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BLU R2 Plus budget smartphone hits Amazon

BLU R2 Plus 5.5-inch Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6753 SoC (Source: BLU Products)
BLU R2 Plus (Source: BLU Products)
The 5.5-inch BLU R2 Plus is now available via Amazon for US$179.99. Its specs include a MediaTek MT6753 processor, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage.

Despite the serious troubles it had to face lately, BLU Products is a relentless brand that keeps bouncing back no matter what happens. While this brand's handsets did not blow up like Samsung's ill-fated Note 7, selling products with Chinese malware onboard and issuing an official phone-bricking OTA update are nearly as bad. The latest handset to come from this Miami-based US company is the MediaTek-powered BLU R2 Plus, which can be already purchased from Amazon and ships all over the world.

Just like its many siblings, the BLU R2 Plus is an unlocked dual-SIM Android smartphone that has an affordable (and quite outdated, we must add) MediaTek processor. In this case, BLU Products chose to go with the MediaTek MT6753, a 28 nm chip that has been released more than two years ago. Next to it, we can also find 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a microSD slot, two 13 MP cameras (one in the front and one on the back, not a main dual setup), a fingerprint reader, as well as a 3,000 mAh battery.

The BLU R2 Plus comes with Android 7.0 Nougat onboard and has a 5.5-inch full HD display. It has a metal body and can be acquired for US$179.99. In the end, there is nothing special about it, and the only color choice available is black. However, it has a fair price and could draw the attention of some budget-conscious consumers, especially once it gets a discount.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-01-23 (Update: 2018-01-24)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.