BLUBOO S1 is a smartphone created for lovers of narrow frames. Today, we test its capabilities and check whether it is worth buying this phone for around PLN 550. Here is our review of BLUBOO S1.
BLUBOO S1 makes a good first impression. Many users are tempted by the fact that S1 is a clone of Xiaomi Mi Mix. The question is, is Chinese equipment really interesting enough to invest in it? You will find out about this by reading my BLUBOO S1 review . Before we discuss the possibilities of the phone, I add that the BLUBOO S1 is an inexpensive phablet – for less than 550 zlotys ( it costs a smartphone at GearBest , in Polish stores is about about 200 zlotys more ) we get efficient components enclosed in a compact housing. This is how the smartphone specification looks like:
Almost like Xiaomi Mi Mix
BLUBOO S1 design refers to several popular Chinese proposals – the most obvious is the similarity to the first Xiaomi Mi Mix (by the way, I encourage you to read the review of the newer Xiaomi Mi Mix 2). However, there are a few nuances that make the BLUBOO phone remain in terms of performance quality behind the Xiaomi proposal. This is because the combination of plastic and glass was used to produce the casing. The first material is on the back wall as well as on the body, and the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is placed on the front panel. The material is shiny and relatively slippery, which translates into a less secure grip. I am glad that no cracks were created on the housing during the tests, and I wore the equipment most of the time without a dedicated case. However, the material has a disadvantage – it is very frayed.The housing elements have been properly aligned with them , and I only have objections to the switch placed on the right side, which is very much swaying. I suspect, however, that this is just an accident of my copy. No doubt about the strength of the design there are of course three very narrow frames surrounding the display. This procedure made the phablet look with great pleasure. However, it does bring some difficulties during everyday use – when making Selfie, turn the smartphone 180 degrees , because the camera is placed on the bottom frame. There was also a lack of notification LEDs, although the producer managed to leave a speaker for talks in a traditional place. Speaking of the arrangement of the elements on the casing, I will add that the existing and proximity sensor is located on the bottom frame and comes in the company of a touch pad with an integrated biometric sensor. The volume adjustment bar is placed on the right side and the SIM card tray is on the left. A multimedia speaker, microphone, as well as a type C USB port are placed on the bottom frame. The equipment lacked a 3.5mm mini-jack connector . As part of the compensation, the manufacturer adds to the sales set USB adapter type C for mini-jack 3.5mm.
Battery: is poor
The energy efficiency of BLUBOO S1 is ensured by a 3500 mAh battery . On paper, this value looks very standard, but in reality it is much, much worse ..The results of synthetic tests leave no illusions – battery life is not a strong side of BLUBOO S1. Phablet is far behind the competition and it is evident that the Chinese manufacturer is optimistic. During everyday use it is not any better – the phone was not able to withstand even one day's work away from the charger. [wptab style = "4" title = "Normal use"] [slug test = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "22476" virtual = "pcmark-work-2" type = "single" product_id = "22476, 22380,22376,22354,22372,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Games "] [slug test =" battery "order =" desc "selected = "22476" virtual = "battery-manhattan-3" type = "single" product_id = "22476,22380,22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214,21818"] [ / wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "Loading time"] [test slug = "battery" virtual = "loading-ac" order = "asc" selected = "22476" type = "single" product_id = "22476 , 22380,22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214,21818 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] It may be very embarrassing to refuel during the day, because charging the battery for it lasts two and a half hours (150 minutes), which is not a delightful result. For comparison, the Lenovo P2 with a 5100 mAh battery needs 30 minutes less. I will add that recharging the battery for a quarter of an hour translates into 17%, and 30 minutes gives us the battery charge up to 37%. There were no additional power saving modes in the settings. Instead, there is only a basic, familiar with the pure Android system that activates automatically at 15% charge.
