Amazon Prime members looking to upgrade or switch to an Android smartphone have a great option in the Blu R1 HD smartphone that Amazon is selling for half the price in a new deal. The Blu R1 HD, which retails at $100, will now cost $50 for the 8GB version. The 16GB version, which is supposed to cost $110, is priced at $60 for Prime members.
The latest smartphone from the Miami-based company, BLU R1 HD, is the only unlocked smartphone under $100 featuring an array of high end features and performance as well as a premium metallic design.
Blu R1 HD includes a 5-inch vivid HD display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels which uses the latest on-cell touch panel technology with a brightness rating of 420 nits along with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The smartphone packs a Mediatek 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with Mali-T720 graphics GPU backed by 2GB of RAM. In terms of camera, the handset is equipped with an 8MP autofocus primary camera and a 5MP wide angle selfie camera with LED flash.
“The BLU R1 HD is the perfect choice for customers who want a high quality experience in a brand new, unlocked smartphone without sacrificing style and performance,” said Samuel Ohev-Zion, CEO of BLU Products, Inc.
The budget smartphone houses a 2,500mAh battery and runs the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. The device is available in memory variants of either 8GB internal storage + 1GB RAM or 16GB + 2GB RAM, with microSD card support for up to 64 GB of additional storage.
What?s the Drawback?
The exclusive Prime deal on Blu R1 HD comes with a major drawback?expect to see advertisements pop up on your phone?s lock screen. These ads will be similar to the ones that are served on Amazon?s Kindle ebook readers and Fire HD tablets, and you?ll be seeing ones from other companies promoting ?personalized deals and product recommendations.? The ads will appear on your lock screen below your other notifications, and you can tap them to learn more, or unlock your phone to dismiss them.
On top of seeings ads on your lock screen, the devices will also come pre-installed with a boatload of Amazon?s apps, such as Amazon, Amazon Video and Prime Music. You?ll be able to remove these apps from the home screen, but it looks like you can?t remove them completely.
Full Specifications of Blu R1 HD:
- Network: (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, (4G HSPA+ 42Mbps) 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz, (4G LTE Up to 150Mbps) 2/4/7/17, 12 will be added via Over-the-Air Update (OTA)
- Display: 5.0-inch HD 720 x 1280, 293 ppi, 420-nit
- Processor: Mediatek 6735, 1.3 GHz Quad-Core with Mali-T720 graphics GPU
- OS: Android Marshmallow 6.0, upgradable to Android N
- Camera: Rear ? 8.0 megapixel, with LED Flash, (1.12mm pixel size, 1/4 inch sensor, 2.0mm aperture) HD 1080p@30fps video recording
- Front ? 5.0 megapixel, with LED Flash, 84? Wide Angle
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot, FM Radio, VoLTE support will be added via Over-the-Air Update (OTA)
- Memory: 1GB/2GB RAM, 8GB/16GB Internal Memory
- Dimensions: 143 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm
- Battery: Li-Polymer 2500 mAh
- Available Colors: Midnight Black