BLU R1 Plus launched for $140, massive 4000mAh battery

A new smartphone has hit the market from the house of the Miami based smartphone maker, BLU, the BLU R1 Plus. The R1 Plus comes as a successor to the R1 HD, a very capable and value for money smartphone.

The BLU R1 Plus has received a bump in specs as compared to the R1 HD, a larger screen, a tad bit better processor and a huge battery. The R1 Plus is powered by the quad core MediaTek MT6737 SoC clocked at 1.3 GHz. It sports a 5.5 inch 720p (720 x 1280) display as compared to the 5 inch display on the R1 HD. The phone is powered by a massive 4000mAh battery. The R1 Plus is available in two variants, 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage and 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage.  The rear has a 13MP camera and the front has an 8MP camera.

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On the design front, BLU has surely not cut any corners. Clad in an aluminium frame, the R1 Plus is similar in design to the R1 HD. The rear houses the camera with flash and the front houses the earpiece and the front camera which comes with a flash allowing good quality low light selfies. There are no physical or capacitive buttons on the front, instead, it uses on screen nav keys. The only qualm about this phone is that it runs Android Marshmallow, which is disappointing since most phones on the market are running Nougat out of the box.

The R1 Plus is priced at $160 for the 3GB version available on Amazon and $140 for the 2GB version available on Best Buy (out of stock).

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  1. jimberkas
    April 28, 2017

    pretty good. I have two of the Blu R1 HDs and main issues are that they are too small and the camera is weak. Of course, they were also $60 subsidized by Amazon.
    This phone improves the camera and has a huge battery. Of course, I don’t really trust Blu to ever update it beyond Marshmallow. I’d definitely go for the $160 model, which competes now with the Moto G4 Plus. Tough competition in this price range

  2. Jay
    April 28, 2017

    4000 mAh is massive?