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BQ Aquaris U2


BQ Aquaris U2
BQ Aquaris U2 (Aquaris Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 8 x 1.4 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
2048 MB 
5.20 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 282 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, LCD IPS, multi-touch, glossy: yes
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 24.1 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB (uses 2. SIM slot)., NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: proximity sensor, accelerometer, eCompass, gyroscope, USB OTG, MiraCast, status LED
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 4.2, 4G: 1 (2100) / 2 (1900) / 3 (1800) / 4 (1700/2100) / 7 (2600) / 8 (900) / 20 (800) / 28 (700) 3G: I (2100) / II (1900) / V (850) / VIII (900) 2G: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 , Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.4 x 148.1 x 72.9 ( = 0.33 x 5.83 x 2.87 in)
3100 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 7.1 Nougat
Primary Camera: 13 MPix Samsung S5K3L8, 13 MP aperture ƒ/2.2, 1.12 µm/pixel
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix Samsung S5K5E8, 5 MP aperture ƒ/2.0, 1.12 µm/pixel
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, micro-USB/USB cable Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 adapter brochures, BQ UI, inactivity display, double-tap-adjustable LED, 24 Months Warranty, SAR value: 0.657 W/kg (head), 1.410 W/kg (body), LTE Cat. 7, fanless
155 g ( = 5.47 oz / 0.34 pounds), Power Supply: 73 g ( = 2.58 oz / 0.16 pounds)
200 Euro



Average Score: 75.93% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
price: 89%, performance: 52%, features: 56%, display: 80% mobility: 90%, workmanship: 67%, ergonomy: 76%, emissions: 94%

Reviews for the BQ Aquaris U2

79.8% BQ Aquaris U2 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Stock Android experience for price-conscious users. The Spanish smartphone manufacturer BQ is known for a slim UI very similar to stock Android. The Aquaris U2 is no different in this regard. While utilizing only average hardware, the low-priced mid-range smartphone had a surprisingly good performance in our test - at least in some areas.
75% Spanische Sparflamme mit Ausdauer
Source: Go2 Mobile German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/20/2018
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 89% performance: 53% mobility: 91% workmanship: 67%
73% BQ Aquaris U2 Der günstige Preis fordert Einschnitte
Source: German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 73% performance: 71% features: 68% display: 85% mobility: 85%
Probamos el BQ Aquaris U2, el móvil perfecto para todos los bolsillos
Source: Media Trends Spanish ES→EN version
Positive: Great built quality; low price; nice design; decent performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/18/2017


Model: The BQ Aquaris U2 is an entry-level smartphone for a low price. The advantages of the smartphone include the battery power, the solid display and the support for dual-SIM. However, it does not have a fingerprint scanner. For the build quality, BQ’s DMA Control methodology covers all the development phases of a device (design, manufacturing, and assembling) thereby ensuring the quality of our smartphones. The LCD screen measures 5.2 inches diagonally and presents content in simple HD resolution with 720 x 1,280 pixels. The Aquaris U2's screen surprises with its 2.5D finish, its edges that have been reduced to an absolute minimum and its 5.2 inches in which the pixels shine like never before. Added to this, the protector made of highly resistant glass affords the screen an all-terrain quality. Although the resolution is sufficient, if user pays attention, they will notice the sharpness difference to smartphones with Full HD -screen. The color representation is quite neutral, the brightness very good so that the screen can be read well even under sunlight. The camera of the BQ Aquaris U2 snaps images in 13-MP resolution, a LED flash and autofocus are installed. The camera draws pictures softly, which reduces the detail. The front camera triggers with 5 MP. For selfies in dim light, a front flash is installed. The camcorder films in FULL HD resolution and at 30 frames per second. The camera also has special features such as slow-motion and time-lapse effect, as well as the face-recognizing face-beauty mode.

As for hardware, a user has the Snapdragon 435 processor with 8 cores that yields up to 1.4 GHz and an Adreno 505 GPU, all with 2 GB of RAM. It performs well for the specification thanks to little to no modifications to the software. Users can work with multitasking and play less resource demanding games because everything performs reasonably well. Thanks to its 3100 mAh LiPo battery and a careful selection of energy efficient components, users will get the most out of the Aquaris U2 without having to charge it all the time. However, when a charge is needed the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 feature will send the battery level from 0 to 100 % quickly, within a good 134 minutes. The audio's richness and nuances are appreciated thanks to the smart amplifier built into the speaker and to the Bluetooth aptX codec, which delivers maximum sound quality to headphones or wireless speakers. Purchasing is now more convenient with NFC technology on the phone. A user can pay securely and easily with this mobile, there's no need for a wallet. The Aquaris U2 also has Dual Band WiFi (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) for faster connections, Bluetooth 4.2 and a Galileo-compatible navigation system.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Qualcomm Adreno 505: Mid range graphics card integrated in the Snapdragon 430 and 435 SoCs. Based on the 500 generation and supports modern standards like Vulkan 1.0, OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE, OpenCL 2.0 and DirectX 12.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

435: Lower mainstream octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 SoC clocked at up to 1.4 GHz and the Adreno 505 GPU, a DDR3L-1600 memory controller as well as an X9 LTE (Cat. 7) modem. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


It is a very small display format for smartphones. You should by no means be mis-sighted and you will generally see very little on the screen and only have a small resolution available. In return, the device should be very small and handy.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


BQ is a Spanish company of the Mundo Reader S.L Group, which develops smartphones, tablets, 3D printers and robots.

The market shares are low and mainly concentrate on Europe. The number of reviews is quite low and the achieved ratings are average (as of 2016).

A Russian company with the same name sells smartphones. This BQ is independant from the Spanish brand.

75.93%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2017-11-28)