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Best Cheap Mobile Phones and Budget Smartphones 2016


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9 / 10

Reviewed by Max Parker

19 February 2016

BQ Aquaris X5

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Key features:

  • Soft-touch design
  • Cyanogen OS
  • Snapdragon 412 CPU
You may not have heard of BQ. It’s a small Spanish company that’s only recently made any real headway in the UK. But if you see its latest Aquaris X5 in-store, you’d do well to check it out.

The phone has a pleasing metal frame with a soft-touch plastic back that makes it one of the most comfortable affordable smartphones to hold. It’s also reasonably well stocked hardware-wise.

It comes loaded with a 720p 5-inch screen that matches the Moto G’s for quality and sharpness. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 414 CPU also ensures the phone’s reasonably smooth to use and more than powerful enough for day-to-day use.

The appearance of Cyanogen OS could also be a selling point for some buyers. This heavily customised version of Android Lollipop makes it easier for you to alter Android’s already very tweakable UI and adds a number of under-the-hood security features.

The phone’s only negative is its below-average camera, which doesn’t come close to matching the quality of those on competing budget phones, such as the Moto G and OnePlus X.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £179 | Amazon.com from $212

At time of review the BQ Aquaris X5 was available for £179.

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