BQ presents the new Aquaris X2 Pro and Aquaris X2

BQ presents the new Aquaris X2 Pro and Aquaris X2

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The dual camera offers portraits with bokeh effect and takes higher quality, sharper pictures at night.

They are both part of the Android One programme.

They boast a 5.65” FHD+ screen and Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 660 and 636 Octa-core processors with Kryo™ technology.

Madrid, May 8th 2018 – Spanish company BQ has presented its new Aquaris X2 Pro and Aquaris X2 smartphones today. They are both part of the Android One programme and are centred around the key features for the users: camera, design, screen, power and efficiency, not to mention security.

Dual camera, Google Lens and Artificial Intelligence

Photography continues to be a top priority for BQ. The new dual camera emphasises portrait mode in order to achieve the bokeh effect: interpreting the depth of field, it fades out the background while maintaining people sharply in focus in the foreground (in addition to the Face Beauty feature).

The latest from BQ achieves great results in low-light conditions thanks to the 12 MP and 5 MP Samsung sensors, the ƒ/1.8 focal aperture and 1.29 μm pixel size. It also delivers higher-quality, sharper images at night or indoors by combining Dual Phase Detection autofocus, Multi-Image Processing technology and instant ZSL shooting.

The Aquaris X2 Pro and Aquaris X2 are among the first smartphones in the world to include Google Lens within the camera app, a ground-breaking IA-based recognition system which offers a new way of identifying objects that the camera focuses on. What’s more, its revamped camera app (designed in-house) will include new features such as Play Photos, integrated filters and 10x zoom. The video records in 4K resolution and features Vidhance stabiliser.

The 8 MP front camera is equipped with the new SoftNeuro™ technology , based on the Deep Learning Inference Engine (a branch of Artificial Intelligence), which achieves the bokeh effect with a single camera: it detects figures, isolates them and creates an effect of depth. It also includes Face Beauty, Selfie Indicator and front flash.

Android One: Pure Android, security and updates

The Aquaris X2 Pro and Aquaris X2 are part of Android One, Google’s innovative programme to deliver a simple user experience, with operating system updates for two years and security updates for three years thanks to Google Play Protect. What’s more, it provides a fluid user experience, efficient power consumption and greater storage.

"When you purchase a new smartphone, you expect to enjoy an incredible user experience. We work with BQ on our Android One programme so that a range of devices combining attractive hardware with the advanced Google software will be available for the users” explains David Assouline, Android Partnerships Manager at Google Spain.

Rodrigo del Prado, Deputy Director General at BQ, explains that “our philosophy at BQ is very similar to that of Google. BQ smartphones practically include pure Android and we are very strict with our update policy because the privacy and security of our users is our priority.” The latest models from BQ will come with the latest version of Android, Android™ 8.1.0 Oreo™.

Infinite screen, Qualcomm® processors with Kryo™ technology and much more.

The Aquaris X2 Pro combines glass and aluminium in a simple, modern and highly-resistant design thanks to the 3D Gorilla® Glass. However, the real protagonist in both models is the spectacular 5.65” 2.5D infinite screen, with FHD+ resolution, Quantum Color + technology with more than 16.5 million colours and brightness of up to 650 nits.

The immersive screen experience includes stereo playback, providing surround sound, which is achieved by the Qualcomm® Aqstic™ solution, and two smart amplifiers of up to 9W. The speakers offers high fidelity sound with distortion levels of less than 0.002% at maximum volume and includes the Qualcomm® aptX™ for Bluetooth® audio solution, avoiding the typical loss of quality with traditional codecs.

Another highlight is the processor. For its latest range, BQ has opted for the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 660 Octa-core up to 2.2 GHz (Aquaris X2 Pro) and the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 636 Octa-core up to 1.8 GHz (Aquaris X2), the only processors of the 600 series to include Kryo™. This exclusive technology improves the performance by over 67% in comparison to the Aquaris X Pro and reduces the power consumption by 30%. They are also equipped with Qualcomm® Adreno™ 512 GPUs up to 650 MHz and Adreno™ 509 up to 430 MHz respectively.

“We are very pleased to broaden our collaboration with BQ and to keep on joining forces in order to deliver the best mobile experience to users with the Aquaris X2 Pro and Aquaris X2” affirms Roberto Di Pietro, Vice President of Business Development at Qualcomm. “The mobile industry is experiencing a moment of unprecedented innovation and we will keep on working together on new features for the future.”

They both come with the Quick Charge 4+ feature (which charges the battery to 50% in just 30 minutes), 3100 mAh battery, fingerprint reader, NFC connectivity, USB Type-C DisplayPort™, Dual-SIM and Galileo, Glonass and GPS navigation systems.

The Aquaris X2 Pro will be available in Midnight Black, Glaze White and Deep Silver in the 64 GB + 4 GB (€389.90) and 128 GB + 6 GB (€459.90) configurations. The Aquaris X2 will be available in Sand Gold and Carbon Black in the 32 GB + 3 GB (€309.90) and 64 GB + 4 GB (€339.90) configurations.

About BQ

BQ is one of the leaders in European technology. Their objective is to help people understand technology, inspire them to use it and develop it. To do this they are committed to education in technology, a DIY philosophy, and Open Source. BQ applies this philosophy to its products (smartphones, 3D printers, and robotics, amongst others) as well as its software solutions, working towards making technology a tool that improves the world and the life of their users.

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