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Cherry Mobile LIFE, dual-core Jellybean under Php3K

Cherry Mobile has unveiled on their Facebook page their new ultra-affordable Android smartphone that sports a dual-core CPU and Android Jellybean for just under Php3K- the Cherry Mobile LIFE.

CM Life


Cherry Mobile LIFE specs:
4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display, 233ppi
1.3GHz Dual-Core CPU
Mali 400 GPU
Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
4GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
5 megapixel AF rear camera with LED flash
0.3 megapixel front-facing
FM Radio
1,500mAh battery
Android 4.2 Jellybean

The Cherry Mobile LIFE has an SRP of Php2,999.


This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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71 Responses

  1. evollove says:

    Dual-core and Mali-400 GPU combination? Does this use the NovaThor chipset found on the Sony Xperia line back in 2012? And on a somewhat related question, does the ArcMobile 401D also have this chipset?

  2. bolshebik says:

    i would assume dual sim rin ito?

  3. Kami says:

    Please, enlighten me with a jellybean handset + 512mb ram? I read previous comments not only here but in other sites that it just doesnt work.

    Price wise, ofcourse. This will sell! Good luck kung may stock pa ito after few weeks of release.

    But of course, kudos cherry mobile!

    I think the time for basic bar phones will come to an end pretty soon.

    • abuzalzal says:

      Tolerable siya kung browsing at basic phone functions, huwag ka lang mag expect sa games. Pero since MALI400 yung gpu medyo ok na rin siya kumpara sa taeng Adreno 203.

      This phone is actually pretty good for the price

    • plask says:

      I agree with @abuzalzal, this smartphone is pretty good for the price. Definitely eyeing for this as my secondary phone next to my aging yet solid Samsung Galaxy S3. This phone’s totally unbeatable for the price.

    • Web3 says:

      1week sira na kaagad yan. Promise. Sayang pera. Don’t gamble Ur money with this crap. Don’t be fooled kesyo na advertised dito.

    • nilz says:

      CM Flare was a great phone. and this is better than it. Mali400+MT6572. mga taga ibang brands jan, hwag na po ma “S”

    • bajigjig says:

      Taeng Adreno 203. haha it is indeed a sh*tty GPU for complex games.

    • wew says:

      @bajigjig bale pairalin din po minsan ang utak ano po….tingin tingin din sa presyo bago ka magsalita jan ng kung anoano…

    • PhSMASH says:

      @Web3, medyo ok na sna ung nsabi mo, dko lng ngustuhan ung “Kesyo na advertise dito”

      ndi nman po advertisement ito, e2 po tech reviews site :D

  4. jego207 says:

    Durable naman ba ang units nila? Mahihirapan ka ba mag games sa specs na yan? Sorry, hindi ko gamay ang Android. :)

  5. zhypher_23 says:

    Is the Mali 400 GPU better than Flare 1’s Adreno 203 GPU for Gaming/UI Fluidity Performance?

    • evollove says:

      It’s the same GPU paired with previous Samsung Exynos chipsets, which powered the first 3 iterations of the Galaxy S line.
      It’s also the GPU for the NovaThor chipset which powered the first flagship Xperia S since Sony divorced itself from Ericsson.
      To date, I’ve never heard of a flagship with the Adreno 203 as its GPU.
      I rest my case.

    • evollove says:

      Let me correct myself: The 2nd and the 3rd iteration of the Galaxy S line and the first 2 iterations of the Galaxy Note line.
      (First Galaxy S had a PowerVR SGX540)

      Still better than the Adreno 203 and the PowerVR SGX531 in the MT6577.

    • Chriselle says:

      wag natin compare sa s2 and s3 though, meron dual core and quad core version din kasi yung gpu na mali400

    • abuzalzal says:


      If I’m not mistaken eto yung the same dual core version gpu ng mga Rockchip SoCs. It can pretty much run most of the casual games out there, pero hindi ko lang sigurado yung 512mb ram limitation

  6. Ret says:

    DAMI NIYO REKLAMO! MAG iPHONE 5s kayo n wala kayong reklamo!

    • androiduser says:

      bobo iphone pang mga teenagers n babae lang yan n mahilig magselfie tapos ipost s fb pra makagain ng like.

