Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cherry Mobile Sonic, 4-inch dual-SIM Android for Php2,999

Let the title sink in for a moment. A 4-inch Smartphone, with dual-SIM capabilities, for only a peso less than Php3,000? That’s the Cherry Mobile Sonic. Sounds good right? And it looks very decent as well.
Cherry Mobile Sonic
Well those are just the good stuff for this 4-inch budget Android phone. First, the screen size may be the same as that of the iPhone 5, but it  has a sub-par resolution of just 320 x 480 for a measly 144 ppi pixel density.
Next, it’s only powered by a 1GHz single-core processor considering we’re already in the world of dual-core Androids minimum as far as Cherry Mobile is concerned. RAM is just 256MB and internal storage is limited to 512MB, with MicroSD support. It also runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is good and bad at the same time. Good because you can install your apps to your MicroSD card but bad because some apps don’t run on Gingerbread anymore.
To keep things uninteresting, there’s a 2-megapixel fixed focus rear camera without any flash, and a VGA front-facing one. This phone also lacks 3G connectivity so I won’t suggest using it as a WiFi hotspot even if it can. Finally, its battery is rated at 1,200mAh.
Clearly, this phone is aimed at those who just want a super-basic Smartphone that they can use for calls and text, and maybe as an FM radio. It’s not meant for playing games nor surfing the net but it’s there just in case. A raffle fodder for parties perhaps?
For Php2,999 I would just choose the smaller but more powerful Cherry Mobile Click instead, or add a thousand more for the Cherry Mobile Flare.
Cherry Mobile Sonic Specs:
4-inch HVGA (320×480) capacitive display, 144ppi
1GHz single-core MediaTek MT6515 processor
PowerVR SGX531 GPU
256MB RAM, 256 MB internal storage, MicroSD up to 32GB
Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Dual SIM / Dual Standby
2 MP fixed focus rear camera, no LED flash
VGA front-facing camera
2G, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS/A-GPS, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot (no 3G)
FM Radio
Li-Ion 1,200mAh battery
Color: White and Black
SRP: PHP, 2999

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