BQ Aquaris X5 is first Cyanogen phone carried by a network

Consider it a skin. Consider it a better Android. Consider it an offshoot of an offshoot. Any way you look at it, Cyanogen has had its fair share of ups and downs as an independent entity (with some big arms to help it out), but those moves have been outside of the popular circuit — the carriers.

Enter Spanish carrier Movistar which has taken up BQ’s Aquaris X5 for 209€ ($225 as of this post). You may know BQ as a manufacturer of some Android One devices. It seems like the OEM is sticking to the bargain bin while still providing an interesting experience.

Component Type
Screen size 5 inches
Screen type LCD
Resolution 1280 x 720
Pixel density 294 ppi
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 412
Type Quad-core
Speed 1.4GHz
GPU Adreno 306
Storage 16GB
Camera 1/3.06-inch 13-megapixel f/2.0 Sony IMX214 rear / 5-mgapixel f/2.0 Samsung front
Flash Dual-flash
Battery 2900mAh
OS Cyanogen 12.1
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Sensors Brightness / proximity / accelerometer / compass / gyroscope / Hall effect
Build Aluminium moulding
Dimensions 70.5 x 144.4 x 7.5mm / 148g

There’s a version of the Aquaris X5 that runs Android 5.1.1. We may see BQ bring either Android or Cyanogen to Germany and the UK in a few weeks through Movistar’s operations there.

Who knows how far this might go for all three parties involved?

Source: Movistar (Google Translate)
Via: TechCrunch

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