Miami-based smartphone manufacturers, BLU, have launched a new budget smartphone dubbed the R1 Plus. Available in slate grey colour, the R1 Plus succeeds the low-cost R1 HD, and is available in two variants – one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space, priced at $140 (approximately ₹8,985); and another with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space, priced at $160 (approximately ₹10,269).
The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch HD display and comes with curved Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek 6737 arm cortex processor, the phone runs Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The BLU R1 Plus comes with dual-SIM support and 4G LTE connectivity for GSM carriers. The handset features a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, both equipped with LED flash. The phone is powered by a 4000mAh battery, which the company boasts will run for 30 days on standby, and 2-3 days of usage without charge.
The BLU R1 HD, its predecessor, went through some rough weather when it was found that the firmware on it allowed the manufacturer to mine information such as text messages, contact lists, call history with full telephone numbers, and unique device identifiers. It was also reported that this data was mined from every phone with the firmware installed and sent back to servers in China every three days.
While the variant with 2GB of RAM is currently only listed on Best Buy (out of stock), the 3GB variant is available via Amazon. There is no information on when the phone will be launched in international markets.