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Review of the BQ Element: elementary, my dear Watson

Manufacturer BQ Element is positioned as the flagship smartphone in the lineup of the company BQ, this gadget occupies the top position. But serious damage to the budget buying a BQ Element will not cause the new product is sold in Russia for 9990 rubles. The smartphone boasts excellent workmanship, good packaging and nice design with 2.5 D glass and tightly assembled body. In spite of the price segment, the device does not look budget. We have to find out what’s inside.

Technical characteristics BQ Element (BQ-5032)

  • Screen: IPS 5″ HD (1280×720)
  • CPU: MediaTek MT6735 Quad-core GHz 1.3 GHz
  • Graphics accelerator: Mali-T720
  • Operating system: Android 6.0
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Built-in memory: 16 GB
  • Memory card support: microSD up to 128 GB (single slot)
  • Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz || UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz| LTE 1, 3, 7, 8, 20
  • SIM: 2 micro-SIM
  • Wireless interfaces: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Navigation: GPS
  • Camera: primary — 16 MP (flash, autofocus), front — 8 MP
  • Sensors: proximity, light, accelerator
  • Battery: removable 2400mAh
  • Dimensions: 145х70,5×8,5 mm
  • Weight: 144 grams

Packaging equipment

The BQ Element is sold in a white cardboard box, the lid embossed which caused the outline of this smartphone. On the back of the packaging, the gadget depicted in gold and gray colors, and also lists the key specifications — memory, processor, number of megapixels and so on.

BQ Element

The kit manufacturer has included silicone case-pad, headphones, micro-USB cable, a spare film (one is already pasted on screen) and power adapter 1 A. It’s more than typically comes with inexpensive equipment.

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BQ Element looks very neat and elegant: a small diagonal (5″), high-quality imitation of metal and curved at the edges of the glass, made by technology 2.5 D Curved Glass.

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On the front panel above the screen is the earpiece, front camera and sensors approximation and lighting. Under the display are buttons “Home”, “Menu” and “Back”, marked in dark silver paint. The icons are not highlighted, but perfectly visible against the white panel.

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Under the back cover is a removable battery at 2400 mAh and three slots — two for micro-SIM and one microSD (supports cards with capacity up to 128 GB).

BQ Element

In the lower part of the rear panel are oblong loudspeaker grille and on the center — logo BQ. Camera and flash are in the top left corner.

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On the right side of the device there is a power button and volume rocker, while the left remained free. Charging connector placed on the bottom, on the top — 3.5 mm audio Jack. the buttons are very clear and enjoyable course, but this feeling is not lost, and when using a proprietary case.

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The smartphone is available in silver and gold color.



In the hand the device is: sharp edges (not sharp and not scratching hand), comfortable size, nice texture, small thickness (8.5 mm). When using the case the grip becomes even easier, thanks to the silicone texture “clinging” to the skin. The cover sits very tight. A standard layout of controls and connectors allows you to use the device without any inconvenience — all the buttons at hand, no discomfort.

BQ Element

Quality workmanship at BQ Element, not be pushing and does not creak.



A five-inch screen with HD resolution (1280x 720 pixels), made by technology IPS. He has good viewing angles, nice colours and normal brightness. Catches the eye is that black frame around the display, but its thickness is about one and a half millimeters.

BQ Element

Comes with a smartphone glued to the screen protective film. It is quite durable, but a week of active testing is still covered with slight fading.

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Software options for customizing the display not so much: you can increase or decrease the font, enable adaptive brightness and select one of the three effects of color — neutral, warm or cold.

BQ Element

The screen supports five simultaneous touches, this is sufficient for normal use of the interface and games. The sensor is accurate and fast.

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The smartphone runs on Android 6.0. Interface slightly modified, but this mainly concerns the camera application in comparison with the standard version there are a lot of additional features.

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On the desktop you can find several icons for installation of the software of different purposes: for example, Lamoda (clothes), Delivery Club (food delivery) and Yandex.Taxi. Well worth a couple of toys and a few clients of social networks. These applications are not loaded into memory by clicking on icons run Google Play. If desired, they can simply remove it.


