Google's ambitious Android One project in India may not have done wonders for the company, but it is leaving no stone unturned to make the cheap smartphone project work out in other nations. Google has now expanded the Android One reach to two more European countries, Spain and Portugal.
The company has partnered with BQ to launch the first Android One smartphone in these countries. To recap, BQ is the same company that launched a few of the first Ubuntu smartphones, but seems to have now shifted its focus to Android One smartphones to catch the fancy of price conscious consumers.
The smartphone is named the Aquaris A4.5, and will be based on the first Android One model. So, users will get a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with qHD (540 x 960) pixels resolution and Asahi DragonTrail glass coating, a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735M processor with a Mali-T720 GPU, and 1GB of RAM with 16GB of internal memory.
Speaking of camera, the phone features an 8-megapixel autofocus shooter with dual-LED flash, f/2.0 aperture and video recording capabilities, and a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie camera. The Aquaris A4.5 smartphone is powered by a battery of 2470mAh capacity, and comes with microSD card slot (up to 32GB).
As for software, the BQ Aquaris A4.5 is preloaded with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and will continue to receive software updates directly from Google for the next two years. It is likely that the phone will receive the MarshMelow iteration sometime next month.
Interesting point is that the phone comes with 4G LTE connectivity and dual-SIM support, along with other standard connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and GPS/AGPS.
The BQ Aquaris A4.5 has been priced for €170 in Spain, and €180 in Portugal, a report confirms.