There’s no doubt, Cherry Mobile has levelled up on its devices, the release of Cosmos series brought new sets of elite devices in the Philippines and Cherry Mobile has pioneered one bold step bringing Super AMOLED screen technology in the local brand.
We got a chance to review one of the company’s new flagship phones, the Cherry Mobile Cosmos X. Priced at Php 9,999, the device is the most affordable in the Cosmos series. It’s a 4.7 inch Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean phone built with Super AMOLED HD screen. Cosmos X is powered by 1.2 Ghz quad core processor from MediaTek, it’s the same engine used by Cosmos X2, coupled with 1GB RAM and PowerVR SGX544 MP @ 286Mhz GPU.
Display. You’ve seen the display on the Samsung GALAXY Note II and it’s impossible to not be impressed. I consider the Super AMOLED HD screen of Cosmos X as one of its major assets, as I look on its display, it’s a real stunner, it’s bright and has rich colors, and you will actually notice the crispiness. Another key benefit of OLED technology is the contrast ratios it can provide – simply put, the blacks are as dark as can be and the white portions dazzlingly clear. Samsung even boasted that the Super AMOLED technology outperforms the iPhone 4 Retina display in several areas including contrast ratio, color reproduction, and response time. Combined with the High Definition resolution, watching YouTube HD videos is a jaw-dropping experience. The display quality has exceeded my expectations and could hardly believe that I’m staring at a local mobile brand.
The 4.7 inch screen is toughened by Gorilla Glass 2. Made by Corning, Gorilla Glass is Samsung’s trusted technology and has been widely used in most of its devices. The material’s primary properties are its high scratch resistance (protective coating), and its hardness which allow thin glass without fragility.
Processor. It has four cores processor. The theory is that if you have multiple cores, you can split up the work between them so they’ll run more quickly and efficiently. Cosmos X is powered by 1.2 Quad-Core Processor. It uses Mediatek’s MT6589 which is delivered in advanced 28nm process technology. It is the world’s first commercialized quad-core available for mid to high end smartphone and tablets market, the MT6589 integrates a power-efficient Cortex -A7 CPU subsystem from ARM, PowerVR SGX544MP from Imagination Technologies. MT6589 is equipped with sunlight readability enhancement and also supports Miracast™ technology for multi-screen content sharing and pre-integrates MediaTek’s leading 4-in-1 connectivity combo, which supports 802.11n Wi-Fi, BT4.0, GPS and FM.
At quadrant benchmark, it scores high – 3,950, while at Antutu, it got 13,181. It also got a high grade in Nenamark graphics performance test, the score is 47.2. It supports multi touch up to 5 point. The screen’s response and touch flow is very fluid and you won’t really see or feel any lags.
Built. Cosmos X is built with metal frame and a glossy plastic back cover, the box we got comes with 1 free red back cover. The back cover is tightly fitted and it took me some time to successfully remove it – taragis, it’s difficult. On top, you‘ll find the power button and a standard 3.5mm audio jack, the charging port is located at the upper left side and volume keys on the right, there’s also a camera button placed at the lower right side.
Cosmos X supports dual SIM functionality, it uses 1 standard SIM and 1 micro SIM, the standard SIM utilizes the 3G internet. The device has a built in 4GB ROM and supports expansion up to 32GB via microSD card slot. At 7.9mm thick, it’s a slim phone from front to back and it’s so lightweight. I like the way it was built and the slim body fits nicely in the hand. Cosmos X can be used single-handedly.
Camera. Yup, it is the protruding thing in the back of this device.For some users, it might be an annoying aspect; the camera is bloated, bulging or swollen. But for me, the design is perfectly justified. It gives an emphasis that it is a camera phone. It’s the selling point, the 18-megapixel camera and working on it, Cosmos X shoots a relatively high quality pictures. File size of the picture taken from this device ranges from 2MB-2.50MB and has a dimension of 5760×3456. It is also equipped with BSI technology, the back side illumination feature that helps the camera increase the amount of light captured and thereby improves low-light performance.
The rear camera also records Full HD 1080p video. The camera app has a lot to offer, from panoramic to taking multiple shots via burst mode, self-timer, HDR and you can also do some finishing touches, tap the Edit button and you’ll be able to crop, auto enhance, remove red eyes and more. The front is also equipped with 8 megapixel camera which can be used for HD video calls.
Battery. As a quad core phone, battery capacity is a major issue, multiple processors requires a lot of power, and Cosmos X is no exception, having a 1,800mAh battery, users might think that it’s not enough, well, at first look it might give a “do not buy” perception, but it should be noted that the Super AMOLED screen is a power conscious technology, it consumes less and is 30% more power efficient than conventional IPS screens. And as I personally use it, making it as a primary phone, I didn’t encounter any battery issue. It powers the whole thing for about 24 hours. With WIFI on, moderate use of text messaging, calls, and internet browsing, I managed to stay up longer, worth enough for this type of smartphone.
Game enthusiasts should consider getting an extra power bank, in a heavy usage mode; the battery could last 6 up to 7 hours, though it’s normal with most of the android phones, MediaTek emphasized that MT6589 is smaller and more thermal-efficient and lower power consumption, the quad-core Cortex-A7 micro architecture is focused on providing the best energy efficiency and says it has five times the energy efficiency of a single Cortex-A7 and Cortex A8 processors. Super AMOLED HD screen is also 20% more power efficient than traditional AMOLED.
Hands-On Video. If you have high speed internet, watch it in Full HD 1080p mode.
Connectivity. Just like most of the android phones, Cosmos X comes complete with basic connectivity features: 3G, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS and sensors such as Gravity, Proximity and Light Sensor. The 3G connectivity can be used in conjunction with most of local telco’s internet bundles such as Globe’s prepaid PowerSurf as well as Smart’s UnliSurf.
Cosmos X also utilizes the new Bluetooth 4.0, also referred to as Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth 4.0 achieves its reduced power consumption by enabling devices to remain paired, or connected to each other, without requiring a continual stream of data to be transferred between the devices.The first smartphone to utilize the new Bluetooth 4 technology was Apple’s iPhone 4S.
Miracast Wireless Display WiFi Direct Ready. Cosmos X is equipped with Miracast technology,Miracast is a peer-to-peer wireless screencast standard formed via Wi-Fi Direct connections in a manner similar to Bluetooth. It enables wireless or wired delivery of compressed standard or high-definition video to or from desktops, tablets, mobile phones, and other devices. Both the sending and receiving devices must be Miracast certified for the technology to work. However, to stream music and movies to a non-certified device there will be Miracast adapters available that plug into HDMI or USB ports.
Dual-Band. Yes, it can be used outside Philippines.The device is a dual band phone, a lot of buyers are asking if they can use the unit outside the Philippines, GSM frequency bands or frequency ranges are the cellular frequencies designated the International Telecommunication Union for the operation of GSM mobile phones. Cosmos X uses GSM 900/1800 bands. GSM-900 and GSM-1800 are used in most parts of the world: Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia, Oceania.In USA, Sprint and US Cellular supports GSM-800 band for voice frequencies.
What can we say? Cosmos X is one of the four quad core phones in the Cosmos Series that Cherry Mobile has unveiled last month. Priced at Php 9,999 or a peso difference and it’s a 10,000 pesos phone, it’s obviously a premium device, and though the specs justify its premium stand, the price is far lower than it should be. High end device with a price just right..no doubt Cosmos X can be considerably ranked up! Best choice, best buy.
UPDATE: Cherry Mobile is giving 40% OFF, SALE price is Php 5,999 from April 30, 2014-May 4, 2014