Galileo, the global satellite navigation system developed by the European Union, will enter the phase of “Initial Services” by the end of 2016, and the BQ Aquaris X5 Plus will be Europe’s first smartphone to integrate it.
Galileo, the Galileo navigation is independent of the European global system for satellite navigation, which will provide users with an independent European satellite system and controlled by civilians. Galileo will offer interoperability with GPS and GLONASS, the two other global satellite navigation systems. After years of development, at the end of 2016, Galileo will begin offering its service thanks to 14 satellites in orbit and, in 2020, the satellite system will be complete, with 30 operational satellites.
One of the strengths of Galileo is the extreme precision of locating that improves the one obtained only with GPS or GLONASS. The integration of the Galileo satellites will provide users with a more precise positioning and faster; useful element in urban environments, where the combination of narrow streets and tall buildings can reduce their accuracy.
Aquaris X5 Plus BQ will be Europe’s first smartphone compatible with this system. During the process of development and integration, BQ has worked closely with the GSA and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, for the next generation of smartphones, as announced by the Spanish technology.
Among the features of this smartphone are a battery of 3,200 mAh, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor with Adreno 510 GPU, a 16 MP rear camera with Sony IMX298 sensor, f / 2.0, Dual tone flash, autofocus detection phase (PDAF, phase detection autofocus), front camera with Sony IMX219 sensor 8 MP, a fingerprint reader and NFC connectivity.
Aquaris X5 Plus can be purchased from July 14 for the price of 299,90 €.