  7. asdfghjkl says:

    Will it only be 2-point multitouch? That’s the one thing I find irritating about the flare.

  8. Mac says:

    @ Sir Ret, kami po kasing mahihirap ay walang pambili ng tinutukoy mong gadget, di naman po kami nagrereklamo, nagiging mabusisi at matanong lang dahil mahirap at magastos ang magkamali.
    Sa mga nag she-share ng matalinong pagkukuro kuro sa CM Life, maraming salamat po sa inyo

  9. phil says:

    Inaantay ko ang December para mabili ko ang Razor, but suddenly dumating ang life. Laking bawas sa budget. Pero hintay muna ng reviews.. para sigurado..

  10. Justin says:

    Specs-wise and price-wise, yes, this is indeed a promising phone. Also, yes, I’m sure it will sell like pancakes. But personally, I wish they came out with a 1GB RAM version. I wouldn’t mind paying an extra P1000 to get twice the RAM. Sayang.

  11. CopyCat-droid says:

    Pwede na ‘to. Pamato ko sa PIKO.

  12. MaiLing says:

    nilabas nila to kasi maraming palpak na products ang Cherry Mobilr

    andaming nag sosoli ng Flare 2x at Burst 2.0 kahit kabibili pa lang

  13. toomanylowlifes says:

    Great. More cheap ass crap for you low life’s to screw up Viber, tango and line. Why can’t some flip write a social network app for low life’s. RHETORICAL

    • abuzalzal says:

      Sige lang, ilabas mo yang frustrations mo Mr. Rich Boy, if that makes you feel better :-)

    • Thepersonirepliedtoisstupid says:

      Bobo, you can’t even use rhetorical correctly. Lowlifes? Baka lowlives? Who’s the LOWLIFE now? A trying-hard english speaking monkey or the rest of the readers in this blog? Stupid person. To hell with you, Eat my english you piece of crap SOB!

    • abuzalzal says:

      Ouch. Pwnage.lol
      Siguradong hindi na magre reply yan

    • boykalaw says:

      oiii… nakahingi lang ng barya para maka internet, naging sosyal agad.

    • Tata says:

      A rhetorical question is a figure of speech that is asked in the form of a question to make a point. Rhetoric, on the other hand, simply means art of persuasion. The author does neither, so the conundrum is not accurate.
      It should be “lowly life”, with or without dash, depending on its use in the sentence, ….referring to the state of life….of the people referred to…. so both of you is wrong. FYI “is wrong”… because both persons were taken in a collective sense; “are wrong”… is wrong grammar.
      PS. You could eat your English language anytime. Lol!

    • abuzalzal says:

      Pwnage within a pwnage XD

    • micko says:

      Hahahahah pa english english pa kau
      E nandito tau sa filipino Site
      saka andito tau sa thread na
      cherry mobile ang pinag uusapan
      kea wag kaung pa sosyal kasi cheap phone ung topic OK hahaha

    • tards says:

      “Both of you is wrong” HAHAHAHAHA wag na kayong mag English hindi naman kayo marunong. Cheapass retards

    • retarded-ka-tards says:

      @tards mentally retarded ka nga. Sinabi nang “taken in a collective sense” marunong ka pa kasi sa may pinag aralan eh kahit kinder d ka mapag aral ng yagit mong angkan. Kya ikaw yagit dooon ka nalang maglaro ng basura sa squatter niu at barong barong. Bakit alam mo ba when to use plural at singular. Wala yan sa squaqua oy!

    • Bartolo Colon says:

      @Tata: “so both of you ARE WRONG” dapat diba. because “both” is a plural word since it implies two.

    • lol says:

      haha. i guess he meant saying that. XD

    • carlo says:

      @Tata “Both of you is wrong” –is absolutely WRONG! ano ba?? may collective sense ka pang sinasabi. hindi yan collective noh! nakakabobo lalo yung mga nagdudunung dunungan. i won’t expand more on this dahil hindi ito grammar blog. sana lang tigilan mga pagmamagaling dahil lumalabas lang lalo katangahan niyo.

    • flareuser says:

      Hey y’all, you’re spending too much time fighting over grammar and stuff, why not just leave it alone? If you want to have right grammar, why don’t you just do things my way?

