Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite Review

Got hold Flare Lite, the cheapest of the Flare series by Cherry Mobile.

The Flare Lite comes in all plastic design with black at the front while colored body and matte back cover that depends on what you choose from the 7 colors – yellow, white, green, magenta, cyan, black, and red. I really like the colored body that acts as a great accent feature with or without the back cover and reminds me of HTC designs aesthetic. It is very light but is well put together as there are no creaking when handling the device. The matte-like back cover provides grip and is anti-fingerprint that makes Flare Lite presentable at all times.

All ports are located at the top which is good as you won’t be flipping the handset when using the device while it is charging or listening to music. On the left side is the volume rocker and power/lock button. On the back is the dedicated 5MP Camera and Flash as well as Loudspeaker. Upfront is 4 inch WVGA LCD Capacitive Display.

Under the hood, it is powered by 1.0GHz Mediatek MT6572 Dual-Core Processor accompanied by Mali400 GPU. Memory is handled by 512MB RAM and 4GB Internal Storage. Upon testing, the Flare Lite runs smooth Android KitKat with slight lag and the same case goes when playing games and multitasking. However, Memory management is better and optimized as even with apps running on background it still performs. You have more usable storage with more than 2GB available.

In terms of connectivity, WiFi and Bluetooth works with good coverage and fast connectivity. GPS also picks up location quick but also depends on environment. It supports HSPA+ data connectivity but data depends on your network provider.

The 5MP camera is acceptable though I find it washout and underexposed so make sure you have fair enough of light even with Flash. 2MP Front camera does its jobs that produce decent selfies.

With Flash

Low Light No Flash

Front-Camera Output

Flare lite last about half the day of moderate use of games, data, wifi including call and text.

Overall, the Flare Lite is mix of style and function for entry level device. Optimize performance with Android KitKat matched with reliable and adequate hardware plus working camera and connectivity that covers all your Smartphones basic needs in a bright colorful fashion. Priced for 2,700 Pesos.

Specs Summary
Android 4.4 Kitat
4-inch Capacitive Display
1GHz Dual-Core Processor
Mediatek MTK6572
Mali 400 GPU
4GB Internal Storage
Expandable up to 64GB via microSD
5MP Back camera
With Flash
2MP Front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
1300mAh battery
Php 2,699
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cloudfone Excite 501o - Cheapest Octa-Core Android Smartphone

Presenting the most affordable Octa-Core Android Smartphone (for now) in the Philippines, Cloudfone Excite 501o.

The 501o will house a 5 inch qHD IPS Display powered by 1.7GHz Octa-Core Processor Mediatek MT6592 complimented with 1GB RAM and 8GB Internal Storage. It is a Dual SIM/Dual Standby handset and comes with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G/HSPA+ for connectivity. For its optics, it is equipped with 8MP Rear camera supported with Flash and 5MP Front-facing camera. Runs on Android 4.4 KitKat which should give you a more dated Android Experience. Other than that it supports USB-OTG which should provide additional set of connectivity and is great playing games on a controller.

The Excite 501o by Cloudfone is a notable contender for the Octa-Core ng Bayan Crown. Though not HD but 5 inch qHD will perform much better and more energy efficient together with full-blown Mediatek Octa-Core processor (Not the mobile version compared to others). 5MP Front camera is another thing to consider, banking on the selfie trend like its competition. Finally, it is price for only 4,999 PESOS which should make it the most cheapest Octa-Core in the market today. Wish they release it before Christmas as it will be a Big Hit among shoppers and Gift Givers.

Per talking to cloudfone personnel, it is said that 501o shall have a 2250mAh battery.

Now Available with Lazada Philippines
Look here:
Cloudfone Excite 501o

Cloudfone Excite 501o Specs

Android 4.4 Kitkat
5" IPS qHD Touchscreen
1.7 GHz Octa-Core Processor
Mediatek MT6592
8GB Internal Storage
Expandable via MicroSD
8MP Rear Camera With Flash
5MP Front Camera
Dual SIM, Dual Standby
Supports USB-OTG
2250mAh Battery
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Acer Switch 11 - Switch it up

11 incher Acer Switch has been spotted. Compared to 10 inch version, the Switch 11 comes with more durability and power.

