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.


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7 replies on “BQ Aquaris A4.5 is a Spanish Android One phone”

    1. As a reader of liliputing based in Europe I found the news about this phone interesting. BTW it would be fun to see some stats on country of origin of unique visitors to liliputing over a month. How many of us european readers are there?

        1. Thanks, interesting! I’m counting to around 20 percent of us europeans which is a pretty big chunk. Given the size of the country’s population it is a bit surprising that China doesn’t even make it on the top 25. But maybe chinese readers are uncommon on english language tech sites more generally? If someone knows, do tell.

          1. Yeah, I think English speaking countries are the biggest audience, but plenty of Europeans speak English as a second or third language. It’s less common in China, but a bigger problem is probably government restrictions on web access. Both of those things help explain why we have more visitors from India and even Hong Kong than from mainland China.

            Other tech sites might have different breakdowns, which I suspect has a lot to do with the types of products they cover.

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