BQ Aquaris U2 and U2 Lite: Basic input range with 3100 mAh and Quick Charge 3.0

Just one year after the presentation of the first range of Aquaris U, BQ announced today the arrival of its successors. This is the new Aquaris U2 and U2 Lite, two devices with which the company takes a new step in its idea of offering devices as affordable as possible.

These are two almost identical models, in which the only thing that changes is the processor and the camera between the main one and its Lite version, slightly less powerful in the second one. For the rest, in them we will see a SoC Snapdragon Snapdragon 4XX, 2 GB of RAM and resolutions of 720p.

In this way and after today’s releases, the Aquaris U2 and U2 Lite remain in the BQ input range with the minimum specifications. Meanwhile, just above are the Aquaris V and V Plus also presented today, and that add to the proposal a fingerprint reader and better finishes.

BQ Aquaris U2 and U2 Lite
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Data sheet of the BQ Aquaris U2 and BQ Aquaris U2 Lite

BQ AQUARIS U2 LITE BQ AQUARIS U2
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 148.1 x 72.9 x 8.4 mm and 155 gr 148.1 x 72.9 x 8.4 mm and 155 gr
SCREEN IPS A-SI 5.2 inches
Resolution 720×1280 and 283 ppi
Cristal Dinorex
IPS A-SI 5.2 inches
Resolution 720×1280 and 283 ppi
Cristal Dinorex
MATERIALS Polycarbonate + Dinorex crystal Splash resistant IP52 Polycarbonate + Dinorex crystal Splash resistant IP52
PROCESSOR Snapdragon 425 quad-core 1.4 GHz
GPU Adreno 308
Snapdragon 430 octa-core 1.4 GHz
GPU Adreno 505
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
MEMORY 16 GB + MicroSD 256 GB 16 GB + MicroSD 256 GB
SOFTWARE Android 7.1.2 (upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo) Android 7.1.2 (upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo)
CAMERAS Rear: 8 MP, f / 2.0, RAW shooting, LED flash, manual control
Front: 5 MP, f / 2.0, flash
Rear: 13 MP, f / 2.2, PDAF, HDR, RAW trigger, manual control,
Front flash : 5 MP, f / 2.0, flash
CONNECTIVITY Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / Galileo / Glonass, MicroUSB Dual SIM, 4G, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS / Galileo / Glonass, MicroUSB
BATTERY 3.100 mAh
Quick Charge Quick Charge 3.0
3.100 mAh
Quick Charge Quick Charge 3.0
OTHERS NFC,
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS-Glonass
FM radio
2 microphones with noise canceller
proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Headphone jack HiFi
NFC,
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS-Glonass
FM radio
2 microphones with noise canceller
proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Headphone jack HiFi
PRICE $159.90 $179.90
BQ Aquaris U2 and U2 Lite
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The most basic input range of BQ

The concept of these two new BQ devices seems to be to offer the minimum specifications that any buyer can look for, and offer them at the lowest possible price. Hence, sacrifices must have been made in an attempt to economize the final result as much as possible.

Both come equipped with Qualcomm processors, the Snapdragon 435 for the Aquaris U2 and a slightly less powerful Snapdragon 425 for its little brother, the Lite version. In this release we miss the version ‘Plus’ that we saw last year in the first range of Aquaris U, so it remains to be seen if it will be presented later or will be sacrificed to focus on the less powerful ranges.

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In terms of RAM, in both models we find the 2 GB, while the internal storage remains at 16 GB. In full 2017 this storage capacity seems insufficient, but BQ makes up for this by offering a microSD card slot with which we can expand the internal memory by 256 GB.

The new Aquaris U2 and U2 Lite are finished in high quality polycarbonate and a Beckers finish with protection against IP52 against dust and splashes. The screen is 5.2 inches with 2.5D corners slightly rounded to give them a very visual look. Yes, forget about the mobiles without frames or fingerprint sensors, because they are two trends that have been sacrificed in exchange for a more competitive price.

The battery is 3100 mAh, which added to the undemanding processors and an HD resolution of 720p should translate into quite remarkable autonomies to which we must add Quick Charge 3.0 technology for fast charging. Even so, we will have to wait until we can prove it to see to what extent the numbers on the table are brought effectively to reality.

BQ Aquaris U2 and U2 Lite
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The photographic section is covered by 13 and 8 megapixel rear cameras for the U2 and U2 Lite respectively, the first having an f / 2.2 and the second an f / 2.0, and sharing RAW shooting, manual control and LED flash. The rear cameras are the same on both models, with 5 megapixel and f / 2.0 sensors.

As for the rest, it is surprising that they are mobile ready to be used both compatibility with LTE networks. We will also find NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS-Glonass, FM Radio and 2 microphones with noise cancellation for clearer conversations.

And to finish, it remains to remember that both devices will come with Android 7.1.2 Nougat, and that BQ has already announced that they will update to Android Oreo in the coming dates. A last and interesting both taking into account that in the lower ranges the majority of devices usually miss precisely not being too updated.

Versions and prices of the BQ Aquaris U2 and U2 Lite

The new Aquaris U2 and U2 Lite will arrive in stores starting in October in Carbon Black and Sand Gold, black and gold. They will do it with 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM with prices of 179.90 dollars for the Aquaris U2, while the Aquaris U2 Lite will remain at 159.910 dollars.

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