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BQ Aquaris X5 Cyanogen Edition

Dual SIM
60 months



BQ Aquaris X5 (SIM Free/UK)

BQ Aquaris X5 SIM Free UK Clove TechnologyBQ are a new name in the smart mobile industry. Having started their business in mainland Europe, they have recently begun expanding, offering well-designed smartphones with high level customer care (including a 5 year warranty!) all at affordable prices.

The Aquaris X5 has been developed as a disruptive entry to the mid range market. It offers a slimline metal design and feature-set more common on expensive top-end phones, with a well-picked set of hardware specifications that keep the cost as low as possible.

There is also plenty of user customisation available in the software thanks to the Cyanogen OS. This is based on Google's Android but with added privacy, security features and user configuration.

SIM Free /Unlocked UK Stock

BQ smartphones and devices are sold SIM Free and unlocked, for use on any mobile network provider.

For those outside outside of Europe, please check compatibility with your local mobile network provider for 3G and 4G provisions.

Reasons to buy the BQ Aquaris X5

  • 7.5mm thin machined aluminium body
  • Customisable Cyanogen operating system, built on Android
  • Powerful Snapdragon 412 quad-core processor; great performance and multitasking
  • Audio enhancing 'sound box' under the speakers
  • 13 MP Sony camera for excellent imagery
  • 2,900 mAh battery

Box Contents

  • BQ Aquaris X5 SIM Free Smartphone
  • USB charging & data cable
  • Documentation

BQ Aquaris X5 SIM Free / UK


It's no secret that we've started to reach the point where almost everyone owns a smartphone. Major brands dominate our pockets and our attention, so how can a new manufacturer look to compete?

Well BQ have decided that what matters to customers is the service and quality they receive. Every BQ smartphone comes with a limited 5 year Warranty, plus without the huge demands of global advertising, they can afford to bring premium build quality and a slick experience to you at a lower price.

The Aquaris X5 has the design and specification of a phone significantly more expensive, plus this special edition running the Cyanogen OS has a number of extra tricks up its sleeve.


The Aquaris X5 utilises aluminium casing that is usually the reserve of expensive high-end manufacturers. The chassis is precision made, with injection moulding, die-casting and nano-moulding technologies to achieve a consistent outcome with every handset.

The aluminium chassis has also been double anodised, a process to reinfoce and protect the metal.

A subtle curvature allows the phone to be held comfortably, with thin inlays adding a unique touch. BQ have also carefully designed the internals of the Aquaris X5, selecting the position of the components to allow for a super-thin 7.5mm construction, while still squeezing in a large 2,900 mAh battery.


Camera technology in smartphones has come a long away. Decent images were once the reserve of the most expensive phones, but no more. As the major manufacturers have moved on in recent years, their once top-rated technology is now widely available.

Inside the Aquaris X5 you'll find a 13 megapixel Sony IMX214 sensor for the main camera, as well as a 5 MP Samsung 5E2 for the selfie shooter.

These might not be the newest lenses on the market, however they're still capable of taking high quality images and video and were exclusively inside smartphones more than twice the price just a couple of years ago.

Cyanogen OS

Based on Google's Android operating system, Cyanogen is an OS that offers users extra control and added security functions.

You still receive the core Google applications and access to the Play Store, however there are a number of neat additions that won't be found on standard Android smartphones.

Developed over many years by a vibrant and intelligent global community of developers, the Cyanogen OS is now being installed on a wide array of new smartphones as a valuable alternative to the basic Google Android.

Updates are delivered over the air, just like standard Android, and direct support from Cyanogen for queries and updates is available quickly online through forums and social media.

Boost your music with AudioFX

With AudioFX, your music will sound exactly the way you want it to.

Thanks to a powerful five-band equaliser, you can conveniently choose from preset profiles for different musical genres and enjoy top-quality audio.

Screen efficiency with LiveDisplay

Your screen will adapt intelligently to the surrounding environment with LiveDisplay.