Screen with G + FF coating
The image is displayed on a 5.5-inch screen in standard definition for mid-range devices – Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). The display has a G + FF coating (Glass-Film-Film) , which is designed to protect the screen from scratches and provide optimal brightness of the image during long-term use.Such parameters are very good for everyday use . The displayed images are sharp and clear – Internet browsing comfortably, watching videos on YouTube, or playing favorite titles. There is also no problem with reading e-books. [wptab style = "4" title = "Maximum brightness"] [slug test = "battery screen" virtual = "YESITANT TEST" order = "desc" selected = "22476" type = "single" product_id = "22476,22380, 22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Minimum brightness "] [test slug =" screen-battery " virtual = "TEST_JACITY_SHOOT_MIN" order = "asc" selected = "22476" type = "single" product_id = "22476,22380,22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214"] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] The maximum brightness of the backlight is at a level typical of cheaper devices and is about 450 cd / m2. This is not a record value, but it is definitely a good result. I was able to use my smartphone in highly sunny places without any problems. A slight problem for some people may be a minimum brightness of 16 cd / m2 , which in practice means fatigue of vision when consuming content after dark or in dark rooms. The ambient light sensor is working properly. Due to the presence of the MediaTek processor, the display settings included MiraVision technology, which allows you to adjust the contrast, color saturation and color temperature. Thanks to this, the content displayed on the screen will look a bit better. There is even a blue light filter . The color rendering in the sRGB scale is 85.3%. In practice, this means that we are dealing with a medium class screen that is unable to generate juicy colors and deep black. In general, however, the display used in the BLUBOO S1 can easily be called quite nice . Not sensational, but accepted in this price segment.
Camera: I was hoping it would be better
The main camera – characteristics, quality of photos and videos
According to the current trends, the manufacturer has put on a set of two lenses on the rear panel. However, I must emphasize that we are dealing here with a rare combination – the main camera has 13MP and F / 2.0 light, and the additional camera has three million pixels and its task is only to blur the second plan. Photographs taken in daylight conditions look really average , even considering the price range and the possibilities of competition – colors are washed out, detail is limping, and even the focus can be objectionable. If you intend to use BLUBOO S1 for photography after dark, it will be even worse – the pictures are very poor and the camera has problems with setting the appropriate focus point. Two (two-color) LEDs work well when photographing objects from close range. >>> View full size example photos Shots taken with the Blur effect look exactly like the function has been called. So there is a sharpened piece of the object photographed, which is in a circle, and the rest is one big, blurred blur. Depending on the intensity of the blur (you can adjust the slider) and the "desire" of the camera we can get quite decent results. The video material can be recorded in a maximum FHD (1080p) resolution, at 30 frames per second. The films hold the average level – they have decent detail, but the autofocus is very lazy and objects close to the lens remain blurry or you have to wait long for sharpening. The quality of the recorded sound surprises, however. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2JduA_CVzo
Front camera and photo application
A 5MP camera with Fixed-Focus has been designed for the Selfie , which is able to make only the correct Selfie. For lack of a better device, you can, however, upload such a photo to a social network. The photo application has everything you need – easy access to the most important modes, an intuitive switch between the front and main camera. However, I can not understand one thing – why HDR mode has been stitched in settings that it is like for a medicine? I can praise the producer for adding black and white.
Performance and system
BLUBOO, as befits a Chinese manufacturer, supports local business, therefore the SoT system from MediaTek is responsible for the performance. It is a P25 heli model that works with 4GB of RAM . The offer also includes an available variant, which uses 6-gigabyte memory.MediaTek helio P25 It consists of an 8-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with a maximum clock speed of 2.5 GHz and graphics Mali-T880MP2 @ 900 MHz. It is a new generation SoC , produced in 16nm technological process, and therefore is more energy-efficient and more efficient than competition systems made in 28nm. At least in theory, because as you can see from battery tests, it happens differently. MediaTek helio P25 is a direct competitor for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (14nm) chip, which is widely used in middle class smartphones. It can be found, among others, in the ASUS ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL), Huawei nova, nova Plus, or Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. At the same time, MediaTek helio P25 gets in touch with the Samsung system – Exynos 7880 Octa with the difference that the Koreans offer is on paper more energy-efficient (14nm). [wptab style = "4" title = "PC Mark"] [test slug = "pcmark-android" order = "desc" selected = "22476" virtual = "pcmark-android-work" type = "single" product_id = " 22476,22380,22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" AnTuTu "] [test slug =" android -antutu-6 "order =" desc "selected =" 22476 "virtual =" antutu-total-6 "type =" single "product_id =" 22476,22380,22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140, 22138,22192,22050,22214 