Blu S1 launches as a cheap OnePlus 5 wannabe, works on Sprint

Blu S1 launches as a cheap OnePlus 5 wannabe, works on Sprint

Miami-based Blu is known for selling decent smartphones at affordable prices, and perhaps also for its not-too-original designs. The company's newest handset, the Blu S1, is definitely an example of unoriginality, as it looks way too much like a OnePlus 5. Of course, the OnePlus 5 itself borrowed design elements (including rear antenna lines) from Apple's iPhone 7, so we could say that the Blu S1 is copying a phone that copied another phone. Oh well.   


There is one thing that's certainly designed differently on the Blu S1 - the rear camera. Unlike on the OnePlus 5, the main camera of the S1 is a single 13 MP unit that's positioned in the middle of the back. Another aspect that's not noticeable immediately: the Blu S1 is not made out of metal.   


Since it's sold for $179.99 unlocked, the Blu S1 doesn't offer high-end features. For example, its 5.2 inch screen only has 720 x 1280 pixels, while the processor inside is an octa-core Mediatek 6750. Also on board are a fingerprint scanner, a 5 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage space. The new smartphone packs a 2800 mAh battery, and runs Android 7 Nougat.


You can buy the Blu S1 from Amazon (US warranty included). The handset works on most carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and even Sprint, but it's not compatible with Verizon.


sources: Amazon, Blu 


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