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October 13, 2013

Cherry Mobile Cosmos X Review

The Cherry Mobile Cosmos X is the most affordable among the company’s Cosmos line of smartphones, but, does it have what it takes to be a must-buy, or are you better off saving a little bit for more? Read our full review to find out.

Before anything else, you should see our unboxing video, which showcases the included flip cover and the extra red back casing:

Design and Construction

At first glance & touch, the Cosmos X reminds us of the Samsung Galaxy S2 – from the rounded corners, its size & its plastic construction; not to mention it also packs a Super AMOLED display.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos X

While it is indeed made out of plastic, it does feel solid. However, the premium feel is lacking here, and the protruding camera on the back isn’t helping at all.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos X

On the top side you can find the 3.5mm audio jack & the power button. On the left is the micro USB port. Over to the right are the volume controls and the single stage camera button. The bottom is clean with only the microphone to be found.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos X

We immediately changed the back casing of the phone when we got it, since it added more contrast and a unique look. Nevertheless, expect it to be prone to smudges and some creaking, as to be expected from a plastic phone of this build.

Display

The Cosmos X flaunts a 720p HD Super AMOLED display at 4.7-inches. It is very responsive and sharp, colors are saturated but not overdone, and the deep blacks are unmatchable. Viewing angles are very great too.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos X

In fact, in our use, we needed reminding that this is a 4.7-inch display as we felt that it is a very compact handset. While we prefer the IPS LCD one on the Cherry Mobile Cosmos S, this one works amazingly well too.

OS, Apps and UI

The phone runs on Android 4.2.1 Jellybean and is layered with a skin of icons, customization and CM’s apps. To put it frankly, we’re not a fan of the said icons as we already saw CM go almost stock on phones such as the Cosmos S. While their skin is still quite inconsistent across devices, the company is getting better at it at every release nonetheless.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos X

Like we’ve said, included here are CM’s usual apps and a 3rd-party keyboard. For some reason, CM wants this phone to be somewhat full of colorful & ‘cute’ design elements. Whether that looks appealing or not is up to you.

To add, the on-screen buttons are confusing too as the back and multitasking buttons are switched. You’ll just have to get used to that.

Multimedia & Camera

The speakers are found at the lower left part of the phone. It is fine for the most part; it’s not remarkably loud or clear but it’s definitely workable.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos X

Video playback on the other hand is great, especially with the 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display. The experience won’t disappoint on this one.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos X

Now, let’s take a look at that 18 megapixel BSI camera that protrudes at the top left corner of the back. Like we’ve said on our other reviews, we won’t let the megapixel count speak for the camera; let the images do that for themselves.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos X

We have to say that based on the quality of the images, the camera tends to wash out its colors. It’s also not as sharp as we want it to be. While it does succeed in making dark environments light up by a bit, we aren’t that impressed with the overall product.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos X

The same can’t be said about the video capture’s elements, and it’s slightly more inconsistent. It’s great in normal lighting – sharp & detailed yet washed out – but it drops a lot of frames in below-average lighting. See for yourself below:

Performance & Benchmarks

The CM Cosmos X is fairly fast in our use, though there are little hiccups here and there at times. It runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU & 1GB RAM, just like its other Cosmos siblings, so don’t expect this to run faster or slower in real life use such as playing games, browsing the net or just breezing through the interface (benchmarks are slightly lower).

Cherry Mobile Cosmos X benchmarks

The phone scored 13,777 on Antutu, 3,987 on Quadrant & 47.1 on Nenamark 2.

Connectivity & Battery Life

With the Cosmos X, we didn’t encounter any problems with connecting to networks. It worked and handled everything just fine in our experience.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos X

In our battery test, looping video at 50% brightness & audio, the phone managed to deplete a full 100% in 4 hours, which is significantly lower than most phones we’ve tested.

Conclusion

I’m going to make this as easy as possible; we’d rather have you save a little more for CM’s other Cosmos phones. While the phone features dual-SIM capabilities, a good Super AMOLED display and a few freebies in the box, the design, UI, camera & battery is enough to make you look elsewhere.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos X

However, if you’re really sticking to a budget of Php9,999, then there you have it. If you do happen to take this phone over the others, you’re getting a wonderful (but dirt-attracting) flipcover and a red rear casing included too. Overall, this is an ‘okay’ phone with an ‘okay’ price.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos X specs:
4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display
1.2GHz quad-core processor
1GB RAM
4GB internal storage
micro SD up to 32GB
18MP BSI camera with LED flash
8MP BSI front-facing
WiFi b/g/n
3G HSPA+
Bluetooth
GPS
Dual SIM
Android 4.2 Jellybean
1,800mAh battery
Php9,999

What we liked about it:

  • Great Super AMOLED display
  • Freebies!

