Price: $ 250
The Blu sub-brand BOLD has just released its first smartphone, the N1. It's a $ 250 phone with high-end features like wireless charging, a built-in fingerprint reader and a borderless display with a flip-up front camera. Let's talk about it.
Here's what we like
- Unprecedented design at this price
- Beautiful display
- Fast performance
- Good cameras for the money
- Wireless loading
And what we don & # 39; t
- Slow Fingerprint Reader
- The phone is very slippery without a protective case.
- The portrait mode of the front camera is not very good.
Who is brave?
Fat is the new sub-brand of Budget Phone Maker Blu. The company will severely limit the number of devices released each year and provide a two-year warranty on security patches and at least one upgrade to the Android version. The ultimate promise is "flagship-like performance and design at a fraction of the cost" and the release of phones with "specifications that have never been seen at a similar price". It is undoubtedly a convincing prospect.
Ultimately, you can expect high prices -End budget hardware packed in these phones along with reasonable prices given all the features in the package. If the N1 is an indication of what you can expect from the company's future devices, an elegant, unobtrusive look can also be part of the design language.
You can compare BOLD with a budget version of OnePlus. Essentially, both companies have the same philosophy: to offer devices with features and hardware at unprecedented prices. OnePlus relies on comprehensive flagship products, while BOLD aims to bring the same features to the budget market. If you like, it's a high-end budget company. This is almost a new category in itself.
Let's talk about the first phone called BOLD.
Hardware and build quality: $ 500 + value of the phone for $ 250.
When I first read the technical data sheet for the N1, it was hot on the heels of the Blu G9 Pro test, so what I saw was a phone with a slightly higher processor and otherwise similar hardware it's all in between the key specifications, what's the difference – things like the built-in fingerprint reader, pop-up camera, and curved screen all give you a more first-rate feel than you would expect for $ 250 price point.
Unfortunately, I am accepting this as a new phone from a new company and comparing as little as possible with the parent company of BOLD if the G9 Pro is so fresh in my mind – it's only a few inches away from me as I type, so you'll have to endure a few comparisons here and there.
But I digress. Let's take a look at the specifications of the N1:
- Display: 6.4-inch 19.5: 9-FHD + (2340 × 1080) AMOLED All-Screen Display with Pop-up Camera
- Processor: ] 2.1 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P70
- RAM: 4 GB
- Memory: 128 GB, microSD Card Slot
- Cameras: 16 MP Main Shooter + 5 MP Depth Sensor; 13 MP front-mount camera
- Connectors: USB-C, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- Headphone Jack: 19659004] Battery: 3,500 mAh with Fast Charge and Wireless Charging
- Fingerprint Sensor: In-Display, ugh
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4 / 5 GHz ( a / b / g / n), 3G 850/900/1700/1900/2100, 4G LTE 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/28, Dual SIM
- Compatibility with US Mobile Operators: T-Mobile, AT & T, Metro, Cricket, Straight Talk
- Android Version: Android 9; July 2019 Security Patch (Promised Updates for Android 10 and Two-Year Security Patches)
- Price: $ 249
The front of the phone is the star of the show as an edge-to-edge AMOLED Panel is a extraordinary nice touch on a $ 250 phone. The colors are alive without being obtrusive, and frankly they are just a pleasure to look at. In terms of AMOLED panels on budget phones, this looks great – there is even a color option under Settings> Display for those who want to warm it up or cool it down a bit.
The built-in fingerprint sensor is also a nice high-end touch, though I would have really preferred a sensor on the back. Fingerprint readers on the display are still catching up, and the device in the N1 is one of the slowest I've ever used. From the OnePlus 7 Pro with the best fingerprint reader I've ever used, the N1 seems insanely lazy. However, works and I had no problems with inaccurate readings or the malfunctioning reader.
Another irritating feature of the fingerprint reader is that the screen needs to be full brightness to work. That does not mean that you have to set the brightness to maximum all the time. However, when an app requests access to the fingerprint reader, the brightness on the screen automatically goes to full throttle. If you are in a dark room in this case, get ready to be blinded. It's worth noting that, of course, this is not just a problem for the N1 – it's the nature of this new technology. Bleh.
We'll definitely walk past the screen to the rest of the phone. The N1 is a sleek, ultra-minimalist device with an elegant, all-black shell and a subtle branding at the bottom. I'm a big fan of its understated appearance, but with the current trend of colorful phones (like the G9 and the G9 Pro!), The full black finish may not be for everyone. However, if you're a fan of which is just black all the time this phone is a hit. It is super slim.
For wireless charging, there are only two options for the materials used in the phone: glass or plastic. Although the N1 is a $ 250 phone, it has a slim glass back. However, the rear of the unit is slippery very as it is hellishly shiny. So you should throw a case on it. Good that there is already one on the box, right? Oh, that reminds me: The N1 comes with a bag. And a screen protector and earphones (you know, for the 3.5mm headphone jack that the phone actually has).