One of the most popular emerging trends in smartphones for 2017 is the implementation of dual cameras. No longer exclusive to high-end models, the feature can be found in a growing number of entry-level and mid-range phones.

The Bluboo D1 one such phone, having launched with a $69.99 price tag. As perhaps the least expensive handset to offer dual-rear cameras, it also packs a modest punch in the specs department.

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How does the new device fare in the overall scheme? Let’s find out! What follows is a guest contributed review of the Bluboo D1.

BLUBOO D1 specifications

  • Quad-core processor MediaTek MT6580A clocked at 1.3 GHz
  • 5.0-inch HD resolution Sharp display, 2.5D G+F
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB ROM (expandable up to 256GB)
  • 8.0-megapixel and 2.0-megapixel rear Sony cameras
  • 5.0-megapixel front camera w/ Selfie softlight, dual rear LED flash, Breathing Light
  • Metal unibody made of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy
  • Dual SIM (2x micro SIM)
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 2600mAh battery
  • Colors: Black, Blue, and Gold

Design & Build

You may be pleasantly surprised by the Bluboo D1’s design and build quality, especially considering its price range. Wrapped in a metal unibody made of aircraft grade aluminum alloy, the D1 definitely looks and feels like a premium device. You’d be hard-pressed to convince others that it is as affordable as it is. The curves on the front and the back make it quite easy to hold.

On the front we find the selfie softlight, breathing light and capacitive buttons. Around back we locate the dual cameras, dual LED flash, and easily accessible fingerprint scanner.

Display

The 5.0-inch HD Sharp display on the Bluboo D1 is pretty amazing, it presents rather saturated colors and crisp text and pictures, making it a pleasure to look at. Viewing angles, for their part, are great while the touch screen panel is responsive and accurate. We see no issues with this screen meeting the daily needs for a large segment of customers.

Hardware & Performance

The Bluboo D1 is powered by a MediaTek MTK6580A CPU, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. This is par for the course for entry-level smartphones, especially those in this price range.

Overall the user experience was found to be smooth and fluent; apps open without any shutters and multitasking is also not a problem. If benchmarks are your thing, the Bluboo D1 scored a 24,254 on AnTuTu.

The Bluboo D1 can accommodate two Micro SIM cards and a microSD card (up to 256GB). This should be more than enough room for your photos, movies, music, and apps. In the video, you’ll see that Bluboo inserted a 128GB TF card, which turned out to work well.

The fingerprint sensor on the back is rather fast, unlocking the phone in less than 0.1 second. For most, the speed is more than sufficient for daily use. The fingerprint scanner can store up to five different fingerprints and can recognize a print from 360 degrees. The sensor’s accuracy is pretty decent.

Dual Rear Camera

As you’ve learned in the last few weeks, a key feature of the Bluboo D1 is that it sports a 8.0-megapixel main camera along and a 2.0-megapixel camera. In the default camera mode, it captures higher-quality pictures than most other phones in its price range. The photos have good clarity, rich colors and high brightness.

Switch to “DSLR” camera mode and the main camera captures still images while the secondary one captures bokeh information. This is where you get that sharp foreground with a blurred background. The rear dual LED flash lights illuminate your subjects in low-light conditions or at night, creating clear, bright photos.

Front Camera with Selfie Softlight

The Bluboo D1 makes it possible for you to take bokeh-effect selfies with the 5.0-megapixel camera and secondary one creating depth-of-field effects. Another upside is the selfie softlight which provides a soft, even light across the whole image, giving you a nice bright and smooth complexion.

Also on the front is a breathing light which glows from dark to light in different colors for various messages and notifications. Instead of waking up the screen, you can glance at the glowing light to know what’s waiting on you.

Conclusion

Judging a smartphone for its price and functions as a whole, and the Bluboo D1 is definitely among the better budget Android smartphones around. It deserves your attention if you are searching for an affordable, dual-camera phone with decent specifications. What’s more, if your needs are few or want a good first-time device for a family member, this makes a good option.

Currently, the D1 model is still available in pre-sale for only $69.99. There’s also a  chance to win one in a giveaway event. The presale will end on May 7 where the price will reportedly go up to the normal retail cost. You can find more details about the phone at Bluboo’s website.  To place a pre-order, click here.

 

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