This year, some of the best phones fall around the $400 range, about half the price of today’s biggest flagships, including Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7. But even those feel expensive compared to the Blu R1 HD, which, thanks to subsidies through Amazon, is just $50.
That’s not a typo. For the price of a hearty meal at your favorite restaurant, you can get an Android 6.0 smartphone with an 8-megapixel camera, 8GB of internal storage and a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. There are worse ways to spend $50.
The R1 HD actually starts at $100 but you can pick one up for as little as $50 if you don’t mind putting up with lock screen ads. These are the same type of “special offers” you’d find on Amazon’s family of Kindle devices. For $10 more, you can double your storage to 16GB (the R1 supports microSD).
Blu has been selling cheap phones since it was founded in 2009 and the R1 HD is its cheapest yet. Just because the price is cheap, however, doesn’t mean the device is bad. If you temper your expectations—yikes, the camera is pretty poor—you’ll find the R1 HD to be an enjoyable device that’s more than good enough.
Good phones are getting cheaper and while the R1 HD is by no means the best cheap phone on the market, it’s hard to beat the $50 asking price.
Check out the video above to see what it’s like using a $50 Android phone.