Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
Russia is a unique country. We have several brands under which supposedly domestic devices are distributed. For example, products BQ are considered Russian (not to be confused with those phones that are sold in other countries). There is no doubt that the Russian company is making some efforts, but mostly only to distribute its products to stores. In fact, she does not design her products, but selects blanks from Chinese factories. However, this does not mean that such smartphones are bad. On the contrary, the copies included in our rating will certainly delight their owner! And they cannot but find a buyer, because such devices are very inexpensive.
We're not just going to talk about smartphones. The fact is that ordinary phones are also sold under the brand BQ. It is impossible not to mention push-button mobile phones, because they are also in active demand. Agree, it is easier for older people to buy just such a device, rather than puzzle over how to use a monster with a touch screen.
- Rating of the best phones BQ
- Best smartphones BQ
- BQ 6200L Aurora
- BQ 6015L Universe
- BQ 5516L Twin
- BQ 5201 Space
- BQ 5500L Advance
- Best Phones BQ
- BQ 2205 Ruffe
- BQ 2433 Dream DUO
- BQ 3201 Option
Rating of the best phones BQ
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Best smartphones BQ||1||BQ 6200L Aurora||RUB 15,990|
|2||BQ 6015L Universe||RUB 10,990|
|3||BQ 5516L Twin||RUB 7,990|
|4||BQ 5201 Space||RUB 8 490|
|5||BQ 5500L Advance||RUB 6,990|
|Best Phones BQ||1||BQ 2205 Ruffe||RUB 2,280|
|2||BQ 2433 Dream DUO||2 331 rub.|
|3||BQ 3201 Option||RUB 1,965|
Best smartphones BQ
BQ 6200L Aurora
It may seem that the Russian company BQ will not bother with devices with exquisite design. But no. Its assortment includes BQ 6200L Aurora – a frameless smartphone, which has a monobrow at its disposal, like in some iPhone X. Not only the front camera, but also auxiliary sensors is located in the curly cutout . By the way, the front-facing camera is supplemented with a face recognition function. This locking method is highly reliable – the system will definitely not confuse your face with a photograph.
If we talk about the display, then its diagonal is brought to 6.2 inches. At the same time, it cannot be called huge. The screen width has been kept standard, so that managing the operating system Android 8.1 and any applications is not difficult. The display is extended in height – this allows you to use two programs at the same time. As for the resolution, it is 2246×1080 pixels. The only disappointing thing is that IPS technology was used for the production of the display. The presence of a separate backlit layer does not allow for perfect blacks and also has a negative effect on energy consumption. However, the company BQ does not have access to AMOLED – panels, so it makes no sense to include this fact in the shortcomings.
The smartphone turned out to be very beautiful, but too weighty. 197 grams are felt both in the hand and in the pocket. At the same time, it is completely incomprehensible why the device is so heavy. What components led to this? Certainly not a battery, the capacity of which does not exceed 3000 mAh.
Budget smartphones rarely get a decent camera. BQ 6200L Aurora is an exception to the rule. The rear panel of this gadget houses the dual camera lenses. The resolution of the matrices used here is 16 and 5 megapixels. Of course, there is no optical stabilization or something like that here. But even without that, the camera almost perfectly copes with its main task. She knows how to blur the background, resulting in good portraits. Well, the video here is written in resolution Full HD – you are unlikely to have any complaints about the picture.
BQ 6200L Aurora can be easily compared with the flagships of the past. The operation of this device is provided by an eight-core processor MediaTek Helio P60. This is an excellent chipset, which clocks up to 2 GHz. With it, the smartphone is gaining about 140 thousand points in AnTuTu Benchmark! Also under the body of the smartphone are 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of permanent memory. There will be enough space for absolutely any number of applications! And if you are going to store media files, then it will not hurt to install a memory card, for which the manufacturer has not forgotten about the slot. It is proposed to download files using LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac modules. You will definitely like the high speed! A nice bonus is the USB Type-C connector, the plug is inserted into which only the first time. There is also a fingerprint scanner in case face recognition doesn't suit you for some reason.