    • asa says:

      Now playing: BURN :D

    • PhSMASH says:

      time wasted,

      dpa kau nsanay sa mga pabida at nag ttaas ng bangko pra msabing mayaman, tandaan lamang na lahat tau sa huli, sa lupa din mhihimlay xD

    • androiduser says:

      lol maniwala kang big time yan. baka nga nasa comp shop lang yan di pa naliligo tapos 2 piso lang ung hinulog nya dun sa piso net tsk tsk

  14. cnongnanaimo says:

    andaming matatalino dito… nakakahiya naman…

  15. phil says:

    Kung hindi natin tipo o gusto yung featured unit dito. Huwag nang manira, exit window agad. Hindi ginawa yug unit para sa’yo..

  16. grail0375 says:

    Kung ram lang naman ang issue, get at least a class 6 MicroSD card, pwede niyo gamitin siya as “virtual RAM” gamit yung RAM Expander app sa Play Store.

    Question lang po sa author. Ano po ang mga sensors na kasama dito? Accelerometer, etc… Maganda sana kung may compass sensor na gamit ng ibang apps na kailangan ko.

  17. Asero says:

    Well, waiting for more feedbacks, kapag maganda ang mga reviews definitely I will buy this phone !

  18. Mr. English says:

    Why of all of you so mentally intelligent?
    we is only talking about the reviews of CM Life.
    It is yet not even released. but today, tomorrow and yesterday you all giving bad reputation to cm life. and hey you all, you all have bad english!

    (pwidi na? ur dipindi?) ahahah

    tae naman kayo sasalita agad d pa nga released e.kahit mura lang yang cm life, tgnan nyo si cm flare, andaming issues nuon, pero sobrang daming tangkilik… ganito lng yan mga pre..
    kaya andaming nagsasabing mabagal ang services ng cherry mobile kasi marami silang mga buyers or fans lets say nlng. hindi nila magagawa lahat yan. indemand eh. magtaka kau kung ganito.. bagong labas, mahal, at pangit specs, natural walang bibili, natural na walang magpapaayos, natural hindi sya indemand, kea natural na walang reklamo.

    • wew says:

      @Mr. English kung marami na bumenta ang CM eh pano pa kaya ung Apple specifically ung iPhone(lets say sa US dahil dun panigurado marami ang bumibili)?? di naman sila nagkakaproblema sa customer service dahil unang una kakaunting porsyento lang ng iPhone ang may factory defect at pangalawa maganda ang paghandle nila sa complaints,etc. hindi dpaat gawing excuse na di nila kayang gawin ang lahat, kaya nga nilang magbenta ng madami at maglabas ng phone monthly tas simpleng pagpapalit lang ng touchscreen aabutin ng buwanbuwan?BITCH PLEASE

    • nikkojames15 says:

      Really now? You dare compare Cherry Mobile to Apple?

      Una, Cherry Mobile rebrands the phones they sell. Minor lang ang control nila sa manufacturing process, like logos, colors and minor changes to the lineup like what camera to use, etc.

      Pangalawa, multi-billion dollar company ang Apple, so natural makakapagprovide sila ng good after-sales service. Kumbaga, lamok lang ang Cherry Mobile kumpara sa Apple.

      Pangatlo, ilan ang Apple Stores and Apple Resellers sa mundo? There are more Apple-owned Stores (not counting resellers) in the state of New York alone than Cherry Mobile Customer Solutions outlets in the entire Philippines. Every Apple Store/Reseller doubles as a service center.

      Lastly, Apple replaces units with defects (assuming it’s their fault) dahil kaya nila. Ask Cherry to do that, and they won’t last long enough to release the next Flare/Fusion Bolt/whatever. Hindi kaya ng Cherry ang replace lagi, so they opt to repair the units, kaya tumatagal sa Customer Solutions.

  19. jordan empeo says:

    As per my own experience using a cherry mobile phone ok nmn ang phones nila like im using. Thunder ung sakin dual core din powrvr ang gpu 512 mb of ram ok nmn sya sa mga hd games. Although this said phone is not a power vr gpu dont expect to much for gaming

  20. sup says:

    Kaya ayukong mag comment baka amli grammar ko..dami pa namang matatatalino dito..:-)

  21. question says:

    kaya po nito ang mga average games like candy crush at minion rush? baka mapuno lang ang ram kagad

  22. turat ng las piñas says:

    Mga elewl. Ang tataba ng utak nyo! Haha..

