BQ Aquaris V - Our review

BQ Aquaris V - Our review

After the success of the public and critics achieved thanks to Aquaris X and Aquaris X Pro, the young Spanish company BQ try to replicate by bringing to market a whole new range of smartphones, including BQ Aquaris V.

But will this new device live up to its predecessors?

Simple but elegant

Design is definitely not the BQ Aquaris V's strong point. The device in fact resumes the lines of the previous models and the slightly curved glass on the sides which improves its grip. Then present the back cover in anodized aluminum which, however, does not occupy the entire rear surface: above and below in fact we find two plastic bands that fortunately blend well with the rest of the smartphone. Obviously there is no shortage of the rear camera, the slightly reflective logo and the fingerprint reader, always very fast and precise.

The front part houses instead a 5,2-inch IPS LCD display with HD resolution, a decidedly questionable choice since now most of the smartphones of the same range are presented with Full HD. What makes me turn up my nose, however, is not only the definition of the screen but also its general rendering, with less brilliant colors than the previous models and blacks that irremediably tend to gray.

Impossible not to mention the soft touch keys which, once again, have no backlighting, a lack that had already been pointed out to the company a few months with the release of Aquaris X and X Pro.

Key word: optimization

  • Display: 5,2 inch IPS LCD with HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa-Core
  • GPU: Adreno 505
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal Memory: 32GB of internal storage expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • networks: LTE, WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
  • Battery: 3100 mAh
  • System: Android Nugget 7.1.2
  • Dimensions: 148.1 x 73 x 8.4 mm
  • Weight: 165g
  • Ports: Micro USB / Slot microSD

Forget the Snapdragon 620 of Aquaris X. BQ Aquaris V indeed takes advantage of a more modest one Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor from 1,4 GHz, flanked by 3 GB of RAM (or 2 GB in the version with 16 GB of internal memory) and from the Adreno GPU 505. On paper, in short, it does not boast the best of hardware but, as usual, BQ did a really excellent optimization job, which allows the smartphone to perform well on any occasion, including gaming sessions.

The reception of this Dual Sim is flawless as well as the battery life that with yours 3.100 mAh manages to accompany you without problems at the end of the day, even under stress.

Finally, it is impossible not to mention the software. On board BQ Aquaris V we find Android 7.1.2 in its stock version, which guarantees you a pure experience, without frills but above all fluid.

A deceptive display

At first glance it would not seem like it but in reality the photographic sector of this terminal is more than discreet. The rear camera from 12 megapixel, equipped with Sony IMX386 sensor and f / 2.0 aperture, it allows you to achieve great shots with pretty realistic colors and good contrasts. Even the photos taken in low light conditions are not bad and the results obtained using HDR are more than good.

The front camera from 8 megapixel with Samsung sensor and f / 2.0 aperture, which allows you to get pretty good pictures and videos.

But be careful: to fully enjoy the result you will have to look at the photographs taken on a computer. The display of this BQ Aquaris V distorts your perception, lowering the quality of your photographs.

BQ Aquaris V: why buy it


If you are looking for a device that supports you in all your activities, which allows you to get excellent shots and has a truly remarkable autonomy, BQ Aquaris V is really for you. The price? Let's talk about 209,90 Euros for the version with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage space and 239,90 Euros for the 3/32 GB model. A real bargain, don't you think?

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