How much do you think a dual-camera smartphone, 2.5D fingerprint scanner and IPS display should cost? If you called a five-figure sum, you were seriously mistaken. All this can offer the user a novelty BQ-5515L Fast, the cost of which is only 6 490 rubles.
In this review we will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the new budget model of the Russian manufacturer.
- Materials: plastic, glass
- Operating System: Android 8.1
- Processor: 4-core MediaTek MT6739WA, up to 1.5 GHz
- Video Accelerator: PowerVR GE8100
- RAM / User Memory: 2GB / 16GB (Free about 11. 8GB )
- Memory card slot: yes, 64GB maximum
- Display: 5 inches, 960 × 480 resolution
- Main Camera: 8MP + 0.3MP
- Front Camera: 2MP
- Fingerprint scanner : yes
- Navigation: GPS
- Wireless Modules: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz
- Battery: 2500mAh
- Dimensions: 71.6 × 150 × 9.2 mm
- Weight: 165 grams
Bundling and design
BQ Fast came to us in a traditional red-and-white cardboard packaging for the budgets. On the front of the box, a note about the presence of a dactyloscopic sensor is a reminder of the key dignity of the device. Behind is a list of key features.
Only the essentials are included:
- Charging unit for 5V.
- MicroUSB cable.
- Warranty card and instruction.
- Battery (on the Fast model it is removable).
A factory film is glued to the screen, which can also be considered a complete accessory.
BQ Fast looks great - if you do not know the price of this gadget in advance, in appearance you can estimate it at least 10 thousand. rubles. The solidity of the device is clearly added by the neat circle of the fingerprint scanner and the vertical module of the double rear camera. The cover is made of plastic, but you will not distinguish the "eye" from the metal.
It is easy to remove the cover. There are two SIM slots under it and one more under the flash card. No combo slots.
Most of the mechanical elements are typically located, except for the recharge connector, which is placed on the upper end rather than the lower end. On top there is also a headphone jack (standard 3.5-Jack). The lower end is reserved for the speaker and microphone. On the right are 3 mechanical keys - " Power " and volume control. The left side is blank.
BQ Fast is available in 3 color options: blue, black and titanium (gray). We came up with a sample of gray. Just this version of the version seemed to us the most successful, because the gray smartphone is equally wonderful for both men and women.
The BQ Fast screen is the first item that displays the budget status of the device. Despite the fact that the display is made in accordance with all current trends (2.5D glass, 18: 9 aspect ratio ), it is not top-level. A little annoying vibration when pressing the on-screen keys. It will not be possible to adjust it - only to remove.
The screen has a small resolution of only 960 × 480. The user does not get this discomfort - the visual image is no worse than on devices with HD-screens. Here the contribution is made by the fact that there is no air layer between the protective glass and the matrix. The viewing angles are wide, and it's a pleasant surprise - as steeply as you tilt the body, the contents of the screen remain discernible.
The BQ Fast main camera is capable of taking pictures with a blurred background - in fact, it requires an additional lens. There are other shooting modes, such as Beautiful Face and Panorama . The camera supports HDR .
The pictures taken on the back camera in sufficient light are of a very good quality.
The front camera has a resolution of 2MP. There is a Beautiful Face mode as well as HDR.
Productivity and software
Although the smartphone bears the proud and promising title of Fast (that is, "fast"), it has the most common MediaTek MT6739WA chipset on board. At the same time there are really no complaints about the speed of the device. The smartphone does not hang when scrolling through menus and desktop changes, confidently copes with medium-demanding games - those that do not require to install gigabytes of extra files on Wi-Fi. The key to speed is probably Android 8.1 Oreo - Fast is the operating system. Here's what the device interface looks like:
RAM on the BQ-5515L 2GB, built-in - 16GB. It is possible to expand the built-in up to 64 GB. Features are standard for the budget model.
As for the sensors, here are two nice surprises. We mentioned the first one - this is a fingerprint that works well, accurately determines the print in 4 cases out of 5. Not every budget device will find such a sensor. The second advantage is 5GHz Wi-Fi support. Wireless data rates are twice as high as devices that are deprived of this advantage.
The speaker located on the lower end sounds loud and clear. With the volume slider set to the middle of the scale, the ringtone is clearly audible even in crowded places. BesLoudness, a traditional BQ smartphone, is responsible for improving the sound.
The smartphone has a small battery - however, there are no features that consume the "eye" charge. Therefore, the capacity of the battery can be characterized as optimal. "Extend the life" of the device will succeed by activating the standard for smartphones BQ functions - " Energy Saving with Standby " and " Power Saving ".
With the first Fast on and off turned on, provided it is used in moderate mode (ie without heavy loads), it will last a full day on a single charge - and will even stay ten percent in the morning. Under load (for example, if the user is playing) the gadget will sit for 4-5 hours.
Fast charging does not support the BQ-5515L. It takes about an hour and a half to charge the battery to the hundreds.
BQ-5515L Fast is a "budget" disguised as a mid-range model. The design of the smartphone is really "on top", although the developers have not resorted to any extraordinary moves. The gadget has something to offer in terms of functionality as well. In particular, the device is equipped with a decent dual camera capable of shooting with the bokeh effect, boasts good performance and fresh Android 8.1 Oreo.
BQ Fast is suitable for people who value style and practicality, but are not ready to overpay for the brand and over-the-top features - the ones you boast more often than you use. Also, the novelty from BQ will be a great gift for a teenager - even if it is picky. Just don't tell him how much the gift cost - he himself will never guess that there is a budget-level device in his hands.