Alas, the device also has some unpleasant moments. For example, there is no 3.5mm audio jack here. Want to use wired headphones? We'll have to connect them using the supplied adapter. Someone will also make claims about the missing NFC chip. Because of this, this smartphone cannot replace a bank card.
- There is a fingerprint sensor;
- Large, high-resolution display;
- A fresh version of the OS is installed;
- Nice dual camera;
- Decent front-end;
- High-speed wireless modules are used;
- Built-in powerful eight-core processor;
- Large amount of memory;
- There is a USB Type-C connector.
- No NFC chip;
- There is no 3.5mm audio jack;
- Large weight;
- The fingerprint scanner does not always work the first time.
BQ 6015L Universe
Don't like the traditional 'unibrow'? In this case, we recommend considering the purchase option BQ 6015L Universe. Here, a teardrop notch is applied instead. This means that there is only room for the front camera lens. The sensors have moved to the lower part of the front panel, and the earpiece is located in the upper bezel area.
The operation of this device is provided by the operating system Android 8.0. It displays the image on a 6-inch display, created using IPS technology. The manufacturer tried to save money in every possible way, so the screen resolution was 1528×720 pixels. We can say that this parameter is literally on the verge of recognizing pixelation. If you have not used a more expensive smartphone, then you are unlikely to make any claims to such a display – you will be delighted with it. By the way, the aspect ratio of 19: 9 should contribute to the convenient work with two applications at the same time.
The smartphone went on sale with two color options. In any case, you will get your hands on a device whose weight does not exceed 157 g. You can immediately understand that there was no place inside for a particularly capacious battery. Nevertheless, 3000 mAh is also a worthy parameter, for someone this will be enough for a day and a half of using the device.
Unlike the model discussed above, this representative of our rating does not have a dual camera. There is only one lens on the back BQ of the 6015L. When light passes through it, it hits the 13-megapixel sensor. Don't even think about blurring the background. As a result, you will get average quality images. It can be seen that the manufacturer saved the most on the camera. On the back, but not on the front, it is capable of boasting a 16-megapixel sensor that quietly fixes even all skin defects.
To access the global web, it is proposed to use the Wi-Fi and LTE modules. And there is also NFC here, so the owner of this smartphone can refuse to use a bank card on an ongoing basis. But there is no infrared transmitter here – only companies Xiaomi and Huawei introduce it into their devices. I am glad that the manufacturer has not forgotten about the fingerprint scanner. However, one feels that he does not belong to the last generation.
Well, what components ensure the work of all the above-described good? This smartphone is based on Snapdragon 435. This is a good eight-core chipset created by Qualcomm. Its power is quite enough to run any applications here. You can even play, but with slightly reduced graphics settings. The product also has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of permanent memory. You can't do without a microSD card, rest assured. Unless you will only use this device for chatting in messengers, watching YouTube and visiting certain sites.
It remains to add that the manufacturer announced support for OTG. This means that the appropriate adapter will help you connect a regular USB flash drive to your smartphone.
- Several color options to choose from;
- The device turned out to be very light;
- A fresh version of the operating system is installed;
- Comparatively good front-facing camera
- There is a fingerprint scanner;
- A good processor is built in;
- There is an NFC chip;
- Decent amount of RAM;
- Affordable cost.
- Display resolution is not very high;
- The rear camera will not suit everyone;
- Micro-USB connector is used;
- The cutout in the screen may not be to your liking.
BQ 5516L Twin
This device has a much more familiar front panel design. There is no monobrow here. There is even a frame that will definitely disappoint someone. However, the scope cannot be called very wide, and therefore they hardly interfere. There is a place under the display for touch buttons. However, the manufacturer decided to get rid of them. At the same time, he moved the fingerprint scanner to the back panel.
Perhaps the company BQ can be commended for trying to install the latest version of the 'green robot' on its smartphones. Android 8.1 is applied here, which will only become obsolete in three to four years. Also, this representative of our rating is able to boast of two slots for SIM cards and a weight not exceeding 154 grams.
