Dual rear camera on the smartphone is no surprise – but the steam front while "in wonder". Despite the fact that similar technology Lenovo and LG brought to life in 2015, a smartphone with two "eyes" in the front to this day are seen as exotic.
However, the situation may change radically in the near future. The producers apparently realized that a selfie-camera for the modern user no less important than the rear. In particular, BQ released from 2 of the apparatus with pairs of front cameras. The greatest interest among experts and users caused the BQ model 6000L Aurora. It officially began to be sold in Russia in mid-January at a price 14 990 rubles unlike Space X, her twin are both rear and front camera. About "four-eyed" new from BQ we will cover in this review.
In the case of Aurora, the company BQ has decided to depart from the canons – the device is packaged in a red and white box which are usually distributed models Strike, and in the black. This package looks even more impressive and dignified. In addition, the box is a new format for a compact and easily fits in a small bag.
The box contains:
The unit BQ Aurora.
Power supply by 0.35 A. On the block, by the way, is marked that it is for the model 6000L.
Clip for the removal of the slot for the SIM out of the enclosure.
Foil for front face (plus a small cloth).
In the box with your smartphone, you can also find a coupon with code, which gives the opportunity to receive a 20% discount on accessories at the official store BQ.
In the case of Aurora firm BQ no radical design innovations offers: shape with rounded edges makes the phone look like other models of the manufacturer.
The device is almost entirely made of metal – only plastic inserts under the antenna at the back edge top and bottom. The gadget is available in 2 colors: black and gold. To us for review were black the "Aurora". Most buyers prefer this – it is believed that the black smartphone is not so much that the frame display is very significant. Frameless full the unit BQ is still not called.
Location of mechanical buttons and the main elements is somewhat different from the standard.
On the left is a slot for SIM-cards. He, by the way, is not a hybrid, which is great – the flash drive can deliver, not withdrawing a second SIM card. Interested in: SIM 1 and SIM 2 should be of different sizes – Micro and Nano respectively. Nano-SIM in slot lies loosely, because this can result in unpleasant rattling, when, for example, tapping on the left edge of the hull with your finger.
Top no no. Connector for earphones of 3.5 mm, the manufacturer decided to place on the bottom edge. Dubious decision – it turns out that the upper part is empty, and the bottom still but Jack and MicroUSB port, the main speaker, a microphone for noise cancellation. Such a strange arrangement of mechanical elements is probably due to the fact that the screen has sensors in large numbers, as well as dual front facing camera. Space under Jack just not found.
To the right the volume rocker and Power button. The manufacturer deserves praise for the decision to make the power key relief. This enables a user to quickly find the button by touch.
On the rear surface of the housing two "eye" main camera and fingerprint sensor. The location of the sensor is very good in order to reach it with the index finger, no problem. But the front we are witnessing the triumph of asymmetry. At that time, as the above screen as many of the sensors that "Apple nowhere to fall", the area below the screen is not filled with anything. Why BQ has decided not to place at the bottom, is unknown but probably there are serious reasons.
Smartphone BQ 6000L is a 6-inch IPS-display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and rounded edges. It occupies 77% of the front surface of the gadget. The colors are very bright and saturated, the viewing angle is a wide 178 degrees. The picture on the screen is clearly visible even in Sunny weather, provided that the feature is not activated adaptive adjustment.
In the settings you will find sliders that you can adjust the brightness, saturation, contrast of the screen. But there is a kind of color presets – «Effects LCD". You can adjust the color temperature so that the roll was in the direction of cold or warm colors.
The real surprise was that the control unit was possibly wearing gloves. Activates the corresponding function through the section «Extra settings» (slider «In gloves") however, even if it is not enabled, the smartphone perfectly responds to the touch through the fabric.
Never in all the time trials smartphone BQ Aurora is not "lag", not hang and generally did not allow to doubt that he is ready to cope with tasks of any complexity. The gadget equipped with a processor from MediaTek Helio P25. It's not the newest model, released it in 2016, so there's a sense that the excellent performance of the "Aurora" – a merit not the CPU and "RAM". LPDDR4x 4 gigabytes of memory – that's what should really thank the developers!
Geekbench BQ 6000L showed very inconsistent results: 780 points in single-core mode and 3758 points in multicore.
780 single core is not enough for a smartphone average price category. For comparison, Vernee Mix 2, also visited us on review showed the best result – at a cost 30% lower. At the same time in multi-core mode "Aurora" proved to be the real "monster" — the performance of the smartphone from BQ is on par with Galaxy S7, the recent flagship of Samsung, a processor from Qualcomm.
The unit BQ 6000L passed the test and benchmark AnTuTu, where it managed to score 83 754 "parrot". This is a remarkable result: Aurora surpassed Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X and many devices with 6 GB of RAM – including Umidigi Z1 and ZTE Nubia Lite Z17
BQ 6000L without problems pulled such demanding games like Asphalt 8 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2018. A "chopped" on Aurora in the famous fighting game Mortal Kombat X was a real pleasure.
