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December 15, 2013

Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2X Review

We finally got our hands on one of Cherry Mobile‘s latest offerings, the CM Omega HD 2X. It’s a quad-core Android smartphone that is equipped with an 18-megapixel camera and 5.7-inch full HD 1080p display. Find out what if this is a winner by checking our review below.

Now in its fourth iteration, the Cherry Mobile Omega has certainly come a long way since its first arrival back in January of this year. From having a 5.2-inch WVGA display, dual-core CPU, and 512MB of RAM, it now has a 5.7-inch Full HD display with a quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM.

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Design and Construction

The OHD 2X, with its large display, quickly puts it in the “phablet” category. A smartphone this big would certainly require you to use both hands most of the time, but its sleek and slim form factor makes up for that large footprint.

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On hand, the device feels well-made, certainly not premium but it’s solid, no rattling or creaking, and very much likely to survive even if you chuck it on the floor.

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As for the design, it’s simple and modest, but as described earlier, it has slim profile. The thin bezel is a big plus, and the glossy metallic frame on the sides and the matte finish at the back feels good to the touch.

Display

The OHD 2X is equipped with a 5.7-inch Full HD (1920 × 1080) display with a pixel density of 386ppi. It also has IPS and OGS to ensure good viewing angles and that the screen really pops out.

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Like its predecessors, the OHD 2X comes equipped with Dragontrail glass. If you’ve seen our hands-on of the Omega HD back in March, you’ll know that this glass can resist scratches brought by sharp objects. The same thing holds true on the OHD 2X as I tried scratching it with a screw driver, keys, scissors, and a rock. Not a scratch.

OS, UI, and Apps

Running the whole show for the OHD 2X is Android 4.2.1 Jellybean. Cherry Mobile added a few visual tweaks on it which is evident on the lockscreen.

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The rest looks stock Jellybean but with the addition of Cherry Mobile’s own apps and preinstalled apps like the Cherry Fun Club, Cherry Play, Task Manager, Kakao Talk, Opera browser, and Start (lockscreen manager). These apps cannot be uninstalled so if you’re not going to use them they’ll just sit there eating memory. We wish that Cherry Mobile just keeps everything as stock as possible or allow most of these to be uninstalled.

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The good news is, the OHD 2X comes with 32GB of internal storage with 27.74GB left for the user. Add the support for up to 32GB via microSD and you’re looking at a really large storage space in total.

Camera and Multimedia

The OHD 2X comes equipped with an 18 megapixel BSI rear shooter with LED flash and an 8 megapixel front-facing. Although you’re getting more pixels in a photo, it doesn’t really equate to image quality. The camera captures very decent amount of detail but falls behind in terms of colors as photos tend to be washed out. Check out the sample photos below:

We also noticed that it is weak on Macro shots, a bit slow on autofocus, and is rough when automatically adjusting for exposure. On the bright side, it comes with a number of features like Panorama, HDR, and filters.

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When it comes to video recording, it’s capable of shooting 1080p videos at 19fps and saves it in 3GP format. Take a look at the sample video below:

As for its multimedia prowess, the OHD 2X’s display is a real treat when it comes to watching movies. However, we recommend that you use headphones when listening. Sounds produced by the speaker is crisp but lacks punch. In addition, the speaker gets easily muffled even when placed on a hard flat surface. So if you’re planning to utilize the speaker make sure that you don’t lay it flat on its back.

Performance and Benchmarks

So far we’re satisfied with the OHD 2X’s performance. The 1.5GHz MTK6589T quad-core CPU, PowerVR SGX544MP GPU, and 2GB of RAM did a good job in keeping things zippy. It can play most games but don’t expect it to run smoothly on high graphic settings. Take a look at the benchmark scores below:

* AnTuTu – 15,246
* Quadrant – 4,707
* Vellamo HTML 5 – 1,564
* Vellamo Metal – 552
* NenaMark2 – 33.8fps

Benchmark performance is very similar to the Cherry Mobile Cosmos Z.

Battery Life

Powering the OHD 2X is a 2,500mAh battery. Based on our test bench for battery life, it was able to last for 7.7 hours playing a 1080p video file on loop in Airplane mode with brightness set to 50% and volume set to 0%. Just slightly better than the 2,000mAh Cosmos Z.

Conclusion

Let’s sum up all the stuff you’ll be getting from the Omega HD 2X: a large screen size, beautiful display protected by Dragontrail glass, a healthy 32GB of internal storage with microSD support, quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, dual-SIM support, decent battery life, thin profile, and a well-built body. On the downside, it has below average camera performance and a weak speaker with poor placement.

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So is this phone worth getting? Based on the pros listed above, the answer is yes. And if you’re looking for a phone that sits on top of the Cosmos line but still won’t break the bank, the Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2X is a good choice.

Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2X specs:
5.7-inch Full-HD IPS OGS display, 386ppi, Dragontrail Glass
1.5GHz MTK6589T quad-core processor
PowerVR SGX544MP GPU
2GB RAM
32GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
dual-SIM, dual Standby
HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2Dp support
18-megapixel BSI camera w/LED flash
8-megapixel front-facing camera
GPS w/ A-GPS support
Android 4.2.1 Jellybean
2,500mAh battery
Retail price: Php12,399

What we liked about it:
* Large screen with great display
* Dragontrail Glass
* Good performance
* Large internal storage with microSD slot
* Decent battery life
* dual-SIM support
* Good build quality
* Thin body

What we didn’t like:
* Below average camera performance
* Weak speaker with poor placement
* Pre-installed apps are baked in


45 Responses to “Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2X Review”

  1. jejefrek says:

    First pic palang alam ko nang di si freking dork nagsulat nito hahahahaha! Hindi kasi low quality pics eh hahahaha!

  2. abuzalzal says:

    These benchmark numbers aren’t really a substantial jump from the regular non-turbo version. Yung increased pixel count lang talaga ang benefit.

    Antayin niyo na lang yung Mediatek Octa kasi yun improved na din yun gpu, sayang lang pera ninyo dito. Laos na po ang Mediatek Turbo

  3. Wha says:

    Php12,399! For a damn Cherry Mobile?!
    Id rather get a mid ranged branded android phone, rather than getting a CM worth this price…

    Id save myself the pretentiousness of having a premium android smartphone with this CM handset.

    It doesn’t even have LTE!

  4. abuzalzal says:

    So easy to uninstall bloatware

    Step 1. Install Framaroot (Most Mediatek Handsets are supported)
    Step 2. Install Titanium backup (free from Playstore)
    Step 3. Hanapin na yung bloatware sa Tianium at pindutin ang ”remove/uninstall”

  5. kap.bambi
    Twitter: roydelity
    says:

    may qualcomm powered smartphone or tablet ba ang CM?

    • evollove says:

      Yung Flare 2.0 and Flare 2X gumagamit ng Snapdragon MSM8225Q quad-core pero mas mahina kesa sa Mediatek quad. Meron din silang upcoming na phone, yung W900 LTE, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon with LTE (most likely the MSM8960 on the Xperia V).

  6. Ian says:

    No thanks CM. just get a Nexus 4 or Nokia Lumia 920

  7. wew says:

    wait…19fps?

  8. derick says:

    1080P at 19fps?? My omega hd 2.0 can record 1080p at 30fps!

  9. momo says:

    I,for one,think the specs justify the price. Of course a sale wouldn’t hurt but after all the reviews I read on the mobile smart phones of cm (which are mediocre) ,they’ve proved to come along way. 13k midrange but pwede na ????

  10. meh says:

    I stopped reading at MTK6589T and Hsdpa only

    You might as well get a Motorola G

    • evollove says:

      Ang galing ng Moto G! 17k plus Antutu, a battery with decent endurance kahit na non-removable, and timely Android updates since owned ng Google (KitKat update ready to go by January!). Para talaga siyang Nexus mini. And like the Nexus line, the primary cons are also the memory – 16GB lang maximum, and may bawas pa :( – and the camera with questionable quality – 5MP lang. Otherwise, it has better bang-for-the buck quality than the Mediatek-powered local devices available in the Philippines.

    • abuzalzal says:

      Here’s the caveat. After doing some research, I found out that the Moto G doesn’t come with a wall adapter and earphones .

      Still a bargain kung gagana siya sa kahit anong adapter without affecting the battery

    • random says:

      kelan kaya magiging available sa pinas ang moto g, at nasa magkano kayo (after tax etc) :D

    • weh says:

      moto G tlga??

  11. OPM Hits says:

    How I will I just buy this kind of phone than to apply for an Alacatel One Touch Sapphire 2. The specification of Cherry mobile omega HD is really good and the price is good too.

    • MTV Hits says:

      but but but.. cherrymobile sucks :(( i just really cant buy cherrymobile because its fixed in my head that it breaks easily

  12. howstrong says:

    how strong is that dragon tail glass?

  13. megusta says:

    Ilang GB ang partition ng Internal memory at Phone Storage nito? LOL. Sayang to. Ang ganda kaso totoo talaga na ma-lag ang FULL HD phones pag MTK ang cpu.

  14. benj says:

    Mag thl nalang ako w7s..pamasko ko sakin..

  15. elaHcM says:

    dami naman magagandang phone :( pero siempre G2 at nexus lang ang pinagpipilian

  16. Emp says:

    Masyadong mahal na ung 12k, bibili nalang ako ng Nexus 4.

    • Finn says:

      Tama! Mas practical pag nexus device nalang ang bilhin mo. At least ma-update pa sa latest version ng Android.

  17. Manuel says:

    San po ba makakabili ng nexus 4 ngayon? sabi kasi dun sa mga shops e obsolete na ang nexus 4, any help? Thanks

  18. lance says:

    ano dial for screen test, speaker test, sensor test, etc..? like sa flame 2.0 ko dati its *#36# equivalent in this phone.

  19. glitch69 says:

    Retail price: Php12,399 ???

    This is really close to nexus 4 = 14k

    They should lower the price to 10k sweet spot ^^

  20. anonymous says:

    when is this going to be available? i’ve visited over a dozen cm shops since november up to today and none have a clue on when they’ll get the phone.

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  25. wtf says:

    matibay ba ang dragontail glass??

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