Cherry Mobile, MyPhone and Starmobile have been engaged in a battle to become the top local smartphone brand. By my own estimation, Cherry Mobile has had the upper hand so far releasing phones matching their competitors specifications at a substantially lower price. Recently we looked at two nearly identical devices, the Cherry Mobile Omega HD and the Statmobile Diamond. The biggest difference between these two offerings is that the Oemga HD is priced 2K less than the Diamond.
But MyPhone, the oldest local brand new A919i Duo looks like will the 5-inch round of the battle. Priced at Php9,590 the MyPhone A919i is priced Php1,600 more than the Cherry Mobile Omega, but it is worth every pesos of the price difference.
The new offering makes the right compromises.
- Dual SIM
- 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
- 1.2 GHz quad core Mediatek processor
- PowerVR SGX544MP graphics
- 8 MP primary camera, autofocus with flash
- 2 MP front camera
- 2000 mAh battery
While MyPhone's new 5-inch offering will probably lose out on the photo quality comparisons, overall this is the budget 5-incher to buy. It is no so much the quad core processor which interests me but the newer more power PowerVR SGX544 graphics chip used in the MyPhone A919i Duo. The Cherry Mobile Omega HD and the Starmobile Diamond have the older PowerVR SGX 531 graphics chip which is really pushed to its limits when playing 720p video or 3D graphics on the HD display. The PowerVR 544 graphics chip on the MyPhone Duo 919i does this with ease, MyPhone has posted benchmarks of this phone at a impressive 12430 Antutu Benchmark points.
MyPhone A919i Duo Antutu Benchmarks: 12430
CherryMobile Omega HD Antutu Benchmarks by TechLocal: 5999
Starmobile Diamond Antutu Benchmarks by Yugatech: 5577
I think the numbers speak for themselves. While the Cherry Mobile Omega HD and Starmobile Diamond have their own merits, when buying lower costs phone, compromises have to be made. MyPhone made the right one by prioritizing power and performance.