It didn’t take long at all, but the BLU R1 HD that Amazon is selling subsidized for $49.99 has received the full modding treatment. The phone’s bootloader has been unlocked and it has been rooted with TWRP installed. Even though it’s possible to remove the phone’s lock screen ads without rooting, the modding community has taken it further and debloated the deivce by fully removing all pre-installed Amazon apps and ads. Additionally, Xposed has already been installed and it’s likely that custom ROMs will follow.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive phone to play around with, you can’t really beat the BLU R1 HD, now that the modding community around it is in full swing. Although, I would recommend spending the extra $10 for the 16GB storage & 2GB RAM model to get double the storage and RAM for not much more.