What we didn’t like about it:

  • Inconsistent CM skin
  • Sub-par battery life
  • Washed-out camera
  • Dull & plastic design
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36 Responses to “Cherry Mobile Cosmos X Review”

  1. nls says:

    seems like OHD2.0 is a better deal after all?

  2. Sharingan_yeah says:

    To be fucking honest, a phone which is flaunting its Super Fucking AmoLED screen surprisingly has been powered by a 1,800 mAh battery is so delusional. Ano to? Manunuod ka ng movie habang naka-charge para hindi malobat?

    • nagtatanong says:

      Bakit naman po kasi kayo manonood sa cellphone, hindi po ba dapat sa 4k tv po kayo manood ng movie dapat po tapos po naka set up ng 7.1. Atsaka cherry pa napili po ninyo panooran po. Di po ba mali kayo doon po?

    • garz says:

      The Galaxy S2 had Super AMOLED Plus display but packs only a 1650 mAh battery, 150 mAh lower than the Cosmos X and yet – i was able to watch 3 movies in a single charge. And it was during the Gingerbread times too. How about that?

    • abuzalzal says:

      Mas tipid sa battery yung Amoled since nagsa-shutdown yung panel pag nagre render siya ng black color

      compared sa iPS, laging naka-ilaw

    • Sharingan_yeah says:

      @nagtatanong – watching movies in TV is sooo 2010. But anyways, I understand your current situation now because clearly you can’t enjoy watching 720p movies using your Galaxy Y. Xoxo

      @abuzalzal – but I’ve been an S3 user before and guess what, mas magaling at mabilis pa syang humigop at sumipsip ng battery kesa sayo while giving your assless boyfriend a blowjob. Xoxoxoxo

    • Anti-Sharingan_yeah says:

      BOBO ka to the maximum sharing! BOBO ka talaga at super poor. Alam mo ba kung ano ang 4K display at 7.1 system. Kung di mo alam huwag ka na magcomment BOBO. BOBO. BOBO BOBO. Palibhasa super poor ka at ang alam mo lang celfun na panooran, CDR King pa! BOBO. Kahit ipunin mo buong pera ng angkan mo wala kayo pambili ng 4k display at 7.1 sound system na match ng 4K display. BOBO BOBO. Social climber. Ikaw ang antigo dahil 4K at 7.1 ang system na pina panooran ng mga can afford. At ikaw at buong angkan mo can never afford!

    • Ramz145 says:

      Sabi mo sharing “watching movies in TV is sooo 2010. But anyways, I understand your current situation now because clearly you can’t enjoy watching 720p movies using your Galaxy Y” bakit do you know ano gamit ng may alam sa 4K at 7.1 sound system? Baka iyang hinuhulugan mo ng 48 months na samshit s3 ay paperweight lang nila.
      Sabi mo pa “but I’ve been an S3 user before and guess what, mas magaling at mabilis pa syang humigop at sumipsip ng battery kesa sayo while giving your assless boyfriend a blowjob” bakit tinatanong ba dito brand ng cp mo. Wake up! Cheap ng cp mo sharing haha luma pa! Magyabang ka if ang cp mo ay vertu, rr ang kotse mo, mansion ang bahay mo sa arcadia, may 10 billion savings account ka, at ang business mo ay earning 10 million a day minimum. At ang nakakatawa mahilig ka sa blowjob. Tumpak sirena ka hahaha.

    • wew says:

      bat parang ang pagkakaunawa ko sa comment mo eh malakas humigop ng baterya ang amoled screen lol katangahan amp kung namomroblema ka sa battery life edi wag mo tong kunin, kumuha ka ng ibang unit yan ang hirap satin eh magrereklamo ng wagas dahil kesyo pangit ang specs,etc. pero pag tinanong mo kung magkano mapapatawa ka na lang.gumastos ka ng mas malaki kung gusto mo manood ng movie sa phone. Ibig sabihin lang nito hindi to recommended for heavy at long tasks tulad ng mobile browsing, watching movies,etc. nasusulit mo lang ang 720p reso ng movie mo sa CM kala mo angyaman na hahaha mas maganda pa rin po manood ng movie sa TV

    • Sharingan_yeah says:

      @wew hindi ko talaga bibilhin to no. And it’s my opinion and u guys have nothing to do with it.

      Wag naman tanga mga ate. If you don’t agree with me, raise your standards.

      More power to my hater! Xoxo

    • wew says:

      “a phone which is flaunting its Super Fucking AmoLED screen surprisingly has been powered by a 1,800 mAh battery is so delusional” for the record pakiexplain po samin kung ano ang ibig sabihn nyu dito hahaha lol =)))

    • Sharingan_yeah says:

      Que horreur. Basahin niyo ngang mabuti, and also for the record gworl, I don’t owe an explanation to you guys. It’s my opinion so suck my dick.