Switch it up depends on what you are doing. Notebook mode for heavy typing with its spacious keyboard and a Precision Touchpad perfect for productivity apps. On a meeting? Display mode is great for showcase and presentations. Tent mode for keeping it still while watching your favorite movie. Detach the tablet or to say Pad mode best utilizing its touch capabilities and great for ebook reading that is easy to handle and carrry. This is made possible with the Acer Snap Hinge, magnetic detachable design for latch-free docking and smooth transition.

It features a dazzling display at 11.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD LED-Backlit Display. Acer Zero Air Gap ensures exceptional detail, superior contrast and greater image sharpness from all angles as well as LumiFlex™ technology enhancing clarity by boosting brightness great for bright interiors and sunlight legibility. For strength, shock and scratch resistance, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 got it covered.

Under the hood, the Acer Switch 11 is powered by 4th generation Intel® Core™ i3-4012Y Processor with HD Graphics complimented with 4GB LPDDR3 RAM. For storage, it packs a 60GB SSD that should provide ample space and speedy transfers. If you still need more space, a 500GB HDD is available on its keyboard dock.

For connetivity, it is equipped with Acer InviLinkTM NplifyTM 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN with 2x2 MIMO technology and Bluetooth 4.0. USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 port, HDMI Micro Connector with HDCP support, Micro SD card, 3.55 mm headphone/speaker jack for its I/O Ports.

A HD Webcam with 1280 x 720 resolution that supports 720p HD audio/video recording. For Sound, Two Built-in stereo stereo and Built-in microphone. Comes with 2955mAh 3-cell Li-ion battery pack with up to 8.5 hrs battery life.

Overall, the new Acer Switch 11 is a more reliable upgrade of Switch 10 that offers great and lasting display with powerful reliable internals that could handle most of your work and even play. Switch things up to make things interesting with the new Acer Switch 11.

Spotted via Villman for 33,900 Pesos and since its Christmas you get a free Acer Z200 smartphone from Acer Philippines.  


Operating System : Windows 8.1 SL
Processor : Intel Core i3-4012Y processor 
                                        (3 MB L3 cache, 1.5 GHz, DDR3L 1600 MHz, 1.5 W TDP)
Memory : 4GB of onboard LPDDR3 memory
Storage : 60GB SSD on Tablet + 500gb HDD on Keyboard Dock 
Display Screen : 11.6-inch Display with IPS (In-Plane Switching) 
technology, FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution, 
high-brightness, LED-backlit TFT LCD with 
Integrated Multitouch, supporting 10-finger 
touch, Wide viewing angle, 16:9 aspect ratio, 
Mercury free, environment friendly
Graphics : Intel HD Graphics
Audio : Two Built-in stereo stereo, Built-in microphone
Network : WLAN: Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless LAN 
operates at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
2x2 MIMO technology
Bluetooth 4.0
Camera : HD Webcam with:
1280 x 720 resolution
720p HD audio/video recording
Sensors : Accelerometer (G-sensor), E-compass, Gyroscope, 
Ambient Light sensor
I/O Ports : USB 2.0 port
USB 3.0 port
3.55 mm headphone/speaker jack
Micro HDMI Connector with HDCP support
Micro SD card (SDXC compatible)
Dimension : 298 (W) x 192.4 (D) x 10.55 (H) mm (Pad Only)   
298 (W) x 205.4 (D) x 25 (H) mm (Pad and KB Dock with HD)
Weight : 0.85 kg (1.87 lbs) Pad only, 
                                        1.65 kg (3.64 lbs) Pad and Dock with HD
Battery Type  : 33 Wh 2955 mAh 11.4 V 3-cell Li-ion battery pack
Battery Life : Up to 8.5 hrs
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Cherry Mobile Volt Specs Price

Here's another budget offering by Cherry Mobile - the Volt.

The Volt runs Android KitKat on a basic 4 inch WVGA Display powered by Dual-Core (Mediatek MT6572) Processor with Mali 400 GPU. Internal Storage is 4GB and is expandable via MicroSD. No word on memory but at its price range it must be 512MB but if it be more then the better. Usual connectivity WiFi, Bluetooth and should also have GPS and HSPA+. It's Dual Sim / Dual Standby handset so could have two networks in one device. A 5MP with Led Flash and VGA for Front camera for its optical features.

