Competition among lower mid-range smartphones are heating up! These sub Php 8,000 smartphones now have LTE connecitivity, quad core or octa core processor, 13MP or 8MP rear camera and large 5 to 5.5-inch HD screens are really bang-for-buck. On this arena, Chinese brands are now present in which local brands are caught by surprise. We have the Lenovo A7000, Meizu M1 Note, Alcatel One Touch Flash Plus and the Huawei Honor 4X. Local brands have the O+ Evo 4G and the new MyPhone Infinity LTE.
But there’s another smartphone we must take a look at – the Cherry Mobile Cosmos Force. When shopping for a sub 8K smartphone, this device is usually not on your list and often overlooked. At P6,999, it has the same features as the smartphones mentioned above. We used one for a few days and here’s our review.
Cherry Mobile Cosmos Force:
- 1.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor
- Adreno 306 graphics
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage, no expandable storage
- 5.26-inch HD IPS LCD display (720 x 1280 pixels)
- Asahi Dragontrail Glass
- 18 megapixel rear facing camera with BSI sensor, autofocus and LED flash
- 8 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM (SIM1 only with LTE), Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, USB OTG
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,500 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 Kitkat upgradable to Android Lollipop
- SRP: P6,999
- Status: Available on Cherry Mobile stores and kiosks
We decided to include the unboxing and full review since we only have a few days with the device. So, what’s inside the box?
- unit itself
- USB cable
- microSD adapter
- wall adapter
- free 4GB microSD card
HARDWARE AND DESIGN:
The Cherry Mobile Cosmos Force has a more rectangular design with sharp edges similar to older Sony Xperia smartphones. Despite that it is still manageable to hold with one hand. It has a soft matte finish which we love. That gives added reassuring grip especially if you have sweaty hands. The back cover can be removed and will reveal the dual SIM slots and the non-removable battery. Audio quality from rear speakers is kinda soft but we do love the audio when we plugged in our third party headset. The 3.5mm headset is CTIA compliant which enables you to use any third party headset.
When it comes to the 5.26-inch display, it suffers from reflection when using outdoors. Good thing it is bright and vivid and can withstand the harsh sunlight. Using it indoors is a joy. The display is sharp and has good color saturation and viewing angles.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:
Cherry Mobile shipped the Cosmos Force with a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor instead of the usual Mediatek chipset. Everyday use is mostly lag free and loading apps are quick. Clash of Clans works well here too.
One of the main selling points of this device is the camera. It has an 18 megapixel rear shooter and an 8 megapixel front camera. We took the 18 megapixel for a short spin and we were impressed with low light shots. The 8 megapixel front camera is perfect for selfies as long as you have the ambient light.
The Cosmos Force supports LTE bands 1800 and 2100 MHz in which Both Globe and Smart LTE networks are supported. We would like to point out that this is not a dual LTE device. Only SIM 1 has LTE connectivity. We inserted our Globe SIM and LTE speed are good on the places where there is LTE coverage. Calls are crystal clear too on both ends of the line.
The endurance of the 2,500 mAh battery is average. You’ll get a day of normal use with LTE or WiFi on. If you are a heavy user, you’ll get around 6 hours of battery if you play games, use LTE a lot and watch movies.
If you are pissed that you always ran out of stock whenever you attempt to buy a Lenovo A7000 or an Alcatel One Touch Flash Plus, then you might want to consider the Cherry Mobile Cosmos Force. It is readily available in stores.