If the previous model we reviewed suffered from a low display resolution, then this problem is not here. The IPS panel located here is ideal for watching videos on YouTube, as it has an aspect ratio of 16: 9. The resolution of 1920×1080 pixels also contributes to comfortable viewing. At 5.5-inch diagonal this resulted in a pixel density of 401 PPI. In a word, it is impossible to find fault with the screen. Only those side frames, painted in black, confuse – they can distract someone.
Despite the very affordable price tag (in Russian stores BQ 5516L Twin is sold for 8 thousand rubles), the device received a double camera. Of course, only the main matrix can boast of any high resolution. The auxiliary module is only 2 megapixel, and its main task is to determine the background, which the system then tries to blur. The 'front camera' is much simpler here – it consists of one lens, under which the sensor is located, the resolution of which is 8 megapixels. The photos are good, but nothing more.
It is not at all surprising that such an inexpensive smartphone did not receive an NFC chip. For that kind of money, you don't even expect a fingerprint scanner. But he is here! Not the best, but still at least some! If there was also a USB Type-C socket, it would be a miracle! However, the aging micro-USB is used instead. It's a pity. But on the other hand, it is easier for him to find an OTG adapter that allows you to access the contents of a USB flash drive.
Of course, the manufacturer mercilessly saved on some components. For example, he used an eight-core, but low-power processor. This is MediaTek MT6750, which provides no more than 37 thousand points in AnTuTu Benchmark. In a word, a gamer will definitely not like such a smartphone. We can safely say that this device should be used as a 'dialer'. Otherwise, you may also face a lack of free space to install the next application – the device received only 16 GB of permanent memory. Well, as for the battery, its capacity is 3080 mAh.
- The latest version of the OS is used;
- Low weight;
- Low cost;
- Good IPS display resolution
- A relatively decent dual camera for this price tag;
- There is a fingerprint scanner;
- There is an FM radio.
- There is no NFC chip;
- Weak processor;
- Low memory;
- Built-in micro-USB connector;
- Dimensions will not suit everyone;
- Unpretentious front camera.
BQ 5201 Space
This representative of our rating is operated by Android 7.0. This version of the 'green robot' indicates that the device was not released yesterday. This is evidenced by the design of the front panel. The fact is that there are quite wide areas above and below the screen. Moreover, the manufacturer introduced touch keys, between which there is a physical Home button – in recent years, almost everyone has abandoned this concept. Please note that a fingerprint sensor is built into the physical key. And putting your finger on the area under the display is much more convenient than reaching for the scanner on the rear panel if it was there.
The device turned out to be very compact, although it still cannot be called thin. Is there really a capacious battery inside? By the weight of 162 grams, this seems to be impossible to say. However, in fact, the product is really capable of boasting a battery, the capacity of which has been increased to 4000 mAh. The only pity is that recharging is carried out through the micro-USB connector, famous for the fact that you do not always get into it with a plug the first time.
Such a small smartphone could not accommodate a huge display. Here, its diagonal is equal to a modest 5.2 inches by modern standards. IPS technology was used to create the screen, which promotes soft color reproduction and maximum viewing angles. The resolution is 1280×720 pixels. A little, but with such a diagonal, the detailing of the picture seems almost perfect.
The cameras used here are also slightly surprising. There are no dual modules, of course, but high-resolution matrices are hidden under the lenses. Specifically, the rear camera is 16 megapixels. Although it must be admitted that the quality of the resulting photos still does not pull on such a number of pixels. It is possible that interpolation is used here. However, it must be admitted that a rare smartphone with such a price tag is able to offer at least something similar. If we talk about the front camera, then it provides 13-megapixel images.
BQ 5201 Space can be used to access the Internet. Of course, the manufacturer has not forgotten about the LTE module, thanks to which data is downloaded at a fairly high speed. There is also Wi-Fi, which is most capable of working with the 802.11n standard. It seems that its capabilities are enough for such a device.
The representative of our rating sold for 8 thousand rubles has a good amount of memory. Agree, 32 GB is quite acceptable. It is unlikely that you will run out of free space, no matter how many applications you install. If you want to keep music, videos and other media files on your smartphone, then it is better to get a memory card. The slot for it is separate, so no one will prohibit you from using both two SIM-cards and an external drive.
