Monday, March 18, 2013

Cherry Mobile Omega HD - Awesome


When Cherry Mobile launched its Omega, two months ago, many were disappointed with the specifications. Omega is now launching a HD version of the Omega, the Cherry Mobile Omega HD. In truth, other the name, the Omega and Omega HD are rather different devices.  

Quick specs:

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 5-inch IPS HD display (720 x 1280)
  • 4 GB internal storage, expandable via a microSD card slot
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1 GHz dual core processor
  • 12 MP primary camera, autofocus with flash
  • 2 MP front camera
  • HSPA
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 2100 mAh battery

The suggested retail price is Php7,999. With 1 GB of RAM, a 720p display and Jelly Bean at a price below 8K, this really is another game changer from Cherry Mobile. When I look at what is available at Php6-7K, it looks like you should really try to add a bit to your budget and pick up the Cherry Mobile Omega HD instead. The Cherry Mobile Omega HD also looks like a better deal than a lot of the lower mid-level phones in my March 2013 mid-level smartphone buyers guide.

But this phone offers more than just upgraded specifications. It also incorporates some interesting technology not found in phones at this price. It has scratch resistant glass using Dragontail Glass, a technology I am not familiar with. Both the front and rear camera use Backside Illumination Sensors, which should make for better low light performance.

Ultimately, not on does the the Cherry Mobile Omega HD bring HD and JellyBean at an entry level price, it also is a step up in terms of durability in camera technology from what you usually find at the entry level.

Now, one crucial piece of information is still missing, basically what ARM processor, chipset and graphics chip this phone is using. A 720p display requires a fair bit of graphics power for good performance. I will be following up this product closely.

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