    • wew says:

      bat ayaw mo magbigay ng explanation?kasi di mo kayang panindigan ang sinasabi mo na malakas humigop ng baterya ang amoled screen?hahaha

    • Sharingan_yeah says:

      Ah, yun ba. Well based on my experience with my former phone, Galaxy S3, yes. Magaling sya humigop ng lakas at energy kaya’t everytime manunuod ako ng movies, nakacharge sya. Para hindi pumalo ng 40% ang battery niya. Take note, 2,100mah ang battery non. OKAY NA?

    • wew says:

      bat mo sinisi agad ang amoled screen nya???hahaha search search din kasi sa net pag may time para malaman mo kung pano nagana ang LCD,amoled,etc. napapahiya ka tuloy

    • Sharingan_yeah says:

      Suus katanga mo talaga :(

      Kung ikaw ba e naka apak ng tae, aapakan mo ulit to? Ganun din ako. Itinatanong mo kung bakit ko sinisisi ang Amoled, aba natural. Naka experience ako diba? Tanga tanga. Kaya nga “viewers’ opinions”. Bobo.

    • wew says:

      sabe ko na nga ba tanga ka eh, kulang pa sa common sense ang pinupunto ko po eh bakit ang amoled screen ng sgs3 nyu ang sinisisi nyo,pede naman ung processor,etc. di naman ibig sabihin na malaks umubos ng batt ang phone mo amoled na agad, dahil hindi lang un ang kumokonsumo ng baterya at PANGALAWA amoled na ang pinakamatipid na screen sa baterya naexplain na ya ni abuzalzal

  3. awdog says:

    this is a worthless review tbh

    I didnt get the info that I needed to know eg battery life etc

    • wew says:

      trabaho ng Yugatech na ipost lahatng information about a certain gadget at kailangan kumpleto un, nasa tao na lng ang katangahan kung di nila makita ang gusto nilang makita gayong malinaw naman sa article na subpar ang battery life.

  4. Ryan says:

    Mas marami pa yung dislike ng reviewer kesa sa like. So think twice…

  5. haggard says:

    good day sir ano ang mas maganda cosmos x2 o itong x?

    • abuzalzal says:

      Wait for another batch of CM handsets, these Cosmos line are WEAK and doesn’t offer tremendous value for the money.

      the X2 could’ve been perfect had they put an sd slot in it

      Antay-antay ka lang, Xiaomi is getting global, yun ang puntiryahin mo

  6. Rem says:

    The downside of the phone is the much-hyped 18MP camera. :/

  7. crackinthewall says:

    I think it’s delusional to think there’s a Cherry Mobile skin. They are obviously rebranding these phones so these skins, if ever, are the product of either the Indian or Chinese manufacturers that made these phones. That is why some CM phones looks more similar to stock Android, some looks like TW 3.0 and some looks like TW Nature UX. The same thing is true with other local phone companies .

  8. Zobel says:

    My friend got an SKK Silver with a 5.7″ screen. It blows everything about the Cosmos X out of the water for the same price.

  9. BiñLei says:

    correction: the camera is not 18 mp, actually it is a 8 mp cmos camera

  10. Sharingan_yeah says:

    Wow. Salamat sa suporta ninyong lahat. May hater pa ko dito. More power sa’yo. Xo

    Ang tatanga niyo grabe. Ang sabi ko, I’ve been an S3 user before. Ibig sabihin, hindi na ako naka S3 and I’ve switched my phone.

    Ang tatanga nio umintindi ng comment. It’s my fucking opinion na kapag nanuod ka ng movie jan, malolobat agad. Jesus Christ. Books before boys kasi.

  11. randallski says:

    i just bought this unit theres only one thing i can say……… ITS GREAT.

  12. chuchu says:

    Puro kayo away ng away. kayo nlng kya gumawa ng inyong sariling phones? Pumunta nlng kyo sa korea or sa america at dun nyo ipagmalaki ang mga phones nyo.. Well this is Philippines and we salute fililino products. kahit na sa china galing to. Hindi kyo pilipino nakakahiya

  13. Zobel says:

    Hintayin nyo na lang na bumaba to next December. Just bought a Starmobile Flirt for 6.5K. Halos 10K din orig price nun.

  14. monster says:

    hello po, kakabili ko lang ng cosmos x nung friday. ee umiinit po kase sya kahit na nagbabad ako magtext . normal po ba un ?at ska po nkaka 3times ako charge a day ?:((

  15. Dean says:

    Monster and i have the same problem umiinit ang cherry mobile cosmos x q. Sadya bang ganun po… Please do reply… Thank you

  16. titi says:

    tangina nyo .. mga hampaslupa lang naman kayo eh .. away pa kayo

  17. Wow… on screen buttons :D sana ganyan lahat mga cherry mobile smartphones mas gaganahan ako bumili nyan :D

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