"How does Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt compare against other tablets in its price category?"

That's probably the question I've been asked most often ever since I graced Cherry Mobile's invite for the official unveiling of their first ever Quad Core slate last February 18 at the Diamond Hotel in Manila and posted photos from the event on my blog.

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Just a side note: I'm actually surprised at how well my Cherry Mobile posts are doing traffic-wise. CM and its Android releases are truly on a roll these days. I mean, a lot of Pinoys just want to know more about the company's smartphones and tablets and I'm glad they're finding the information they need on TechPinas.

The truth is, Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt will enter the market with very few real competition - in terms of popularity or otherwise - in its borderline Php 4,000 price echelon. There's one from E-Tech, one from KNC, and a couple from another local manufacturer -- but I don't think CM's new slate will have any trouble attracting consumers away from those. Nevertheless, it will still have to face one strong competitor, the Haipad A13, which happens to be the best-selling Android tablet in local online stores last year by a mile, according to some of my friends working in that industry.

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Haipad is a product of Shenzhen Haina Digital Technology Co. Ltd. based in Hong Kong, a company that specializes in creating and marketing highly-affordable Android tablets. If Cherry Mobile Fusion were to be a true best-seller, it will have to beat this.

Following the success of the sub Php 3,000 4GB variant, the Chinese electronics manufacturer recently released an 8GB version donning a slightly higher SRP. You can now get Haipad A13 8GB at Lazada for a discounted price of only Php 3,489 -- making it, as I mentioned, a direct competitor to the Php 3,999 Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt when the quad core slate becomes available on March 6, 2013.

Earlier, I created this head-to-head technical specifications table of the Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt versus Haipad A13 8GB for everyone who's emailed, DM'd, and tweeted me that question and to help you decide which pocket-friendly tablet to get if you're currently scouting for one. I'll also compare Fusion Bolt with other similarly priced tablets in the coming days but let's start with this one, alright?

TP Tablet Technical Specifications Comparison Table
Detail/Feature
Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt
Haipad A13 8GB
Dimensions 186.2 x 126.9 x 10.8mm 190 x 120.1 x 10 mm
Weight 320 grams 376 grams
Screen Type IPS LCD TFT
Screen Size and Resolution 7-inch, 1280 × 800 pixels 7-inch, 800 x 480 pixels
Video Call Yes Yes
Camera Yes, Two
2 MegaPixel, no flash at the back
0.3 MegaPixel in front
Yes, Two
1.3 MegaPixel, no flash at the back
0.3 MegaPixel in front (to be confirmed)
Video Recorder ~VGA ~VGA
Operating System Upon ReleaseAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
CPU 1 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex A9 (as indicated on the packaging) Actions Semiconductor ATM7025 chipset 1~1.5 GHz ARM Cortex A8 AllWinner chipset
RAM 1 GB 512 MB
Internal storage 8 GB 8 GB
Card Slot Yes, microSD, supports up to 32GB Yes, TF/SD, supports up to 32GB
HDMI port Yes Yes
Wifi Yes,
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Yes,
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
4G LTE Network No No
3G Network No, but supports dongle No, but supports dongle
Bluetooth No No
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Battery 4,000 mAh Li-Ion 1,800 mAh Li-Ion
Price in the Philippines Php 3,999 Php 3,489
Release date/Availability in the Philippines Release Date: March 6, 2013 Out Now

The reading of the table is pretty straightforward. Clearly, when it comes to technical specifications - which include display type and resolution, processor, RAM, Android OS version, and battery size - Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt slays Haipad A13 8GB. The question is, will this translate to big sales for Cherry Mobile? That remains to be seen.