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February 18, 2013

Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt: Quad-core tablet for Php3,999

So Cherry Mobile finally revealed that quad-core tablet which they’re been teasing us for a week now. It’s almost the same Ainol Venus but they called it the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt.

The specs were slightly changed to a 1.0GHz quad-core instead of 1.5GHz and the internal storage is just 8GB instead of 16GB. This separates the Fusion Bolt from the regular Ainol Venus that’s out in the market.

Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt specs:
7-inch IPS LCD 720p HD display @ 1280×800 pixels
Actions Semiconductor ATM7025 ARM Cortex A9 1.0GHz quad-core
1GB DDR3 RAM
8GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
2MP rear camera
0.3MP front-facing camera
Li-Ion 4,000mAh battery
Android 4.1 Jellybean
186.2mm x 126.9mm x 10.8mm (dimensions)
320 grams (weight)

The most surprising part is that they will sell this tablet for only Php3,999. Not bad!

Release and availability is sometime in March 2013.

P.S. You can read our story about the quad-core CPU and dual-core GPU used in this tablet here.

Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt first impressions

158 Responses to “Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt: Quad-core tablet for Php3,999”

  1. uchiyas says:

    alam ko ainol ang oem nito kaya sigurado ako the best yan…. dahil ainol user ako since ng lumabas ang novo 7 advance

  2. meme says:

    will buy this. mainly because of the outstanding price and specs. I’ll use it mainly for watching videos during long trips compliments my playbook or probably the other way around hehe para pag lobat isa may spare hehehe

    can’t wait to get one

  3. polapo says:

    un lng pla hnd nya supported ang simcard
    for wifi lng pla sya

  4. Kami says:

    I think this will be a best seller.
    Lalo na for students.

    Good job cherry mobile! ;)

  5. crash says:

    kelan available yan dito, pabili ako nyan..

  6. Enda Roch says:

    Will this be available for the European Market? I live in Ireland and would love to get a quadcore tablet at this price!

  7. Jay says:

    Mahal pa rin. Sana 2499 or 1999 lang. Specs not that great.

    • maikeru says:

      Ok ka lang. sulit na sulit na ung price nyan sa specs. sobrang mura na nga nagrereklamo ka pa… kung walang pambili mag stick ka nalang sa 3310 mo. hahah

    • Anonymous says:

      mahal yan ?? eh ung ibang tablet eh dual core lang aabot ng 3k pataas yan eh quad core pa .. bumili ka na lang ng digital picture frame… xD

    • Mourn says:

      troll ang pota..fanboy siguro ng MyPhone to..haha

    • unocarlito says:

      gusto ata nito libre nalang eh… bigay nalang kaya syo… hahaha… pede na yang price na yan… dapat sa mga kotse mag rebrand din ang mga pinoy para lahat afford na mg brand new… hehehe

    • walangname says:

      Nasaan ang utak? :(

    • angel says:

      May utak pa ba to? o puraw tae laman ng bungo! tulad nito pinapakain kay lolong!

    • visitor says:

      you know what Jay, bumili ka na lang ng mga laurang china tablet sa pera mo. OMG ka maka-comment. magpa-assemble ka nalang ng tablet mo sa baclaran na papasok sa halagang yan…

    • visitor says:

      you know what Jay, bumili ka na lang ng mga laruang china tablet sa pera mo. OMG ka maka-comment. magpa-assemble ka nalang ng tablet mo sa baclaran na papasok sa halagang yan…sakit ka sa bangs

    • chuvachenes says:

      tama ka jay, di nga maganda specs, dapat P100 lang ito, tapos dapat 2gig ang memory, tapos may 8mp back camera and 2mp front camera, gorilla glass, 120gb storage at retina display… LOL! =)

    • dodong says:

      Jay, hintay ka nlng ng 5yrs… baka maging P999 nlng ang price nyan…. Lol!……

    • angel says:

      ikaw jay at tulad mo ang dahilan kng bakit lugmuk pa rin ekonomiya ng pilipinas!

    • Cywel says:

      lol, dre gumising ka nga. maniniwala pa ako sa presyo mo pag CDRKING Tablet. xD

    • jordan says:

      samahan ng mga bully:-)…hahaha,,,by d way jay astig na yan san ka mkakakita ng quad core na 2K lang presyo?common sense jay

    • beng says:

      Jay punta ka ng Mercury Drug,maraming murang tablet doon……..

    • Edgar says:

      pakamatay ka na lang kung wala kang pambili!

    • somebody says:

      ito paborito ko sa mga reviews, comedy comments…

    • jayTANGA says:

      1999-2999…. anak ng kulangot ka… hintay hintay ka nalang ng mga defective tablets…. kasyang kasya yan sa 1999 2999 mong kulangot ka…

  8. Feelko says:

    ok na rin yung specs sa price niya.

    tanong ko lang po diba mahina yung ATM7029 in terms of 3d gaming?

