Who says that Virtual Reality is an expensive piece of tech? Cherry Mobile has made another first with the Cherry Mobile Touch XL 2. This behemoth of a phone comes with a VR headset that could take your multimedia experience to a different level. Is it worth your look? Let’s find out.
Cherry Mobile Touch XL 2
- 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT6580 processor
- Mali 400MP graphics
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
- 6-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 2 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 3,000 mAh battery
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Price: P3,499
- Status: Available at Cherry Mobile stores and kiosks
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
First thing to note is it is such a big device. With 6-inch display, you can barely wrap around your hands with it. We could wish that more bezels should be trimmed. But there’s a reason for that big screen – Virtual Reality. More on that on our review.
The rest of the hardware is pretty ok. Some elements are borrowed from the likes of HTC. We do love this metallic gray color as it makes the phone look like it is made of metal with its brushed patterns.
Of course if you want to enter the world of virtual reality, you need a bigger screen. The 6-inch dislay is by far very decent with punchy colors and good viewing angles. Though we find the brightness a bit much and too bright when in a dark area, you can disable the auto brightness and adjust the brightness manually.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
The only noticeable tweaks we saw on the UI is the look of some pre-installed apps but everything else looks and feels like stock Android. It is running Android Marshmallow by the way. So far, the Mediatek MT6580 chipset is holding up with the tasks but the limited 1GB RAM also prevents you from downloading graphic intense apps .
Using the cardboard VR headset for some Virtual Reality is fun but we are not really fans of this tech because we get dizzy easily. There are a lot of apps that supports Virtual Reality and you can find them at Google Play Store.
Camera performance is ok but do not expect Huawei P9-like photos here. In good lighting both cameras perform well but take away the light and the weakness of the camera will show up. Don’t expect much since it is just a sub 4k smartphone.
Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G comes standard. So far, 3G connectivity is quite normal and within range. Calls are clear with no issues.
With all the things you can do on this phone, perhaps you are concerned with the battery. So far battery performance is average. We manage to get around 9 hours of mixed moderate to heavy use and that includes using it for Virtual Reality.
Cherry Mobile did a wonderful job on introducing Virtual Reality to the entry level market. But the Cherry Mobile Touch XL 2 can do only what it is capable of. Go beyond its 1GB RAM capacity and the phone will slow down. On the bright side, the big screen means it is a perfect movie buddy if you wish to watch your movies saved on your SD card or via online.