Update: The Blu R1 Plus Amazon flash list price is $109, but ends at 11:59 Pacific time. It returns as much as $159 midnight on Sunday. 

The Blu R1 Plus is among the most inexpensive Android phones we have actually ever before reviewed, and also right now it’s even less costly thanks to a temporary Amazon discount.

It’s on sale today for just $109 at Amazon. This is a $50 price cut on the 5.5-inch HD phone that has a steel layout and runs Android Marshmallow.

This makes the Blu R1 Plus about 1/8th the cost of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, one of one of the most pricey smartphones we’ve reviewed. That’s a big price gap. 

The typical Blu R1 And also price will certainly be $159, which is still incredibly economical. At that point, it starts getting closer to the Amazon.com cost of the brand-new Moto G5 Plus.

Blu R1 And also is strictly for the sub-$ 200 crowd

You’re not going to desire to trade down from an iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8 for this ultra-cheap phone. If you possess flagship phones, this isn’t for you.

Instead, we see the Blu R1 Plus as an adequate option for somebody that can’t afford the most recent mobile phone on the market or can’t get on-contract financing.

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The reality that this is an unlocked GSM phone suggests it’s a fine travel phone, too. It’ll work overseas in addition to AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless, etc. in the US.

If you take place to shed or break it during your journeys, it’s not as heartbreaking as shedding an iPhone 7 Plus. We’ve remained in that costly pickle before.

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Finally, it’s a worthy choice for those flip-phone owning holdouts in your life, like mother and father, or friends that carry around a phone with a fractured screen. This could get them via the end of their contract upgrade.

What Blu R1 can and can’t do for its price

We were shocked by most of the Blu R1 And also attributes, consisting of the bright enough HD display screen, aluminum back and steel framework as well as extra-large battery.

It’s loading a 4,000 mAh battery, which is larger compared to many front runner phones 8 times its rate. We were able to get near two days a battery life in our testing.

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Here’s what Blu R1 Plus is not: it’s not a 3D video games entertainer by any ways. 3D video game apps tend to stutter fairly a little bit. Audio is simply sufficient, also for $109.

It still runs Android Marshmallow rather than Android Nougat. We didn’t actually mind that, other than we think an eventual upgrade might give it much better battery life.

We were absolutely missing the finger print sensor even more than any kind of single Android Nougat perk. The video camera is shockingly okay, other than in all low light situations.

Lastly, we have to keep in mind that the Blu R1 HD isn’t compatible with Verizon, Sprint or US Mobile. Those are CDMA networks.

You can get AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless and also a range of other service providers to collaborate with this 4G LTE phone and after that enjoy paying a low rate for it.

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