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Telefónica and BQ bring Cyanogen 12.1 to the Aquaris X5

Telefónica and BQ bring Cyanogen 12.1 to the Aquaris X5
Telefónica and BQ bring Cyanogen 12.1 to the Aquaris X5
The Spanish mobile subsidiary Movistar will begin shipping the BQ Aquaris X5 smartphone with Cyanogen pre-installed.

BQ and Telefonica will strengthen their alliance by committing to Cyanogen OS for certain smartphones. Other manufacturers, like Lenovo Shenqi (Zuk Z1) and OnePlus (OnePlus 2, OnePlus X), have also been supporting the Android alternative in some form or another.

The new BQ Aquaris X5 smartphone will include Cyanogen 12.1. BQ and Telefonica recently cooperated on the Aquaris A4.5 as well. The Aquaris X5 will be available in Spain, Germany, and the UK in the coming weeks. Telefonica plans to launch more Aquaris devices overseas in 2016.

Movistar will begin offering the Aquaris X5 in Spain. The 5-inch LTE smartphone carries the following specifications:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 412 SoC
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB eMMC w/ MicroSD support
  • 2900 mAh battery
  • 13 MP rear w/ Flash + 5 MP front cameras

Meanwhile, the BQ Aquaris M4.5 is currently available through O2 shops and networks and includes an optional 5-year warranty for 180 Euros.

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2015-11-13 (Update: 2015-11-13)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.