  9. Anonymous says:

    good for low end specs but not fast enough in 3d gaming..

  10. Zekrom says:

    ZEKROM USE FUSIONBOLT

  11. Tantrums_cute
    Twitter: Tantrums_cute
    says:

    Yugatech…
    please make a full review about the CD-R King Android TV Box…
    thanks…

  12. Smokescreen says:

    I think bang for the buck na siya. Dala ka na lang ng mobile power bank. At least hindi na 512mb yun RAM.

  13. jap says:

    Magagamit ko ito sa pag-aaral ko

  14. PI says:

    mapapamura ka sa price!

  15. Norzz says:

    Madali ba masira ang Cherry Mobile products? My experience kasi with MyPhone is not so great. Kahit gano ka kaingat sa gamit, sirain talaga sya.

  16. Mobile says:

    Pareho lang yan Cherry mobile at Myphone na sirain.

  17. Chris Tan says:

    may bluetooth po ba ito o wala? kung meron, anong version po?

  18. raragasana says:

    did a quick google about this tablet’s CPUand found lots of negative infos. they say that ATM7029 is not really an A9 but is actually a tweaked A5. you can do your own research. but i think it is still pretty good since it’s just @ 4k pesos. not to blame Cherry Mobile with the specs, nilalagay lng nila ung binigay na specs sa kanila ng OEM (Ainol)..

  19. rui says:

    Very good pricing. Cheaper than buying the Venus Lite from Chinese online retailers. Baka pabili ako sa tita ko when she goes to PH on vacation para may back-up ako.

    I have both the Nexus 7 and Ainol Novo7 Venus. I was using the Nexus 7 for Japanese manga but the lack of microSD slot was a nuisance so I bought the Venus. The Venus has the same nice 1280*800 IPS display and it works with Perfect Viewer just fine. No lags or anything. Chrome is a bit laggy, though. Despite the advertised 1.5GHz for the Venus, actual clock is just 1.2GHz so the performance difference between the “1.5GHz” Venus and 1.0GHz Cherry Mobile shouldn’t be that big.

    It’s no good for 3D gaming, though. While GPU performance is a bit weak, the real issue is the Vivante GC1000 graphics doesn’t have good game support. Better stick to Tegra, Adreno, Mali or PowerVR.

  20. Richard says:

    bibigyan ko yan ng 1 week pagkadating ubos na yan sa market. After a month, isang barangay nakapila sa service center nila.

    I rather pay premium price para sa “quad-core” na kasing bilis lang ng dual core. For me masyado lang na hhype na “Quad-Core” daw yung device, eh in benchmark results mas mabilis pa nga yung ibang dual core eh.

    Saka I had it with Cherry Mobile, after 3 months bagsak presyo tapos nagpaservice na ako once at inabot ako ng 4 months bago makuha ang unit.

    • coachjojoc says:

      How right you are. My driver’s Cherry phone took all of 4 months to repair. Their reason? Walang parts available.

      And when he finally got it, the phone lasted 2 months before biting the dust.

      And the marketing head of the biggest appliance chain stores in the country tells me that Cherry products have a return rate of 30% which is why they do not carry their product lines.

    • angel says:

      Bitter maxado?! yan napala nyo kasi mga OC kayo kundi malas kayo! ako may flare, titan at superion, walang me isang diperenxa, mga panira kayo! anu nabili nyo? baka c2 at c8 lang, these are rebranded, sa labas pa lang, QC passed na mga ito. kng ayaw nyong bumili, din wag! bili kayo ipad or iphone!

    • coachjojoc says:

      Ooohhh… a Cherry Mobile employee speaks.

      Say what you want…the return rate is 30% and the biggest appliance chain refuses to carry it.

      ‘Nuff said

    • someone says:

      @coachjojoc

      Dahil ba positive ang experience ni angel, cherry mobile employee na agad?

      Hindi ba pwedeng satisfied customer lang?

      Dyan sa sinasabi mong 30% return rate, ano ang mga reasons for return? Return ba because of defect, user negligence, o simpleng return lang kasi nakapili sila ng iba.

      Probably kaya ayaw ni “biggest appliance chain” sa cherry mobile, is because maliit lang yung margin na kikitain nila dito. Or the other way around, ayaw ng Cherry Mobile dito sa “biggest appliance chain” kasi marami na silang CM stores / kiosk.

    • ronald says:

      That big appliance chain also sell cheap products that break easily. Cherry also does not need that big appliance chain. Its the other way around. The sales speak for themselves.

    • coachjojoc says:

      Hindi naman siguro 30% ang return rate ng mga ibang (as you call it)cheap products that break easily.

