In late November, BQ introduced on the Russian market a continuation of its flagship Aurora line – an even more affordable BQ 5732L Aurora SE smartphone.
This model attracted our attention with an unusual processor choice for its price segment, so we decided to pay attention to it and prepared a review. We tell you what is so interesting about the Aurora SE filling and is it worth taking this particular smartphone, or is it better to pay attention to other models of the brand.
Technical specifications BQ 5732L Aurora SE
Operating System: Android 9.0
Display: IPS, 5.86 inches, 1520×720 (19: 9)
Processor: MediaTek Helio P60
RAM: 3 GB
Storage: 32 GB
Memory Card Support: MicroSD up to 256 GB
Main camera: 13 + 5 MP
Front camera: 8 MP
Wireless Connections: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.2
Connectors: Type-C, 3.5 mm
Security: rear fingerprint scanner
Battery: 3000 mAh
Dimensions: 149.5 x 72.3 x 8.1 mm
Recently we had a review of the BQ 5731L Magic S, this smartphone received the title of an almost perfect budget employee from the editorial board due to a high-quality screen with high resolution, good cameras and the presence of an NFC module.
Today’s review hero – BQ 5732L Aurora SE – something similar to him, but in the details differs quite a lot. Namely, this smartphone made a bet on productivity, and for this, it uses a powerful eight-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor with an artificial intelligence coprocessor.
Helio P60 is one of the most powerful MediaTek chips and, as a rule, it is used in smartphones of a much higher price segment than 7,490 rubles in the official BQ online store. Moreover, due to the small diagonal (which is 5.86 inches), it was appropriate to use a display with HD + resolution, which reduces the load on the processor and provides even higher performance and a good autonomy.
Due to this choice of filling, BQ 5732L Aurora SE can be called one of the most gaming smartphones in its segment. It is really powerful, it works quickly and allows you to run almost all games at least at the minimum graphics settings.
In my memory, this is a rarity, because in the segment of up to 10,000 rubles most often you have to face very serious performance limitations and there is rarely a chance to comfortably play something top-end and popular.
In BQ, almost every model tries to do something atypical for its price segment, and in the case of the Aurora SE, the power of the device turned out to be the focus of attention.
The processor complements 3 GB of RAM. The drive is small, 32 GB, but there is support for microSD with a capacity of up to 256 GB. It is better to take a memory card right away so that you don’t have to face restrictions when shooting or if you want to install new games and applications.
In terms of design, the BQ 5732L Aurora SE also does not fail. You can choose from classic black, deep blue or gradient purple. Moreover, the back panel here is not plastic, as is often the case with affordable smartphones, but from normal durable glass.
It looks beautiful, even better felt in the hand. I like it. And another plus was the compact size of the case, which I already wrote about, mentioning the diagonal of the screen. Personally, it seems to be a very successful solution to release smartphones with displays less than 6 inches, because this makes them very convenient both when used with one hand and when the smartphone just lies in your pocket.
The aesthetics of the smartphone are also emphasized by the shape of the case as a whole, it has neat fillets on the rear panel and 2.5D glass in front, so there are no edges biting into the hand here. And the grip is quite confident.
The IPS screen of the smartphone is high-quality, it has a 19: 9 aspect ratio and a neat cutout for the speaker and front in the upper part. With a diagonal of 5.86 inches, HD + resolution (1520×720 pixels) is generally sufficient.
The image on the display looks good, the panel has a sufficient margin of brightness, realistic color reproduction and behaves well when using the device in the light. In addition, the viewing angles are maximum here, so there’s nothing to complain about at all.
Well, the choice of a lower resolution is justified by greater performance and less gluttony of the battery charge. Thanks to this, the 3000 mAh battery is enough for comfortable use during the day.
The main camera is dual, it costs a couple of 13 and 5-megapixel sensors. Pictures under normal conditions are obtained in good quality. The camera is not bad, for photos on the social network this is an appropriate option. The main thing is to master editors like VSCO, Lightroom and the like, so that you can hide the flaws and emphasize the advantages of the staff.
With a good skill of working with them, many will not even guess that the pictures were taken on an inexpensive device. The front camera has a sensor resolution of 8 megapixels and supports portrait enhancement and background blur.