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.
|Screen size||5 inches|
|Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Pixel density||294 ppi|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 412|
|Camera||1/3.06-inch 13-megapixel f/2.0 Sony IMX214 rear / 5-mgapixel f/2.0 Samsung front|
|Sensors||Brightness / proximity / accelerometer / compass / gyroscope / Hall effect|
|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?