BQ RU BQ-4072 Strike Mini
Secondary Camera: 2 MPix
Reviews for the BQ RU BQ-4072 Strike Mini
Source: Mega Obzor RU→EN
Positive: Compact size; light weight; low price; metal case; good built quality; decent hardware. Negative: Short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/16/2017
Model: The BQ-4072 Strike Mini is a smartphone for those who value freedom and are accustomed to traveling light, without taking up space in a bag or jeans pocket with large tablets. It is a good option if a user is looking for an inexpensive smartphone with compact dimensions and a basic set of characteristics. The phone is equipped with a compact and at the same time comfortable in everyday use, a four-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixel. There are five different color variations: silver, blue, gold, gray and pink. The large area of the chassis is made of metal. Also, the metal looks interesting under sunlight and light. The overall dimensions of the smartphone are 126.8 x 66 x 11.5 mm with a weight of 128 grams. The sides of the smartphone are all rounded giving it a more comfortable holding feel. The BQ-4072 Strike Mini has a 4-inch display, something that we haven’t seen since the iPhone 5. This is a TFT TN matrix. Viewing angles are limited due to the small screen. As the brightness is low, it is not an ideal display for use under direct sunlight. There are enough details for such a diagonal, individual pixels are visible only on close examination. The touch layer recognizes two simultaneous touches.
Under the hood, the BQ-4072 Strike Mini is based on the Spreadtrum SC7731 platform with Mali-400MP2 graphics, four cores Cortex A7 with a clock frequency of 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. For a long time, the models of this price segment had only 512 MB of RAM, which created problems with the installation of software in everyday use. Even basic apps like facebook, whatsapp and twitter need more than the 512 MB RAM to operate smoothly. The performance level is not a record, but sufficient for the operation of essential applications such as the browser and simple games. The smartphone features two cameras with a resolution of 5 MP and 2 MP with autofocus. The camera application offers several additional shooting modes and manual settings. As for software, the smartphone has Google Android 7.0 operating system installed, which is commendable. The desktop has shortcuts to affiliate programs and games, they do not occupy the internal memory and can be deleted without getting root access. Another downside of the smartphone is that it only works on 3G networks. However, a user can plug in two SIM-cards with one radio module. Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz connection are stable. The battery capacity of the BQ-4072 Strike Mini is modest at only 1500 mAh. An additional charge session will be required during the day if a user uses it heavily across the day. For the price of the BQ-4072 Strike Mini one truly cannot expect more but the question is, does someone really need a smartphone with these kind of configuration? If one can move away from the Android smartphone, than there are other better choices such as the new Nokia 3310.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
ARM Mali-400 MP2: OpenGL ES 2.0 GPU for ARM based SoCs with 2 fragment processors and 1 vertex processor.
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
SC7731: Entry level smartphone SoC with a ARM Mali-400 MP2 and wireless radios (up to HSPA+).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This is one of the smallest diagonal 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.
Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.