The user, who will be introducing the unit BQ, just have a question: where is the menu with applications? On the other phones from BQ (for example, at the same Strike Power) this menu allows you to swipe from the bottom up – on the Aurora, making the swipe, cause the control Center "a La iOS".
The fact that Android is 6000L 7.0 c proprietary shell BQ, which in functionality is really reminiscent of the "OSes" from Apple. Menu with applications on Aurora just no icons appear directly on the desktop. It is curious that the control Center on the BQ configurable – you can set the new button from the quick settings instead or in addition to them.
To get used to a specific shell user, coming from a traditional, "pure" Android, it can take several days. But for Apple users who want to move on Android BQ Aurora is what "the doctor ordered".
Camera – this is probably the "sweet" that is in BQ Aurora. No wonder the header reads about narcissism – the device has limitless possibilities to create high-quality and original "cebasek". Believe it or not, but the front camera on this phone is even better than the rear.
Wide-angle 120-degree lens allows you to take wide angle selfies. You can be sure that even the largest company will be in the picture as a whole.
Wide angle selfie
Exploring the "money" menu, the front camera will definitely stumble upon the mode «Group selfie". What is a group selfie is different from a widescreen? The fact that you can quickly otselot friends separately and to combine all images into one. On the wide angle selfie probably at least one face will be blurry or fuzzy, but if doing a group, this can not be afraid.
Editing tools are ready "cebasek" just an incredible amount. The user in a few click will configure the filter to impose the original frame, trim, rotate, adjust shadows – in short, to do all that before "Instagram" was not ashamed.
Rear camera front Aurora is inferior in resolution, but not in the aperture. Photos taken on this camera are extremely realistic color reproduction. It should be noted, and fantastic autofocus speed – it works almost instantly.
Panoramic photos on the rear camera
Low light – no problem for the camera Aurora. Even in such circumstances, and the pictures and videos are just wonderful!
Communications and sensors
Can you think of any reason why BQ 6000L Aurora steeper vaunted iPhone X worth with two second-hand Russian car? We can.
The owner Aurora is able to unlock the device and the fingerprint and the face. BQ has found a way to place both scanners in the apparatus without spending a lot of money and not creating countless discussions on mobile forums. Most importantly, and dactyloscopy, and technology Face Unlock (similar to Face ID) are beyond praise. Unlock face happens so quickly that have not time to notice – and no tricky 3D modeling.
Add fingerprint and adjust the Face Unlock in the settings section "Security" (section "Smart Lock").
As for wireless, BQ 6000L standard set – Wi-Fi, 4G and Bluetooth 4.2. Unfortunately, Aurora does not support NFC — during installation Android Pay there is a warning that paying with smartphones will only those purchases which were made through the Internet.
On the musical component of the smartphone BQ 6000L job world-renowned company Waves is the holder of perhaps the most famous package of plugins for sound processing. One of them just provided the "Aurora". The plugin is called MaxxAudio and really dramatically affects the sound quality of the smartphone. And in audio, and the video player there is a special button to activate it.
How to change the sound? Imagine that you hear the music from behind the wall, and then someone comes in and puts the column directly next to you. Thanks to MaxxAudio the impression of being present – at the expense of fine-tuning MIDs. With activated plug-in from Waves Aurora sounds very good – but stereo, of course, is not enough.
On smartphone from BQ is an equalizer, but to adjust the frequency manually, the user will fail – he can only choose one of several predefined presets.
The battery capacity of 4010 mAh smartphone Aurora enough to work in normal mode (calls, search information on the Internet) from 2 to 2.5 days. If that's not enough, you can activate power saving mode via the settings («Extra settings» — «Battery» — «Program power management"). However, then the performance of the device will decrease, but the BQ can thank at least for the fact that it warns about that (Hello, Apple).
Smartphone from BQ is not supported quick charge – it looks one of the most obvious of its shortcomings. To fill the battery from zero to 100% takes 2 to 2.5 hours.
The main advantages of the BQ 6000L Aurora include the following:
Smart fingerprint scanner.
Support for music plug-in"pack-a-punch" from Waves.
The disadvantages of this device from BQ should be called:
The lack of NFC.
Lack of support for fast charging.
A rather trivial design.
The best feature that suits the Aurora smartphone from BQ – the inconspicuous hero in your pocket. This unit is not one to attract admiring glances of others – but his owner may not have to worry about the fact that the gadget will not cope with any operation. BQ 6000L Aurora – the perfect tool; if the user needs to call, go online or take a picture with friends, he just pulls out a gadget and does it – no moods, problems with unlocking, the display freezes in the cold and the percent of the battery charge decreasing. BQ 6000L can be a real boon for someone who puts at the forefront of practicality, not posturing.