BLU Energy JR is a new $39 Android phone with 3-day battery life (and some drawbacks)

Miami-based BLU recently introduced a new and interesting Android smartphone, the Energy JR, which promises to offer "72 hours of standard usage" - that's 3 full days - on a single charge. Before you get too excited about it, we must mention that the Energy JR is a very low-end device, offering some specs that we didn't think we'd still see in 2016.

The BLU Energy JR is a small handset sporting a 4-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels. It curiously offers just 512 MB of internal memory, though it also has microSD card support, so you can add a memory card of your own. The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat (which has been around since 2013), and has only 256 MB of RAM. There's Wi-Fi connectivity on board, but there's no 3G or 4G - so you're stuck on 2G EDGE (BLU says that this is actually a good thing, as it enables you to "get the lowest cost cell phone plan").

The new smartphone also features a quad-core MediaTek MT6571 processor, dual SIM support, a VGA front-facing camera, and a 3.2 MP rear camera with LED flash. Speaking of the rear, this is covered in a faux leather material similar to that popularized by Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 back in 2013. As for the device's 3-day lasting battery, this is a 3000 mAh one.

The BLU Energy JR is already listed on Amazon (in black and white - see the source links below), and should start shipping in 2 to 4 weeks. Is anyone here planning to get this phone?

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