The contrast and saturation are increased during the day to make reading easier, whereas at night, the stimulating effects of blue light are diminished so that your sleep is not adversely affected.

PIN Scramble

Privacy and security are top priorities on Cyanogen OS.

The PIN Scramble service shows random number combinations every time you enter your PIN code so that nobody can identify what you type in.

Privacy Guard

Privacy Guard lets you know exactly what information is accessed by each of your apps and lets you control what data is shared every time.

You can also hide or protect access to specific folders. This way, you will be safe in the knowledge that only you can access your content. Your data in your hands. Always.

BQ Plus Extended Cover

If you'd like to further protect your BQ smartphone, you can purchase the BQ Plus coverplan directly from BQ.

Available to order HERE, BQ Plus costs £23.90 per year for the Aquaris X5 and protects against accidental damage, liquid exposure, screen damage and theft (police report required).


SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemCyanogen
  • VersionOS 12.1
  • Custom Skin
  • Speed1.4GHz Quad-Core
  • Dual Core
  • Quad CoreYes
  • Make/ModelQualcomm MSM 8916T Snapdragon 412
  • OtherAdreno 306 GPU
Expansion SlotYes
  • TypeMicroSDHC
  • Capacity (Up to)32GB
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity16 GB
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size5
  • TypeHD IPS LCD
  • Resolution 720 x 1280 (~294 ppi)
  • OtherDragontrail glass
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies900 / 2100 MHz
  • Speed
  • FrequenciesBands 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600) 20(800)
  • Speed
  • Version4.0
  • Functions
  • Version802.11 b/g/n
  • Version
  • DataMicro USB (2.0)
  • PowerMicro USB
  • Audio3.5mm jack
  • Video OutYes, wireless via Miracast
Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware ButtonsPower / Volume
  • Other
  • Antenna TypeGPS / GLONASS
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in SoftwareGoogle Maps
  • Megapixels13
  • FlashAuto focus and dual LED flash
  • Camera LensSony IMX214
  • Other1/3.06” sensor, ƒ/2.0
Front Facing CameraYes
  • Type5 MP (with flash) - Samsung 5E2
  • AccelerometerYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass
  • GyroscopeYes
  • Light SensorYes
  • Formats
  • Recording
  • Formats
  • Recording
Near Field Communication
FM RadioYes
  • Capacity2,900 mAh
  • TypeLi-Po
  • Removable
Call Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Standby Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Dimensions70.5 x 144.4 x 7.5 mm
Weight 148 grams
SoftwareGoogle Play, Google Services, Cyanogen OS extras: AudioFX, Truecaller Dialler, Email by Boxer
OtherCyanogen Apps: Privacy Guard, Protected Apps, Browser, Camera, File Manager, Themes
Warranty60 months


Will my phone work

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this product. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world.

Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturer’s branding.

Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?

Yes – this phone supports up to 32GB of external storage

What SIM card does this phone use?

This phone supports 2 nano SIM cards. The tray is separate to the SD card slot, so you can run two SIM cards & an SD card.

Is this handset LTE compatible?

Yes – this phone is compatible on international LTE Bands 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600) and 20(800). Please check with your local operator for LTE network provisions in your area

Does this phone have a removable battery?


5 Year Warranty

BQ are unique in providing a limited 5 year warranty with all of their phones. The Aquaris 5X is sold with a standard 2 year Legal warranty, plus an additional 3 year commercial warranty.

For full details of the warranty, please click HERE.

The 3 year commercial warranty provides the same cover and exclusions as the Legal warranty, with the exception of the speaker, motor and sound box.

Should the phone fail during the commercial warranty, BQ will either offer (1) a repair of the phone, or (2) a voucher for a percentage of the phone's purchase price, based on the time owned:

Month of the Warranty Period in which repair is requested

Percentage of the purchase price of the device covered under the Warranty



















34 to 36


37 to 48


49 to 60


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