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Spanish Manufacturer BQ Announces Three New Android Smartphones

February 25, 2015 - Written By David Steele

Spanish mobile handset manufacturer, BQ, have announced three new smartphones within the Aquaris M range. These three new smartphones share some commonality across the range but are different in the details: all will be sold unlocked, all offer Android 5.0 Lollipop and all use modern, 64-bit processors. The render provided by BQ shows what looks like a stock Lollipop lock screen but we don’t have any detail about any changes BQ have made to the interface. Each device has a MicroSD slot for expansion and is sold unlocked with dual micro SIM cards but as at this time we don’t have launch prices or an exact release date other than May 2015, but with the Mobile World Congress next week it’s likely that we’ll know more in a few days. These devices will have between 8 GB to 32 GB of internal storage and battery sizes start from 2,400 mAh.

The Aquaris M range is logically numbered, with the M4.5 using a 4.5-inch display, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera and a MediaTek MT6735, quad-core, 64-bit processor. The M5 has a 5.0-inch display, the M5.5 around a 5.5-inch screen and both are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, which is a big.LITTLE design based around a quad-core, low power processor paired up with a higher power, quad-core processor. The two larger devices also have an improved rear camera at 13MP plus the 5MP front mounted camera. At this juncture, we’ve no information about screen resolution but BQ’s press release notes that all three devices include a technology called “Quantum Color+,” which is designed to reduce the light spectrum and achieves 90% of NTSC. The screens also have an oleophobic anti-fingerprint coating too so as to minimize distractions on the display.

BQ have changed the design of the Aquaris devices in this iteration by reducing the bezels and moving the side buttons for a more comfortable position. Each model is available in black or white colors, built from Swedish polycarbonate complete with UV and fingerprint protection so that these colors are maintained. What do you think of the three new BQ devices? The combination of stock interface and modern, 64-bit processors should help these devices perform but there are a few details missing and May seems like such a long time away! Let us know in the comments below.