The line of budget devices Strike manufacturer BQ gained popularity - users liked the “super-autonomous” Power Max, Selfie model with an excellent front camera and other devices from the same series. Therefore, it is logical that BQ continues to develop this line.
According to the announcement of the manufacturer and the declared characteristics, the new Strike Forward device looked extremely intriguing. To get a smartphone in a metal case with a screen made using IN-CELL technology for just 6,990 rubles is a utopia, not otherwise. How really Strike Forward is good and what are its main pros and cons will be described in detail in this review.
- Materials: metal, plastic, glass
- Operating System: Android1 Oreo
- Processor: 4-core MediaTek MT6739WW, clock speed up to 1.3 GHz
- Video Accelerator : PowerVR GE8100
- RAM / user memory: 2 GB / 16 GB (free around 11. 6 GB )
- Slot for memory card : yes, the maximum amount of 128 GB
- Display: 5.45 inches, resolution 1440 × 720 (HD +)
- Main camera: 13 megapixels
- Front camera: 8 megapixels
- Fingerprint Scanner : yes
- Navigation: GPS
- Wireless Modules: Bluetooth0, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
- Battery: 3200 mAh
- Dimensions: 71 × 148 × 8.9 mm
- Weight: 146 grams
Packaging and design
Strike Forward comes in a cardboard red and white box. The packaging is completely normal for the manufacturer - if you have already dealt with BQ smartphones, you can probably imagine how it looks.
In addition to a mobile device:
- MicroUSB cable.
- 5V power supply
- Instruction and warranty card.
- Coupon giving the right to purchase BQ branded accessories with a 20% discount.
- Protective film (already pasted on the screen).
The epithet neat is best for describing the design of Strike Forward. There are no pretentiousness and catchy innovative solutions - but the gadget lies in the hand so that all the smartphones that I used before begin to seem imperfect and clumsy. You feel pleasure, feeling how the metal cover cools a palm. Thanks to this, there is a feeling that you are holding a solid device, and not a plastic craft that will crumble at the first drop.
Despite the fact that the gadget is equipped with a large screen with an aspect ratio of 18: 9 , it can easily be used with one hand. The thickness of the smartphone (8.9 mm) seems optimal: it’s far from the Slim model, but other "budgets" with their "9+" behind. Let's not forget that the Strike Forward has a powerful battery, which probably would not fit in a thinner case.
The placement of mechanical elements is by and large standard. Headphone jack on the top. Two keys (power and volume control) on the right side. Bottom connector for recharging. The left side is completely empty. Traditionally, the SIM slot is located there, but on Strike Forward the back cover is removable - cards are placed under it. By the way, removing the lid is another problem. Girls, before starting this procedure, it is better to book a manicure session.
The obvious advantage of the model is that it is available in 5 colors at once: black, red, gold, gray and purple.
The screen of the Strike Forward smartphone with a diagonal of 5.45 inches covers 81% of the front surface, has an S-IPS matrix and is made using IN-CELL technology. This means that the “sandwich” of the matrix and glass significantly “lost weight”, there are no air spaces between the elements. Hence the remarkable saturation of colors on the display and wide viewing angles - advantages that are not typical for smartphones of a budget category. The device is convenient to use outdoors even on a bright sunny day.
“Fly in the ointment” looks the minimum number of screen settings. In fact, there is only one setting - this is brightness. Parameters such as contrast, sharpness, saturation cannot be adjusted.
The manufacturer claims the Strike Forward device camera as one of its main advantages. Indeed, the quality of the shooting, at least, does not disappoint. The image remains clear even when you zoom in to the limit.
Here is a list of the unique strengths of the Strike Forward rear camera:
- Aperture f / 2.0 - the lens captures more light, so that the pictures taken even with a lack of light turn out to be of high quality.
- Phase focusing is a true must-have for any camera. Reduces the risk of getting a blurry photo to zero.
- High resolution (13 megapixels).