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" 3DMark "] [test slug =" 3dmark "order =" desc "selected =" 22476 "virtual =" 3dmark-ice- storm-unlimited-total "type =" single "product_id =" 22476,22380,22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" T-Rex "] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc "selected =" 22476 "type =" single "virtual =" t-rex-3-onscreen "product_id =" 22476, 22380,22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Manhattan "] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order = "desc" selected = "22476" type = "single" virtual = "manhattan-3-onscreen" product_id = "22476,22380,22376,22354,22372,22230,22226,21910,22140,22138,22192,22050,22214 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] Phablet generally works stably and there are no major problems when browsing the Internet using the Chrome browser, watching video in 1080p through YT, or general use of the system. Problems begin to appear when you play. You can see slowdowns, and sometimes you can see runaway cages. In this case, the culprit is just a graphic layout that can not cope with more advanced graphics and intense effects. You will play basic titles without much of a problem, and with more advanced graphic productions you will have sporadic problems. I saw a different problem for that. Almost all Google applications load very laboriously . And as far as I am able to get over it, the exorbitantly long installation of new applications from the Google store, no longer. I have not seen such a problem for a long time. The management of RAM is correct – switching between open processes takes a short time, and the applications are kept in memory for a long time. BLUBOO S1, like most smartphones, heats up during load , and the elevated temperature is particularly noticeable in the upper part of the back wall. Phablet works under the control of the Google Android 7.0 Nougat system with the security level of August this year. We therefore receive outdated software with a modified interface that is based on cards. This means that shortcuts to installed applications are uploaded directly to the desktop cards. The producer adds the possibility of changing the theme, a floating button with access to the most frequently used functions, as well as an aggregate of information. The software does not run out of gestures that allow blocking the device by double-tap, those drawn on a blanked screen, as well as hiding system buttons.
Equipment: poor WiFi and no NFC
I start the standardization of the equipment, and therefore from the communication facilities, which in the case of BLUBOO S1 I consider incomplete, because NFC was missing . We get a WiFi module in the 802.11a / b / g / n standard. I have reservations about its operation, because during tests it often breaks the connection and it was necessary to restart this module to restore its proper functioning. There is also an FM radio. The equipment also includes Bluetooth 4.0, which works without any problems with various accessories. The phone also has GPS (with A-GPS and GLONASS support) , which usually works well – so much that it does not require support from the cellular network. Searching for a signal does not last long. BLUBOO also set the category 6 LTE modem – it offers fast data transmission with a maximum speed of up to 300 Mbps when aggregating two bands. However, it is worth remembering that it is a hybrid SIM card slot, so you can use two SIM cards or one and a microSD card reader. This is standby dualSIM . Phablet, as a tool for voice communication , works well , although I have reservations about the sound quality, which is slightly suppressed. This applies to both the microphone and the loudspeaker. BLUBOO decided to equip the tested model with 64 GB of built-in memory – about 50GB available for the user. It is still above average memory, which in my case is quite sufficient to accommodate music, photos, games and applications without the need for further expansion. The USB type C port has been dedicated for wired communication – it offers support for OTG and can handle mass memories. However, there is no dedicated adapter in the sales set.The multimedia speaker has been placed on the bottom edge of the device. The sound quality is not particularly good , but the maximum volume is quite sufficient. The smartphone on the headset plays just as well as on the loudspeaker. The sound is flat. I checked on a private headset, because the package did not have such an add-on. The fingerprint reader worked properly during the tests. The speed of operation is on an average level, and the recognition efficiency is good – the sensor usually unlocks the smartphone the first time.
Summary and evaluation
Numerous promotions on BLUBOO S1 have led us to test this model so that you do not have to buy a cat in a bag. After spending time with BLUBOO S1, I have already got a good opinion about him. A great advantage of the phone is of course the design and ratio of the screen surface to the front panel, which is 90%. You can not fail to mention the acceptable performance, and if we take into account the price of the device, it should be "talked about" sensational performance, which in vain is to be found in competing smartphones for about 600 zlotys. On the plus side you need an above average amount of data memory, USB type C port, as well as an FM radio. A rich sales set, containing a silicone case and tempered glass are nice additions and definitely worth mentioning.The biggest cons of BLUBOO S1 ? The list is relatively long, but I will focus only on the most obvious defects. The biggest problem is, of course, the problem with the proper functioning of the WiFi module, which was able to break the connection in the least unexpected moments. Without comment I can not leave a short battery life, as well as a main camera that disqualifies the BLUBOO S1 as shooting equipment. There are also occasional downtimes and performance drops, which should not occur with this set of subassemblies. [Show_rating]