Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

Table of contents

  • Key Features of the BQ 5541L Shark Rush
  • Appearance and usability
  • Screen
  • Camera
  • Telephone part and communications
  • Software and Multimedia
  • Performance
  • Heat
  • Play video
  • Battery life
  • Total

The Russian brand BQ has launched the BQ 5541L Shark Rush rugged smartphone, designed specifically for people with an active lifestyle. Among other things, this affordable “SUV” received a fairly capacious battery and even an NFC module for contactless payments, which makes it a true “universal”, capable of becoming a faithful assistant not only in the open nature but also in the “stone jungle”.

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

Key Features of the BQ 5541L Shark Rush

  • SoC Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22, 8 Cores Cortex-A53 @ 2.0 GHz
  • GPU PowerVR GE8320
  • Android operating system 9.0 (Pie)
  • IPS touchscreen 5.45 ″, 1440 × 720, 18: 9, 292 PPI
  • Random-access memory (RAM) 4 GB, Internal memory 64 GB
  • MicroSD support up to 128 GB
  • Support Nano-SIM (2 pcs.)
  • GSM / WCDMA / WCDMA / TD-SCDMA Networks
  • FDD-LTE Networks: Bands 1/3/7/20
  • GPS / A-GPS, Glonass, BDS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n (2.4 and 5 GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Nfc
  • USB Type-C, USB OTG
  • No 3.5mm audio output
  • Main camera 13 MP (f / 2.8) + 0.3 MP, autofocus, video 1080p @ 30 fps
  • 8MP front camera
  • Proximity sensors and lighting, magnetic field
  • Fingerprint scanner (back)
  • Lantern
  • IP68 Protection
  • 3900 mAh battery
  • Dimensions 159 × 75 × 11.8 mm
  • Weight 211 g

Appearance and usability

The BQ 5541L Shark Rush smartphone looks in full accordance with the role chosen for it. The design of protected smartphones must not be smooth and even, but with protruding inserts, undercuts and other elements that indicate belonging to the class of mobile “SUVs”.

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

Corrugated corner elements not only allow you to hold the device in your hand more firmly, but also protect it when it falls.

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

On the sidewalls themselves, you can find a large number of screws, and for symmetry, even the power button is made in the form of exactly the same screw. It can immediately be distinguished by the way it bulges out of the case.

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

But not all buttons here are made in the same style. There are also completely ordinary keys in appearance, and one of them is immediately taken for the power key, but in fact, it is an additional button, the functions of which can be assigned independently.

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

The reinforced walls of the rubberized case significantly increase, thicken and make the smartphone heavier. The result was a large and brutal mobile device with a bias for use in conditions far from the greenhouse. Moreover, the creators, obviously, are positioning a smartphone for those involved in active sports in the fresh air, for which they put directly on the case badges in the poster style “Faster, higher, stronger!”.

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

But there are more useful elements on the case: protrusions of various shapes everywhere are ready to take a hit on themselves and cover almost all the important elements, such as camera glasses, speaker grilles, buttons.

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The large glass covering the camera modules also hides a bright LED flash underneath. The flashlight shines quite brightly, which is logical: for a gadget of this kind, this is one of the important functions. Fans of extreme pastimes sometimes have to not only illuminate the path at night but also give the SOS signal. Naturally, the flashlight here turns on faster than through the menu on conventional smartphones.

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

The front panel of the case is generally familiar, of the “old school” - without a fight for the extra fractions of a millimeter in the frame around the screen, with a normal rectangular screen without cutouts. In the upper part above the screen, a standard strip is highlighted, in which all the elements expected there, including the LED event indicator, are placed. Its red dot is clearly distinguishable. True, the thick bottom of the frame is wasted, there are no buttons that everyone has already forgotten about, nor a fingerprint scanner, for which this arrangement is perhaps the most convenient.

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

A separate SOS button, as is the case in other “SUVs,” is not provided here, but an extra partially customizable button is installed on the side. You can reassign the action of double-clicking on it, but you can’t reassign the action of a long press, they always call the voice assistant.

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

For a hybrid tray for cards (SIM / microSD) to praise a smartphone will not work. There is not so much memory in the smartphone, travellers will try to load more programs and media files on the road, and two SIM-cards when travelling to other regions and countries are just a necessary option. So in such a smartphone, a triple slot is absolutely necessary, and in this case one of the possible cards will have to be sacrificed.