And what do you have to put up with when buying such a device? Perhaps, first of all, I want to complain about the processor. Yes, MediaTek MT6753 is an eight-core chipset. But the power reserve is barely enough to run games on low graphics settings – this is unlikely to suit some teenage gamer. You can also grieve about the lack of an NFC chip. Alas, it is absent in most smartphones BQ.
- There is a fingerprint sensor;
- Built-in capacious battery;
- A decent amount of memory for this price;
- There is a separate slot for a microSD card;
- Not the worst rear and front cameras;
- Three color options to choose from;
- Low price.
- No support for fast charging technology;
- A micro-USB socket is used;
- A weak processor is built in;
- No NFC chip;
- Not a very fresh version of the operating system.
BQ 5500L Advance
Another representative of our rating, which has existed for several years. Now it is sold for only 6-7 thousand rubles. It must be admitted that now such a purchase may be the most optimal. For this money, you will get a device that behaves perfectly in any conditions – even under bright sunlight, what is happening on its screen is clearly visible. But, of course, the budgetary status imposes certain restrictions on power indicators.
The operating system used here is Android 7.0. This is not the most recent version, but it is unlikely that it will become much outdated in the next couple of years. This smartphone will not be used any longer – in the future you will definitely want more, starting your search for a device with more advanced features.
This unit cannot be called small. However, the manufacturer managed to keep within 159 grams, which is good news. The device is felt in the hand, but the pocket does not burden. Of course, the product is not frameless – the borders of the IPS-display used here are clearly visible. Perhaps that is why the manufacturer decided to stop at 5.45 inches – a larger screen could not be used with such frames. Well, the resolution of 1440×720 pixels indicates that the company BQ had to save money. By the way, even with this parameter, each square inch of the display area consists of 295 pixels, which is an excellent result.
Such a smartphone can be used for taking pictures. For this, he is endowed with a 13-megapixel camera. Of course, you cannot achieve blurring of the background. Well, in terms of the quality of photos, the device is comparable to top-end devices six or even seven years ago. In a word, the pictures are not perfect, but they should suit the buyer of a budget smartphone. In the evening, it's better to forget about photography. And you certainly shouldn't count on high-quality video recording – it uses a lot of compression, which is why the picture is supplied with a huge number of artifacts.
Surprisingly, even such an inexpensive device is capable of boasting an 8-megapixel front camera. However, the pictures allow you to think about whether interpolation is not used here. In short, the result will definitely not be liked by those who take selfies on a daily basis. It can be seen that this camera is primarily intended for organizing video communication – in some Skype its capabilities are quite enough.
Some people assume that smartphones sold for 6-7 thousand rubles do not have high-speed wireless modules. Such consumers are wrong. BQ 5500L Advance works without any problems in LTE networks. This means that it allows you to watch YouTube videos in any environment, even outdoors. As for the Wi-Fi module, it transmits and receives data only over the 802.11n network. But this standard is enough for such a smartphone, you will not download multi-gigabyte files here.
Alas, the rest of the gadget's specifications are rather disappointing than pleasing. For example, a quad-core processor MediaTek MT6737 is unlikely to allow a smartphone to be used for gaming. Even more upsetting is the amount of permanent memory, which is only 16 GB. In the future, you will surely face a lack of free space for installing new applications, even if you regularly move certain programs to the memory card. And you can also make a complaint about the missing NFC chip here. But the device received a fingerprint scanner. One of the first generations, but the buyer of a cheap smartphone will be happy with it anyway.
It remains to add that under the back cover BQ 5500L Advance is a battery with a capacity of 2500 mAh. Unfortunately, you have to use the charger every night.
- There is a fingerprint sensor;
- Implemented support for LTE;
- The display behaves well in the sun;
- Low weight;
- Low cost;
- The memory card slot is separate.
- Not very capacious battery;
- Low memory;
- Micro-USB connector is used;
- Very weak processor;
- There is no NFC chip;
- Simple cameras are built in.
