BQ Advance — not a smartphone, and the wealth of surprises

BQ Advance — not a smartphone, and the wealth of surprises


If the person says he does not like surprises, this means that life is rarely surprised him with something good and positive. But there are some things that are designed to reverse the pessimistic perception of reality. For example, the new Russian smartphone BQ Advance, who recently visited us in his hands, constantly surprised us, and with a plus sign.

Will not torment the inquisitive reader expectation and immediately announce the price of this device — 8490 rubles. It will automatically Advance refers to a class of budget models, and those which do not expect any impressive features. That is where the surprises begin.

The first thing that pleasantly surprised by this display. As seen in the photo, it has a minimal framework and features now fashionable aspect ratio 18:9. The resolution of 5.45 inch screen flagship will not be called (1440 x 720), but the display is made on technology On-Cell.

This technology involves the placement of a touch screen layer over the color filters, and the result is the feeling that you not touch to the display and to the content which it displays. In addition, this solution allowed to improve color reproduction and lower power consumption.

This revolutionary display is unlikely to be called in the first place because of the modest HD resolution, but you have to admit that the producers did a good job at not very great expense to make the screen, which is characterized by high-quality color reproduction and decent viewing angles and minimal eye strain. Agree, this don’t expect from a smartphone under 10 000.

When studying picking BQ Advance there is an ambiguous feeling. On the one hand, very cool that the company directly at the factory stuck on the smartphone screen protective film. It talks about what kind of care the manufacturer exhibits about the user: after all this there was not necessarily.

On the other hand, it is puzzling given the Chinese fashion is not to put in a package of smartphone, even the cheapest headphones. It is unlikely that the increase in the price of 200-300 rubles turned would be buyers of this product, and so they would not need to look for the audio accessory from a third party to listen to music from your smartphone. But apparently, this decision had some good reasons about which we’d rather not know.

Another surprise was related to the battery. When we picked up the phone, we were surprised by its weight: the device was light, like a feather. As later revealed, this was due to the fact that the housing was not fitted with a battery: the user must install the battery proposed in a separate bag. The decision strange, but we will not deny that and he will find its fans, who will offer a dozen arguments in favor of the removable battery.

Installing the battery pack does not cause any problems, at the same time you can explore what is under the back cover, which, incidentally, is made of plastic and is quite pliable. Inside we were met by three slots: two for SIM cards and one for memory cards. So if 16 gigabytes of storage does not suit you, you can easily expand them up to 64 GB.

By the way, covering the topic of batteries, let’s note that BQ Advance the battery has a capacity of 2500 mAh. During testing it was enough for a day’s work in normal mode.

In terms of power and performance the smartphone is fully consistent with its segment and is equipped with a modestly, but a Quad-core MediaTek chipset MT6737H complemented by two gigabytes of RAM. Yes, not all demanding games with this configuration will run without lag, but hardly the hardcore mobile gamers will pay attention to this device.

Separately to applaud the manufacturer wants for the attention to safety. In addition to the traditional passcode and already for anybody not amazing fingerprint scanner, the camera also received a face recognition function. And it would be desirable to stop more in detail.

In his presentation, Apple was proud to tell us about the technology of Face ID, which is so complex that its components otela substantial part of the upper area of the screen, and all in order to iPhone X could recognize its owner’s face. BQ at Advance display everything remains in order, although this smartphone is also able to know its owner, and quite good.

Before executing this function you will be asked to take a selfie: no rotations and displacements of the head, just a picture. And if you wear glasses, a hat and sometimes grow a beard, then you can be photographed in this way so the system will recognize you and it. Believe it or not, but the function works, and very fast. We have tested the face detection feature on all of the editorial staff, and the smartphone is unlocked only when someone whose data was it entered.

Since I mentioned the word “selfie”, it would be superfluous to touch upon an important component of the camera system. BQ Advance has two cameras: 13 MP rear and 8 MP front. The interface of the Camera application has a few interesting modes and useful settings.

For example, a portrait photo with the background blur, and shooting for the front too. Well, the so-called butifer the job much better than most Chinese competitors.

In General, as you can see on samples, both cameras in this price segment provide quite decent image quality. Image stabilization and optical zoom from such a device can not be expected, but again: mommy photographers is sure to find their fun in a more expensive machine.

Summing up, returning again to the theme of surprises. Virtually frameless screen with the technology On-Cell working and not for show embedded face detection and decent quality cameras is it you expect to see in the review of the smartphone for 8490 rubles? So say friends of BQ thank you for such a pleasant set of surprises, and you if you are looking for a decent smartphone for little money, we recommend you to click on a button below and to consider its purchase.

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