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Cherry Mobile M1 Hands On and First Impressions

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During the event, we were to get a quick hands on of the Cherry Mobile M1. The company claims that the device is the first of many things – first to be powered by Mediatek’s new Helio X20 deca core chipset, first to have Sony’s IMX 230 sensor, first local smartphone to sport USB Type C and fast charging technology. We truly believe that this is Cherry Mobile’s flagship smartphone for 2016. Let’s have a quick look!

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Cherry Mobile M1:

  • Deca Core Mediatek Helio X20 processor
  • Mali T880 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • 21 megapixel rear facing Sony IMX230 camera with Phase Detection Autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, USB Type C, USB OTG
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • 3,600 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Fast Charging technology
  • Price: P11,999

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

At first glance the Cherry Mobile M1 looks like the Lenovo K4 Note with its rounded corners. Its plastic construction seems made from high quality materials. Nope, the back is not removable and that means you can’t remove the battery. There is a SIM card tray at the left side that houses the two SIMs. Unfortunately, there is no option for expandable storage which means you are stuck with 32GB of internal memory. Good news is the device is OTG capable. You can just plug in your flash drive to transfer your files.

The 5.5-inch Full HD display seems pretty sharp and vivid but if we get our review unit, we will be testing it outdoors. Cherry Mobile did very few tweaks on the UI which so expect it to have a feel of stock Android UI. With 4GB RAM, it is more than enough for your graphic intense games to run properly here.

With all that 10 cores working, it will be more power consuming than the usual octa core or quad core chipsets. Good thing the Cherry MObile M1 has a large 3,600 mAh  battery to power the device longer than usual.  We were not able to take photos in the event venue because of the dark lighting there. But the Sony sensor promised to have really good photos.

The Cherry Mobile M1 is truly a flagship worthy device with an affordable price tag. We have yet to test the device fully in order for us to give our final verdict. But from what we are seeing here, we are very impressed with the phone’s features and capabilities. 🙂