We’ve been waiting for this smartphone for quite some time now. Honestly, we like what Android OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) by putting their own skin on top of Google’s mobile OS but the experience with vanilla Android skin is what we love in a Nexus device. So when Google introduced the Android One project in the country, we really got excited. Two Android One smartphones, the Cherry Mobile One and MyPhone Uno were off to a good start but was not a big hit. Here comes the Cherry Mobile G1 which was announced last month and specs are much, much better. We finally got one and let’s unbox this!
Cherry Mobile G1 (Android One):
- 1.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor
- Adreno 306 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with Dual LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,500 mAh battery
- Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- SRP: P5,999
- Status: Available in select Cherry Mobile stores
What’s inside the box?
- Cherry Mobile G1 unit
- Wall Adapter
- USB Cable
- 8GB microSD card
- Globe Prepaid SIM Card
Upon opening the box, we were greeted by the G1 with its all black and simplistic look. You’ll not see any striking design or any wow factor here. It a simple and straightforward design. The matte back with rubbery feel make it more secure to hold and gives added grip.
Checking the ports and buttons – nothing on the left, power button and volume rockers on the right, USB charging port and speaker grill at the bottom, 3.5mm headset jack at the top, 13 megapixel camera with flash at the back with the Cherry Mobile and Android One branding and the 5-inch display with the 5 megapixel front camera and sensors at the front.
We noticed no OEM bloatware of any kind and what we saw here are just plain Google apps. Even the camera app is from Google itself. The default browser is Chrome and no Android browser is present. The G1 is living up with Google’s promise of pure Android experience here.
For those who are not aware, Android One is Google’s project for emerging markets like the Philippines. It offers the best pure Android experience at an affordable price. Google manages the design, development, marketing, and support on the devices made under this project. Manufacturing is carried out by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) like Cherry Mobile. The best of all, all Android One devices will receive the latest updates from Google for the next two years. So expect Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be coming to the G1 soon. 🙂
We love what we are seeing here and we are excited to take it for a spin. Full review will be out very soon.