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Two low-cost NFC smartphones - BQ Strike Power Plus and Strike Power Max


Strike Power family of long-running smartphonesfrom BQ appeared replenishment in the form of two models BQ-5535L and BQ-6035L. The main difference between the models was the screen and battery capacity, and the chipset used was a fundamental difference from previous models of the Strike Power line.

Equipment
The package has already become standard for the seriesStrike Power - the smartphone itself, instructions, charger, USB cable and clip for the SIM card tray. There is a lack of a silicone case, but according to tradition, such accessories are sold separately on the official website, and in the box of a smartphone you can find a promotional code for a 20% discount. There is also a warranty card, which, apparently, put out of habit, although there is no longer any need for it, because The Strike Power line has become experimental and received an electronic guarantee, which can be opened the first time you turn on your smartphone and launch the eGarantee application.

Appearance

Both models are available in gray, gold, dark blue.and black, and the younger model received an additional pink color. There is nothing fundamentally new in appearance. The front part is a screen with fairly narrow frames and rounded corners, without any cutouts, bangs, droplets and holes, and the back is a metal cover with a fingerprint scanner and with plastic inserts at the top and bottom under the antenna.


Of the minuses, we can only note that it disappearedan LED indicator from the screen, as well as the fact that the 3.5mm headphone jack and the MicroUSB charging / synchronization port were carried to the top end. I can still understand the mini-jack at the top, but charging? Apparently, in the rain it is better to forget about the phone, or use the plugs in these ports with Aliexpress.

Sound

At the bottom there is a symmetrical perforation andat first glance at it, there is a feeling that the smartphone received stereo sound, but unfortunately, this is all misleading and erroneous. The sound is mono and moreover, it is only one for the entire smartphone - conversational, which can work with high volume. On the one hand, this is a plus, because and during a telephone conversation, you can make the volume larger, and when using the speakerphone, this speaker will not interfere with the microphone, which just hides one of the holes from the bottom.

The location of the loudspeaker in the place of the speaker provides another advantage - the sound is always directed at you. When located at the back or bottom, most of the sound went "in the wrong direction."

The conversational speaker itself is very interesting andreminded me of the connection from the MTS operator at the dawn of GSM, because adds a quiet phonon noise to the conversation. It does not annoy or interfere, and at the same time the voice of the called party is heard quite clearly and clearly (even in the Tele2 network (Danycom), where there is often a terrible mutter). Explicitly used "improvers" sound. When using the speaker to listen to music, there is a lack of low frequencies.


The 3.5mm headphone jack is a little upset. Listening to music is also a “pleasure”. The sound is extremely flat. For these purposes, it is better to use a wireless headset, since the smartphone supports a whole "zoo" of codecs.


On the left side is a tray for two SIM cards of nano-sim format, or 1 SIM card and 1 MicroSD memory card.

Screen

Both smartphones out of the box received a protective filmto the screen. The film is dense and very well glued. Tearing it off was not an easy task. Without it, the finger is much nicer and slides better on the screen. And the quality of the film itself leaves much to be desired - a couple of times the phone in my pocket lay with bank cards and the film got noticeable scuffs.


The screen is the first distinguishing featuresmartphones. The younger model BQ-5535L received a 5.45-inch screen with HD + resolution, and the older model BQ-6035L received a 6-inch screen with FullHD + resolution. The differences in the screens did not end there. Visually, it’s much nicer to look at the screen of the 6-inch Power Max, it looks juicier. Touch panels also differ. Strike Power Plus received a touchpad that recognizes only 2 simultaneous touches, and Strike Power Max 5 touches.


Both models have identical settings.brightness control and identical maximum brightness. On the street, in order to make out something, the brightness should be above 80%. Auto tuning on the street almost always tends to 100% brightness, and in the dark it sets values ​​of 50-55% brightness.

Cameras

The BQ-5535L Strike Power Plus received one main 13-megapixel and one 5-megapixel front camera.
The BQ-6035L Strike Power Max received a dual main - 13MP + 2MP and an 8-megapixel front camera.

BQ-5535L BQ-6035L


Cameras take pictures in approximately the same detail, but the BQ-5534L often makes mistakes with white balance, spoils HDR and overexposures frames. Front cameras on both smartphones without autofocus.

Chipset and Performance

Both smartphones run on Unisoc SC9863A chipsetfrom SpreadTrum. Not much is known about this chipset, and even the official website has a very poor description. The chipset is built on a 28 nm manufacturing process. It includes 2 clusters of 4 cores - 4 fast, working at a frequency of 1600 MHz and 4 economical, working at a frequency of 1200 MHz - ARMv8-A, Cortex-A55, PowerVR GE8322 graphic core and LTE-cat.7 modem. H.264 and H.265 codecs for encoding and decoding are supported in hardware.


In performance, this processor is almost 2times overtakes used by other budget smartphones and so beloved by BQ - MTK 6739WA. Its performance can be compared with Helio P25. It is quite economical, practically does not heat up and shows good results in tests (with the caveat that we are talking about a simple budget smartphone).


It is quite possible to play games. The same NFS or Asphalt look on the default settings is very decent and smooth. The graphical interface works very smoothly without a hint of slowdowns.