      Caveat emptor!

    • Mike M says:

      @angel
      Actually, they offer better services for non-Android phones. I experienced a similar fate with CM with 2 identical Android phones (forgot it but it was a dual sim one) and both has a touchscreen problem. Took them almost half a year to get fixed. And even blamed me for something I didn’t do. Time I had those phones were max 2 weeks upon purchase palang.

      @someone/ronald
      In business, it is definitely not that CM doesn’t need that particular “Biggest Appliance Chain” because everyone needs to have a new client, and I’m pretty sure CM need it. But most probably CM can’t offer what the Appliance Chain needs, terms. :) OT na po eto in terms of the topic.

      @Coachjojoc
      Acceptable RMA rate is only 3% if I recall the International Standards. Hopefully we can get a light on the 30% RMA rate. That’s no joke of a number. That’s basically 900% of the Industry’s standards and 30 out of 100 units are defective or highly susceptible to breakage.

    • Richard says:

      So Angel pag entry level phone okay lang masira?

      FYI any product dapat may QC (QUALITY CHECK) = Standards!

      So meaning hindi dapat nasisira ang product in a manner where marami nakaka-experience. okay lang yung less that 5% of the total shipped in. Pero promise and I even DARE anyone to go to a Cherry Mobile Kiosk and wait for 1-2 hours, I assure you that there will always be a complainant.

      Saka yung naranasan ko na 4 months para maayos ang Cherry Mobile Magnum ko. Ayan ANDROID PA yan ah.

      Basta ako, uto uto ang madadala sa “Quad-Core” na yan kung mas mabilis pa MediaTek Dual Core.

      I like the Screen and Expansion, but if you actually see deeper how its made possible to be 3,995 then okay…at least you understand what you are buying.

    • ronald says:

      Did you all see the long lines of people to buy this tablet from cherry mobile? It is ike the pinoy version of people waiting outside an apple store when a new device comes out. Cherry Mobile is laughing all the way to the bank and does not care about your opinions or mine either.

  21. Chan says:

    Benchmark Test Result (AnTuTu)
    Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt – 5,665
    Asus Nexus 7 – 12,740

    Pero not bad dahil sa presyo niya. :)

  22. Paul says:

    not worth it. the GPU of this tab sucks it will lag on games like Asphalt 6 , dead trigger and some games that need a monter gpu. ATM7029 lame CPU

    its the rebranded of this Ainol Tablet http://www.mcbub.com/item/Ainol-Novo7-Venus-Quad-Core-7-inch-Android-4-1-Tablet-PC-1GB-RAM-16GB-ROM–IPS-1280-800-HDMI-White-154262/

    Games Tested:
    Angry Birds Good
    Angry Words Good
    Canabalt Good
    Crayon Physics Average, touchscreen latency
    Dead Trigger Good
    DrawRace 2 Good
    Draw Something Free Good
    Doodle Jump Good
    Grand Theft Auto 3 Not Working
    GT Racing: Hyundai Edition Not Working
    Fieldrunners Good
    Jetpack Joyride Good
    My Little Pony Average, touchscreen latency
    Need for Speed Most Wanted Average
    Rayman Jungle Run Touchscreen problem
    Real Football 2013 Average
    Riptide GP Good
    Snuggle Truck Touchscreen problem
    The Sims Good
    Temple Run 2 Good
    Super Monkey Ball 2 Good
    World of Goo Good
    ZombieWood Good

    • someone says:

      If you want to play games, I suggest you buy an xbox or ps3 or even a ps vita.

      Seriously, reklamo pa rin kahit na 4k nalang yung presyo? Sige, mag suggest ka ng better tablet under 4,000.

    • techatbp says:

      yup, its a piece of junk, pero wala kang karapatan mag reklamo since 4k lang to.

      maraming magagandang tablet dyan, pero di 4k

    • jack says:

      Its his opinion. why do you guys have to criticize? at least he help some people to know if its fast in gaming or not.

      and FYI, he has the right to complain. its up to you to listen on his complain or not. simple as that. don’t criticize people who are trying to give their opinion.

    • raragasana says:

      as i mentioned in my previous comment, the CPU of this ATM7029 is not really an A9 but a tweaked A5. techinically, a dual core A9 will run much better than this quad-core A5. and when i researched the GC1000 GPU, i can’t find any good reviews about it. binalak ko din bilhin to pero naparesearch ako sa CPU nya kasi ngaun ko lng nakita tong ATM7029 (haven’t used an Ainol product before). ndi nmn po naninira sa cherry, in fact i also have a cherry mobile titan and i am very happy with it. ndi din kasalanan ng Cherry na iadvertise to as Quad Core A9 Proc kasi un din ang binigay na information sa kanila ng OEM which is Ainol. gus2 ko lng mainform ung mga taong nagbabalak na bumili nito so they’ll know what to expect from their 4K pesos. again don’t expect this device to properly run high-end games. still a good catch for 4k kung pang browse, FB, videos, pdf/epub/comics and some basic games sa android. good luck all and have fun! peace!

