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Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus Review

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Local smartphone makers have gone a long way since they started building feature phones four or five years ago. Entering the smartphone market and adopting Android as their operating system was one of the best decisions. Cherry Mobile, last year, surprised everyone when they offered the Cherry Mobile Ultra, an affordable smartphone with LTE capabilities. With its specs, it is a far better phone than the Cherry Mobile W900 LTE, the company’s first LTE smartphone.

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And then people were asking, will Cherry Mobile’s next flagship will finally have LTE connectivity? When the Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus was announced in earlier this year, it exceeded everyone’s expectations. This phone is a beast! Find out why in this review.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus:

  • 2GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6595M processor
  • IMG Rogue G6200 graphics
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5.5-inch Full HD LTPS (1920 x 1080 pixels) 401ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 14 megapixel rear facing Sony IMX214 camera with BSI, autofocus and LED flash (with Sapphire Lens)
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby, Dual LTE
  • LTE, HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 2,700 mAh Li-Po battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat (upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop)
  • SRP: P13,999
  • Status: Available on select Cherry Mobile stores

Related article – Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus Unboxing and First Impressions

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DESIGN:

Just like we’ve said in our unboxing, this smartphone is the Cherry Mobile Cosmos One (without the plus) with beefed up specs. Cosmos One owners can fool everyone that the one they own is the LTE-capable one. The device is available in white or black and the white one is such a looker. We love the rough matte finish at the back that gives extra grip to a rather large device. The dedicated camera button is something we don’t see a lot anymore on many smartphones but you might confused it with the button which is beside it on the right side of the device. The rear firing speakers lacks the punch and sound appears to be muffled.

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DISPLAY:

The 5.5-inch display sports a different type of TFT panel called LTPS or Low Power Polysilicon. Unlike the usual IPS (In-Plane Switching) LCD displays used by many smartphones, LTPS is capable of handling high resolution screens at the same time, consumes less power. This screen technology is also being used by Gionee on their high end smartphones. The display looks very vivid and even surprisingly visible outdoors and direct sunlight with less reflection.

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PERFORMANCE:

Under the hood, Cherry Mobile installed Mediatek’s most powerful Octa Core processor making this phone a beast. Gaming performance is the best especially when playing Dead Trigger 2. This is also the very first Cherry Mobile smartphone we’ve reviewed with almost no lags. The only incident of lag during our week-long review was when we played Dead Trigger 2 for an hour straight and it froze for about 2 seconds. The device also heats up in the camera area at the back when playing games for 30 minutes or so.

We were also blown away with the scores we got from Antutu and Quadrant Standard benchmarks.

  • Antutu – 44,682
  • Quadrant Standard – 20,732

Disappointed to know that it still runs Android 4.4 Kitkat? Worry not. Cherry Mobile promised an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop soon.

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CAMERA:

Both the 14 megapixel Sony camera and the 8 megapixel front camera takes very good photos.  Here are the photos below in different lighting conditions.

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Indoor, no HDR

 

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Indoor, HDR on

 

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Outdoor at night
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selfie using the 8 megapixel front facing camera

 

CONNECTIVITY:

Did I mention that the Cosmos One Plus has dual LTE? So, if you still carry two phones, I think this is the best time to take a look at this phone. Both Smart’s LTE 850 MHz and Globe’s LTE 1800 MHz frequencies worked fine. Switching between them is effortless. You just have to go to settings, then wireless and networks, then mobile networks and then you can now change which LTE service you want to use. By the way, the 3.5mm headset jack is CTIA compliant which means you can insert your third party headsets here.

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BATTERY:

The device has a 2,700 mAh battery. We think this is quite small for a phone this caliber. But to our surprise, the phone lasted for 8 hours with moderate usage. That is if you left the Standby Intelligent Power saving mode on. Turning it off will drain you battery faster than reaching Baguio from Manila. Since we are heavy users, the phone didn’t last 8 hours. With heavy usage, it only lasted 6 hours with 3 hours screen on time. We usually unplug it to the charger at 7am then it drops to 20% by noon and then charge it again for an hour and 15 minutes for it to last until 12 midnight.

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VERDICT:

At last, a Cherry Mobile flagship that worth calling “flagship”. For us, a flagship must have kick ass specs, a beautiful display, a killer camera plus having dual LTE capability is a bonus. Cherry Mobile got the recipes of a good flagship right!

If you already own this smartphone please do share your experience with us. Got questions? Tweet and follow @filipinotechie and @immarkmarcelo on Twitter and Instagram.