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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S1
  • Display 5.2" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh

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18 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

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

3. izim1

Posts: 1591; 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: 137; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Those antenna bands first appeared on Meizu Pro 6.

10. izim1

Posts: 1591; 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: 3092; 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

Posts: 1182; Member since: May 01, 2017

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

11. izim1

Posts: 1591; 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: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

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

8. niteiknight

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

Every carrier but Verizon? Lol what is this.

14. kotan24

Posts: 302; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

16. redmd

Posts: 1904; 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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