With a suggested retail price of Php6,499 the MyPhone Agua Rio LTE vs. Cherry Mobile Pulse are currently vying for that budget-level, bang-for-the-buck, mid-range smartphone.
Both smartphones are identical price-wise and since the MyPhone Rio LTE was announced a week ahead, it’s no surprise that Cherry Mobile matched the price of MyPhone for this category.
The biggest difference between the two, in terms of positioning, is that the RIO has an LTE chip (making it the most affordable LTE smartphone) while the CM Pulse has an octa-core chip (making it the most affordable octa-core smarpthone).
But will that be a huge factor when compared to a non-LTE but octa-core phone of the same price? We take a closer look.
Here are the rundown of specs of both devices.
Cherry Mobile Pulse specs:
5-inch IPS HD display @ 1280 x 720 resolution
Dragontrail scratch-resistant screen
1.7GHz MTK 6592 octa-core processor
up to 64GB via microSD
13MP rear camera
5MP front camera
GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Double Tap to wake feature
Android 4.4 KitKat
MyPhone Agua Rio LTE specs:
4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display, 218ppi
1.3GHz MediaTek MT6582M quad-core CPU
4GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
5 megapixel rear camera
2 megapixel front camera
Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Points for the CM Pulse:
* Bigger display
* Faster, multi-core processor
* More internal storage
* Larger rear camera resolution
* larger front-facing camera resolution
Points for the MyPhone Rio LTE:
The odds are stacked against the MyPhone Rio LTE once you point out the advantages of the CM Pulse. Which makes us wonder — is LTE that of a premium feature still?