BLU launches crazy affordable Bold N1 'flagship' with pop-up selfie camera

BLU launches crazy affordable Bold N1 'flagship' with pop-up selfie camera
After launching an upper mid-range rival for the popular Moto G7 at a very competitive price and two entry-level handsets with pretty remarkable specifications in the last couple of weeks alone, BLU Products is debuting an affordable new flagship model today... under a new brand.

The Bold name will be synonymous with "premium flagship" and "flagship-like" devices going forward, aiming to bring smartphone prices "back to reality." But while a lot of people can certainly agree north of $1,000 is a little too much money to ask for most of today's flagships, it's hard to believe the $250 Bold N1 is the solution to this problem.

On paper and at first glance, this bad boy definitely comes with a lot of "flagship-like" features and design elements, including a no-notch 6.4-inch AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera, in-screen fingerprint sensor, and support for both 18W fast wired charging and 10W Qi wireless charging. Of course, actual "all screen" flagships these days generally pack more than 4 gigs of memory and snappier processors than MediaTek's Helio P70.


At $250, you might be concerned about the build quality of the Bold N1 as well, which combines premium metal and glass while employing a motorized pop-up front camera system that can be a major reliability hazard if not executed flawlessly. Until seeing the phone in action, though, all we can do is trust BLU's promises and keep our skeptical hats on. Naturally, we want to believe this product is as good in real life as it looks in theory. 

Incredibly enough, a $50 launch discount brings the Bold N1 down to $199.99 on the official website of BLU's new spin-off brand for a limited time. On top of the already mentioned features, the crazy cheap "flagship" also comes with a generous 128 gigs of internal storage space, a hefty 3,500mAh battery, 13MP resolution for the aforementioned pop-up selfie shooter, a 16 + 5MP dual rear-facing camera setup, and yes, even a good old fashioned headphone jack. That's simply astounding!

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17 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 1096; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Got one.

2. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Same. For $199.99 it was worth trying.

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2291; Member since: May 04, 2015

Likely a low-end Oppo or Vivo of some sort as usual. The price is great whoever the OEM is.

7. Fred3

Posts: 532; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

What type of processor does it have?

9. OneLove123

Posts: 1096; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Mediated p70= Sd 660

3. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

$200 could get last year Real-flagship which is still way better than flagship-like.

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 2291; Member since: May 04, 2015

Name a 2018 flagship for $200 please?

12. Duncdawg26

Posts: 174; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

LG g7. $189 on eBay, brand new. Verizon unlocked

13. OneLove123

Posts: 1096; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Ugly notch!

10. OneLove123

Posts: 1096; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

What flagship for $200?

4. JetskiMark

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

$199.99 shipped is an Impulse buy for me with those specs. I guess I will know in two days. It will be interesting to see how it compares to my Note 9.

11. OneLove123

Posts: 1096; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I have a note 9 too. Pretty sure our note 9 will be a little faster. You just cant beat $200 for decent specs.

15. JetskiMark

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

I hope my Note 9 is faster. The MSRP is four to five times the price of the N1. I would not consider any phone with a notch or punch hole. The Note 10 is not a consideration because of that. The in-screen fingerprint reader is also not very good from what I've read. The reader on my Note 9 works flawlessly. I really like wireless charging. I have a charging stand in every room in my house. If the OnePlus 7 Pro had Qi, I would already have one. I still have a rooted OnePlus One that works perfectly. I was not in the market for a new phone. I figure I can use the N1 as a spare if my Note 9 dies. It's doubtful, but it would be nice if it gets rooted and supported by the developer community.

8. RoryBreaker

Posts: 219; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Even thought I won't be getting this right now (I just don't have the need) I totally support companies like this offering realistic alternatives to companies where so much of the cost of the phone is for marketing.

14. Duncdawg26

Posts: 174; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

Looks like a little bit better value than usual from BLU. Can't wait to see the reviews on the screen, speed, and camera... The camera is usually where BLU falls apart the hardest...

17. OneLove123

Posts: 1096; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Most phones at these sub $200 have crappy cameras.

16. fatsali

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 09, 2019

Everything was great until the battery Please don't make cellphones with less than 4.000mah battery. I've had 5.000mah battery cellphone, they're enough for whole day usage.

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