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MyPhone Agua Rio LTE vs. Cherry Mobile Pulse

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
8GB storage
up to 64GB via microSD
13MP rear camera
5MP front camera
Dual-SIM/dual standby
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
1,700mAh battery

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:
* LTE-capable

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?

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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17 Responses

  1. henny says:

    basta for me among the local brands myphone ang my pinka matipid n specs…YUGATECH yan nga ba ang tlgang itsura ng MP RIo lite…pra kcng iba yan s nkita ko eh…

  2. Rabbit-kun says:

    I think they aren’t in the same league, parang overpriced nga ang tingin ko sa RIO LTE :| They should have priced it around 5,999 or lower. Spec wise even the original RIO is a much better buy sans LTE chip. As for the Pulse its real direct competition is the Infinity Lite in terms of specs.

    • Fox-kun says:

      budget LTE phones is just plain stupid because the people who can afford LTE would purchase a mid-ranger device.

    • Janessa Del Rio says:

      The CM W900 LTE is way more overpriced than the RIO, probably because of the Qualcomm chipset. Both suck in terms of batt life.

  3. Easy E says:

    Kung bibili ka ng Phone na may LTE, dapat ay may pambayad ka ng LTE service. Kung may pangbayad ka ng LTE service, bakit ka bibili ng pipitsuging phone? Go for respectable brands instead na may magandang after-sales service at support. Nakakasira pa itong mga ito (lalo na ang CM) sa image ng “local brands”. Parang lumalabas tuloy na yung mga locally branded smartphones ay mga latak na china-made phones na hindi dumaan sa mahigpit na Quality Control.

    • Zobel says:

      Pareho lang price ng LTE sa 3G. 50 per day

    • bonehead says:

      Tama 50/day ang Unlisurf..have tried it kahit 4g…
      Tama din ung sa iPhone 4g at maliit for now yet some people love it WHY? Kasi ewan ko siguro matibay…nauna pa kasing masira ung 2 kong android..
      Tama din ung bout local phones..barubal gumamit anak ko,unang nasira ung local…
      At Tama SI ewan KO kasi mali ung pinagcompare may pinapanigan…

  4. EWAN ko sa INYO says:

    “Both smartphones are identical”

    WTF APPLES to ORANGES???… I don’t get this REVIEW why peg two devices that are not in same category… the way it was written it’s more of a BASHING article… why not do a MyPhone Rio LTE vs Cherry Mobile Ultra LTE review instead or perhaps a MyPhone Infinity Lite vs Cherry Mobile Pulse both are almost at the same price point.

    YUGATECH you should know better..

  5. Jay says:

    Bobo din. Mag-e-LTE ng nga ang tao, bakit kailangang mag-tiis pa sa maliit na 4.5-inch screen.

    • EWAN ko sa INYO says:

      kasi may mga tao na iba din ang PREFERENCE… parang iphone lng maliit at naka LTE na din at bumibinta sila ng katutak…

  6. Abuzalzal says:

    Bwisit dami nu sinasabi!,mag PAGER na lang kayo !.hahahaha

  7. Gadgeteer says:

    ayos to ah, comparing junk VS junk!

  8. Googelito says:

    kahit anong ganda ng specs nla di parin tlga sapat 1gb ram lalo n sa heavy users, oo may ram expander or like apps but how if the user don’t want his phone to be rooted, unless there’s like apps that can run in unrooted phones. :p

  9. benjo says:

    Removable po ba ang battery ng Rio? Parang maliit yata ang battery. Pwede kasi gawing pocket wifi to.:)

  10. Zobel says:

    Dude, lahat ng Android pwedeng gawing pocket wifi.

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