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CM Fusion Bolt gets a boost with new firmware

When Cherry Mobile posted on their Facebook page a photo of the CM Fusion Bolt’s AnTuTu benchmark performance but we were a bit skeptical because of the timestamp. So, we did our own research and got an updated firmware, flashed it on the Fusion Bolt and tried to replicate the results.

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The updated firmware we found is actually an Ainol firmware for the Novo 7 Venus which we believed is similar to what CM is using on their final market release. We flashed the ROM using a developer tool for Actions devices.

If you haven’t read our first impressions of the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt I suggest that you take a look at our initial benchmarks by clicking here.

For the new set of benchmarks we used AnTuTu, Quadrant Standard, and NenaMark 2.

Much of the improvements are seen on AnTuTu. From the initial score of 5,985 it now has a score of 11,053. For Quadrant, from the initial score of 2,722 it now has a score if 2,802. It’s not drastic but still an improvement.

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NenaMark 2 gauged its Vivante GC1000+MP GPU and from an initial result of 34.9fps it’s now at 45.4fps.

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And it’s not just benchmark scores that has improved. The Fusion Bolt is now noticeably smoother and faster. We’re hoping to get our hands on CM’s own ROM or another updated Fusion Bolt and find out if there are any differences.

Editor’s Note: Please note that the firmware update is specific to the Ainol Novo 7 Venus Lite but since the CM Fusion Bolt is exactly the same, we’re very confident Cherry Mobile’s update will be the same (what we think they’re still working on are the labeling details like the boot-up screen, CPU info, etc.)

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

33 Responses

  1. Avatar for balahura balahura says:

    natawa ako dun sa unang review ng CM FB.. sabi sa comments hinack daw pati results ng antutu, tapos tricks lang daw to ng CM kasi 5k lang daw score haha, ngayon 11k na ang score.. nagulat kea sila?? lol

  2. Avatar for brent brent says:

    guys, how to do the firmware update for the fusion bolt? nagulat ako kasi wala about sa settings… a little help pls… 092758***** brent here. thanks!

  3. Avatar for kamote kamote says:

    mataas kasi resolution ng screen kaya mas hirap and procie at gpu ng fusion bolt pagdating sa games kesa sa mga dual core na 800×400 lang ang screen. at di naman talaga kalakasan yung vivante na gpu. kung mali400 lang sana ginamit ng ainol para sa venus / bolt gaya nung mga nasa aurora / elf at mga old models e ayos na ayos sana

    • Avatar for rui no onna rui no onna says:

      Hindi kataasan ang resolution nito. It’s just standard nowadays really. The older Ainol Novo7 Flame/Fire (1280*800) with dual-core AML8726 and Mali400 GPU actually performs better than the Venus. Yun nga lang, mas mahal pa yung Fire kesa sa Venus so mukhang mas mura pa yung ATM7025/9 compared to dual-core chips.

      Most tablets use an SOC (system on chip) so magkasama yung CPU and GPU. Basically, any tablet with ATM7025/9 will have a Vivante GC1000+ GPU. If they wanted quad-core with Mali 400 (or Adreno or PowerVR), they’d have to get a different chip altogether and I believe at the time, wala masyadong quad-core choices for the target price point.

      I reckon Ainol chose the ATM7025/9 for marketing hype just so they can sell a “quad-core” tablet. The dual-core RK3066 would have been a better fit.

      By the way, there’s a new 0328 firmware available and reports are it works more smoothly compared to 0203. Alas, can’t really do anything about the crappy GPU.

  4. Avatar for Kahit Kahit says:

    kahit dugain pa nila ang antutu scores still laggy pa rin ito

    kasi nga pangit ang processor at gpu

    • Avatar for TeeYoy TeeYoy says:

      True, bought this for my son and playing Arcane legends is such a drag considering quad-core, CM Flare and our Android HP Touchpad is actually much, much faster…you get what you paid for ‘ika nga :/

  5. Avatar for oyuz oyuz says:

    antutu benchmark score q sa cm fusion bolt q is 11666 wlang update ng rom.

  6. Avatar for lawrence lawrence says:

    Can you provide a link to the Venus Lite rom mentioned here? I’d like to try it on my Fusion Bolt. Thanks.

  7. Avatar for jules jules says:

    paano i-update and firmware sa cm fusion bolt?.. please… tnx…

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