Blu R1 HD Specs, Review, Price, Release Date, Opinions, Pros and Cons

Blu R1 HD released on June, 2016. This is a low cost smartphone with low-mid level specs. Blu is one of the company that mainly selling in American and European market. Their main target is low and mid category smartphones. Their major competitors are Chinese brand smartphones. We can even say Blu is the lonely fighter from American continent competing the Chinese brands in the mid-level.

Have a look at specifications, price, quick review, features, opinions, pros and cons of Blu R1 HD.

Price of Blu R1 HD

The price of Blu R1 HD is – (based on US market price)

  • Price in USA is $100
  • Price in Europe is €88
  • Price in UK is £76
  • Price in India is ₹6700
  • Price in China is ¥ 665

Specifications of Blu R1 HD

Features Specs
Display 5.0 inches, IPS LCD Display
Screen Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
CPU MediaTek MT6735 Quad-core Processor
GPU Mali T720
Memory 1GB or 2GB of RAM
Inbuilt Storage 8GB or 16GB
Storage Upgrade 64GB via micro SD card
Primary Camera 8MP with LED Flash
Video recording 1080p @ 30fps
Secondary Camera 5MP with LED Flash
Battery 2500mAh (Non-removable)
Fingerprint Sensor No
4G Yes
SIM card type Dual SIM
Weight 142gms

Specs and Details of Blu R1 HD


Blu R1 HD has a 5 inches screen with 720 x 1280 pixels HD resolution. The pixel density is 294ppi. The display is made of IPS LCD technology. Moreover, the display is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.


The CPU and GPU of Blu R1 HD are MediaTek MT6735 Quad-core processor and Mali T720 graphical processor.

RAM and Storage

There are two variants available. First is 1GB RAM and 8GB Internal Storage. Second is 2GB RAM and 16GB Internal Storage. The expandable storage is available up to 64GB using microSD card.


Blu R1 HD pre-loaded with the latest stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow.


The rear side of Blu R1 HD has an 8MP camera with Autofocus and LED flash. The front side has a 5MP camera with LED flash. The video resolution is 1080p at 30 frames per second.


Blu R1 HD comes with a non-removable 2500mAh Li-Ion battery

Other Features and Connectivity

The connectivity features are GPRS, Edge, 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio and microUSB. There is no fingerprint scanner in Blu R1 HD.

Quick Review of Blu R1 HD

Display is average and acceptable for this price range. The Gorilla Glass protection adds more value to the display. The MT6735 Quad-core processor is almost a year old specs. Except one or two new low price smartphones, most of the smartphone makers ditched using this Quad-core processor.

The 1GB RAM is not all good for anyone. So, it is advisable to go with 2GB RAM variant. It is good for multitasking. It is to be noticed that, the maximum expandable storage is only 64GB.  Cameras are average level in pixels. But somehow they try to add value with features such as Autofocus and LED flash in both front and back. Battery is not bad for this price range. We can expect a day of backup with this battery on casual usage.

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Pros and Cons of Blu R1 HD


  • Low price Budget Smartphone


  • Missing of many new trending features including Fingerprint Scanner

Opinion to Buyers –  Blu R1 HD

If you are never going to buy any Chinese brand smartphone at low cost, you can try this out. Otherwise, for just few bucks more than the price of Blu R1 HD, we can get a better smartphone.

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