The first VSmart phones arrive in Spain: this is the Active and Joy ranges that the new owners of BQ bring

The Vietnamese company VinGroup bought 51% of the Spanish manufacturer BQ at the end of last year. Now, as announced, the company arrives in Spain with its VSmart mobile brand, which from now on will pick up the baton of BQ products.

The new VSmart phones come with the work of BQ behind but with the ambition to expand throughout Europe. To start their journey, they present us with four new terminals divided into two ranges; VSmart Active series and VSmart Joy. These are the official characteristics of VSmart phones, which are characterized by their crystal design, dual camera and compatibility with Qualcomm fast charging.

VSmart Active and Joy datasheet

VSmart Active 1+

VSmart Active 1

VSmart Joy 1+

VSmart Joy 1


IPS LCD 6.18 "FullHD +
18: 9 (notch), 2246 x 1080 pixels
Gorilla Glass 5

5.65 "FullHD + IPS LCD
18: 9, 2160 x 1080 pixels
Gorilla Glass

IPS LCD 6.2 "HD +
18: 9 (notch), 1500 x 720 pixels

IPS LCD 5.45 "HD +
18: 9, 1440 x 720 pixels


Snapdragon 660
Adreno 512

Snapdragon 660
Adreno 512

Snapdragon 430
Adreno 505

Snapdragon 435
Adreno 505


6 GB





64GB + microSD (up to 256GB)

64GB + microSD (up to 256GB)

32GB + microSD (up to 256GB)

32GB + microSD (up to 256GB)


3,650 mAh
Quick Charge 4+

3,100 mAh
Quick Charge 4+

4,000 mAh

3,000 mAh

Rear camera

12 + 24MP, f / 1.8 + f / 1.8, 4K / 30fps video

12 + 5MP, f / 1.8 + f / 1.8, 4K / 30fps video

13 + 2MP, f / 2.0, 1080p / 30fps video

13MP, f / 2.0

Frontal camera

20MP, f / 2.0

8MP, f / 2.0

16M, f / 2.0

5MP, f / 2.0


Android 8.1 Oreo

Android 8.1 Oreo

Android 8.1 Oreo

Android 8.1 Oreo

Dimensions and weight

156.1 x 76 x 7.95 mm
180 g

150.7 x 72.3 x 8.35mm
168 g

156.7 x 75.3 x 8.3 mm
155 g

144.5 x 70.9 x 8.3mm
150 g


Jack 3.5mm, LTE, LED notifications, aptX, radioFM, WiFi ac, BT 5.0, USB type C, fingerprint reader

Jack 3.5mm, LTE, LED notifications, aptX, radioFM, WiFi ac, BT 5.0, USB type C, fingerprint reader

Jack 3.5mm, LTE, LED notifications, aptX, radioFM, WiFi ac, BT 4.2, MicroUSB, fingerprint reader

Jack 3.5mm, LTE, LED notifications, aptX, radioFM, WiFi ac, BT 4.2, MicroUSB, fingerprint reader

VSmart Active 1+ and Active 1: new mid-range with crystal design and fast charge

The VSmart brand was created in 2018 and works to create up to six new laboratories, beyond those it already has in Vietnman and Spain, thanks to BQ. According to the company itself, its factory has a production capacity of 5 million units per year.

The VSmart Active 1+ and Active 1 are currently the two most powerful mobiles that will arrive in Spain. In the Plus model we have a 6.18-inch screen with FullHD + resolution and a theoretical ratio of 86.55%. The device has the Snapdragon 660 processor inside along with 6GB of RAM. A Qualcomm chipset that remains in the Active 1 version, although in the latter we dropped to 4GB of RAM.

Vingroup has chosen Spain to start its expansion in Europe and has done so with Qualcomm as a partner so that Vsmart devices have integrated Snapdragon chips #VsmartES

- xataka (@xataka) March 20, 2019

From BQ, present at the Smart presentation, they report that they have worked closely with Qualcomm not only in the introduction of their processors, but also to offer solutions such as Qualcomm aptX and Quick Charge 4+ fast charging.

The Plus model incorporates 3,650 mAh, while the Active 1 remains at 3,100 mAh. A generous amount when you consider that the screen is 5.65 inches.

For the photographic section, the VSmart Active 1+ incorporates a dual camera with 12MP and 24MP Samsung sensors, f / 1.8 focal aperture and Tetracell technology to achieve a pixel size of 1.8µm. In the case of the standard model we have a secondary sensor of five megapixels. For the front, the Active 1+ comes with a 20 megapixel camera and SoftNeuro artificial intelligence technology and the possibility of making the bokeh effect.

Meanwhile, the software that is incorporated is Android 8.1 Oreo, a version quite behind with respect to what we have on the market. In Vietnam they launch the phones with their own personalization layer, but it will arrive in Spain with pure Android.

They do stand out in terms of connectivity with the inclusion of a rear fingerprint reader, facial recognition, USB Type-C and radio FM, although the availability of NFC has unfortunately not been announced.

VSmart Joy1 + and Joy 1: an input range with 18: 9 screen and good battery

On the other hand we have the VSmart Joy 1+ and Joy 1, two input ranges that also repeat with 18: 9 screens but in this case offer more basic internal components.

The Joy 1+ incorporates a 6.2-inch screen, Snapdragon 430 processor and a 4,000 mAh battery. It also has a double camera, although in this case we have a more basic combination with a 13-megapixel sensor and a secondary one with two, with an f / 2.0 aperture. A photographic section that in the case of the Joy 1 loses the secondary sensor along the way, although it chooses to add a Snapdragon 435 processor. The internal memory is also reduced in the Joy range, with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM.

Availability and price of the new VSmart Active and Joy

For the launch of its new smartphones VSmart has partnered with MediaMarkt, where they will be launched exclusively.

  • The VSmart Active 1+ will be available in black, gold and blue for 349.90 euros. Meanwhile, during the first half of 2019 the Active 1 will also be launched, at a price of 319 euros.

  • On the part of the VSmart Joy 1+, it will be available in black and blue at a starting price of 199 euros, which is reduced to 179 euros for the Joy 1.

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