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

At the bottom, there is a USB Type-C connector, and the speaker and microphone are placed on the rear and front panels, respectively. With a microphone, everything is clear, but the speaker on the backside will, of course, be muffled in many situations, but perhaps because of all this protection against shock and water, this option is justified.

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

Perhaps the lack of a 3.5mm headphone audio output is due to the same considerations. However, the USB Type-C connector is securely closed with a rubber plug, one could do the same for a minijack.

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

Smartphone BQ 5541L Shark Rush is presented only in solid black body colour. It is a pity: he would have looked good with bright inserts, for example, yellow or red, and this is a common practice.

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

The smartphone complies with IP68 protection standards, which allows it not only to withstand dust and dirt but also a complete short-term immersion in water to a depth of 1 meter.

Smartphone BQ 5541L Shark Rush received an IPS-display with a diagonal of 5.45 inches and a resolution of 1440 × 720. Physical dimensions are 62 × 125 mm. The aspect ratio is 18: 9, the dot density is 295 PPI. The width of the frame around the screen is 6 mm from the sides, 16 mm from the top, 18 mm from the bottom. There are no complaints about the thickness of the frame in this case since just the wider it is in the protected case, the more reliable.

The front surface of the screen is made in the form of a glass plate with a mirror-smooth surface that is resistant to scratches. Judging by the reflection of objects, the anti-glare properties of the screen are slightly worse than that of the Google Nexus 7 (2013) screen (hereinafter simply Nexus 7). For clarity, we present a photo on which the white surface is reflected in the turned off screens (on the left - Nexus 7, on the right - BQ Shark Rush, then they can be distinguished by size):

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

The screen of the BQ Shark Rush is slightly lighter (brightness from photographs 124 against 120 for Nexus 7). The doubling of the reflected objects in the BQ Shark Rush screen is very weak, this indicates that there is no air gap between the layers of the screen (more specifically, between the outer glass and the surface of the LCD matrix) (OGS - One Glass Solution type screen). Due to the smaller number of boundaries (such as glass/air) with very different refractive indices, such screens look better under conditions of intense external illumination, but repairing them in the case of cracked external glass is much more expensive since the entire screen has to be changed. On the outer surface of the screen there is a special oleophobic (grease-repellent) coating (noticeably better in efficiency than Nexus 7), so fingerprints are removed much more easily and appear at a lower speed.

With manual brightness control and when displaying a white field in full screen the maximum brightness value was 770 cd / m², the minimum - 36 cd / m². The maximum brightness is very high, therefore, given the good anti-glare properties, the readability of the screen on a sunny day outdoors will be at a good level. Reduced brightness, in principle, allows you to use the device even in complete darkness, although to someone it can still seem a bit tall. In the presence of automatic brightness control according to the light sensor (it is close to the upper edge to the left of the status indicator). In automatic mode, when the ambient light conditions change, the screen brightness both increases and decreases. The operation of this function depends on the position of the brightness adjustment slider: the user may try to set the desired brightness level under the current conditions. If you leave everything as default, then in total darkness the auto-brightness function reduces the brightness to 38 cd / m² (normal), in an office lit by artificial light (approximately 550 lux) it sets to 120 cd / m² (also normal), in a very bright environment (corresponds to the lighting on a clear day outdoors , but without direct sunlight - 20,000 lux or slightly more) increases to 240 cd / m² (too dim). The result did not suit us, so we moved the brightness adjustment slider in bright light so as to bring the brightness of the backlight to maximum, resulting in the following values ​​for the three conditions mentioned above: 40, 760 and 760 cd / m². In-office conditions, the brightness also became maximum, which was not required. It turns out that the auto-brightness function works inappropriately. At any brightness level, there is no significant modulation of the backlight, so there is no screen flicker.

This smartphone uses an IPS type matrix. Microphotographs show a typical IPS subpixel structure:

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

The screen has good viewing angles without significant color shift, even with large deviations of the gaze from the perpendicular to the screen and without inverting (except for the very darkest when deviating along with one diagonal) shades. For comparison, we present photographs in which the same images are displayed on the BQ Shark Rush and Nexus 7 screens, while the brightness of the screens on the white field in the entire screen was initially set to approximately 200 cd / m², and the color balance on the camera was forcibly switched to 6500 K.

