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BQ Aquaris X2 and X2 Pro: Twins with double camera and Android One for the mid-range

BQ Aquaris X2 and X2 Pro

BQ has just presented its two new smartphones, the Aquaris X2 and X2 Pro. These are two new devices with the Android One operating system, which are committed to offering in the middle ranges some of the latest technologies, such as the double camera back, a screen without frames and a careful design.

They are two almost twin devices with very little difference between them. At best we can see different processors and memory configurations, but their cameras and features are the same in both models.

Data sheet of the Aquaris X2 and X2 Pro

BQ Aquaris X2 and X2 Pro

SPECIFICATIONS AQUARIS X2 AQUARIS X2 PRO
SCREEN IPS LCD 5.65″
18: 9
FHD + 1080×2160 – 428 ppi
IPS LCD 5.65″
18: 9
FHD + 1080×2160 – 428 ppi
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 150.7×72.3×8.25 mm
163 grams
150.7×72.3×8.35 mm
168 grams
PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
8 cores at 1.8 GHz, 14 nm
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
8-core 2.2 GHz, 14 nm
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 509 Qualcomm Adreno 512
RAM 3 and 4 GB of RAM 4 and 6 GB of RAM
INTERNAL STORAGE 32 and 64 GB of storage
Expandable with microSD up to 256 GB
64 and 128GB of storage
Expandable with microSD up to 256GB
SOFTWARE Android One 8.1 Oreo Android One 8.1 Oreo
REAR CAMERA Double camera with Samsung sensors of 12 and 5 megapixels, and aperture f / 1.8 with pixels of 1.29 μm
Videos up to 4K at 30 fps, slow motion FHD at 120 fps
Portrait mode, Face Beauty, and manual mode
Double camera with Samsung sensors of 12 and 5 megapixels, and aperture f / 1.8 with pixels of 1.29 μm
Videos up to 4K at 30 fps, slow motion FHD at 120 fps
Portrait mode, Face Beauty, and manual mode
FRONTAL CAMERA 8 megapixels with aperture f / 2.0
Video at 1080p and 30 fps
Portrait mode, Face Beauty and Selfie indicator
8 megapixels with aperture f / 2.0
Video at 1080p and 30 fps
Portrait mode, Face Beauty and Selfie indicator
CONNECTIVITY LTE, WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 / 5 GHz),, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, dual slot nanoSIM LTE, WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 / 5 GHz),, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, dual slot nanoSIM
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Fingerprint reader, brightness and proximity sensors, USB type C, 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo sound and FM Radio Fingerprint reader, brightness and proximity sensors, USB type C, 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo sound and FM Radio
BATTERY 3.100 mAh with Quick Charge 4+
Charger with Quick Charge 3.0
3.100 mAh with Quick Charge 4+
Charger with Quick Charge 3.0
PRICE From 299.90 dollars From 379.90 dollars

As we can see in the technical sheet, it is about two almost twin phones, in which practically the whole of the specifications are the same. One of the main differences is in a slightly more powerful processor in the Pro version, although still within the range of Qualcomm 600, as well as different storage configurations.

With this, the normal version of BQ Aquaris X2 will have configurations of 3 and 4 GB of RAM, which will be combined with internal storage capacities of 32 and 64 gigabytes respectively. Meanwhile, the Aquaris X2 Pro will have versions of 4 and 6 gigs of RAM combined with storage of 64 and 128 gigs.

One of the main protagonists of mobile is Android One, a clean and unaltered version of the operating system of Google with which BQ should be able to reduce the update times to the maximum. Undoubtedly, good news for lovers of pure Android, and that places the mobile phones of the company as two possible competitors of the Xiaomi A1 and the next A2.

Aesthetically, the mobiles maintain some of the lines of design that we have been seeing BQ for a long time, with the difference that on this occasion they have opted for a metal back where we find the fingerprint reader. We also find an LCD screen that occupies virtually the entire front of the device, and in both cases has an identical size of 5.65 inches with resolution FHD + of 1080×2160 pixels.

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The screens feature Quantum Color technology, a brightness of up to 650 nits and Gorilla Glass protection. In addition, they also bet on the 18:9 format for which they have been practicing for almost all Android manufacturers.

Regarding the repertoire of extras, highlights the bet to keep the 3.5 mm jack for headphones or FM radio, as well as a fingerprint sensor, a USB type C for charging and Bluetooth 5.0. No surprises in connectivity, where we can enjoy 3G and 4G, with a dual band WiFi that will capture connections at 2.4 and 5 GHz.

The double camera sits in the middle range

BQ Aquaris X2 and X2 Pro

Although until recently it was a feature reserved for high-end devices, it is increasingly common to see double-chamber configurations also in the input ranges, and BQ has not wanted to be left out. They will have two cameras signed by Samsung, and with 12 and 5 megapixels respectively. They will have a focal aperture of f / 1.8, with 1.29 μm pixels.

The cameras have several interesting extras, such as the expected bokeh effect or portrait mode to take advantage of the double lens. It also has focus on phase detection, beauty modes and PRO to adjust the shots to your liking, and possibility to save the photos in RAW format. In addition, it also offers video recording with resolution of up to 4K at 30 fps, or 1080p at 120 fps.

The front cameras of both devices have 8 megapixel sensors, and although they only have a single lens, the mobile also offers a portrait mode made by software. It is a little less capable in the video section, with the possibility of recording with a resolution of up to 1080p at 30 fps.

Versions and prices of the Aquaris X2 and X2 Pro

The new BQ mobiles have several versions with different RAM configurations and internal storage. Here is the list with all available versions and their different prices …

  • Aquaris X2 with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage: 299.99 dollars
  • Aquaris X2 with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage: 329.90 dollars
  • Aquaris X2 Pro with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage: 379.90 dollars
  • Aquaris X2 Pro with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage: 499.90 dollars

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