BLU R1 Plus is an unlocked Android phone with a 4000mAh battery


After launching the R1 HD late last year, BLU today announced a successor for that device.

The BLU R1 Plus is an updated version of the R1 HD, with several upgraded specs. For example, the R1 Plus features a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, while the R1 HD has an 8-megapixel camera. The R1 Plus also features an upgraded MediaTek 6737 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage, all of which are upgrades over the R1 HD.

Other features of the BLU R1 Plus include a larger 5.5-inch 1280×720 display, a 5-megapixel camera with wide angle lens, a much beefier 4000mAh battery, FM radio, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. BLU does say that an upgrade to Android 7.0 is planned.

Also of note is that the BLU R1 Plus comes with T-Mobile VoLTE support out of the box, which is a feature that was added to the R1 HD post-launch. However, the BLU R1 Plus does not support T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling.

The BLU R1 Plus is priced at $159.99 and is available from Amazon. Best Buy was selling the device, too, but appears to be sold out as of publication. Also of note is that BLU says that starting on April 29, the R1 Plus will be available with a $50 instant rebate for 24 hours, bringing its price down to $109.99.

BLU’s R1 Plus offers some nice upgrades over the R1 HD, and with its 4000mAh battery, it should get some pretty good battery life. The lack of Wi-Fi Calling and having Android 6.0 pre-loaded instead of Android 7.0 are both disappointments, but at least an upgrade to Nougat is in BLU’s plans.

To get a closer look at the BLU R1 Plus, you can check out its Amazon product page at the link below.

Source: Amazon

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  • squiggleslash

    Have an R1 HD here. Can confirm it’s a nice phone (even with the Amazon advertising – I don’t know if the plus will have that as an option.)

  • Eric Harlow

    Had the R1 HD twice thru Amazon and returned both because even after the software update to enable VoLTE, both phones would drop 4G LTE signal during a phone call and immediately return to 4G LTE after the phone call was over. I spoke to numerous Blu CSR’s and they all told me the same thing about the R1 HD not having the hardware to support VoLTE, which in turn irritated me and motioned me to ask then why in your software update description does it say this update will enable T-mobile’s Band 12 and VoLTE? They tell me to call back later because they don’t have an answer for me. Never again will I purchase another Blu product. Sticking with Samsung products for T-mobile.

    • squiggleslash

      The CS agent didn’t know what he was talking about. The phone was just waiting on an update, and the update did finally come. VoLTE is pretty much 100% a software thing, it doesn’t require special hardware.

      • Eric Harlow

        Ok I still had the problem of my LTE signal dropping during phone calls after I did the software update for two Blu R1 HD units.

        • squiggleslash

          Oh I’m not saying the update fixed everything (hell, they released a new update yesterday that was supposed to fix T-Mobile VoLTE issues), but I am saying that was the CS agent told you was garbage.

          I’m pretty happy with my R1 HD. It drops calls in the same place a previous phone of mine drops calls but is otherwise pretty solid. I can’t comment on whether it is especially good with LTE because I have nothing to compare it to, but hopefully yesterday’s update has improved things a little.

        • Eric Harlow

          didn’t mean to sound like I was apprehensive towards you and I am sorry for that.

    • Tinger12

      New update rolled out today to actually fix the VoLTE issue and update the Android security to April 2017.

      • Eric Harlow

        Thanks for the info, but I am happy with my Samsung Galaxy S8 and J7.

  • timmyjoe42

    Quad core processor…Run away…Keep running…

    • NateB

      So is the sd820… Quad core isn’t that bad

  • Ty Christensen

    I think I’ll get this tomorrow to tide me over until the OnePlus 5 comes out or the Pixel 2, my Nexus 4 is showing it’s age bad, I’ve had it for 4.5 years now, ugh!

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