It can be seen that the colours did not change much in both screens, but the contrast decreased in BQ Shark Rush to a greater extent due to the strong brightening of black.

The brightness at an angle of the screens decreased (at least 4 times, based on the difference in exposure), but the BQ Shark Rush has a slightly lower brightness reduction.

The black field with a diagonal deviation is strongly highlighted but remains conditionally neutral grey. The photos below demonstrate this (this is even without compensation for the decrease in brightness of the BQ Shark Rush):

With a perpendicular view, the uniformity of the black field is average, in some places closer to the edge the black is highlighted (for clarity, the brightness of the backlight on the smartphone is maximized):

Contrast (approximately in the centre of the screen) is high - about 1200: 1. The response time for the black-white-black transition is 16 ms (8 ms on + 8 ms off). The transition between grey tones of 25% and 75% (according to the numerical value of the colour) and vice versa in total takes 26 ms. Constructed at 32 points with an equal interval in the numerical value of the shade of grey, the gamma curve did not reveal a blockage in either highlights or shadows. The exponent of the approximating power function is 2.28, which is slightly higher than the standard value of 2.2. In this case, the real gamma curve deviates little from the power dependence:

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

This unit has a dynamic adjustment of the brightness of the backlight in accordance with the nature of the displayed image - in dark images on average, the brightness of the backlight decreases. As a result, the obtained dependence of the brightness on the hue (gamma curve) does not correspond to the gamma curve of a static image, since the measurements were carried out with the sequential output of shades of grey to almost the entire screen. For this reason, a series of tests — determining contrast and response time, comparing black flare at angles — we performed (however, as always) when displaying special patterns with unchanged average brightness, rather than plain colours in the entire screen. In general, such a non-switched brightness correction does nothing but harm, since a constant change in screen brightness can at least cause some discomfort,

Colour gamut close to sRGB:

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush

The spectra show that the matrix filters to a moderate degree mix the components together:

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush
standard 6500 K. However, the deviation from the spectrum of an absolutely black body (ΔE) is below 10, which is considered a good indicator for a consumer device. In this case, the colour temperature and ΔE vary little from shade to shade - this has a positive effect on the visual assessment of the colour balance. (The darkest areas of the grayscale can be ignored, since there the colour balance does not matter much, and the error in measuring colour characteristics at low brightness is large.)

In the settings, you can reduce the intensity of the blue component. In principle, bright light can disrupt the daily (circadian) rhythm (see the article on the iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch display ), but everything is decided by adjusting the brightness to a comfortable level, and there is absolutely no distortion of the colour balance, reducing the contribution of blue meaning. However, in this case, the minimum brightness is a bit high, so this option may be useful to someone. Unfortunately, this setting cannot be used to correct the colour balance, since even at a minimum level of intensity the colour temperature drops already to 5200 K, which is below the standard value of 6500 K.

To summarize: the screen has a very high maximum brightness (770 cd / m²) and has good anti-reflective properties, so the device can be used outdoors without problems on a summer sunny day. In complete darkness, the brightness can be lowered to a comfortable level, but still the minimum brightness - 36 cd / m² - could be lower. The mode with automatic brightness adjustment does not work well, it is inconvenient to use it. The advantages of the screen include the presence of an effective oleophobic coating, the absence of an air gap in the layers of the screen and visible flicker, high contrast (1200: 1) and close to sRGB colour gamut. Significant disadvantages include low black stability to the deviation of gaze from the perpendicular to the screen plane and dynamic adjustment of the backlight brightness in accordance with the nature of the displayed image. Generally,


The front camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels (lens aperture is unknown)

The back camera of the BQ 5541L Shark Rush is dual: the only “shooting” module (13 megapixels, f / 2.8) is supplemented by a scene depth sensor (0.3 megapixels). There is neither a wide-angle nor a telephoto lens, only digital zoom (maximum magnification 8 ×). There is autofocus, there is no optical stabilization, the flash is bright.

Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush
Review BQ 5541L Shark Rush
The camera control interface and settings are extremely wide. There are a lot of resolution options 1/2/5 MP, there is a large list of scene modes with predefined shooting settings for them in automatic mode (Sunset, Party, Theater, Beach and much more). There is a manual shooting mode. Of course, a portrait mode with background blur is implemented, which the very second 0.3 MP sensor is designed to help.