- Possibility of flexible adjustment of the quality of shooting (such parameters as sharpness, brightness, contrast are adjusted).
Photos taken on the main Strike Forward camera:
The front camera has a resolution of 5 megapixels and interpolation up to 8 megapixels. It shoots as expected worse than the main one - pixels are visible when approaching. But it is equipped with a flash and supports HDR .
Performance and Software
In terms of performance, Strike Forward does not show phenomenal results. Although “miracles” were not expected from him, because from the characteristics it was clear that the device was equipped with a budget processor from MTK and a small amount of RAM (2 GB).
The new product from BQ rather exceeded our expectations: it scored more than 45,000 "parrots" in AnTuTu. Other "budget" from the BQ catalog, even the mark of 40,000 did not submit. There is enough performance to play arcade, “easy” games - for example, there are no problems with “ Subway Surfers ” and “ Homescapes ”. But torturing an opponent in 3D fighting game “ Mortal Kombat X ” will not work - it will freeze so often that patience is simply not enough.
Strike Forward is running the fresh Android 8.1 Oreo, a lightweight and user-friendly operating system. The proprietary shell is missing, so anyone who has experience with the "green robot" can easily figure out the interface.
The traditional drawback of BQ smartphones is the large number of pre-installed applications - alas, the Strike Forward model is also peculiar. True, there are more and more useful programs among the pre-installed ones. Now, besides the icons of casino applications on desktops, you can find the Yandex.Real Estate , Yandex.Zen , Yula icons, and even the book with the intriguing title “ 7 Laws of Life ”.
An important feature of the Strike Forward smartphone is that it supports 4G on both SIM slots at once. That is, it is knowingly determined which of the cards is for accessing the network, and which is for calls, there is no need. The user can access the Internet from any of the two installed SIM cards.
The protection of personal data stored on a smartphone is designed to provide a fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint accurately recognizes the correct fingerprint, but the phone from the "sleep mode" displays with some delay. However, such a “sinner” can be forgiven, because the analogues from the budget segment of the fingerprint sensor do not exist at all.
The phone’s music speaker is on the back — not a good location. It’s hard to understand the manufacturer’s motivation to move the speaker there - at the bottom of the free space a whole hectare. The sound is muffled a little when the smartphone lies “on its back”. Although if you challenge something in the German industrial genre, you won’t miss a call like a gadget, the Strike Forward itself is loud.
The “enhancer" of sound on a smartphone is the traditional BQ BesLoudness product.
Strike Forward is not a marathon runner, but the battery life of this device is above average. The battery capacity of 3,200 mAh allows the smartphone to last without recharging:
- 1 day - with moderate use (included 4G module, conversations with a total duration of 30 minutes, watching several videos).
- 6-7 hours - with active use (games or watching movies in HD-resolution).
- 25-26 hours - in standby mode (when the smartphone is used as an interior item).
Like many smartphones with impressive capacity batteries, Strike Forward supports OTG - that is, it can be used to recharge other gadgets. But the quick charge function on the device is missing.
The advantages of the apparatus of B-Kew Strike Forward are:
- Attractive design in its rigor.
- Bright screen with wide viewing angles.
- Aperture rear camera with phase focus.
- Fresh Android 8.1 Oreo.
- Support for 4G on both SIM slots.
- Powerful battery.
- Fingerprint sensor.
- Modest price.
The disadvantages are not an example less, and they are all more likely from the category of "nit-picking":
- A lot of pre-installed applications (you have to spend time uninstalling them).
- A small amount of RAM.
- Unfavorable location of the music speaker.
- Lack of support for fast charging .
Strike Forward will be popular among users who appreciate technology not for their catchy logo, but for convenience and functionality - in the budget segment this gadget looks almost the most interesting. What is important from the point of view of marketing, the smartphone is equally suitable for both ladies and gentlemen, since it has compact dimensions and is available in several colors at once.