The Bluboo S1 has a powerful processor, slim bezels, and an enticing price-tag

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It's 2017 and the trendy features for a smartphone to have are as follows — dual camera; near-bezel-less design. And of course, a lot of the top-shelf handsets out there have them, but have you seen those prices? Oh, la la! So, coming out with an aggressive price-tag in today's oversaturated market is also a huge plus. And that's what Bluboohas done with its bezel-less, dual camera-equipped Bluboo S1. The handset is about to hit its pre-sale stage and will be available for $159.99. Let's take a look at what that price can get you!

It should come as no surprise that the Bluboo S1 is a metal-made handset — that's pretty much a standard for any phone that wants to look big league. As can be seen in the pictures, the phone pretty much has no bezels, save for a “chin”. There's a small stripe on the top, which houses a slit-shaped grille for the earpiece, while the selfie camera is next to the home button / fingerprint scanner on the bottom. Impressively enough, its front panel is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. The display itself is a 5.5-incher and has a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, which means that its pixel density is about 400 PPI — pretty sharp.

On to the internals, we've got a pretty good hardware in this beast, considering the price point. At its very heart, there's the octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 clocked at 2.5GHz. Additionally, the Bluboo S1 comes in either 4 GB or 6 GB RAM variants, though, it looks like there are only 4 GB units available at the moment. The on-board memory is a generous 64 GB chip and there's a microSD card slot if you need more room.

What about that dual camera? The Bluboo S1 uses a 16 MP sensor for the main camera, while the secondary lens hides a 3 MP sensor. The latter is simply an “assistant”, which is used to detect depth differences and activate a portrait mode that blurs the background. On the front, we've got a generous 8 MP snapper for detailed mugshots.

Bluboo says the S1 will rock a mostly clean build of Android 7 Nougat. If that is so, we'd expect to have a nice, snappy experience with the handset.


So, what about that pre-sale deal? The pre-orders start on the 10th of July and will kick off with a special price for the phone — $159.99. For the first 5 days of the pre-sale (day starts at 9 am UTC), the first 10 phones to be pre-ordered will even go for the special price of $79.99!

Additionally, if you order Bluboo items for over $99.99, you can get a Bluetooth headset for just $9.99. Lastly, if your order surpasses $150 and you share this activity via your social media (there's an embedded button to do that after purchase), you enter a raffle for a chance to win an extra Bluboo S1, in case you want to share.

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25 Comments

1. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Equivalent to the Snapdragon 820? Dream on. 625 AT BEST. GPU is closer to the 617.

3. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Such a lieeeee ! I know they gotta promote the phone but how can a so called journalist write such lies. Leave your job, Paul.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

MediaTek Helio P25 has 8 Cortex-A53 cores, and a Mali GPU with maximum 1080p support. The SD 820 has 4 Kryo cores and a superior Adreno GPU with maximum QHD support. Apple's​ and oranges here.

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Can't believe the author audaciously claims the Helio P25 is in the same ballpark as the Snapdragon 820... Heck, the Helio P25 does not even come anywhere near the Snapdragon 652, not to mention Snapdragon 820!

18. leledumbo

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

I check AnTuTu, CPU is around half, GPU is even less than third. Not even close to 820 lite, since Mediatek's real flagship SoC (the one already in the market) is now X27, and that one can't touch 820 lite at all. So P25 is a dream to do the same...

23. Ray.S

Posts: 460; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Thank you for the note. We've updated the text to better reflect the technical characteristics of the chip.

2. AronWunarso

Posts: 244; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

It seems like good phones getting cheaper.

4. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I wish the new near-bezelless xperia will be this sexy. Wait, Sony will make bezels smaller? Sorry, I'm just dreaming.

5. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Looks suspiciously similar to those Leagoo and Maze bezelless phones, but I find it equally amusing that it's using the Mi Mix wallpaper in that one image.

6. gigicoaste

Posts: 460; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

"PhoneArena's opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!" yeah.. can be seen... you even didn't touch the device, have no idea how it performs but you expect a "snappy" experience? LOL

7. foreverNOOB

Posts: 174; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

Snapdragon 820's Antutu scores: 11x,xxx~14x,xxx Helio P25's Antutu scores: 6x,xxx I think these two SOCs are clearly not in the same ballpark.

8. zenerchinchan

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

looks like a Xiaomi Mi Mix..

9. cogito

Posts: 68; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

Folks should be aware that this phone does not support North American LTE bands. Would have been nice if this was mentioned in the article/advertorial.

10. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

This phone has the same problem as the Doogee Mix - both are a bit wide for a bezel-free phone. The Bluboo S1 is 74.3 mm wide - about 2 mm wider than last year's Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and way wider than the S8 and the G6. This misses the point of bezel-free which is to offer large screens on a narrow body for ease of one hand use. Otherwise, it may look cool but not be that functional.

11. Chaise unregistered

They need to change their names first. Bluboo S1 and Doogee Mix are definitely not enticing names for phones.

12. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

There needs to be some way to make it easy to check compatibility on these reviewed phones. Come on, PhoneArena, you can do this. After a quick look, it appears to me there may be no 4G compatibility in the US. Anyone else have other data?

14. NoAllegiance unregistered

Whenever I see a bezelless phone with a manufacturer that is rarely featured on PA, I immediately know it is a ad.

15. VSN24

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Bezel-less? No, it's another shameful joke from China. Let's see the actual dimensions of this phone: 74.3 x 148.6 x 7.9 mm. And compare these to those of the 3-year-old LG G3: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm.

16. mikedemoda

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

i cant with how photoshopped those bezels are... just watch the video and you'll realize, the bezels are thin, but not THAT thin...

19. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

The Helio-P series are made to be efficient and use low power, how can it contend with an 820, it's a very capable processor. The only downside I see to buying this phone is poor after sale service.

20. Jackdaw

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

Look at the marketing image and head to the end of the video, when he turns on the screen. Twice as big bezels.

21. shieryar

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

So the phone is cheap because it has a BS cpu?

22. Duncdawg26

Posts: 177; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

Can't wait for something like this to come stateside, except with a Qualcomm of course

24. royman

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 04, 2017

Would this work on a CDMA network such as Verizon?

25. rmclennan1

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

The S1 will not function on most Canadian carriers, Telus, Rogers,Bell do not use the same carrier frequencies. Bluboo didn't bother to put older 3G bands on the phone so you will get no bars and unable to link to any networks

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