BQ Aquaris X/X Pro receiving the Android 8.1 Oreo Beta!

BQ usually escapes from media coverage mainly because of their non-competent smartphones against the China-based rivalry phones such as Xiaomi, Honor, and Motorola. In regions where these rivalry phones don’t have many costumes, BQ has a niche. BQ is a Spain-based budget smartphone vendor which has its presence also in Europe and US.

The BQ Aquaris X and the Aquaris X Pro have effectually the same specifications with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 system-on-chip, a 5.2 inch Full HD (1920 × 1080) IPS display, a 16MP rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture, an 8MP front camera, and a 3100 mAh battery. Both these phones are mid-range smartphones in the product line-up. The difference between them us Aquaris X has 3GB of RAM paired with 32GB of storage while the X Pro comes with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. They also differ artistically as the BQ Aquaris X has a plastic back while the X Pro has a glass back with both having the metallic frame.

The phones got announced in March 2017. The Aquaris X’s price on launch was €280 ($347), while the X Pro cost €360 ($446)and €400 ($496) for the 64GB and 128GB storage versions respectively. They consigned to stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat which is the latest version available at the time.

Now both the phones, Aquaris X and Aquaris X Pro, are going to receive an update to Android 8.1 Oreo. Nokia (HMD Global) and Essential are the only other non-Google OEMs to have released Android 8.1 Oreo updates. Nokia 8 started to receive stable Android 8.1 update in this month, while the Essential Phone recently received its first beta of Android 8.1.

BQ Aquaris X
Image Credits: XDA

According to Lorenzo Ori, the external collaborator for BQ devices, the OTA update comes from BQ and it is the only available in the beta channel. A screenshot showing the update includes Android’s January security patch is available. It’s a glad news for the users of BQ Aquaris X and BQ Aquaris X Pro as they are going to be one of the firsts to roll out with these updated instead of big OEMs.

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