In practice, however, all these tricks have little to do, the shooting quality is mediocre even in a good light. This is clearly not the camera with which you want to capture the beauty of the untrammelled corners of the wild

Video can be shot at a maximum resolution of 1920 × 1080 at 30 fps. Video quality is average.
  • Movie # 1 (63 MB, 1920 × 1080 @ 30 fps, H.264, AAC)

Telephone part and communications 

The SoC MediaTek Helio P22 has a modem that supports LTE Cat.4 networks. The LTE frequencies supported by the smartphone include Bands 1/3/7/20. This is not much, but all the most popular frequencies in Russia are supported. In practice, within the city limits of the Moscow region, the device demonstrates confident operation in wireless networks.

The remaining communication capabilities are standard: the Wi-Fi module supports both Wi-Fi bands (2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth is the old version 4.2, but there is an NFC module with support for contactless payment, which may outweigh some of the disadvantages of the smartphone, because before Until now, not all Chinese state employees can boast of NFC support.

The navigation module works with GPS (with A-GPS), with the domestic Glonass and with the Chinese Beidou, which is commendable, since navigation for a handheld device, intended for travellers, is one of the priorities. The first satellites, even with a cold start, are detected quickly, within the first seconds, the positioning accuracy does not cause complaints. There is a magnetic compass necessary for navigation programs, among the built-in sensors.

The phone application supports Smart Dial, that is, while dialling a phone number, a search is made by the first letters in the contacts. The methods for sorting and displaying contacts are standard for the Android interface. There is one radio modem. The speaker’s voice is recognizable in dynamics, the sound is clear, although not very loud. The vibrating alert is felt with difficulty, which is expected with such a massive body.

Software and multimedia

As a software platform, the BQ 5541L Shark Rush uses Android OS version 9. The OS is almost clean, the themes have just been redrawn and a ton of applications have been added, both useful and demo free.

For identification of the owner, a fingerprint scanner and face unlock are provided. Both that and another works accurately, without failures. Unlocking the face is not lightning-fast, but it works in complete darkness due to a very brightly flashing screen at the moment of identification, illuminating for a moment the face of the owner.

Sounds BQ 5541L Shark Rush satisfactory. Sound of medium volume, clear, but without the obvious presence of low frequencies. There are a very sensitive voice recorder and FM radio.


Smartphone BQ 5541L Shark Rush runs on a single-chip system MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762), manufactured by the 12-nanometer process technology. The configuration of this SoC includes 8 Cortex-A53 cores with a frequency of up to 2.0 GHz. The GPU is played by the PowerVR GE8320 GPU. The RAM of the smartphone is 4 GB, the storage capacity is 64 GB.

It supports the installation of microSD memory cards up to 128 GB, and you can also connect external devices to the USB Type-C port in USB OTG mode.

MediaTek Helio P22 is not the most productive mobile platform. For graphics, the PowerVR GE8320 chip is responsible here, which does not even support the Vulkan API.

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In practice, the smartphone confidently displays the interface of the OS itself and the desktop but is expected to slow down in games. If you really want to, at the lowest settings you can still play both Injustice 2 and PUBG, but in general, the device is clearly not for games, its performance is enough to work as a pocket organizer and smartphone, but not a multimedia processor.

Testing in complex tests AnTuTu and GeekBench:

All the results we obtained when testing the smartphone in the latest versions of popular benchmarks, we have brought to the table for convenience. A few other devices from various segments are usually added to the table, also tested on the latest versions of benchmarks (this is done only to visually evaluate the dry numbers obtained). Unfortunately, in the framework of one comparison, it is impossible to present the results from different versions of benchmarks, therefore, many worthy and relevant models remain behind the scenes - due to the fact that they once passed the "obstacle course" on previous versions of test programs.

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Testing in AnTuTu the device did not pass.

