Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to do a full specifications review of Bluboo S1. We have another so-called bezel-less phone from China and it cost somewhere around $150 but like anything, it really depends on where you buy it from. Now, even though they call this a bezel-less phone, we still have bezels all around the screen but we don’t have that big forehead to usually get for other smartphones and that makes the phone a bit smaller for a device. It does have a familiar design and great specs but it is a good phone overall. So, let’s start-
Design & Build: –
In terms of the look, we have already seen this design a lot of times as we have a display that takes almost the entire space of the front of the phone. The panel itself is really good overall. The build quality is very good too and I have to say that the phone looks really nice in white but you can also get a black colour option. It is made of plastic pretty so the back frame is made out of plastic.
On the back of the phone, you have dual cameras set up one of them it’s a 13-megapixel camera and the other one is a 3-megapixel camera. We also have a dual tone flash and the Bluboo logo. Inconveniently placed 8-megapixel interpolated shooter on the front and nice buttons on the side.
The fingerprint scanner is quite accurate but the display could light-up a little bit faster. Also, the phone does not have 3.5mm Headphone jack and it lacks a LED notifications light. Finally, the loudspeaker quality, the sound truly impressed. On the bottom of the phone, we have the microphone, the USB-C port and the speaker. The USB-C port is a bit strange and I’ve seen this in the past for Yumi devices a few months ago. So, you cannot use a regular USB-C cable because the USBC cable that you normally have around the house it’s not long enough. So, you have to use the USB cable that comes with this device in order to charge it or connect it to the computer.
So, there are a couple of disadvantages to having this bezels-less design. So, first one would be the fact that we don’t have a light sensor that means there is no auto-brightness so basically, you have to set the brightness every time. If you are outside you have to set the maximum brightness and if you are indoors you have to lower it. Aside, from that, we don’t have a proximity sensor and that means, whenever you talk on the phone the screen is not going to turn off by itself. So, definitely some disadvantages for this so-called bezel-less design.
The third term that we have a gyroscope and all the other sensors that are available see to work well for its price.
The Bluboo S1 has a 5.5-inch IPS Full HD display. The screen is quite sharp and the viewing angles are pretty good. The colours are nice and vibrant. Now, what I don’t like about the screen is the brightness and I’m not talking about the maximum brightness, I’m talking about the minimum brightness. The phone doesn’t get dim enough for night-time uses so if you’re going to take the phone to bed. Well, it’s kind of too bright for your eyes.
As for the screen sensitivity, it’s decent. There are no problems when typing or playing games. You can touch the screen in five clicks at the same time. On top of that, the screen seems to be covered by some type of scratch resistant and they say it’s Gorilla Glass 4 but there is no way for me to verify that but it doesn’t seem to get scratched that easily. The navigation button can also be moved around from the software. So, if you don’t like the back button on the right, you can just move it to the left.
The camera app looks so nice but again it’s nothing spectacular, it’s also kind of slow. So, mostly in low-light conditions, it takes a while for the camera app to actually focus and take a picture. We have a few modes, one of them would be the Blur mode and this is also called the Portrait mode for other devices and this is an absolute joke and I don’t recommend that you take any pictures in this mode. Because the phone basically makes a circle around the subject, everything outside of that circle it’s blurred out and everything in the circle is in focus so it doesn’t look good at all. There is also monochrome mode available but that’s just a filter because this one doesn’t actually have a monochrome sensor and there is also from although we can adjust different settings like the ISO and so on.
If you take a picture during the day with a 13-megapixel camera on the back, the pictures do turn out good and pretty much the same that we’ve seen for previous devices or 13-megapixel cameras. The pictures have a lot of detail and overall good colour reproduction and they are not spectacular but they are usable for pretty much any social media.
As for picture taking in low-light, that’s the different story but keep in mind that this is the same for all budget phones so there’s no one cheap phone takes a good picture in low-light. All the pictures you are going to take, look kind of grainy and bit out of focus but again this is kind of normal for cheap phones.
The front-facing camera is placed all the way the bottom, you’re going to have to turn the phone around every single time you want to take a selfie otherwise the selfies are going to look up just weird. Now, if you have a lot of light, selfies do look okay not that spectacular and if you don’t have enough light, all the pictures don’t look on that great either.
The 1080p video quality is just average and selfie videos are shot in 480p resolution meaning that the quality is bad.
Processor, Memory & Performance: –
The Bluboo S1 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P25 which clocked at Octa-Core 2.5GHz processor with 4 gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of internal storage which is expandable up to 256 gigabytes via microSD card. The S1 comes with a Mali T880 graphics card.
Performance wise, the Helio P25 is definitely not the powerhouse of the scores that you’re gonna get on the AnTuTu Benchmark and the Geekbench 4. The only difference is when you will compare this to a more powerful device, that time you will see that it takes some time to open the apps. Once you have the app open everything seems to work out quite smoothly. Although YouTube app the maximum resolution is 1080p and whenever you’re watching videos on this one will look kind of different just because of the way the phone looks so good. Definitely, it’s a new experience while watching videos on this device.
The Bluboo S1 ships with really good specifications for the price but in reality, you may find the phone struggling even while playing some older 3D games like Asphalt 8 on the highest graphics settings. You can play most of the games on reduced graphics but I also found that the phone gets warm quickly. The GPS unit takes a few seconds to find your location and depending on where you are, mostly between on taller building you may lose your location for a couple of seconds.
The Bluboo S1 runs on Android 7 Nougat which is great but I’m not a huge fan of the fact that Bluboo removed the app drawer and customized the icons in a cartoonish way. On a positive side, the phone has a quite a few features and customization options to play with and most importantly it runs fast and fluid. My favourite features include the ability to customize the navigation bar or simply use the Home button. Also, I use a few gesture controls but they are not always reliable. Finally, you can use fingerprint gestures which work quite well.
The call quality is above average. The S1 can connect to 4G LTE networks. You also have dual-band, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth but there is no NFC. Now, the speed that I got over 4G and the Dual-band Wi-Fi is decent but not a great. The phone also has a gyroscope for VR headsets compatibility.
The Bluboo S1 ships with a 3500 milliamp-hours battery. The battery life is not exceptional but it’s not bad so it’s about average. So, it will give you 4 and a half hours of screen time. This phone kind of supports fast charging it’s not the fastest charging out there it is going to take you around 2 and half hours to fully charge this device from 0 to 100%.
The Bluboo S1 is yet another budget Bezel-less phone that aims to deliver a lot of value for the price. For about $150 you get a nice looking phone that works well on a daily basis. It has a decent battery life and it has a quite a few features in the UI. Just like on most of the budget phones you should not expect to have stellar image quality. Also, the Bluboo does not perform well while handling 3D games. Still, you get quite a lot for the price of the phone.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Bluboo S1||WOWKart||Rs 13,500|
|Bluboo S1||GEARBEST||$ 149.99|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|BODY||Dimensions||148.6 x 74.3 x 7.9mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080p ( 401 PPI)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual (13-MP, f/2.0 + 3.0-MP), PDAF, Dual LED Flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face Detction, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Chip||MediaTek Helio P25|
|CPU||Octa-Core Up to 2.5GHz Cortex-A53|
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB, 4GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerpirnt, Gravity, Geomagnetic, Gyro, Compass, Accelerometer|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Dual-band, Hotpsot|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.0, Radio & GPS|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker and No 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Po 3500 mAh|