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Blu is still outfitting phones with Android Marshmallow in 2017

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There are some things that don’t belong in 2017, and a brand-new phone running Android Marshmallow is at the top of that list (well, near the top). Blu, the company that can’t stop producing mid to low-range smartphones, has released its latest device, the R1 Plus. The specs are mediocre at best, but given the $160 price tag, that’s totally acceptable:

  • 5.5-inch 720p display
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core Mediatek 6737 processor
  • 32GB of storage
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 13MP rear, 8MP front camera
  • 4,000mAh battery, dual SIM, and Android Marshmallow

Let me make this perfectly clear, no Android phone produced in 2017 should run Android Marshmallow. Given that Blu wants to keep this phone in 2015, our recommendation is that no one should buy it, unless you find yourself in possession of a time machine and plan on returning to 2015 and staying there. (Please don’t leave me here.)