    • senyora santibanez says:

      facundo! pakibigyan ng piso to at nang makabili ng utak. madali ka… monster gpu sa 4k na device? itigil ang pagiging adik.. tulog ka nang maaga at may pasok ka pa sa lunes..

    • raragasana says:

      @senyora santibanez

      Pipo S1 selling @ 4.3K

      has a Rockhip 3066 Dual Core A9 with a monster Quad Core GPU Mali 400
      7in din ang screen pero 800×400 lng ang resolution

      so it’s your pick: a tablet with crappy CPU / GPU but has a very nice screen or one with an average screen but has a monster CPU and GPU

    • rui says:

      > so it’s your pick: a tablet with crappy CPU / GPU but has a very nice screen or one with an average screen but has a monster CPU and GPU

      Lol, 800×480 is not an average screen, that’s crappy. Merong RK3066-based tablets with 1024×600 resolution for ~$100 from online Chinese retailers. Those should work much better for gaming. If you want 1280×800 resolution for reading ebooks, comics, etc, though, the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt is probably the cheapest tablet you can get. May Ainol Novo7 Venus Lite with almost the same specs as the Fusion Bolt, mas malaki lang internal storage (ATM7025 1.0GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB ROM) but the lowest price I’ve seen for that is still $130.

      The Novo7 Venus doesn’t have Bluetooth, GPS or NFC so malamang, wala rin yung Fusion Bolt. Mahina rin yung wi-fi niya. Since I just use mine for comics (via microSD), I just disabled the wi-fi which really helps with battery life. I haven’t really run any battery tests but with my usage, battery life seems comparable to the Nexus 7. Kahit 32GB microSD lang yung supported sa specs, I’ve tested the Venus with a SanDisk 64GB microSDXC (formatted as exFAT) and it works just fine.

      On the latest Venus firmware (0203), AnTuTu 3.1.1 score is around 10,000. Ewan kung daya lang yun or kung na-optimize talaga ng Ainol yung firmware.

    • von says:

      di ko gets gusto nyo sabihin sa mga comment nyo. he’s saying it sucks, doesn’t matter kung mura or hindi.
      so pag mura ang isang product ibig sabihin kelangan expected na shit rin ung performance?… syempre when someone teases you quad core tablet, mas common mag HOPE ng good performance in games like GTA….

      ako mas pinapansin ko ung specs kaysa price, i’m happy to find out now na hindi pla ganun kgnda performance nya rather than pagkabili then ko plang malalaman

    • rui says:

      You get what you pay for… Unfortunately, the quad-core in the ATM7025/9 is more of a marketing gimmick. They used the Cortex A5 which is power efficient but much slower than the Cortex A9. You’ll get much better performance with a dual-core Cortex A9 (e.g. Rockchip RK3066).

      However, not everyone buys tablets with gaming in mind. Kung para sa email, web browsing, Facebook, ebooks and comics lang, hindi na ‘to masama para sa 4K.

    • johnlove says:

      Thanks for the review.
      At least I know what games to avoid, saves me a lot of time and effort.
      While this tablet has shortcomings, I still expect it to sell, because this is the time when the masses are beginning to communicate thru facebook and emails.
      And P4,000 is a good price.

    • KimiKimi says:

      Dont you dare critize CM and any of their product, or you’ll go down facing the wrath of their over zealous fans.. Kidding

      Yes mura nga ito.. pero ang performance naman, usually kaya ka nga bibili ng quadcore kasi gagamit ka ng mga apps na kelangan ng extensive cpu/gpu power like gaming..

      to simply put it..
      para kang bumili ng ulam na mura pero di masarap

    • Kutchintah says:

      Bulok na Tablet, lahat naalang ng applications nag lalag

      Quadcore Is A Marketing Gimmick And Poor People Will Be Decieved

    • Albert says:

      Simple ln nmn kac gus2 nyang sabihin at un ay “kung gagastos ka na ln, dapat sulit e2 at nde ung magccc ka sa huli” It’s just an opinion at un ay nde bawal

  23. ferdinand marte says:

    well that about 2 months to save enough for this, pero, review(s) first.

  24. ryan says:

    dami kaagad haters… more power cm! :-)

  25. techatbp says:

    Why go for cherry? i dont know, diba mas ok kung magiinvest nalang kayo sa may masmay pangalan na tablet like samsung? hmm.

    anyway, we are giving away a bn nokia 206! just click my name.

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