Test BQ Aquaris X5 Edition Cyanogen, it can make us forget his elder

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Review of: Cyanogen BQ Aquaris X5 Smartphone Edition: Manuel Castejon Reviewed by: Manuel Rating: 3 On March 11, 2016 Last modified: March 14, 2016


The Cyanogen Edition of Aquaris X5 same qualities as the standard version of the phone and gum some of its shortcomings. interface more fluid, brighter and better calibrated screen, better camera arranged … The benefits are many and choose, there is no doubt that this Cyanogen Edition largely prevails over the base model.

Unfortunately, in the meantime other brands did not remain with folded arms, and it is impossible better note this version of the X5 Aquaris marketed to 250 euros when you can get 230 euros for a phone like the Honor 5X, which has many advantages over the Spanish smartphone. Suffice to say that the points he wins one hand, he loses because of its too high price positioning given its specs. Between 150 and 200 euros could concede many arguments, but will have to wait for promotions. more Details

After proposing his Aquaris X5 in its home interface (AOSP a derivative), BQ declines smartphone edition Cyanogen. As its name suggests, it does not change its technical characteristics, but swapped its software part for Cyanogen ROM OS. Is the wise choice?

The phone is identical in many respects to the standard version, we will not return to similar issues, such as design for example. For details on these points, take a look at our test of the Aquaris standard X5.

Technical sheet

BQ Aquaris Model X5

Android version Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Screen Size 5 inches

IPS LCD screen technology

Quantum Color +

Display resolution 720 x 1280 pixels

Screen resolution 294 dpi


Snapdragon SoC 412


4 x CPU Cortex-A53 at 1.4 GHz

GPU Adreno 306


Internal Memory 16/32 GB

13 megapixel back camera


(Ƒ / 2.0, 1 / 3.06 “)

1080p video

5 megapixel front camera

(Samsung 5E2)

2900 mAh battery

Sensors Light sensor

Proximity Sensors




Hall Sensor

4G LTE 4G cat. 4

Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n


Bluetooth 4.0


USB microUSB v2.0

2 x SIM Nano SIM

Dimensions 144.4 x 70.5 x 7.50mm

Weight 148 grams

Price 249 euros


Strangely, the rendering of the screen that Cyanogen Edition has absolutely nothing to see the original version of the phone. While the manufacturer assures us that this is the same material, its quality is superior, both in its brightness in the accuracy of its colors. Thus, going from 383 to 457 cd / m² for an equivalent contrast (1250: 1), which makes the screen much more enjoyable, especially for use outdoors or in bright locations.

Its brightness is not alone in having been reviewed by software and calibration is much better. With an average temperature of screen 7850 ° K, the image is still a bit cold, which is felt particularly on White (who turns blue) and red (a little pale), but the improvement is clear Aquaris compared to the original X5, the temperature was between 8500 and 9000 ° K. For the record, the ideal temperature is meanwhile around 6500 ° K.

Finally, like the original model, this variation of the Aquaris X5 displays a correct definition (294 DPI), while the Full HD would have to smooth some of the details, as well as good viewing angles despite glare coating window.

Cyanogen OS, the near-faultless

Normally, we can only appreciate the presence of Cyanogen OS on a smartphone, as the interface is intended to be both comprehensive and close to AOSP. Only a few well-chosen additions embellish all Android and correct deficiencies. Yet the choice is amazing here, BQ already using its own interface altered at different sentence of AOSP.

The difference between the two versions so do not jump directly to the eyes, even if it is true that some details give a little more opportunity to the ROM. the presence of three additional quick settings Note for example, a more complete boot menu, a user profile system and some other small improvements in the genre yet, as the ability to display a navigation bar the screen to switch capacitive buttons (which nevertheless remain visible). New nevertheless remain relatively few compared to the usual firmware BQ.

One of the main novelties remains the presence of themes shop, which gives a different style to their phone by changing the wallpaper, icons, and even his or her notification bar Google search widget . For more picky, each element can also be changed independently.

Still, even if the differences are minimal, the set was much more fluid in general. While not entirely perfect (it can happen that the memory load will be felt occasionally), the experience remains better.

To use this positive side, it will still accept applications made by Cyanogen duplicates. Law was thus an integrated browser besides Chrome, however it is possible to uninstall, but also two applications “Camera”, it is impossible to remove.


As we mentioned above, the material part of the Aquaris X5 Cyanogen Edition is strictly identical to that of the standard X5 Aquaris. So ships same Snapdragon processor 410 1.4GHz with Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Nevertheless, a well optimized software can sometimes afford to make the experience more enjoyable.

Benchmarks / BQ Aquaris Model X5 Cyanogen Edition BQ Aquaris X5 Motorola Moto G (2015)

SoC Snapdragon 412 Snapdragon 412 Snapdragon 410

720p 720p 720p screen resolution

PCMark 3 924 3 859 4 134

3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited 4 997 5 027 4 447

GFXBench T-Rex (onscreen / offscreen) 11/6 SPF 11 / FPS 6.1 9.4 / 5.3 FPS

GFXBench Manhattan (onscreen / offscreen) 4.4 / 2.1 FPS 4.5 / FPS 2.1 3.7 / 1.7 FPS

And the experience is actually more pleasant on the phone’s interface. While Aquaris X5 regularly suffered delays when navigating the phone’s menus, this Cyanogen Edition was much more fluid. However, with regard to the computing power, do not expect to find any improvement. Whether on benchmarks or games, the performance of this Cyanogen Edition are similar to those of his cousin.


The biggest flaws of the picture part of the Aquaris X5 concerned imbitable its interface, both for taking photos for viewing post clichés. Here, the two applications were replaced respectively by Cyanogen camera (or Google) and Google Photos gallery, at the same time correcting these problems.

The same picture quality remains subdued. The definition (13 megapixels) is good, but as long as we zoom in a bit image, we see that the sound is omnipresent, even at 100 ISO. Management of light is also a bit difficult, but can partly be caught through HDR mode, particularly effective.

HDR right, normal left

Inside, the result is not bad either, without being extraordinary, but we note that more than light, Aquaris X5 Cyanogen Edition is struggling to manage color. In particular HDR, red tends to turn pink.


At our usual self-test of watching HD video on YouTube for an hour with the calibrated screen 200 cd / m², the Aquaris X5 had lost 11% of battery. The Aquaris X5 Cyanogen meanwhile Edition