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BQ Aquaris V

Specifications

BQ Aquaris V
BQ Aquaris V (Aquaris Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5.2 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 282 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, 2.5D glass, grease-repellent coating, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 29.1 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm audiport, Card Reader: MicroSD up to 256 GB, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity ensor, Compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM (850/​900/​1800/​1900), UMTS (850/​900/​1900/​2100), LTE (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.4 x 148.1 x 73 ( = 0.33 x 5.83 x 2.87 in)
Battery
11.8 Wh, 3100 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix Sony IMX386, ƒ/2.0,1.25 µm/pixel, 6 lenses, phase comparison AF, [email protected]
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix Samsung S5K4H8, ƒ/2.0,1.12 µm/pixel, 4 lenses, [email protected]
Additional features
Speakers: Mono loudspeaker at the bottom edge, Keyboard: Virtual Keyboard, Charger, USB cable, SIM-Tool, BQ Plus, 24 Months Warranty, AptX, USB-OTG, IP52 certified, SAR value: 0.626W/kg (head), 1.49W/kg (body), fanless
Weight
165 g ( = 5.82 oz / 0.36 pounds), Power Supply: 77 g ( = 2.72 oz / 0.17 pounds)
Price
~ $260 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 76.18% - good
Average of 14 scores (from 17 reviews)
price: 79%, performance: 62%, features: 69%, display: 66% mobility: 82%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 92%, emissions: 96%

Reviews for the BQ Aquaris V

82.5% BQ Aquaris V Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Surprise! The mid-range smartphone Aquaris V from BQ surprises with its accurate GPS module and fast WLAN. However, we did not expect the comparatively low processor performance. So is it a positive or a negative surprise?
70% Ein stumpfer Stich ins Wespennest
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
BQ Aquaris V
Source: Android User German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/22/2017
74% Starke Kamera für wenig Geld
Source: MobiFlip German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 74%
90% BQ Aquaris
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/03/2017
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 93% performance: 60% features: 80% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 100%
90% BQ Aquaris V
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/02/2017
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 93% performance: 60% features: 80% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 100%
68% BQ Aquaris V Gute Kamera, günstiges Smartphone
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/02/2017
Rating: Total score: 68% performance: 56% display: 61% mobility: 74%
70% Análisis del bq Aquaris V
Source: Movil Zona Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
78% BQ Aquaris V, análisis: la cámara por bandera para conquistar a los presupuestos ajustados
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/20/2017
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 75% display: 70% mobility: 85% workmanship: 78%
77% BQ Aquaris V, análisis y opinión
Source: Computerhoy Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 77% price: 80% features: 70% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Así es un día con un BQ Aquaris V, prueba a fondo
Source: Andro 4 All Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Nice performance; good price; fast fingerprint sensor. Negative: Poor display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/05/2017
67% BQ Aquaris V Review | Um passo atrás para a BQ
Source: 4G News Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 70% performance: 70% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 55%
80% Análise: BQ Aquaris V
Source: Pplware Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
Análise BQ Aquaris V
Source: Android Geek Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; metal case; bright screen; nice cameras. Negative: Mediocre design; poor display; low autonomy.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/25/2017
78% Recensione bq Aquaris V: curato, conveniente e sempre aggiornato
Source: Tutto Android Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 80% features: 72% display: 68% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 90%
70% Recensione BQ AQUARIS V
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/24/2017
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 69% mobility: 80% workmanship: 69%
72% BQ Aquaris V è semplice e ben ottimizzato | Recensione
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/08/2017
Rating: Total score: 72%
Recensione BQ Aquaris V
Source: Tutto App Android Italian IT→EN
Positive: Compact size; light weight; support NFC; fast fingerprint sensor. Negative: Poor display; mediocre speakers; overheats while charging.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/30/2017

Comment

Model: The BQ Aquaris V smartphone recently released, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 MSM8940 eight-core processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The pre-installed Android version is hardly modified. With as size of 73.0 x 148.1 x 8.4 mm, which allows one-handed use, and a weight of 165 grams, it is a very handy model. The design of the Aquaris V is not particularly exceptional in the face of some direct competition. It is the kind of design that is simple and very discreet. However, it has been thought and improved subtlety. Looking at the slight curvature of the rear face, or the way the plastic portions hug the metal panel, it shows that the brand emphasizes on simple design. Made of metal, the smartphone is available in two finishes, which are black and gold. The Aquaris V has NFC technology for contactless payments or pairing, a fingerprint reader, 4G LTE network access and fast loading Qualcomm QuickCharge. The battery of the Aquaris V BQ is 3,100 mAh with fast load and the charger is included. It allows usage of one day without any major problems. The operating system is the modern Android Nougat and the screen features Always On features with notifications, information and various commands on a monochrome screen to help conserve battery power. It is upgradable to the latest version of Android, which is Android Oreo.

The quality of the camera of the Aquaris V is the most exciting aspect of the Spanish device. It includes a 12-megapixel camera signed by Sony that has a f/2.0. The Sony sensor is of solid quality and seems to have a positive performance in terms of focus capture and image quality. With fully manual controls, quick adjustments, and the invaluable option of focusing and then dragging the photometry point to get a correct exposure, this is the kind of came app that is rarely found. Recording can be done at 1080p but without stabilization. The front sensor, which has its own flash, which is appreciated when doing selfies, is 8 MP with f/2.0. The screen is a 5.5 inch IPS display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution and is protected by Dinorex glass. Dinorex glass is not widely used, but it is almost as good as the more common Gorilla Glass. It does not scratch easily and can take some light falls. That being said, it is still better if it is protected by some kind of tempered glass or casing. This smartphone comes with IP52 Dust and Waterproof Resistance certificates, something that is always appreciated. The Aquaris V Plus has Dual SIM capability, which means that users can insert two different SIM cards and use them both from one phone. The BQ Aquaris V might be stuck in a market which is already saturated with mid-range devices, but it ticks all the right boxes for the typical mid-range user.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Qualcomm Adreno 505: 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.
5.2":

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

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

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


BQ:

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.


76.18%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.
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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2017-10- 5)