It is entry level after all so it will be perfect for first time android user, students or just those with minimal phone, text and social media. For 2,299, it may well end up on your list for gift giving.

Specs Summary
Cherry Mobile Volt
4 inch WVGA Display
1GHz Dual-Core Processor
Mediatek MT6572
Mali 400 GPU
4G Internal Storage
Expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
5MP Primary Back Camera
With LED Flash
VGA Front Camera
Dual Sim/Dual Stand By
2,299 Pesos
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Cherry Mobile Selfie - Selfie to the Next Level

Cherry Mobile to introduce its Ultimate Selfie Phone - CM Selfie with its Dual 13MP Sony IMX135 Sensor Front and Back Camera combo with Beautification + Feature taking your selfies to the next level.

With its excellent optics it is complimented with 4.7 inch HD IPS Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 plus a powerful 1.7 Octa-Core Processor, ample amounts of Storage at 16GB and memory at 2GB RAM. Graphics is handled by Mali 450 GPU. For connectivity, it should have all the basic necessities such as WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS including HSPA+ for data connection. It runs the dated Android KitKat so you won't be left out in terms of software features and enhancements.

Overall, the Selfie is formidable camera smartphone packing high megapixel camera as well as powerful internals to match at a budget price of 9,999 Pesos. This is good move for Cherry Mobile for competition is also vying for the Selfie throne. Just hope that camera software packs more features or modes other than interpolation magic.

Specs Summarry
Android 4.4 KitKat
4.7 inch HD IPS Display
1.7GHz Octa-Core Processor
Mediatek MT6592
Mali 450-MP4 GPU
16GB Internal Storage
13MP Primary Back Camera
With LED Flash
13MP Front Camera
Sony IMX135 BSI Sensor
9,999 Pesos
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

O+ Time Mobile Sidekick

O+ produces its own companion watch with O+ Time.

The O+ time is said to be a mobile sidekick that connects to Android via Bluetooth. It features call alerts, hands free call, sms reader, alarm as well as serve as remote for your selfies. There is a Pedometer to measure your steps taken which should be useful for runners and sports junkies.It is water resistant so no worries when it comes to rain but it is not waterproof. Comes in Orange and Black color options.

As you can see, it is more a LED Watch that tells you the Time Plus few nifty tricks.

Spotted via price for only 1,995.00.

Specs Summary
O+ Plus Time Watch
Mobile Sidekick
Connection Via Bluetooth
Water Resistant
Call Alerts
Hands Free Call
SMS Reader
Bluetooth To Selfies
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Acer Iconia Tab 7 A1-713-K1PA 3G Phone Tablet

Acer Iconia Tab 7 gets 3G and Phone Features with model A1-713-K1PA.

The Iconia Tab 7 runs the dated Android 4.4 KitKat on a 7 inch Multi-Touch Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD at WSVGA (1024 x 600) resolution. The tablet measures Height 8.9mm, Width 116mm, Depth 193mm and weighs only 305g. Comes with premium look and feel with its simplistic profile with anodized silver finish accent.

For its internals, it is powered by Mediatek MT8382V Quad-Core Processor clocked at 1.3GHz complimented with 1GB RAM and 8GB Internal Storage that is expandable via microSD slot.

Basic 2MP/VGA back and front camera combo for regular and low resolution outputs. Other than WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, the new Iconia 7 now has phone and data capabilities with its dedicated Sim Card slot and supports up to HSPA+ data connection. Battery is at 3400mAh 1-cell Li-Polymer that is quoted to 6 hrs Maximum Video Battery Time.

Whether for communication or always on data connection, keep in touch with Acer Iconia 7. Priced for only 6,490 Pesos spotted via Villman.

Specs Summary
Android 4.4 KitKat
7 inch WSVGA
Active Matrix TFT LCD Display
1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
Mediatek MT8382V
8GB Internal Storage
Expandable via MicroSD
2MP Back Camera
VGA Front Camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
3400mAh Li-Poly
6,490 Pesos

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