BLU has long been known for making low-cost Android phones, but this is getting ridiculous. The company has made the R1 HD official with a $100 base price tag. However, this phone is included in Amazon's new unlocked phone deal, so you can get an R1 HD for as low as $50 with Amazon ads. Without ads it's $100.
What sort of hardware can you get for a Benjamin (or less)? It's not going to blow you away, but the R1 HD seems capable.
- SoC: Mediatek 6735 | 1.3GHz Quad Core
- Memory: Internal 16GB/8GB, 2GB/1GB RAM, microSD card
- Display: 5-inch IPS LCD 720X1280 - 294ppi
- Camera: 8MP / 5MP
- Battery: 2500mAh
- LTE: 2/4/7/17 (b12 coming in OTA)
- Software: Android 6.0
If BLU can live up to its promise to get band 12 LTE added to the R1 HD, that would make it one of the cheapest phones to have full support for T-Mobile's network. The base model has only 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM, which is really not enough. It's just $10 more for the 16GB/2GB variant. You'd be crazy not to do that.
The Amazon Prime ad version starts at $50 and the standard non-ad version starts at $100. You can pre-order now and the phone will ship on July 12th.