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BQ Aquaris M5 (2015)

Android OS v5.0 (Lollipop)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939
Adreno 405
2 GB / 16 GB
5 inch (1080 x 1920 px)
13 MP, 4128 x 3096 px, autofocus

This phone boasts a 5 inch IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 chipset, and 2 GB of RAM.

But hold on, there's another layer to explore.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the BQ Aquaris M5 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device.

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BQ Aquaris M5 specifications

BrandBQ
NameAquaris M5
ModelAQM5
Release date2015

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight5.08 oz
Dimensions5.63 x 2.73 x 0.33 inch
Colorsblack, white
SIM typeMicro SIM

The weight of the BQ Aquaris M5 is still considered to be lightweight and portable. A micro SIM is larger than the current standard Nano SIM card but smaller than the older SIM card size.

System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v5.0 (Lollipop)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939
CPUOcta-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 405

The BQ Aquaris M5 comes with Android OS v5.0 (Lollipop) out of the box. Android is an open-source operating system. This means users and developers have more control over the software. This CPU makes it ideal for running resource-intensive applications. Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices use Adreno GPUs.

Display type, size, resolution

Display typeIPS
Screen size5 inch
Resolution1080 x 1920 px
Multitouch supportyes, up to 10 fingers

People know IPS for its wide viewing angles. It also has accurate color reproduction. The 5 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The display size is the diagonal distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM2 GB
Internal storage16 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

The smartphone has 2 GB of RAM. It can run many apps at once without much lag or slowness. More RAM lets us keep more apps and processes open in the background. This keeps the device from slowing down. If we use our smartphones for basic tasks like calling, texting, and browsing the web, 32 GB may be sufficient for our needs. We can expand the internal storage of the Aquaris M5 (16 GB) by using a compatible microSD card.

Cameras, flash

Main camera13 MP, 4128 x 3096 px, autofocus
FlashDual LED
Selfie camera5 MP

This single camera can be enough for many smartphone users, it depends on their photography needs and preferences. The main camera of Aquaris M5 smartphone does not have OIS. The optical image stabilization (OIS) is an important feature in smartphones.

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS
NFCno
FM radioyes
USBmicroUSB 2.0, USB host
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The 4G provides faster data transfer speeds compared to previous generations. This BQ phone can connect to Wi-Fi networks at home, at work, or in public places. We can use Bluetooth to connect our Aquaris M5 smartphone to many Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS receiver. The phone isn't NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. NFC is not essential for basic phone functionality, but it can be useful. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows us to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Po 3120 mAh

The Li-Po 3120 mAh battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The lithium polymer (Li-Po) battery is a light-weight, rechargeable battery. We can simply buy a new battery from the open market and interchange it by ourselves.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, gyroscope, hall, light, proximity
SpecialsDragontrail glass, Dual SIM

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer is a sensor. It measures the tilting motion and orientation of the phone. The light sensor is a type of sensor in a smartphone. It lets the phone measure light intensity around the device. Dual SIM is great for businesses. They want to give staff a device with separate numbers and bills for personal and business use.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this BQ phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot
  • Dual SIM support

Cons

  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient internal storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 5G support
  • no NFC feature
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no fingerprint reader
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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