Spanish phone maker BQ has unveiled one of the first Android One phones designed to be sold in developed nations. The BQ Aquaris A4.5 is a €170 smartphone that will be available soon in Spain and Portugal.
The Android One initiative is a Google program to work with phone makers to deliver low-cost phones that offer a reliable user experience. Google provides a list of supported hardware that device makers can choose from and then Google delivers software updates directly to the phones.
BQ says the Aquaris A4.5 is guaranteed to get software updates for at least 24 months.
If BQ sounds familiar, that’s because this is also one of the first two companies to offer smartphones running Canonical’s Ubuntu software for phones.
So what makes the Aquaris A4.5 tick? The phone features a 4.5 inch, 960 x 540 pixel display, MediaTek MT6735M quad-core, 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor with ARM Mali-T720 graphics, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 2,470 mAh battery, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, an 8MP rear camera, and a 5MP front camera.
The smartphone supports 4G LTE and has dual SIM card slots. It also has a microSD card slot for up to 64GB of removable storage.
BQ’s phone ships with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software, but it should support Android 6.0 Marshmallow when it becomes available.