BenQ F5 Review – While the name BenQ will always be synonymous to monitors and projectors, they are actually no strangers to the smartphone game as they have released multiple offerings to the market in the past. These devices unfortunately didn’t make quite a big splash in Malaysia but that is set to change with their recently released F5 smartphone that is a serious contender when it comes to the affordable Android device market. Frankly speaking, the design of the F5 is pretty plain and simple and isn’t really that eye-catching. It is however quite a sturdily build device and while it may be made out of polycarbonate, it felt solid.
The F5 is also very nice and slim, which is always a plus point. The removable back cover of our black coloured review unit had a very nice and rubbery feel to it which adds extra grip to the device and that is always nice. As for buttons layout, the volume rocker is located on the right side of the device while the power/lock button is placed on the top right. The power/lock button isn’t hard to get to as this is just a 5-inch device but we would still have preferred it to be on the sides.
Speaking of its 5-inch display, the F5 comes with just a HD display that isn’t too bad as colours were accurate text was crisp and the viewing angles were wide enough. On top of that, BenQ has incorporated the Low Blue Light technology from their PC monitors into the F5. What this does is it minimises the light aggravation and adjusts the display’s brightness level depending on ambient light to help protect the user’s eyes.
This works pretty well as we spent quite some time using the F5 to browse the web and reading articles. For those of you who love smartphone photography, the F5 will definitely be a steal as it boasts a 13-megapixel rear camera with a Back-illuminated sensor and f/2.2 aperture. With this camera package, photos taken were great as details were sharp, colours were accurate and it even manages to brighten up darker spots in an environment.
It even manages to produce some very nice photos in low-light environments. For its asking price of RM799, there’s really nothing we can complain about when it comes to the BenQ F5. In fact, we would say it is quite a steal as it is pretty much an all-rounder in terms of performance, camera quality and it even supports LTE.
- LTE Ready
- Affordable / Cheap
- Decent performance
- Rear camera produces great photo
- Low Blue Light display technology
- Non-removable battery
BenQ F5 Specifications
- Operating System: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) with Q Home UI
- Processor: 1.2GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8926
- Frequency: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, HSPA 850/900/1900/2100MHz, LTE (Cat 4): 1800/2600MHz
- Screen: 5-inch HD (1,280 x 720) IPS display
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0
- Memory: 2GB
- Storage: 16GB (internal), support for microSD cards up to 64GB
- Others: 13-megapixel rear camera with BSI sensor & f/2.2 aperture, 2-megapixel front camera
- Weight: 135g