Graphics subsystem testing in 3DMark and GFXBenchmark game tests:

When testing in 3DMark for the most productive smartphones, it is now possible to run the application in Unlimited mode, where the rendering resolution is fixed at 720p and VSync is disabled (due to which the speed can rise above 60 fps).
BQ 5541L Shark Rush
(Mediatek Helio P22)
Realme 3
(Mediatek Helio P60)
Redmi 7
(Qualcomm Snapdragon 632)
Huawei P Smart 2019
(HiSilicon Kirin 710)
Samsung Galaxy M20
(Exynos 7904)
3DMark Ice Storm Sling Shot ES 3.1
(more is better)
3DMark Sling Shot Ex Vulkan
(more is better)
GFX Benchmark Manhattan ES 3.1
(Onscreen, fps)
GFX Benchmark Manhattan ES 3.1
(1080p Offscreen, fps)
GFX Benchmark T-Rex
(Onscreen, fps)
GFX Benchmark T-Rex
(1080p Offscreen, fps)
Testing in cross-platform browser tests:

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As for the benchmarks for evaluating the speed of the javascript engine, you should always make a discount on the fact that the results in them significantly depend on the browser in which they are launched, so that the comparison can be truly correct only on the same OS and browsers, and this is possible when testing not always. In the case of the Android OS, we always try to use Google Chrome.
BQ 5541L Shark Rush
(Mediatek Helio P22)
Realme 3
(Mediatek Helio P60)
Redmi 7
(Qualcomm Snapdragon 632)
Huawei P Smart 2019
(HiSilicon Kirin 710)
Samsung Galaxy M20
(Exynos 7904)
Mozilla Kraken
(ms, less is better)
Google Octane 2
(more is better)
(bigger is better)
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AndroBench memory speed test results:


The back surfaces obtained after 15 minutes of a gorilla fight in Injustice 2 (this test is also used to determine autonomy in 3D games):

 Heats more in the upper part of the device, which, apparently, corresponds to the location of the SoC chip. According to the heating chamber, the maximum heating was 39 degrees (at an ambient temperature of 24 degrees), this is not very much.

Note: If the Uniformity and Skips columns are set to green, then this means that most likely when watching movies artefacts caused by uneven rotation and skipping frames, you either don’t see them at all, or their number and visibility will not affect comfort viewing. Red marks indicate possible problems associated with the playback of the corresponding files.

According to the criterion for outputting frames, the playback quality of video files on the screen of the smartphone itself is good, since in most cases frames (or groups of frames) can (but are not required to) be displayed with the more or less uniform rotation of intervals and without frame drops. In the case of files with 60 frames / s, perfect smoothness is not obtained, since the refresh rate is 64 Hz, so 4 frames per second are output with double duration. When playing video files with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels (720p) on the smartphone screen, the image of the actual video file is displayed exactly at the height of the screen (in landscape orientation), one to one in pixels. The brightness range displayed on the screen corresponds to the actual range in this file. Note that this smartphone does not support hardware decoding of H. files.
Battery life

The BQ 5541L Shark Rush smartphone has a built-in 3900 mAh battery and demonstrates a good level of autonomy with it. Under real operating conditions, the device will easily last a day or two, depending on the scenario.
Testing was traditionally carried out at the usual level of energy consumption without using the energy-saving functions, although there are those in the device.
Battery capacityReading modeVideo mode3D game mode
BQ 5541L Shark Rush3900 mAh20 h. 00 m.12 h. 00 m.7 hours
Galaxy M205000 mAh18 h.10 h. 00 m.7 hours 30 meters
Realme 34230 mAh24 h.18 h.10 h. 00 m.
Honor 10i3400 mAh16 h.11 h.5 hours 00
Redmi note 74000 mAh21 h.15 hours 005 hours 00
Continuous reading in the FBReader program (with a standard, light theme) with a minimum comfortable brightness level (brightness was set to 100 cd / m²) lasted until the battery was completely discharged for up to 20 hours, and when continuously watching high-quality video (720p) with the same the brightness level through the home Wi-Fi network device operates 12 hours. In the 3D-games mode, the smartphone can work up to 7 hours, depending on the specific game.

The smartphone consumes 10 W when charging, fully charged for about 2 hours with a current of 2 A at a voltage of 5 V. The battery is filled evenly. Wireless charging is not supported.

Final Thoughts

BQ 5541L Shark Rush is offered in Russian retail for 13 thousand rubles. Abstracting from the price, we can state: this smartphone in a nice protected case has a modest filling - cameras, for example, are very weak. Strange, but most manufacturers when releasing such devices focus on the protective properties of the case, ignoring the more traditional aspects of the smartphone, and this applies equally to unknown Chinese and to quite popular brands. Apparently, the public has not yet matured to the "off-road flagships." Well, in any case, as a phone for use by athletes and travellers, the BQ 5541L Shark Rush has good autonomy, is well protected from dust and dirt, and also has a good set of communication modules.

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