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The BLU R1 HD Is Back On Amazon's Shelves

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Last month, the BLU R1 HD smartphone made headlines when it was found to come with spyware that sent different pieces of information to servers based in China. Thy spyware that leaked a large amount of information affected 120,000 devices. This led Amazon to pull the R1 HD from its shelves as they were concerned about the device's security.

But it looks like BLU has addressed the issue and has made the device available through Amazon once again. According to reports, BLU has already released a software update to the affected devices. As for the devices that are still waiting to be purchased, the smartphone manufacturer has fixed the issue too. This is a good reason why the R1 HD is once again available to be purchased through Amazon.

The specs of the BLU R1 HD include the following:
  • Display: 5-inch 720x1080px
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6735
  • RAM: 1GB/2GB
  • Memory: 8GB/16GB expandable storage
  • Camera: 8MP (rear), 5MP (front)
  • Battery: 2,500 mAh 
Since there are two variants of the device, the R1 HD comes in two different prices as well. The cheaper option is available for $49.99 with Prime Ads. It includes 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. The higher variant comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB expandable storage and sells for $59.99 with Prime Ads. Both versions ware available without ads for $50.00 more.


Source: Phandroid

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  1. Too much top and bottom bezel, otherwise great phone 2/16gmail ver

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    1. They LOOK fine to me, but I am not a bezel-nazi.

      But it is "par for the course" that since current smartphone design has stagnated, removing a headphone jack is considered "courage" and the heroic achievements of changing bezels by mere millimeters are celebrated like past generations celebrated Arctic explorers.

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    2. iPhone Plus models have horrible bezels too.

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  2. Was this only those Blu phones it happened to, or others with a mediatek processor like the LG X power from Boost?

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    1. The spyware was installed by phone manufacturers in about a dozen brands on mostly no-name Chinese phones plus multiple BLU phones. Mediatek was not involved although most of the affected phones probably used Mediatek SOCs.

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  3. Thanks Dennis, so in other words I shouldn't really worry too much about my X power?

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  4. Nice phone for the price but it seems to be missing AT&T's LTE band 5. Is that important?

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  5. The draw for this phone is that its easy to unlock bootloader, twrp, root, and lots of custom roms available. Also, dual SIM, like many blu phones. If these things arent important to you, there are much nicer phones out there at this price point. Drawback: nonremovable battery.

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    1. New update will probably end the fun with unlocked bootloader. Otherwise wonderful phone, one of the nicest to hold in hand. Colors are odd, there were some strange glitches with touchscreen in one a app (MailCal), but still one of the best for the money

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  6. You will have to excuse me if I don't instantly offer my trust to BLU just because they "fixed" the issue. Perhaps they need to fix the company.

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    1. you're excused, but what?!???

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    2. I was referring to the spyware shipped with phones. Did you even read the article?

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    3. yes did read the article. so, just go fix the phones. why you talking about fixing the company? sounds stupid to me. it's like who cares. you might as well just fix your trust problems with the company by buying another company's phones. problem solved.

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    4. Yeah. Finding another company is the best solution. Shipping phones with malware is an inexcusable decision.

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  7. How do dual sim phones work? Can you use voice from one sim while getting data from the other or do you have to switch the whole service from one sim to the other?

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  8. If it contained spyware when it was first put out, I wouldn't trust it a second time! First impression isthelast impression

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  9. This is reason why I dont trust and purchase Chinese branded phones. Canadian Korean Japanese etc otehr brand phones never had back door problems. I rather spend more money to buy non chinese brand phone for secure my security.

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    1. At least never had back doors that we found out about.

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  10. I thought Blu was an American company?

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    1. American company, but ALL made in china. Arent all cell phones made in china? Or at least most of the hardware made in china? If not for china, we couldnt afford our consumer lifestyles we've come accustome to.

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  11. "Display: 5-inch 1080p" Really? I Wish...

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  12. Blu is headquartered in Miami, but the phones are made in China.

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    1. Every phone is made in China, lol

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    2. Not every phone is. One of mine was made in Canada, the other Korea.

      Dale

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    3. Dale, does your Canadian phone actually say made in Canada unequivocally or could it just have been assembled there? Where do you think the components were made?

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  13. I wouldnt recommend anyone use a BLU phone UNLESS they have the skills to search, find, and remove spyware/ malware. That said, i belive ALL phones ship with malware and backdoors. BLU just got caught with their pants down.

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  14. apple is an american company, just like BLU, and all of their phones are made in china.
    hasn't seemed to stop anybody from buying one.....

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  15. List of affected Blu phones and how to check for the data sharing spyware:

    http://bluproducts.com/security/

    I wonder what data Amazon collects from the ad-supported version from this phone. Just another flavor of spyware, IMO.

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    1. There are articles, not hard to find, about cleansing Amazon malware/spyware from these phones as well, and making them safe.

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  16. Yee please make a correction. Its 1280x720.

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  17. I've had the 2GB RAM version since July, and it is extremely good for the price. Battery life and performance are great and comparable to Moto G series. Call quality good too. The only negative is the camera, which is pretty junky.

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  18. The spyware is much worse than most people realize. Over 700 million phones are affected. Who has the supercomputers and massive network resources to receive data from 700 million phones? The Chinese military. They are not after your credit card rather your passwords.

    Since it's baked into the OS, antimalware won't detect it and you can't remove it without removing the corrupted OS.

    Blu has lied to customers. They didn't remove the spyware only turned it off remotely. They can remotely enable the spyware just as easily.

    I wouldn't use a Blu phone unless you are prepared to root, install a custom ROM and a custom recovery.

    Why support purveyors of spyware?

    Huawei and ZTE were caught installing spyware in 2012 and lied to Congress. Lenovo was caught in 2015.

    We shouldn't be buying products from such a dishonest nation. We need to build factories in the USA and friendly nations.

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  19. Blu never really got rid of the spyware:

    http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/adups-spyware-blu-us-data-surveillance-kryptowire-research-1730004

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