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

Miami-based Blu is known for selling decent smartphones ataffordable prices, and perhaps also for its not-too-original designs. Thecompany'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 itselfborrowed design elements (including rear antenna lines) from Apple's iPhone 7, sowe could say that the Blu S1 is copying a phone that copied another phone. Ohwell.   


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 asingle 13 MP unit that's positioned in the middle of the back. Another aspectthat'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'toffer high-end features. For example, its 5.2 inch screen only has 720 x 1280pixels, while the processor inside is an octa-core Mediatek 6750. Also on boardare a fingerprint scanner, a 5 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB ofexpandable storage space. The new smartphone packs a 2800 mAh battery, and runsAndroid 7 Nougat.


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


sources: Amazon, Blu 

Related phones

  • Display 5.2" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

For 180 bucks? It's not cheap enough, considering those specs.

3. izim1

Posts: 1619; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Antenna lines were HTC. So it copied a phone that copied another phone that copied another phone. Also, these phones are cheap quality and you'll never see any updates. Not worth more than $100.

4. zelas

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

"copying inception"

5. SaRPeR

Posts: 170; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Those antenna bands first appeared on Meizu Pro 6.

10. izim1

Posts: 1619; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You mean the same meizu pro 6 that came out more than 3 years after the htc one? Or was there another meizu pro 6 released before spring of 2013?...

18. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Design-wise. this one is curved along top edges, not straight. This antenna line is exact copy of Meizu Pro 6

6. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

Rather spend the extra $60 & get a G5+ that works on every carrier

9. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Why does it matter if it works on all carriers if the buyer intends to use it on one?

11. izim1

Posts: 1619; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

For the same reason that people worry about national coverage, when they live and work in the same city...

12. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

Yeah....cause people never travel

13. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

Freedom? Why wouldn’t you want a universally unlocked device?

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

If the babe comes with the phone it's an instant buy for me.

8. niteiknight

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

Every carrier but Verizon? Lol what is this.

14. kotan24

Posts: 321; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I stopped reading at "Octa-core Mediatek 6750" no thank you.

16. redmd

Posts: 1964; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Does it also secretly take user data?

19. 2dor7

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

How exactly does this look "way too much like a Oneplus 5" ? There is only so much you can do to differentiate a product. I'm not a big fan of Blu as a company. But to call this a copy of oneplus it's just irresponsible and denotes author's thirst for sensationalist headlines. The only resemblance with oneplus 5, is the placement of the FP scanner.

20. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

16GB, 2GB of RAM? Ouch. Thought I saw a spec sheet that stated 32GB and 3GB of RAM.

21. jim262

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

This phone is made by Gionee in China and then middle manned by BLU. You will never get any support, more than likely, with this phone.

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