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

General

Device Brand Blu
Model R1 Plus
Announced 2017, April
Released 2017, April
Status Available

Network

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GHz
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 GHz
4G Network LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 7(2600),12(700), 17(700)
SIM Type Micro-SIM, dual standby
SIM Count Dual SIM

Data

2G GPRS Up to 32 to 48 kbps; EDGE Up to 236.8 kbps
3G Up to 42.2 Mbps (HSDPA), 11.5Mbps;(HSUPA)
4G Up to 150/50 Mbps
Speed HSPA 42.2/11.5 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
Web Browser Yes, HTML5

Design

Type Smartphone
Dimensions 153*76.6*10.5mm
Weight 191g
Build Metal frame with Metal back cover design
Colors Black

Display

Display Type IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
Size 5.5 inches
Resolution 720 * 1280 pixels
Colors 16M colors
Pixel Density ~267 ppi pixel density
Touch Screen Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Features n/a
Secondary Display n/a

Camera

Primary 13MP
Properties f/2.0 aperture
Image Yes
Video 720p HD Video
Features Autofocus, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama
Flash Yes, LED flash (Primary) (Secondary)
Secondary 5MP

Software

Operating System Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
User Interface n/a
Java Support No
Skype Yes
Whatsapp Yes
Facebook Yes
Youtube Yes

Hardware

Chipset MediaTek MT6737
CPU Quad-Core 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A53
GPU Mali T720
RAM (Memory) 2GB RAM / 3GB RAM
Internal Storage 16GB / 32GB
Card Slot Expandable up to 64 GB using microSD
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light
Controls

Connectivity

Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, LE
Infrared n/a
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-fi Hotspot Yes
USB Type Yes; microUSB v2.0
GPS Yes, GPS + A-GPS
NFC n/a
HDMI n/a
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No

Battery

Battery Type Li-Po
Capacity 4000mAh
Placement Non-removable
Standby 750hr(2G) / 650hr(3G)
Talk Time Up to 30hr(2G) / Up to 22hr(3G)
Music Play

Messaging

SMS Yes (threaded view)
MMS Yes
Email Yes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
IM Yes

Media

Audio Playback Yes, MP3, AAC, MP2, M4A, MKA
Video Playback Yes, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player
Video Out n/a
FM Radio No
Alert Types Vibration, Ringtones
Ring Tones MP3, WAV
Loudspeaker Yes
Handsfree Yes, 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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