Friday, July 19, 2013

Cherry Mobile Razor versus Huawei Ascend G525

If you are buying a phone today and looking for a mid-sized Android priced at around 6 to 7K, you have two nice choices. On the one hand you have the Cherry Mobile Razor which sells for Php6,490. On the other, the Huawei Ascend G525 priced at Php6,990.

Both phones are similar being Android Jelly Bean phones with a 4.5-inch qHD (540 x 960) display with quad core processors.  I am not going to do a one on one specification comparison. If I did, the Razor would win. It has slightly better specifications overall, and is a bit cheaper. Ultimately the MediaTek MT6589 chipset with the HSPA+ radio is just faster in both processing speed and data transmission than the Qualcomm S200 with an HSPA radio found in the Ascend G525.

So if you are looking for the bang for the buck option, the Cherry Mobile Razor is for you. On the other hand, if you are a bit leery about ODM phones being rebranded by other companies, then the Huawei is the better option. The Alctatel and Lenovo may be more familiar names in the Philippine market, but make no mistake, Huawei is the big dog. Huawei is the world's largest supplier of telecom equipment and third largest smartphone manufacturer. Huawei designs its own technology in house, like Apple and Samsung. If there is a company which will be able to dethrone Samsung, it is Huawei.

So there you have it. Both the Huawei Ascend G525 and Cherry Mobile Razor are excellent choices depending on the buyer's priorities.   


  1. I thought you'd also include Starmobile Icon in your comparison. Same quad core, size and screen resolution.

    It's the most expensive out of these three at 7,990 Php, but as far as I can tell some stores make up for it by bundling a free case, screen protector and memory card.

    1. I like the Icon, but it won't win head to head with the Razor. The MediaTek MT6589 is just more powerful than the Qualcomm S200. The Huawei was selected because it is branded.

    2. The disadvantage to this is that when it comes to processor quality, the Qualcomm wins not only with battery saving but also with how it handles tasks. Qualcomms are more stable. There is a reason why you don't see MediaTek with flagships from Samsung, HTC, or Sony.

  2. I wouldn't want my location and phone/internet activity spied on by Beijing.


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