Best Phones BQ
BQ 2205 Ruffe
Push-button mobile phones have at least one advantage, which is low cost. And some models also have other advantages. For example, BQ 2205 Ruffe has a shockproof housing. This is extremely important for anyone who regularly drops their phone on the floor or even on the pavement. An ordinary mobile phone after this falls apart, forcing to look for the battery and the back cover. The same device will definitely survive the fall without any consequences – you can even continue the conversation.
It should be noted that BQ 2205 Ruffe is not like other rugged phones. It is not painted in any bright color. No, a mobile phone can have a green or yellow insert, but you should look for it only on the side ends and in the form of a border on the front side. Oddly enough, this is enough to quickly recognize the device in water or snow.
As expected, two SIM cards can be inserted into this device. You can also use a memory card. The external storage is suggested to contain music and some pictures. The device itself has only 32 MB of internal memory. But this is quite normal for any modern 'button' – for quite some time now, none of the manufacturers even think about supplying their creation with a large amount of built-in storage.
Classic push-button phones weigh almost nothing. About BQ 2205 Ruffe you can't say that. The case, protected from shock and moisture, affected the weight – as a result, it was 145 g. However, this will definitely not frighten those who have ever used a smartphone with a screen with a diagonal of more than 5.7 inches.
If we are talking about the display, then here its diagonal does not exceed 2.2 inches. This is a typical parameter for all 'buttons' on the market today. The resolution is disappointing, but not much – for some phones even 220×176 pixels is an unattainable parameter.
Convenient buttons are located under the display. Control is realized with four directional keys and a central button – it is impossible to get confused in the menu.
If you look at the back of the phone, you can see the built-in camera lens. The resolution of the matrix used here has not been specified, but there is no doubt that the user will have low quality photos. However, the resulting pictures are enough to add them to the contact book, and the owner of such a phone does not need more. FM-radio seems to be much more useful – buyers of such mobile phones love it much more.
The phone can interact with Bluetooth – a headset. Well, the autonomous operation of this mobile phone is provided by a 1500 mAh battery. It seems that you will rarely have to use a charger. Interestingly, replacing the battery and installing the SIM-card are associated with certain difficulties. The fact is that the back cover is tightened with screws. The corresponding screwdriver is supplied in the kit, but this does not negate the fact that the unscrewing process will take a very long time.
- There is some water resistance;
- Reliable construction;
- You can insert two SIM cards;
- There is a slot for a memory card;
- A capacious battery is used;
- Present Bluetooth – module;
- FM radio is not forgotten;
- Several color options.
- The display resolution could be higher;
- Not everyone will find a mobile phone easy;
- Quite high cost.
BQ 2433 Dream DUO
Clamshell mobile phones are gradually becoming exotic. Nowadays such devices are produced by a few companies. One of them is BQ. Of course, its clamshell phones are not capable of impressive performance. These are ordinary “dialers” with minimal memory and a very modest battery. For example, BQ 2433 Dream DUO is powered by a 800mAh battery. But this device is available in at least five colors! It also weighs very little – only 112 g.
The mobile phone is dual-SIM. It also has a slot for a memory card. An external storage device is indispensable if you want to use the built-in camera and listen to music. The fact is that the amount of permanent memory installed here is only 64 MB – this is barely enough for a couple of music tracks and several images.
Oddly enough, it is BQ 2433 Dream DUO that is the most advanced clamshell on the market. The fact is that this device is equipped with two screens. Competitors have an empty top cover, on which you can find only a button SOS, and even then not always. Here, the buyer will find a full color display with a diagonal of 1.77 inches. Inside the phone is an even larger screen. The resolution of the 2.4-inch display is 320×240 pixels – like on old Nokia smartphones that functioned with Symbian 9.0. It is a pity that much simpler firmware is used here, which does not allow installing additional applications.
As usual, the manufacturer does not specify which camera is built in here. However, its capabilities are quite enough to create a picture for a contact book, and the buyer does not need such a phone more.