The machine at work

The novelty has a time-tested budget chipset MT6735 MediaTek, clocked at up to 1.3 GHz and a graphics accelerator Mali-T720.

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16 GB standard memory capacity for this segment, and for the average user it is enough. Besides, it is possible to increase the memory to 128 GB via a microSD card by inserting it in a separate slot — need to abandon the second SIM card. The amount of RAM — 3 GB. To speed interface, no complaints: he’s fast, responds quickly to user actions and slows down. The hardware Element provides comfortable video playback and allows you surf the Internet.

BQ Element

BQ Element

BQ ElementDoodle Jump DC Super Heroes: a well-calibrated microgyroscope allows you to play this game without any difficulty. BQ ElementLara Croft: Relic Run: problems with graphics in the game are not. With the long game slightly heated body.

BQ ElementGodfire: Rise of Prometheus: in the difficult moments a little laggy animations, but overall the game is good. BQ ElementWorld of Tanks Blitz: a five-inch screen to play in Tanchiki not very convenient — right diagonal of more. And in terms of performance, everything is fine, it was noticed except that the small heating of the case.

Benchmark results correspond to the price of the device:

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Brand headset is very tight and comfortably sits in your ears. The only negative in terms of ergonomics — too close to the microphone, which adversely affects the voice quality. Sounding no major complaints, normal headphones, except the sound is just rather flat. Problems with high frequencies no, they are quite clean. The external dynamics of the BQ Element is not enough only stereo it is loud and sounds adequately.



Camera BQ Element will please its owner not only with the quality and shooting speed, but also an abundance of software possibilities. The camera app has many modes, among which I would like to highlight manual mode for its implementation: the screen can display the settings like ISO, white balance and so on separately or all at the same time, which gives the opportunity to set up the camera very precisely, based on the pictures on the viewfinder.

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Main camera resolution 16 MP. It is very well removes in the afternoon — shots come out bright, sharp and with beautiful colors. The lack of lighting there are problems with clarity at night and in artificial light shots often are blurry. The color rendering is no problem, the shades in the pictures natural and alive.

The application has the mode “Macro”, allowing you to capture very fine details. The cropped, with the result that when taking the effect of a magnifying glass. Below are examples of pictures taken in this mode.

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This is an example of HD video taken on the BQ Element. Picture and clarity is all right.

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The HDR mode is implemented is not entirely successful, and its effect is subtle: only the pictures become a little lighter, and the problem of too dark areas remain.

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The front camera will satisfy most fans of selfie: a resolution of 8 megapixels, good colors and enough clarity for self-portraits.

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Wireless interfaces

BQ Element supports all generation networks, including LTE. In terms of connection there is no problem: both SIM cards work with the LTE, a fast Internet connection, a cellular connection is stable. To choose between second SIM and microSD card is not necessary, in BQ Element can be set at once all at once. The only smartphone that does not support hot swap SIM, reboot is required.

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The gadget is equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with these modules work all too well. For navigation you can use the GPS, which is the BQ Element starts in about fifteen minutes.


Work offline

Battery capacity BQ Element 2400 mAh. With continuous playback of HD-video with the switched off wireless interfaces, but maximum display brightness the battery lasted five and a half hours. The result is a medium — BQ Element will have to be charged every day, as in continuous active use, including web surfing, listening to music, correspondence in social networks and photography, battery lasts 4.5 hours. In games the battery will discharge on average by 25-30 percent per hour. On a full charge from a standard adapter takes a little less than three hours.

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The results

BQ Element — gadget with a well-balanced set of features and good performance. In addition to the smart interface and quality of the camera is pleasantly surprising that, despite the budget processor, the gadget has a very nice game — all four tested worked without problems. Also do not forget the 3 GB of RAM, as well as a good supplied in a box put the headset, a protective film and cover.



  • extended completion;
  • a good camera with manual settings.
  • quick interface.


  • the frame around the display;
  • not supported hot swapping of SIM cards

Lyricist: Alexander Mitroshina

Picture device: Daria Nesterovskaya

Source: 4pda.ru

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