No thicker than a ballpoint pen: review BQ Slim

To choose a cheap and good smartphone? In recent years it has become a real challenge: the range is not just big, it’s giant, and not get lost in it very difficult. So when on the market there are new smartphones reputable manufacturers for their smartphones deserve close attention. For example, as BQ Slim.

In retail this unit appeared not so long ago, but what he really caught the attention of our editorial, is the price, which is about 6000 rubles. It is noteworthy that for the money BQ Slim offers capacious battery and is not very “budget” features.

Box shows that the manufacturer has decided to focus on a stylish design in the spirit of BQ as if “screaming” about it. Equipment, as befits the public sector, minimum: a micro-USB cable and power supply and documentation. A trifle, but nice.

The smartphone is very interesting. Though the body of it is collapsible, it looks like a complete design. However, it is unlikely you will need to remove the same battery capacity of almost 3000 mAh with the head missing. Under the hood hides two slots for SIM card and one for the microSD card (this is in addition to the 8 GB of internal memory). I am glad that the BQ did not save and made a separate slot for the second SIM cards, not combined with microSD.

Of course, the main material here is plastic (want aluminium for the price it’s a crime), but here the manufacturer found how to customise the look of the device: the removable lid has a glossy finish (fingerprints collects, Yes), and it is barely visible insert under the antenna.

Almost all controls are located on the same side — right, there are the volume buttons and lock screen button that is responsible for switching on and off of the smartphone. Left — the shutter release button of the camera is very lacking in many smartphones. Under 5.7-inch IPS-display resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels is a touch-button control at the top — front camera with flash, proximity sensors and lighting, the rear panel is the main camera, and next to it flash.

Bottom — micro-USB connector for charging and up top is the 3.5 mm port under the headphones. Yes, the iPhone X no, and here — please. Even at the lower end you will find two lattice dynamics is to watch movies or listen to music without headphones is no problem.


  • Operating system: Android 6.0/7.0 Android Nougat
  • CPU: 1.3 GHz, Quad core, MediaTek MT6580
  • Display: 5.7 inch, IPS, a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels
  • Main camera: 13 MP with flash
  • Front camera: 5 MP with flash
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Built-in memory: 16 GB
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB, 3.5 mm
  • Battery: 2800 mAh
  • Dimensions: 144 x 72 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 142 g

Pleased with the build quality, which is not quite typical of budget models: unnecessary gaps and backlash elements not in the hands of the smartphone is very good and does not slip. Another unusual detail BQ Slim — 5.7 inch IPS display (not TN) with HD+ resolution. The screen has wide viewing angles, but the range of brightness in the sun is sometimes not enough.

In the heart of the smartphone processor MediaTek MT6580 with a clock frequency of 1.3 GHz. On Board 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal. Of course, 2 GB will be enough for demanding games, but for the usual applications like social networks is enough. Besides, for the price it would be strange to see 4-6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.

As for battery life, this smartphone is all right: capacity of 2800 mAh is enough for a day of active operation of the device. Almost continuously to watch movies for 8-10 hours, in standby mode, the smartphone can work for about a month. Sound capabilities are provided by a special audio chip. Among the advantages of the new it is also worth noting support for Android 7.0 Nougat, the presence of Bluetooth 4.0 and OTA-updates.

The main camera is represented by a 13-megapixel unit with autofocus and flash. Pictures of the smartphone is a solid four, in low lighting conditions, you can even try, but the daytime pictures are very good. However, if you want to photograph an object in motion, will receive, most likely, the “mess”. On the other hand, expect a dual camera with optical zoom is clearly not worth it, not the same price segment.

The example photo on the main camera BQ Slim

The example photo on the main camera BQ Slim

The example photo on the front camera BQ Slim

For this reason, this device makes no sense to run benchmarks like AnTuTu and Geekbench, especially to compare it with devices of a higher level. But if you are still interested, then it is little more than 25,000 points in AnTuTu.

If to briefly summarize, BQ Slim is a great smartphone for the money. For those seeking, for example, a cheap second phone or a tight budget on the purchase, it will be a great choice due to the presence of IPS display, the latest version of Android and capacious battery.

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