This model includes Bluetooth – module. This means that you can connect a wireless headset to your mobile phone. But many phone owners will be much more likely to pair it with wired headphones. With their help, you can listen to FM-radio, which seems to be built into most modern push-button mobile phones.
Perhaps this is a good choice for those who need a regular “dialer” in a folding form factor. It has basic functionality, and many owners of such a phone do not need more. The only pity is that they are asking about 2600 rubles for a mobile phone. Not every inhabitant of our country will agree to pay such an amount for an ordinary 'button'.
- Five body colors to choose from;
- Minimum weight;
- Two slots for SIM cards and one for a memory card;
- High resolution display;
- There is an additional screen on the top cover;
- FM radio is not forgotten;
- Built-in Bluetooth – module.
- The price will not suit everyone;
- Low battery capacity.
BQ 3201 Option
Another push-button telephone closes our rating. He is a familiar candy bar. However, even this device stands out from its competitors. The fact is that there was a place for a huge display on its front panel. Its diagonal reaches 3.2 inches! Once upon a time, even smartphones could not boast of such a parameter! However, only physical dimensions are large here. The resolution is 320×240 pixels – this is the maximum parameter available for a modern 'button'. There is no doubt that the processor used here simply would not have digested a picture with a higher resolution. In short, pixelation on such a screen is clearly visible. A person with perfect vision. If an elderly person uses the phone, then he is unlikely to make any claims to the display. On the contrary, he will be happy with large menu captions and equally large icons.
Key phones BQ are very lightweight. The model called 3201 Option is no exception to the rule – its weight is 116 g. You can find at least three color options on sale – you don't have to limit yourself to a mobile phone, the body of which is painted exclusively in black. As for the price, it is equal to two thousand rubles. It seems that you can definitely pay that kind of money for such an atypical phone.
Of course, this device attracts not only with its large screen and stylish design. This device can be used for conversations on two SIM-cards – not every 'button' has such a number of slots. There is also an FM radio here. It will allow you to enjoy music even if there are no MP3 tracks on the memory card. Why on an external medium? The fact is that the volume of the built-in memory is only 32 MB, throwing music here is absolutely pointless. By the way, there is a mobile phone and a TV tuner. But it is analog, and this type of signal is gradually stopping its broadcasting (for example, Moscow completely switched to digital in mid-February 2019).
It's easy to see that the rear panel of the device is home to the built-in camera lens. Oddly enough, she is capable of taking good pictures. At least the 1.3-megapixel camera is enough to get a photo for a phone book. You need to shoot in good lighting, since there is no flash here. This is unfortunate, because the lack of one means that the phone cannot be used as a flashlight.
Of course, the device does not provide Internet access, as well as the possibility of installing Java-applications. But on the other hand, there is Bluetooth – a module thanks to which a wireless headset is connected. Don't rely on great sound quality – basically the phone is designed for its use in tandem with a mono headset, which, for example, would free your hands in a car.
This mobile phone comes with a USB cable, a charger and a removable battery that powers the phone. The battery capacity is 1750 mAh. This time, the manufacturer was not greedy. Prepare to think about your AC adapter every three to four days, or even less.
Well, what claims can you make about this mobile phone? No wonder he only closes our selection? Perhaps most disappointing is the lack of a front speaker. Despite the presence of a corresponding cutout, instead of the speaker, a fake part is placed here. During a conversation, the voice of the interlocutor is heard from the rear speaker, just at low volume. It is unpleasant. Also, not everyone will like the fact that you need to connect headphones to activate the radio. This is what does not allow us to call this model a grandmother.
- Two slots for SIM-cards are supplemented with a slot for a memory card;
- Very light weight;
- Several color options;
- Large display with good resolution;
- There is an FM radio;
- Built-in Bluetooth – module;
- A capacious battery is used.
- No spoken dynamics.
This is the list of the best smartphones and push-button phones BQ. You may have noticed that the Russian company has to save a lot by bringing devices with average characteristics. But practice shows that many residents of our country are looking for just such gadgets. Often times, people simply do not need anything other than the ability to communicate in the messenger and watch YouTube. And cheap smartphones do a great job with this.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.