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

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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22 Comments

1. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Can it beat the first iPhone?......Nopeeeeee

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

why not? this phone can record vids, and have app store unlike first iPhone... but 512MB internal storage is total garbage -_- (and so is the other specs, this phone is useless) better get dumb phone that have better battery life

3. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Considering the price, I doubt you can find any phone with better specs and better battery life. 39USD, LOL, but they could have increased the price to 45USD and have 1.5GB ram in it

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

thats true but this phone can barely do anything with that storage and ram, lol.. its better if they make phone with android one specs and 5000mAh battery for $80

6. Rafishant

Posts: 389; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

This is just a smartphone in name. I tried ZTE Mavian (which has much better specs than this one) for three days after I broke my daily driver phone, and this was the worst experience in my life. You can't do anything with it. Placing a phone call took almost a minute, and it lagged and lost connection at the call. You can't browse or use any app, unless you have camels patience. Having an old Nokia's feature phone that can place clear calls or fast texting is million times better than using like this garbage.

9. Doakie

Posts: 2443; Member since: May 06, 2009

It's a ZTE Maven, it's a phone with a Snapdragon 400 with only a WVGA screen, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. The only way it was as slow as you're saying is if some app you installed was going haywire. I've owned multiple Snapdragon 400 devices and they all ran well. I don't buy your story.

8. Doakie

Posts: 2443; Member since: May 06, 2009

I bought a Lumia 640 for $11.99 from Walgreen's on clearance. That's the cheapest phone I've ever bought.

11. hurrycanger

Posts: 1742; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Now that's a great deal!

20. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Yeah, low end Lumias are probably the cheapest smartphones that would be use-able at that price point

4. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

for 20-30 more you can get a phone from a different planet, taht actually works and does something or buy a used one

7. Joosty

Posts: 459; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Good back up phone to a back up phone lol.

10. Doakie

Posts: 2443; Member since: May 06, 2009

As the owner of a BLU Studio Energy I can attest to insane battery life. My Studio Energy drains only 1 or 2 percent per day on standby. I have a FreedomPop sim card in it as a backup and carry it around in my lunch bag daily. The phone is great.

12. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

256MB RAM. UGH. If someone buys this as their first Android phone, they're going to have a terrible first experience

13. JocularJ

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

At that size, cost, and specs it'll make for a decent Android media player. I'll be getting one for myself and one for my 6 yr old niece.

14. tacarat

Posts: 850; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

When it's rooted or ROM'd, I can see it being the subject of masochistic tinkerers. Otherwise I think it's awesome as a punishment phone for the kids.

19. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

yup...all kids should have these type of phones....makes me sick when i see lil 5 year olds have the a iphone....

15. villagerguyz

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

I only buy this just for media player stuff, calls & sms... not suitable for anything beyond that. Maybe this phone is suitable for use as a backup phone.

16. shieryar

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

WTF, No 3G

17. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Thats a very affordable phone!

18. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

do they realize that ATT is shutting down its 2G network by the end of the year? also t-mobile is shutting down their 2G by 2017.....so u can only use this phone for maybe a year

21. najib1312

Posts: 155; Member since: May 08, 2013

A disgrace to Smartphone. Thos who buys this will immediately Hate Android.

22. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Well..... a new parody to the Lenovo A396... wait.. no... it's not a parody! It's a ultra-cheap phone!

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