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BQ Aquaris X2


BQ Aquaris X2
BQ Aquaris X2 (Aquaris Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 8 x 1.8 GHz, Kryo 260
Graphics adapter
4 GB 
5.65 inch 18:9, 2160 x 1080 pixel 427 PPI, Multitouch - 10 capacitive points, IPS LCD, In-Cell Corning Gorilla Glass, glossy: yes
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 20.5 GB free
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm TRRS audio jack (CTIA), Card Reader: microSD card for up to 256 GB (uses second SIM slot), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: proximity sensor, accelerometer, eCompass, gyroscope, Hall sensor, USB-OTG, Miracast, WiFi-Calling, Protection against dust and water (IP52)
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.0, 4G+ (Cat 6):1 (2100) / 3 (1800) / 7 (2600) / 20 (800) 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): 8.3 x 150.7 x 72.3 ( = 0.33 x 5.93 x 2.85 in)
3100 mAh, QuickCharge 4+
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Primary Camera: 12 MPix Dual-Camera Samsung S5K2L8, 12 MP + Samsung S5K5E8, 5 MP aperture ƒ/1.8, 1.29 μm/pixel 6 Largan lenses dual-tone flash autofocus with phase detection Dual PD video resolution 4K@30fps video stabilizer (Vidhance) slow motion (1080p@120fps)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix Samsung S5K4H7, 8 MP aperture ƒ/2.0, 1.12 μm/pixel 4 lenses front flash video resolution 1080p@30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereosound Qualcomm Aqstic Smart PA Qualcomm aptX technology for Bluetooth, Keyboard: onscreen, USB 2.0 Type-C on USB cable, Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 adapter, paperwork, Android One, 24 Months Warranty, SAR values head: 1.495 W/Kg (10 g) body:1.451 W/Kg (10 g), fanless
163 g ( = 5.75 oz / 0.36 pounds), Power Supply: 59 g ( = 2.08 oz / 0.13 pounds)
319 Euro



Average Score: 81.73% - good
Average of 8 scores (from 11 reviews)
price: 93%, performance: 72%, features: 72%, display: 87% mobility: 82%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 79%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the BQ Aquaris X2

85.8% BQ Aquaris X2 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
The Spanish manufacturer BQ has launched a new version of its flagship X series. The Aquaris X2 offers pure Android and impressed us during testing with an often-overlooked feature that you can usually only find in top-range smartphones.
70% BQ Aquaris X2
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 93% performance: 58% display: 82% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
70% Kurz und bündig
Source: Android Smartphone - 6/18 German
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 11/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 58% display: 82% mobility: 71% workmanship: 80%
BQ Aquaris X2 gute Leistung, lange Akkulaufzeit
Source: Tech Stage German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/30/2018
Schöne Spanier mit Android One
Source: n-tv German DE→EN version
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 08/26/2018
88% Das Mittelklasse-Highlight aus Spanien
Source: MobiFlip German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 88%
80% BQ Aquaris X2 Erschwinglich, praktisch, gut
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/20/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
82% BQ Aquaris X2 Dualkamera und Android One
Source: Curved German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/29/2018
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 81% display: 83% mobility: 85%
88% bq Aquaris X2 Preis-Leistungs-Geheimtipp aus Spanien
Source: German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/26/2018
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 92% features: 86% display: 98% mobility: 90%
90% BQ Aquaris X2 das beste Mittelklasse Smartphone!
Source: German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/22/2018
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 85% workmanship: 88%
El modo retrato del BQ Aquaris X2, a prueba: cómo lograr que tus retratos sean perfectos
Source: Andro 4 All Spanish ES→EN version
Positive: Good price; nice cameras; elegant design.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/29/2018
Vídeo Hands On BQ Aquaris X2 e X2 Pro
Source: Android Geek Portuegese PT→EN version
Positive: Low price; nice design; solid workmanship.good display.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 05/09/2018


Model: The BQ Aquaris X2 is one of the new versions of the manufacturer’s flagship X series. It has a notable feature which is an 18:9 display ratio. The mid-range smartphone offers great system performance, a nice camera and good speakers, which can satisfy most casual users. It ships with the Android One variant of Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, which is part of Google’s intention to help bring unity to the low-end smartphone market. The Aquaris X2 comes in two different color choices and two configurations. The 32 GB version with 3 GB of RAM comes in either White/Sand Gold or Black/Carbon Black. There’s also a 64 GB storage version, which has 4 GB of RAM. That version is only available in Black/Carbon Black. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 runs in the Aquaris X2. The case of the Aquaris X2 has a glass surface over the display, a metal frame and a plastic back, which can come in the colors "Sand Gold" or "Carbon Black". The case has an IP52 certification, which means it is protected against dust and water drops (maximum amount of water: 3-5 mm³/min for a maximum of 10 minutes). The metal frame gives the smartphone decent stability but contributes to its weight of 163 grams. The phone is nice to handle as it is only 8 mm thick and 151 x 72 mm large. As for the display, it has a 5.65-inch 18:9 display with a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels. This means that the pixel density is around 427 PPI. Content looks very crisp. The viewing angle stability of the liquid crystal display is very good. Colors do not invert at any angle. Reflections on the display are not too strong either, but they are noticeable when it is sunny.

For the camera, the dual camera system in the Aquaris X2 consists of a Samsung S5K2L8 sensor with 12 MP and a Samsung S5K5E8 sensor with 5 MP. The 12-MP CMOS sensor on the main camera (on the back of the device) has a pixel size of 1.29 μm, so photos are very bright. Videos are recorded with the video stabilizer "Vidhance" at up to 4K and 30fps. The camera quality is good for a mid-range smartphone and the shutter speed for autofocus with phase detection is quite fast. The photos show a lot of details and are sufficiently sharp. Colors appear natural but tend to be a little pale. The X2’s stereo playback enables a user to live the immersive sound experience offered by the Qualcomm Aqstic solution and the two speakers of up to 9W. The earphones offer high fidelity playback with distortion levels of barely 0.002% at maximum volume, and the sound quality achieved by the aptX for Bluetooth codec beats all the standards of traditional codecs.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Qualcomm Adreno 509: Integrated graphics card in the Snapdragon 636 SoC based on the Adreno 500 architecture. Most likely featuring a slightly higher core clock compared to the Adreno 508.

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.

SD 636: Mid-range octa-core SoC with eight Kryo 260 cpu cores at up to 1.8 GHz, an Adreno 509 GPU, a LPDDR4-2666 memory controller and a X12 LTE (Cat 13/12, 300 / 150 MBit) modem. Manufactured in the modern 14nm process.» 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.

81.73%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.

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


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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2018-06- 3)