  23. clapclap says:

    ang galing nyu naman, hahaha clap clap

  24. wait muna review. d p namn ata nareleased to eh. tee hee.

  25. kreal says:

    ask ko lang kung gumagana ba proximity sensor nito? o kung meron ba? kasi sabi sa manual meron. pero pag tntakpan ko, wala naman parang di gumagana.

  26. As far as I know, low means

    “A person with bad habits or a questionable lifestyle; someone who doesn’t amount to much in society”
    Thats what a lowlife means!.

    One of my American friend once told me that if an American an person is very sluggish, THEY ARE NOT EDUCATED!.
    Mocking these Cherry mobile users will not enhanced your personality, YOU KNOW THAT?
    ANG YABANG MO!! toomanylowlifes! dun ka sa mga SOCIAL CLIMBER na tao makapag bash ng bulok mong attitude! HINDI ITO CALL CENTER PARA MANG BASH KA NG MGA TAO! KAPAL NG MUKA MO! ISA PA REVIEW BLOG TO FOR YOUR WIDE INFORMATION! this review is not all about bragging things that you can have! You shouldn’t be reading this blog actually! you should not also stating your comment here HAMBOG! MAGPANGAP KANG MAGALING.

  27. Dannie says:

    Di maganda camera nya parang vga lang at dark and grainy ang shot actually sa view pa lang dark at grainy na agad. Compared sa Samsung Corby 2mp ko na 3 years ago pa malinaw at maliwanag ang shots yung sa Life vga shots na dark and grainy. Sabay ko lang naman clik. Sabi nga baka interpolated lang to masabi lang na 5mp cam.

    Mas malala yung front cam lalo kang papangit sa shot.

    Nanloko na naman yung CM sa specs nila.

    At isa pa yung SIM1 me time nawawala yung SIM nilipat ko sa SIM2 ala naman problem.

  28. Renv says:

    My father just bought the phone last week… Good in games like raging thunder and undead slayer… Yun lang at walang mga direct settings pag swipe mo ng screen pababa… But this us a good phone..

  29. RicoR says:

    ahahaha kakatawa namn naman dito!! prang halus di kona mababasa ang comments abwt this phone puro bakbakan lang!! ayus to ahahaha very intense!!

  30. Pasaway says:

    Katuwa naman dine.

    Mula sa pagkumpara sa cm flare hanggang sa pagcorrect ng grammar hehehe.. ^_^

  31. savvy kba? says:

    ika nga nila dont judge a book by its cover
    kaya wag nyu i judge ung CM Life well if you are planning to buy this phone don’t expect for a phone that can compete with iphone 5 but in my own opinion this little phone that you are underestimating can overthrow iphone 4 on it’s place in the smartphone world (well if you are kinda savvy with what you have) and please don’t compare CM Phones to apple products, trust me it makes you look more stupid than you are right now. and one last thing haters if you think you’re precious iPhone 5 or whatever branded phone you have is fast…think again i can turn this CM Life into a really fast smartphone and i can turn even note 3 or iPhone 5 into a freakin piece of crap…( so now you get the point right??? …dont brag about something that you really have little knowledge of okay morons?? ) ayos tama na english at mukang ung mga haters d2 puro inutil nmn baka mag jailbreak o mag root d marunong..napadaan lng nag express lng ng opinion peace..

  32. jeffry says:

    ai… hindi lahat ng tao pre perfect..anu bang pinuputok ng butchi mu jan na life ang pinagusapan oi…naunsa man ka mura man kag hubog..easy lang pud oi

  33. Alex says:

    Durable po ba ‘to?

  34. Ayus to! Mga brod, kalma lang. Don’t let your anger get the best of you.
    Yeah, holding your anger inside is just as bad as letting it all out. Oh, sure, you may be able to refrain from making yourself look like a crazy person, embarrassing yourself or feeling badly after saying something that shouldn’t be said.

  35. Matsing says:

    mapapamura ka sa mura.

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