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Cherry Mobile M1 Hands-on, First Impressions

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Cherry Mobile has just launched its newest smartphone for the market and it’s the first to sport the latest MediaTek Helio X20 in the country and also, the first local brand to put in USB Type-C and 4GB of RAM. Here’s our quick hands-on and impression for the Cherry Mobile M1.

Cm-M1-Front

The M1, a new naming scheme from Cherry, is the current flagship handset from the brand. Up front, it has a 5.5-inch Full HD display with an IPS panel that gives out good color reproduction. Along with the display is the 8MP front-facing camera with its own LED flash and a couple of sensors. There are two grilles representing a stereo speaker setup but we are yet to confirm this.

Cm-M1-Rightside

Its right side houses the power/lock button and the volume rocker while the left side doesn’t have any buttons but has the slot for two nano-SIM cards. Unfortunately, there’s no slot for microSD card, so space is limited to the 32GB internal storage.

Cm-M1-Leftside

To the top is the 3.5mm headphone jack for connecting audio peripherals.

Cm-M1-Top

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The bottom houses the USB Type-C port that supports fast charging and definitely the first to have it among local smartphones. Cherry claims that it can fully charge the non-removable 3600mAh battery for an hour and a half.

Cm-M1-Bottom

Flipping it will reveal the main camera module which has the 21MP Sony IMX230 along with its dual-LED flash. The M1 is capable of shooting 4K videos and that’s another first from Cherry Mobile. There’s also a fingerprint scanner placed on the back.

Cm-M1-Back

The main highlight of the M1 is its Helio X20 processor — a deca-core chipset running at a max clock speed of 2.3GHz. Pair that with 4GB RAM and we definitely have a beastly device. We managed to test out its capabilities in gaming with the NBA 2k15 in high settings and it plays with little to no hiccups.

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While all the clamor for 4K video, USB Type-C, 4GB RAM, and Helio X20 are exciting, the polycarbonate body of the M1 is a big miss for a device aimed to break barriers in the local smartphone scene. Still, for just Php11,999, it’s one the most affordable powerhouse smartphone you can buy.

Cherry Mobile M1 specs:
5.5-inch Full HD display
MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797) deca-core CPU
Mali-T880 MP4 GPU
4GB RAM
32GB internal storage
21MP Sony IMX230 PDAF rear camera w/ LED flash, 4K video recording
8MP front camera w/ LED flash
Dual-SIM (nano)
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
USB Type-C
Fingerprint scanner
3,600mAh battery w/ Fast Charging
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
152.5mm x 76.35mm x 9.8mm
164g

We’ll be doing a full review when Cherry Mobile gives a unit to play with.

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This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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Sean
Sean
5 years ago

Gimme one with windows 10.

Daniel Owner
Daniel Owner
5 years ago

Akin lang si Daniel. ! Una siyang naging akin.

gwaponidaniel
gwaponidaniel
5 years ago

Ayyyyy annnnggg gwaaaaapppooo ni Daniel!

Bok
Bok
5 years ago

(not techie type) based on review 97k+ antutu score is that a reliable in terms of performance

Heidi
Heidi
5 years ago

Daniel is the cutest! Cheers!

Keeni
Keeni
Reply to  Heidi
5 years ago

Lahat ng comment is all about CM but you sa article contributer..hahahaha

John Doe
John Doe
5 years ago

A smartphone made by Zopo. The Zopo Speed 8

NotASheep
NotASheep
5 years ago

I wouldn’t buy this because of the Brand.

Cherry Mobile Flaws:

1. No updates (except Google made phones)
2. Easy to break
3. Bloatware and Malware (There is a hidden malware inside Cherry Mobile’s own app…)
4. Terrible Customer Service, it will take you 2 months to get it fixed and 3-4 months to get your money back.

PEPE
PEPE
Reply to  NotASheep
5 years ago

AGREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE…………………………………………………….

Anthony Suarez
5 years ago

A smartphone with no expandable storage is a big no-no.

ZTE Blade S6
ZTE Blade S6
Reply to  Anthony Suarez
5 years ago

Really? How about the Galaxy S6?

ROMAN MARS
ROMAN MARS
Reply to  Anthony Suarez
5 years ago

Google won’t allow sd cards soon. thats why

Ronald
Ronald
Reply to  Anthony Suarez
5 years ago

Awts! Walang expandable storage! Hindi lahat ng tao may access sa cloud storage and also limited size lang ang pde i-upload dun. Tapos include mo pa ung connection natin, it will take too much time to upload those things.

PEPE
PEPE
Reply to  Anthony Suarez
5 years ago

mali roman.. GOOGLE IS NOW IMPLEMENTING ADOPTABLE STORAGE.. cmula ito sa marshmallow.. so pwede mo na gamitin ang SD CARD as your MAIN STORAGE.

Ronald
Ronald
Reply to  Anthony Suarez
5 years ago

@Pepe, so di na kelangan pa i-root ung CP? since lahat pde na 100% i-install sa SDcard? Un lang kasi ang purpose ko bakit ko need i-root para lahat ng installation ay nasa SD card including nun yung mga system files.

Anna
5 years ago

the brand itself is a deal breaker. :(

ohplease
ohplease
Reply to  Anna
5 years ago

wow, kumbaga sa tao racist ka.

Archie
Archie
Reply to  Anna
5 years ago

Walang masama sa sinabi niya kilala ang cherry mobile na sirain at mahaba ang pila sa repair centers. Iba ang tao sa brand at gadget.

PEPE
PEPE
Reply to  Anna
5 years ago

D nman racist cguro.. cguro lng d presentable.. kumbaga kung ang 3 kaung magkakaibigan. ikaw nka cherry worth 12k.. ung isa nka flash 2 worh 7k at ung isa nka zenfone 3 work 12k.. mas pansinin ang cp ng dalawa kesa sa 12k cherry mo.. lahat sa built & aesthetic.. wahaha..

megakabuto
megakabuto
Reply to  Anna
5 years ago

wow @PEPE so sa aesthetics ka na lang nakadepende ngayon? #UtakPEPE

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