Battery and autonomy
Strike Power Plus and Strike Power Max gotimpressive rechargeable batteries of 5000 and 6000 mAh respectively. The older model received 1000 mAh more, but it works slightly longer. Apparently, a large diagonal and higher screen resolution are affecting.


Benchmark PC Mark Work 2.0 Battery life counted autonomy 15 hours 6 minutes.


Watching YouTube via WiFi at half brightness - 21 hours.

Recording a GPS track eats up about 3% per hour.


When used as normal dailysmartphone, with a SIM card in 4G network + WiFi, with automatic brightness, GPS turned on and periodically used - the smartphone lasted 6 days at 10 and a half hours of screen operation. During this time, about 8 GB of traffic was pumped out. But here it is immediately necessary to clarify that there was not so much software and only WhatsApp, VK, Gmail and a couple of banking applications that constantly hang and wait for push were the only ones helping to spend the charge.

* Usually mountains of messengers, mountains of social networks and other software are installed on smartphones and in such conditions the smartphone will be less autonomous.

So far, these are the longest-running smartphones inStrike Power lineup. And, as it seems to me, they will even overtake the BQ novelty in autonomy and performance - an Intense smartphone with an 8000 mAh battery, in which there is a morally obsolete MTK 6739WA chip, constantly working to the limit and eating up the charge as if in itself.

BQ-5535L and BQ-6036L support almost allmodern communication standards. They are able to provide the work of both SIM cards in a 4G LTE network (Band: 1, 3, 7, 20, 38), it supports VoLTE and VoWiFi, works with GPS, Glonass, QZSS, Bluetooth 4.2 navigation systems. Only WiFi, in which again they "did not deliver" support for 5 GHz frequencies, let us down.


There are no problems with navigation, the search for coordinates occurs even indoors, being three meters from the window. In a clean field, without WiFi and mobile communications, it determines the coordinates in 3-4 seconds.


Do not forget about NFC. It works correctly, the antenna is in the upper end.


RAM only 2 GB. So I want to say - thank you for not 1). The internal memory is 16 GB in the compact version and 32 in Power Max. Memory speeds are typical for budget models.


Both smartphones are running Android 9.0. The graphical interface is unchanged, but there are some small nice additions. For example, recording telephone conversations is available, and you can enable automatic recording of all conversations. Recording takes place from the line, perfectly audible to both yourself and the opponent.


Not without preinstalled software, part ofwhich can be removed, the rest has to be disabled. This is the standard set for BQ - Yandex browser with Alice, Yandex search, AUTO.RU, Yula, Portal Mail.ru, Give Life, APP Press (shortcuts to a mountain of different software), and some simple games that it doesn’t even make sense to launch.

BQ 6035L Strike Power Max BQ 5535L Strike Power Plus Display 6.0 ”FHD + IPS5.45” HD + IPS2160 * 10801440 * 720 Operating system Android 9.0 Android 9.0 CPU UNISOC SC9863A, 8 cores, 1600 + 1200 MHz UNISOC SC9863A, 8 cores, 1600 + 1200 MHz RAM 2 GB 2 GB Internal memory32 GB16 GBMobile communications GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz Mobile Internet 4G (1, 3, 7, 20, 38), 3G WCDMA 900/2100 MHz, GPRS, EDGE4G (1, 3, 7, 20, 38), 3G WCDMA 900/2100 MHz , GPRS, EDGEWi-Fi, BluetoothIEEEEE 802.11 b / g / n, Version 4.2IEEE 802.11 b / g / n, Version 4.2 Optional NFC, Fingerprint NFC, Fingerprint Number of SIM2, Nano SIM (4FF) 2, Nano SIM (4FF) MicroSD card up to 64 MicroSD up to 64 GB Camera resolution Front / Main 8.0MP (AF) /13.0+2.0 (AF)Front / Main 5.0MP (FF) /13.0 (AF) Navigation GPS, GLONASGPS, GLONAS Battery capacity6000 mAh5000 mAh Device size 147.0 x 71.0 x 8.3 mm 144.2 x 70.2 x 10.9 mm Device weight 197 g 180 g

Minuses
- 2 GB of RAM.
- lack of support for WiFi 5 GHz
- weak camera
- poorly located connectors
- flat sound in the headphones through a 3.5 mm jack and 1 speaker for “all occasions”
- Combined SIM + MicroSD tray.

pros
- excellent autonomy
- performance
- voice quality during phone calls
- support for VoLTE and VoWiFi technologies
- NFC / Google Pay
- Android 9 without third-party shells

Both models of smartphones turned out to be interesting. But there is one thing. Smartphones had to be made a little cheaper, or add another 1-2 GB of RAM, then it would become real hits in sales. The rest left a pleasant impression of use. They cope with all tasks without problems, autonomy, despite the old process technology of the chipset, is still very good. I would recommend the younger model - BQ-5535L Strike Power Plus to those who need a second smartphone assistant to separate work and personal life, but it will calmly fulfill the role of the main smartphone, especially for lovers of compact models. And the older model BQ-6035L Strike Power Max can already be consciously taken as the main smartphone. Despite the large dimensions, it lies more conveniently and comfortably in the hand, and the screen looks very nice and colorful.