bq Aquaris V Plus, analysis and opinion

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A balanced mobile with motives to be best sellers
The Spanish company bq has put on sale this year several phones and among them stands out the new bq Aquaris V Plus that arrives with a metallic design. Unlike other terminals of the brand, we are facing a mobile that struggles for the middle range with an interesting balance of features. The company has given a great weight to autonomy and to the camera, points that many users take into account when buying a mobile phone.

Some functions as well as the gross performance remain in the background most of the time for the great bulk of the users, and it is this point where bq has shown restraint, choosing a Snapdragon 435 for its Aquaris V Plus.

This terminal enters fully into a crowded price segment where there is a lot of bet on the part of all the brands to which we add the Chinese mobile increasingly capable and economical. What is it that brings this Aquaris V Plus against the competition of around 250 euros?

BQ has been able to position itself in the Spanish market with strength with its philosophy of offering the user the maximum for what he pays. This device mounted a camera sensor that is in phones of a much higher category such as Mi Mix 2 or Xiaomi Mi 6 -among others- and that coupled with a fairly clean software and a battery that promises great autonomy along with a system of fast charge make the Aquaris V Plus a terminal to be taken into account. Let’s see what it is capable of offering in our analysis.

The BQ smartphone makes use of a fairly continuous design, it does not have a striking or differential format, however the materials used for it and that 2.5D finish of the Dinorex crystal of the front screen makes the Aquaris V Plus very ergonomic in hand to be a 5.5-inch 16: 9 smartphone.

The phone has a metallic finish that gives a premium look and feel to other terminals in the same range. In fact, it is a material that offers a good grip against the tendency to use glass in the back.

This Aquaris V Plus is an improved version of the Aquaris V that we already analyzed. It has a screen with larger size and resolution, possibility of more internal capacity and RAM and a battery that reaches 3,400 mAh.

It is interesting to note that while BQ has not adhered to the 18: 9 market trend, the ‘all-screen’ mobile, the Aquaris V Plus is a fairly compact smartphone to have a 5.5-inch screen with a superior frame quite content and the bottom somewhat larger but on which we have the Android capacitive buttons.

As a note to keep in mind the design is that they keep the microUSB connector instead of making the jump to the reversible and increasingly popular USB-C. It should also be noted that, although the brand says that it is 8 mm thick, to this we must add that the camera stands out slightly. This adds about 1 mm more thickness and makes the mobile is inclined when it is supported on the table.

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Under the camera we find the capacitive fingerprint reader. After setting the fingerprints just by placing your finger on it, the terminal is unlocked. We have verified a good functioning of the same in most situations and is a security detail that facilitates the use of the terminal on a day-to-day basis. The situation in the back is not the most comfortable if you usually have the phone resting on the table, but the double-touch support to turn on the screen helps in that case.

The screen that should mount the entire Aquaris V range
The bq company has integrated a 5.5-inch diagonal screen on the Aquaris V Plus. It is an improvement in size compared to the 0.3-inch Aquaris V model but where it is most noticeable is in the resolution. This model, which plays the leading role in our analysis, reaches Full HD resolution (1920x1080px).

The IPS type LCD screen has good viewing angles and a fairly faithful color reproduction although, perhaps, somewhat oversaturated. Reaches a pixel density of 423 dpi with which you get a great definition in images and videos. In addition, with the Cristal Dinorex protection you ensure resistance against scratches and bumps.

If we talk about the brightness of the screen we can only comment that the range of the same is good, the minimum brightness being low enough not to disturb at night.

In terms of maximum brightness, we have not had problems to use it in the street although we recognize that it is not the screen with more level of brightness of the market, it does offer a good performance within the category in which we are. The automatic brightness management works well, we have not noticed any lag when we change from very illuminated to poorly illuminated scenarios and vice versa.

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In the color section we have to comment that the screen is calibrated with a slightly cool tone and that there is no possibility to modify that calibration from the native settings of the mobile, and, eye, we do not have different profiles to choose. On the other hand, it does offer the possibility of using a night mode that partially filters the blue light and leaves an amber tone throughout the system.

As an interesting detail, we are facing a mobile phone that has double touch on the screen to turn it on or off. Although it is a software detail, if you are used to it, it will be difficult for you to make the jump to a mobile phone that does not have it.


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