth ProfilesA2DP, LE
Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-fi HotspotYes
USB TypeYes; microUSB v2.0
Wireless ChargingNo
Fast ChargingNo


Battery TypeLi-Po
Standby750hr(2G) / 650hr(3G)
Talk TimeUp to 30hr(2G) / Up to 22hr(3G)
Music Play


SMSYes (threaded view)
EmailYes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP


Audio PlaybackYes, MP3, AAC, MP2, M4A, MKA
Video PlaybackYes, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player
Video Outn/a
FM RadioNo
Alert TypesVibration, Ringtones
Ring TonesMP3, WAV
HandsfreeYes, 3.5mm Jack

Other Features

 – MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer

Availability and Price of Blu R1 Plus in U.S, Nigeria, Kenya & Ghana

The Blu R1 Plus is available in 3GB RAM and 2GB RAM variants at a launch price of $160 for the 3GB variant and $140 for the 2GB variant. It comes in a single black colour.

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